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Connecticut Field Trips with Kids

By: Andrea Dillon 

One of the benefits of homeschooling is the freedom and ability to take many field trips and provide real-world experiences for your homeschoolers. Whether it is a visit to a museum, science center, or even a trip to a local post office or fire department, there is something out there to help make the learning fun. Every state has its unique locations that would be fun to visit. We have gathered a list of great places to visit in Connecticut with kids. Find your next homeschool field trip below!  

 

Want to add a field trip location? Send us a message to get your location added today!

 

Educational Homeschool Field Trips Ideas In Connecticut

Connecticut homeschoolers can get out of the house and into the local communities with a fun day trip in Connecticut.  Out-of-state homeschoolers can take a vacation and pick a few educational, fun locations for things to do in Connecticut with kids while you are visiting. 

 

Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas  State/National Park Field Trip Ideas  Science Center Field Trip Ideas 
Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas Aquariums / Nature/ Zoo Field Trips Other Field Trip Ideas 
   


 

Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas   

Imagine Nation Children’s Museum

A hands-on, interactive children’s museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. Workshops for young people. 1 Pleasant Street, Bristol, CT, (860) 314-1400.

Kid City Children’s Museum

A place where kids and their grown-ups play pretend together, using their imagination and having fun. 119 Washington St., Middletown, CT. (860) 347-0495.

 

 


State/National Park Field Trip Ideas 

Get out and into the world with state and national park field trip ideas. Many of these locations hold a variety of history, science, and nature for your homeschoolers to enjoy.  

  • Connecticut State Parks enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdoor experiences, connections to Connecticut heritage, and sound resource management. The system now comprises 52 state parks on 54,400 acres, with 1,800 campsites, 208 cabins, and 5 lodges serving 8 million visitors annually.”

  • Get connected with Connecticut National Parks! “Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 318 million visitors every year.” 

 


Science / Natural History Center Field Trip Ideas 

 The Children’s Museum

Offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and families. 950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT. (860) 231-2824.

Connecticut Science Center

With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips. 250 Columbus Blvd.,Hartford, (860) 724-3623

 Lutz Children’s Museum

A multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural sciences through internal and external exhibits, programs, and experiences. 247 South Main Street, (rte. 83), Manchester, CT. (860) 643-0949.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

An award-winning children’s museum where children ages 10 and under can explore a variety of exhibits and activities that inspire an understanding of the world around them. Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850, (203) 899-0606.

 

 


Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas 

The Genius Museum

The Genius Museum is a village of progress! Take a historic walk and discover a timeless town displaying the rapid transformation of American technology over two centuries, along with the Geniuses who created it all! Our Steam Engine Exhibit is part of your journey through the Genius Museum. We have push-pull steam engines, a steam-powered log splitter, steam bells from locomotives and much much more! This is part of Nature’s Art Village and also has The Dinosaur Place, Copper Creek Mini Golf and more!

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

See it with your eyes. Feel it in your heart. Life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures. 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338, (860) 396-6945.

Submarine Force Museum

Located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world’s finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy. Tour the Nautilus, the first atomic submarine. 800-343-0079.


 

Aquariums / Nature Centers / Zoo Field Trips

 Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration

With a diverse range of age-specific educational programs and engaging tours, we welcome students of all ages to discover and learn about the wonders of our ocean planet. 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, (860) 572-5955

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Explore the marine life and maritime culture of Long Island Sound. Watch sharks, jellies, sea turtles, and more than 1,000 other marine animals. 10 North Water St., Norwalk, (203) 852-0700


 

Other Field Trip Ideas 

 

 Quassy Amusement Park

The “Quassy Classroom” will be the site of three different workshops geared toward grades three and up, and the park will also schedule physics and history tours. Lake Quassapaug, Rt. 64 – Middlebury, CT 06762, 1-800-FOR-PARK

Xperiment Virtual Reality

Xperiment Virtual reality arcades are now in most major cities in the U.S. and worldwide, allowing visitors to play games and have immersive experiences in new and innovative ways. We can enrich your curriculum in new and exciting ways using the newest technology has to offer. Depending on the age group and curriculum, we can cater an experience that works for you! As an example you can choose experiences ranging from, engineering, anatomy, physics, astronomy, regions, digital art, and more. You tell us what you have in mind and we can design an experience to meet your educational goals. Email:  [email protected]    Call: 203-502-8005

 

 


Events 

Are you still looking for more ideas for field trips in Connecticut? Check out our event section for  Connecticut day trips and more! If you have an event that you want to share, please add it as well. 

 

Do you have a location that would make a good field trip in Connecticut? Let me know in the comments below, or contact me to get it added! 

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