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Texas Field Trips with Kids

Texas abounds with field trip opportunities, especially in the Houston and Dallas metropolitan areas.

Texas-field-trips

Educational Field Trips in Texas 

Homeschoolers living in Texas looking for field trip opportunities can choose from a rich history and many technology companies within driving distance. In addition to this general field trip list we recommend going to your local city webpage for more unique field trip lists of places to visit.

Homeschoolers not living in Texas may be looking for places to visit in Texas with kids.  Regardless of what part of Texas you are visiting, you will find many things to do in Texas with kids that you are likely to enjoy, too. 

 

Educational Field Trips in Texas

Art

Industry & Technology

Astronomy & Space

Nature and Natural History 

Children’s Museums/ Discovery Centers

Science 

History

 

Art

Why not start your exploration of Texas with some educational field trips to art museums?  Here are a couple:

Amarillo Museum of Art

A collection of Asian and Western art, primarily modern and contemporary American art. 2200 South Van Buren, Amarillo, TX 79109. (806) 371-5050.

Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Educational Center

Take a trip through Asian artifacts and art, including collections of Japanese kimonos and porcelains. Classes available in Origami and Calligraphy and more. 1809 North Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401. (361) 881-8827.

 

Astronomy & Space

Looking for ways to supplement your child’s learning about astronomy and space?  Check out these Texas field trips for students that are out of this world:

McDonald Observatory Visitors Center

The Visitors Center offers daily tours of the research facilities and solar viewing programs as well as evening “Star Parties.” 3640 Dark Sky Drive, Fort Davis, TX 79734. (432) 426-4139.

Space Center Houston

You will relive the past achievements of the space program and witness today’s history in the making. 1601 NASA Road One, Houston, TX 77058. (281) 244-2100.

 

Children’s Museums/ Discovery Centers

Children often learn best when they can engage in hands-on activities.  Here are some fun day trips in Texas where they can do just that: 

Children’s Museum of Houston

Learn through hands-on exhibitions in the areas of science and technology, history and culture, health and human development, and the arts. 1500 Binz Street, Houston, TX 77004. (713) 522-1138.

Don Harrington Discovery Center

Bringing kids the excitement of science through permanent and traveling exhibits, planetarium shows, special events, educational/outreach programs and workshops. 1200 Streit Drive, Amarillo, TX 79106. (806) 355-9547.

Imaginarium of South Texas

A children’s museum and informal science learning center where children can play with concepts from science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. 5300 San Dario, Suite 510, Laredo, TX 78041. (956) 728-0404.

Museum of the Southwest

Includes a children’s museum, an art museum, and a planetarium all in one. 1705 West Missouri Avenue, Midland, TX 79701. (432) 683-2882.

Thinkery Children’s Museum

A museum started by parents! Diverse and exciting educational programming with play-based, hands-on STEAM activities changing frequently. 1830 Simond Avenue, Austin, TX 78723. (512) 469-6200.

The Witte Museum

Exhibitions, programs, and collections connect the past, the present, and future through a dynamic learning environment. Check out the student programs and workshops. 3801 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209. (210) 357-1900.

Woodlands Children’s Museum

Where the streets lead to fun and the sky’s the limit to what you can learn! 4775 W Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381. (281) 465-0955.

 

History

Texas has played an important role in the history of the United States.  Consider participating in one of these Texas field trips to help make your child’s social studies curriculum come alive:

The Alamo

Legendary fort, battlefield, and history museum. Field trip information. Lesson plans. History. 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205. (210) 225-1391.

El Paso Museum of Archaeology

A museum covering 14,000 years of prehistory in the El Paso area, greater Southwest, and northern Mexico. 4301 Transmountain Road, El Paso, TX 79924. (915) 212-0421.

French Legation Museum

The site of the 1841 private home that served as the “Old French Embassy” after the Republic of Texas was recognized as a sovereign nation by the French monarchy. 802 San Marcos Street, Austin, TX 78702. (512) 463-7948.

Heritage Farmstead Museum

Living museum dedicated to the history of the Texas Blackland Prairie region. 1900 West 15th Street, Plano, TX 75075. (972) 881-0140.

Holocaust Museum Houston

Authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents show life in pre-war Europe, the Nazi move toward the “Final Solution,” and life after the Holocaust. 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. (713) 942-8000.

Houston Museum of African American Culture

HMAAC is a museum for all people. While our focus is the African American experience, our story in Texas informs and includes not only people of color, but people of all colors.

4807 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004. (713) 526-1015.

LBJ Presidential Library

The Lyndon Baines Johnson library and museum provides year-round public viewing of its permanent historical and cultural exhibits. Free admission. 2313 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78705. (512) 721-0200.

Old Red Museum

Learn about the history of Dallas county. Children are encouraged to play with traditional toys and to try on garments from historical eras. 100 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX 75202. (214) 745-1100.

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum

The largest history museum in Texas, with 26,000 square miles of exhibits capturing everything from dinosaurs to conquistadors to Old West pioneers. 2503 4th Avenue, Canyon, TX 79015. (806) 651-2244.

Pioneer Farms

Travel back in time at Central Texas’ premier living history museum, where you can explore our three historic farmsteads and enjoy our unique history programs. 10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, Austin, TX 78754. (512) 837-1215.

Texas Capitol Visitor Center

The Capitol Visitors Center is located in the restored 1856-57 General Land Office building. The Capitol Visitors Center encourages educators to bring students for guided tours of its exhibits. 112 East 11th Street, Austin, TX 78701. (512) 305-8400.

 

Industry & Technology

Industry and Technology are always changing.  By scheduling one of these Texas day trips, you and your child can experience how Texas is developing:

American Wind Power Museum

The largest windmill museum in the world showing over 70 restored structures and documenting the history of windmills. 1701 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock, TX 79403. (806) 747-8734. 

Factory Tours

Interactive site with recommended factory tours in Texas. Add your own favorite tour and write a review.

Frontiers of Flight Museum

A museum documenting aviation history and progress. Educational STEM programs available. 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75209. (214) 350-1651.

Texas Energy Museum

Learn about petroleum science and technology, including the geologic formation of oil and chemical refining. Educational programs are available. 600 Main Street, Beaumont, TX 77701. (409) 833-5100.

 

Nature and Natural History

Take advantage of Texas’ rich natural history by participating in one of these field trips in Texas:

Abilene Zoological Gardens

Zoo with over 500 animals representing more than 200 species. Educational and homeschool programs available. 2070 Zoo Lane, Abilene, TX 79602. (325) 676-6085.

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

A 200-acre preserve and greenbelt area for visitors to enjoy hiking trails, bird viewing, play areas, and educational programs. 1206 W. FM 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104. (469) 526-1980.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Hundreds of programs aimed at engaging children and families in learning about the geology, biology, zoology, and history of Texas and the Southwest. 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107. (817) 255-9300. 

Guadalupe Mountains

Explore mountains, canyons, desert, dunes, Permian fossil reef, and the four highest peaks in Texas. 400 Pine Canyon, Salt Flat, TX 79847. (915) 828-3251.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

232 acres of protected natural habitat featuring a jade green pool into which a 50-foot waterfall flows. Located about 30 miles west of Austin. 24300 Hamilton Pool Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. (512) 264-2740.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

A natural science museum and wildlife sanctuary that offers homeschool classes. North of Dallas. 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069. (972) 562-5566.

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

A 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary with walking trails, a Discovery Room with interactive activities and exhibits, and a Nature Shop. 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77024, (713) 681-8433.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Five floors of permanent exhibits covering astronomy, energy, geology, chemistry, paleontology, Native American culture, seashells, and Texas wildlife. Also home to the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham Giant Screen Theater, and Cockrell Butterfly Center. 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030. (713) 639-4629.

Inner Space Cavern

A preserved cave with large rooms, beautiful cave formations, prehistoric animal bones, and a unique history. 4200 South I-35 Frontage Road, Georgetown, TX 78626. (512) 931-2283.

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

A place to visit 450 acres filled with over 500 animals. 26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, San Antonio, TX 78266. (830) 438-7400.

Sea Turtle, Inc.

Meet rehabilitated turtles and explore the education facilities or enjoy daily presentations and turtle feedings. 6617 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597. (956) 761-4511.

Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve

A 5,500-acre ranch that has been described as the largest habitat restoration project on private land in Texas. Tours, workshops, classes, and nature camps. 2341 Blue Ridge Drive, Johnson City, TX 78636. (830) 868-2630.

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch

A non-profit education exotic wildlife facility, including a zoo held to the highest standards of quality and health by the USDA. 11670 Massey Road, Pilot Point, TX 76258. (940) 686-4600.

Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion

Visitors can tour the exotic game ranch complete with approximately 800 acres that is home to more than 2,000 animals from every continent except Antarctica. Open only for private events. South of Austin. 11508 Carl Road, Creedmoor, TX 78610. (512) 329-1790. (800) 375-8375.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Learn about freshwater sport fishing and how to conserve aquatic resources in Texas through dive shows and tram tours. 5550 FM-2495, Athens, TX 75752. (903) 676-2277.

Vanishing Texas River Cruises

Dine on a traditional Mexican/American Fajita Buffet while viewing the awesome beauty of the Colorado River Canyon. Enjoy waterfalls, towering cliffs, abundant wildlife and the many scenic vistas along the riverbanks. 443 Waterway Lane, Burnet, TX 78611. (512) 756-6986.

Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

A 76-acre preserve and learning center where you can explore a canyon and grotto.  Staff lead a variety of programs for children and adults with the goal of inspiring greater environmental conservation and awareness. Approximately 45 minutes from downtown Austin. 24814 Hamilton Pool Road, Round Mountain, TX 78663. (830) 825-3442.

Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve

Founded in 1974 to protect 227 acres of pristine Texas Hill Country and to provide nature education programs. 805 North Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746. (512) 327-7622.

World Birding Center

An area of 10,000 acres to explore and birdwatch.  Includes nine birding sites along a 120-mile historic river road.

 

Science

Science can be exciting just reading about it, but here is some one-day trips in Texas that can supplement your typical homeschool day with some hands-on learning:

The Discovery Science Place

Two exhibit halls where kids of all ages are free to move about and explore. 308 North Broadway Avenue, Tyler, TX 75702. (903) 533-8011.

The Health Museum

A voyage through a Texas-sized human body, the Pavilion includes giant models of human organs and dozens of hands-on exhibits and science stations. 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004-7126. (713) 521-1515.

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Exhibits, IMAX theater, planetarium, and educational programs. 2201 N Field Street, Dallas, TX 75201. (214) 428-5555.

Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater

Over 200 interactive exhibits, an OMNIMAX® Theater, live animals, live demonstrations, a dedicated area for younger children, fun shops, and traveling exhibits. 2579 S. Loop 289, Suite 250, Lubbock, TX 79423. (806) 745-2525.

 

Events 

Are you still looking for more ideas for field trips in Texas? Check out our event section for Texas 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 Texas? Let me know in the comments below or contact me to get it added! 

 

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