Delaware Field Trips for Homeschoolers
It may be the second smallest state in the country, but Delaware is huge when it comes to all the destinations available for homeschoolers to explore. Field trips in Delaware can help enrich your homeschool lesson plans by providing hands-on learning opportunities for students of all ages. Whether you want to explore science and art museums, learn about the state’s maritime history or head outdoors and visit the numerous state parks, you’ll find tons of fun things to do with kids in Delaware.
Help your children become familiar with the First State with this printable map of Delaware. You can pinpoint areas in the map that you’d like to visit while at the same teaching them about the state’s geography. Then, be sure to download the Time4Learning lesson tie-ins at the end of this post to help supplement your field trips in Delaware. Please make sure to contact each site before you plan your visit, as COVID-19 may have impacted their hours of operations.
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Field Trips in Delaware Northern Region
- New Castle Historical Society, New Castle – Made up of three museums, students can learn about America’s history such as Dutch colonists, revolutionary leaders, and 19th century Americans. Homeschoolers can take guided tours of three historic buildings, explore exhibits and take part in special events and programs.
- Delaware Children’s Museum, Wilmington – There are so many things homeschoolers can do and learn at this museum with tons of interactive exhibits and special events. Families can learn about various topics throughout the museum like money (Bank on It), the human body (The Power of Me), art (Studio D), and more.
- Fort Delaware State Park, Delaware City – Established in 1951 and considered one of the state’s first parks, Fort Delaware is located on Pea Patch lsland, and only accessible by ferry. Families can learn about how the fort was used as they tour the grounds with costumed historians. Perfect for enhancing your child’s social studies curriculum.
- Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington – Is there a budding artist in your home? Don’t miss this art museum founded in 1912 that is home to an impressive collection that includes 19th and 20th century American art. Families can take part in a number of programs, art classes, and guided tours.
- Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington – This is a perfect day trip where students can learn about mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates. This zoo spans almost 5 acres. Families can take part in a number of experiences such as Keeper Talks, Animal Shows, Zoo Kids, and more. Be sure to check out the red panda, golden lion tamarin, bald eagle, green tree python, and the capybara — the world’s largest rodent.
Field Trips in Delaware Central Region
- Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover – Nothing says educational trip like visiting a museum. Explore the exhibits at this art museum that opened its doors in 1993. In addition to works of art dating back to the 1700s, guests can view antiques, locally-made furniture, sculptures, and more. Self-guided and group tours are available, as well as several children’s programs including Biggs Kids, Read and Make Adventures, and Delaware Creative Kids.
- Air Mobility Command Museum, Dover – Families can take advantage of free admission at this museum that is home to more than 30 aircraft, numerous exhibits, and more. Homeschoolers can take part in guided tours, special events, and even summer camps.
- Killens Pond State Park, Felton – Educational trips don’t just happen at museums. This 66-acre pond offers tons of activities and opportunity to discover hands-on experiences that compliment learning. Homeschoolers can also hike, bike, go fishing, kayaking and explore the park’s nature center and cool off at the waterpark during the summer.
- Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Smyrna – Whether you take the 12-mile drive or walk one of five trails, you are sure to take in amazing views of this wildlife refuge that is home to a number of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other animals that call it home. Students can also get a bird’s eye view from several observation towers, and take part in hands-on nature studies.
Field Trips in Delaware Southern Region
- Abbotts Mill Nature Center, Milford – One of the best things to do with kids is mix exercise and learning. This place has numerous trails, beautiful views, and a visitor center. Families can take part in a number of activities held throughout the year, as well as educational group programs and field trips.
- DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum, Fenwick Island – With over 10,000 artifacts on display, your child will be able to discover all the treasure found under the sea. This museum features items from various shipwrecks including coins, flatware, jewelry, and tons of other items salvaged from all over the world.
- Lewes Historic District, Lewes – Take a day trip to this area that dates back to the 17th century and is home to numerous properties with a rich past including the Lewes History Museum, Ryves Holt House (built in 1665), Cannonball House, and the Zwaanendael Museum, named after Delaware’s first European settlement, just to name a few.
- Nanticoke Indian Museum, Millsboro – Explore Delaware’s only Native American museum and learn about this Algonquian group native to the state. Families can explore the museum’s collection of jewelry, spears, pottery, artwork, and other artifacts and even listen in on presentations. A yearly Powwow takes place and features native foods, dances, and more.
DE Field Trips Unit Study Suppl.
Is there anything more fun than learning through field trips? To make your experience at these destinations even more meaningful, Time4Learning members will appreciate this download of free activity tie-ins.