One of the best perks of homeschooling is the freedom and ability to take as many field trips that you want. Each state has its own special locations that would be fun to visit. Below we have gathered great places to visit in Alabama with kids.
Educational Field Trips in Alabama
Alabama homeschoolers can get out of the house and find a fun day trip in Alabama. Out of state homeschoolers can take a vacation and pick a few of these educational, fun locations for things to do in Alabama with kids while you are visiting.
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Art and Music
Founded in 1978, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame honors the pioneers who shaped jazz history as well as the players, the teachers, and the community leaders who gave rise to the art form.
The Birmingham Museum of Art is the home to a diverse collection of more than 27,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. The museum provides various activities for all ages to help spark creativity and imagination.
Imagination Place is for children ages 2 through 10. The museum hosts the permanent exhibit KidsTown USA, where everything is child-sized and child-friendly. The museum also offers other areas for your child to play, explore, create, and learn.
The Huntsville Museum of Art, founded in 1970, sits in Big Springs Park and serves to bring people and art together through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting the highest quality works of art.
The Mobile Museum of Art houses a collection of over 10,000 artworks in a variety of mediums such as sculpture, painting, crafts, and paper art. The museum also hosts a variety of classes to help educate and spread the love of art.
Science and History
Take a journey to the past to Huntsville in 1819 by visiting Constitution Hall Park.
The Alabama Agricultural Museum provides a living history farm from the 1800s, a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, turn-of-the-century church, wildlife exhibits, a planetarium, and much more.
For 150 years, the Alabama State Capitol has overlooked downtown Montgomery from its hilltop setting. This National Historic Landmark is a working museum of state history and politics.
The American Village Citizenship Trust helps students learn about American Revolution history through educational programs and courses.
Explore the world at Anniston Museum of Natural History. Explore the past in the exhibit halls and learn about nature in the past and present!
Take a voyage through time and revisit an era of adventure and bravery as you tour our many exhibits from the USS Battleship Alabama to the submarine USS Drum.
Belle Mont Mansion is one of Alabama’s crowning architectural achievements. The mansion is one of a few Palladian-style houses in the Deep South.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute takes its visitors on one of this nation’s most significant journeys by capturing the spirit and courage of countless individuals. Explore interactive programs, role-play, oral histories, and documentary films about the civil rights movement’s complexities.
Confederate Memorial Park is the site of Alabama’s only Confederate Soldiers’ Home. The site operated from 1902-1939 as a haven for disabled or indigent veterans of the Confederate army, their wives, and widows.
Fendall Hall, one of Alabama’s most outstanding examples of Italianate architecture, records the story of its prominent residents and Eufaula’s rise as a major shipping and trading point.
The Fort Mims site commemorates the battle that led to the Creek War of 1813-14. Considered a significant archeological site, this fort offers historical perspective and free admission.
Fort Morgan is famous for its role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. Perfect for history lessons and sightseeing.
Fort Toulouse-Fort Jackson Park is an important archaeological site. This area, where the Coosa and Tallapoosa meet to form the mighty Alabama River, has been occupied for 10,000 years.
On May 20, 1961, Freedom Riders, black and white, male and female, none of them older than 22, stepped off a bus at the Montgomery Greyhound Station on May 20, 1961. They were prepared to meet mob violence with non-violence and courage. They made farewell letters and wills. Their goal was to help end racial segregation in public transportation. And they did. This Museum documents that history.
Gaineswood, a National Historic Landmark, was constructed over an 18 years (1843-1861). Owner and architect Nathan Bryan Whitfield produced a series of elaborate interior suites with domed ceilings. He adopted many details from popular architectural pattern books by Minard Lafever and others.
The Lee County Historical Society is a re-created 1850’s village just outside of Auburn. Learn about the past through buildings like the general store, doctor’s office, agricultural barn with antique farm tools and implements, and more.
Magnolia Grove was the boyhood home of Spanish-American War hero and U.S. Congressman Richmond Pearson Hobson. Located in Greensboro, AL this historic, antebellum home offers a glimpse into the past.
Explore science through wonder and curiosity at the McWane Science Center. Check out the interactive exhibits, weekly programming, and other fun attractions
Learn about space and science Marshall Space Flight Center. The center can help students develop an interest in mathematics and science, all while learning about careers in engineering and aerospace.
The North Alabama Railroad Museum offers a look into railroad history with a vintage train ride, original Chase Depot, and more.
Old Cahawba is Alabama’s most famous ghost town. Get outdoors and explore Alabama’s first capital city that was deserted by the 1900s.
Pond Spring is the General Joe Wheeler Home in Lawrence County in north Alabama. The 50-acre site includes 12 historic buildings, gardens, and archaeological features that date back almost 5,000 years.
The Southern Museum of Flight is one of the largest aviation museums in the Southeast. The 75,000 square foot facility houses over 100 aircraft, as well as engines, models, artifacts, photographs, and paintings.
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park features over 1,500 acres in three counties. This location is perfect for hiking, camping, and outdoor recreation. The park also features artifacts of Alabama’s 19th-century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum.
The Exploreum is an exceptional regional science center for adventurers of all ages. Interactive science exhibits and big-screen films provide everyone an entertaining outing for the mind.
This Native American heritage site provides a look into the history of a robust prehistoric community that, at its peak, was America’s largest city north of Mexico.
The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site provides a look into history with over twenty outside wayside exhibits and two different museums, one with a full-sized replica Red-tail P-51 Mustang.
The U.S. Space and Rocket Center regularly features traveling exhibits from around the world as well as other interactive NASA exhibits, astronomy shows, live entertainment, and a state-of-the-art INTUITIVE® Planetarium.
Animals and Nature
Study plants, gardens, and the environment at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Offering free admission 365 days of the year, this biodiverse destination also boasts the only public horticultural library in the US.
Learn about approximately 700 animals of 230 species and endangered species from 6 continents. The zoo also offers Homeschool at the Zoo!
Cathedral Caverns features many amazing natural cave sites, hiking trails, and gemstone mining.
Desoto Caverns features beautiful caverns and over 20 activities for all ages!
With over 500 animals from five different continents, the Montgomery Zoo will offer lots of learning experiences for your family.
The Turtle Point Science Center is a hands-on science center that features animal encounters, a butterfly house, vegetable garden, herb garden, fish pond, and boardwalk.
The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is a place to preserve and perpetuate the names, deeds, and records of those, living and dead, who by achievement or service, have brought lasting fame and honor to the State of Alabama and themselves through their outstanding accomplishments.
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