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 Delaware with kids. Find your next homeschool field trip below!
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Educational Homeschool Field Trips Ideas In Delaware
Delaware homeschoolers can get out of the house and into the local communities with a fun day trip in Delaware. Out-of-state homeschoolers can take a vacation and pick a few of these educational, fun locations for things to do in Delaware 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
“Established in 1993, the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art Museum houses one of the finest collections of American fine and decorative arts. Special features of the permanent collection include the only comprehensive representational American paintings collection on the Delmarva Peninsula with highlights by the Peale family, Albert Bierstadt, Gilbert Stuart, and Childe Hassam. Experience a variety of art forms such as sculptures by Hiram Powers and images by Brandywine School illustrator, Frank E. Schoonover. View Examples of furniture by early-American cabinetmakers such as, the Javier family of Odessa, and William Savery of Philadelphia. The Museum also houses one of the finest collections of regional silver in the country. The Biggs offers changing exhibitions throughout the year relating to historical and contemporary art topics. Intimate galleries offer guests an unexpected and personal experience with the collection. The museum supports the public education of art through educational programming for adults and children and special events designed to bring art to everyone.”
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.
- “Delaware State Parks enhance the quality of life through exceptional outdoor experiences, connections to Delaware 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 Delaware 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
“Formerly the Delaware Museum of Natural History, the museum was founded in 1957 and open to the public since 1972. The museum completed a major metamorphosis to its galleries and public spaces and reopened in May 2022.”
Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas
“The museum houses over 30 aircraft varying in roles and sizes, and has exhibits telling the story of humanitarian and airlift and air refueling history.”
Offers programs that will transport you to the 19th century… Costumed interpreters at living history events, workshops in 19th century arts and crafts, lectures on life in early Delaware and a host of fun things to do with the family! 866 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE (302) 734-1618.
Located in a renovated art-deco Woolworth store, features three galleries of changing interactive exhibits on Delaware history, including displays of rare items of everyday life, costumes, children’s toys, regional decorative arts, and paintings. 504 Market Street, Wilmington, DE (302) 656-0637
Collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. P.O. Box 3630, 298 Buck Road East Wilmington, (302) 658-0568.
This museum is a tribute to Delaware’s native son – Eldridge Reeves Johnson, who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901. Located at the corner of Bank and New Streets in Dover.
Climb aboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad, Delaware’s oldest steam tourist railroad, for fun & exciting adventures through Delaware’s historic Red Clay Valley. Journey with us for family fun, romantic evenings, holiday celebrations & over 130 years of living railroading history. Greenbank Station, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington, DE 19808. (302) 998-1930
A visit to Winterthur allows your students to explore nature, history, and art all at the same place. Come wander among our gardens, visit our library, take a tour of our house, and investigate our changing exhibitions. Learn about early American culture, country house life, and so much more! Homeschool groups of 15 students or more are invited to reserve any of our on-site or off-site programs at the standard school program rate. Route 52 (Kennett Pike), Winterthur DE 19735.
Aquariums / Nature Centers / Zoo Field Trips
“The Brandywine Zoo is located in Wilmington, Delaware, along the Brandywine River in beautiful Brandywine Park. The Zoo is open 10am to 4pm (last admission at 3:30pm). The Brandywine Zoo is managed by the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society. The Brandywine Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and is one of over 240 accredited zoos and aquariums in North America, a distinction that marks its commitment to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for the visitor, and a better future for all living things.”
The refuge has one of the largest expanses of nearly unaltered tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region. 2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, Delaware 19977 (302) 653-6872.
Other Field Trip Ideas
“Lefty’s Alley & Eats is an award-winning restaurant that elevates dining, events and entertainment with style like no other. As the only “EATertain-ment” center of our kind on Delmarva, Lefty’s is the perfect choice for Lunch & Dinner, Sunday Brunch, Date Night, Girls’ Night Out, Guys’ Night Out, Family Fun, Special Events, Live Entertainment and Parties. We’ve totally reinvented “going bowling” with a craft kitchen & bar, awesome parties & events, and cool attractions. Grab your friends and redefine what it means to celebrate!”
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