Texas Field Trips for Homeschoolers
Your backpacks are stuffed with snacks, car games, and an extra change of clothes. You have your route mapped out on your GPS. You’ve even checked ahead on picnic areas and restroom facilities. It must be FIELD TRIP day in your homeschool!! Whether you are visiting the state of Texas as a homeschooling tourist or are a family who is searching for educational things to do in Texas with children, this great big state has plenty to offer.
In Texas, day trips are one of the best ways to spice up a slow homeschool month. Plus, learning through field trips is the kind of learning that will often stick with your student far longer than something they read in a textbook or even watch on a video. To help you locate places to visit in Texas with children, we’ve organized them by geographical area. Browse the list below to find the educational field trips in Texas that are perfect for homeschool families. Plan out each of your learning adventures on this printable Texas map from Time4Learning. Please make sure to contact each site before you plan your visit, as COVID-19 may have impacted their hours of operations. Plus, as a bonus, we’ve even included a free download of Time4Learning lesson tie-ins (at the end of this article) that might be the perfect supplement for each trip!
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Homeschool Field Trips in North Texas
Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo – As if going to see a museum showcasing paintings, photography, textiles, and sculpture weren’t enough, this one even has a Museum School in the spring and fall for students ages 4 to 11! Be sure to contact the museum to request a copy of their yearly educational guide, too.
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Cedar Hill – When the weather beckons you to go on a hummingbird hunt or take in a picnic, you’ll want to head straight to this natural playground. With over two miles of hiking trails, this is the place to go when you need to stretch your legs.
Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano – Step back into 19th and early 20th century Blackland Prairie history at this interactive educational site where students can learn from docents in period dress, explore a one-room schoolhouse, and see a working blacksmith’s shop. There are plenty of teacher resources to download before or after your visit, as well.
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon – You can get acquainted with 500 million years of history in Texas’ largest historical museum. From dinosaurs to modern art, from saddles to automobiles, there is always something to see and do!
Homeschool Field Trips in East Texas
Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas – From the Wright flyer to the Apollo VII spacecraft, this museum has plenty of stories to tell of the amazing gravity-defying feats throughout aviation history. Homeschoolers can view over 30 air and space crafts while building S.T.E.A.M. skills through educational programs at the site.
Southwest Dairy Museum and Education Center, Sulphur Springs – The dairy industry has a long history in the southwest, and you can find out all about it at this unique field trip locale. Homeschoolers will be especially interested to see how dairy farmers got things done before the advent of electricity.
Texas Energy Museum, Beaumont – Explore the fascinating world of petroleum science & technology from the geological formation of oil to modern refining chemistry. This small museum offers plenty of hands-on displays that will intrigue active learners.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens – Visitors to the center will learn about both sport fishing in Texas as well as aquatic conservation efforts in the state. There are multiple educational opportunities to investigate aquatic invertebrates, water quality, and fish identification. Daily dive shows will fascinate homeschoolers of all ages.
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Homeschool Field Trips in Central Texas
Abilene Zoological Gardens, Abilene – Your animal lovers will be entranced by the Abilene Zoo, with more than 500 animals representing over 200 species to see and learn about. Homeschool teens who live locally may want to find out more about their Zoo Teens program.
Inner Space Cavern, Georgetown – Take a ride underground with an informative guide to see and learn about one of the best preserved underground caves in Texas. Students can earn a Junior Cave Scientist badge at the site, as well.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, San Antonio – If an African safari is something your children have dreamed of, they will thoroughly enjoy this chance to view, photograph & feed species from all over the world right from their own vehicle.
Thinkery, Austin – This S.T.E.A.M.-focused destination will build curiosity and imagination in your future scientists. Each gallery supports hands-on, play-based learning, with activities and content appropriate for visitors with children of all ages.
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Homeschool Field Trips in South Texas
Imaginarium of South Texas, Laredo – With special educational programs such as Dynamic Dinos and Nature Explorers, children will love getting hands-on with their education at this interactive museum. Families will find hundreds of ways to imagine, design, invent, and create together here.
Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, McAllen – The Rio Grande Valley has long been recognized as a world-class birding destination. Quinta Mazatlan attracts many of the favorite “Valley specialties” found no place else in the country.
Sea Turtle, Inc., South Padre Island – The mission of this organization is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species. Educational presentations are offered throughout the day.
Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures, Corpus Christi – Are you studying Japan, China, India, Thailand, or another Asian countries in your homeschool right now? Then, definitely add this destination to your schedule where you can explore the beauty, wonder, and diversity of Asian culture.
Homeschool Field Trips in West Texas
American Wind Power Museum, Lubbock – Over 70 historic windmills are available to view at this unique location. The Wind Energy Experience Center showcases the Wingen turbine, and there is a large millstone collection to explore as well.
El Paso Museum of Archaeology, El Paso – Homeschoolers can get up close and personal with 14,000 years of prehistory in the El Paso area, the greater Southwest, and northern Mexico. There are also 15 acres of outdoor exhibits and an Indian Garden to explore.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Salt Flat – Guadalupe Mountains sit on top of Carlsbad Caverns, so plan to visit both on your trip. There are miles and miles of hiking trails here, so keep an eye out for mule deer who live throughout the park.
Museum of the Southwest, Midland – This field trip features an Art Museum, Children’s Museum, and a Planetarium all in one. Don’t miss the 15 sculptures on the grounds of the museum, either. Family Fridays programs offer sessions for children ages 4 to 12.
Do you have additional TX field trip ideas we’ve not mentioned here? Add them in the comments or share them on our Texas Homeschool Support forum.
TX Field Trips Unit Study Suppl.
Is there anything more fun than learning through field trips? To make your experiences at these destinations even more meaningful, Time4Learning members will appreciate this download of free activity tie-ins.
Frontier Texas in Abilene is an interactive learning adventure that takes you back to the Wild West and experience defining moments. Great for all ages.
Thanks for making sure our readers know about that one, Jaime!
The Crayola Experience in Plano, Texas is awesome! They have over 20 attractions and a live theater show that shows kids how crayons are made. Tons of build in souvenirs all for the price of admission. The group sales team will help to get you the lowest rate possible!
Thanks so much for making sure our readers know about this one, Miranda! 🙂
not sure if I just missed it but the pioneer museum in Fredrickburg is awesome during spring. they have tons of hands on activities during that time. my kids loved it! there’s also the pacific war museum there.
Thanks so much for making sure our readers know about these, Leslie! 🙂
There is an entire Museum district in Houston from Art to children’s and whatever is displayed at the Smithsonian (the gallery changes) not to mention Natural Science Museum with a butterfly house you can walk through and the Space Center.
Thanks for sharing with our readers, Rene! 🙂
Space Center Houston in Houston/Clear Lake area
Thanks for sharing this one with our readers, Rachael! 🙂
Dinosaur Valley in Glen Rose is always a good idea for an outdoor adventure
Nice! Thanks so much for making sure our readers know about that one, Kristen! 🙂
Pioneer Farms in Austin offers a collection of building from various historical eras in Te as eras . Docents dress in period garb and run various events. There is a woodshop, a smithy, and and a Tonkawa indian camp at a site where artifacts were located along the creek bed. Check the calendar for events.
Hi, Linn! Thanks so much for making sure our readers know about this one! 🙂
In Frisco, there is a new indoor kidzania to visit. It allows your child to go through different stations to see what they might want to be when they grow up. They offer group field trips.If it’s cold & nasty outside, great place to visit. Each station is about 20 minutes. Lots of fun! Go check out Kidzania
Thanks so much for making sure our readers know about that one, Missy! 🙂
C.A.R.E is a great day trip for Big Cat lovers.https://www.carerescuetexas.com/?fbclid=IwAR1UqSpvOwaf9q6YqILKUzhZfZBcMCHkzN6xE4QWVIhRQ7OuJPzLNYU9sHg
Thanks so much for making sure our readers know about that one, Rebekah! 🙂
While in Lubbock for the Windmill museum, here are some other Lubbock museums and attractions worth mentioning:Science Spectrum & Omni Theater — A three-story science museum with a built-in children’s museum section. Buddy Holly Center— History of Buddy Holly and other artists of West Texas. Local art exhibits. Silent Wings Museum— History of WWII military glider program. National Ranching Heritage Center— FREE. History of ranching. Museum and outdoor historical park with original historical homes moved to the park. On select days, volunteers dress in period clothing and work on period crafts. Museum of Texas Tech University—FREE. Art and History. It offers toddler and seasonal events. Bayer Museum of Agriculture— Indoor/outdoor agricultural historical museum. Lubbock Memorial Arboretum— FREE. 93-acre open space with garden trails and an Arboretum Interpretive Center at K.N. Clapp Park. Lubbock Lake Landmark— FREE. Archaeological and natural history site and exhibits. 4.5 miles of walking trails.
Awesome! Thanks for making sure our readers know about all of those, Laura!
The Mayborn museum and Mammoth center in Waco Tx.
Those are great! Thanks for making sure our readers know about them, Michelle! 🙂
Odessa has a crater that is very large with an astrological museum connected.
Nice! Thanks so much for letting our readers know about this one, Pat! 🙂
Cherokee Trace in Jacksonville, TX It’s a drive-thru safari
Thanks for making sure our readers know about that one, Flores! 🙂
The Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm next to the LBJ Park was a wonderful homeschool day for us. They had demonstration on what it was like to live in pioneer Tx.
Thanks for sharing that one with our readers, Michelle! 🙂
What happened to the Houston/Gulf Coast area?…San Jacinto, Battleship Texas, Washington on the Brazos, etc.
I was wondering the same thing! lol. And we are big.
Thanks for those suggestions, Nancy! We’ll review this one and see if we can update it with some activities in those areas. In the meantime, we do have this page that offers a few ideas: https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/city/homeschooling-in-houston.html
Great information! Please think about addinghttp://www.starmuseum.org- Washington, TX – where 59 elected delegates
gathered on March 2, 1836 to declare Texas’ independence. My kids loved this
Thanks for suggesting that one to our readers, Colleen! 🙂
There are many historical sites in Anderson County. Fort Houston was located here and you can see the old cemetery and visit several if the soldiers and residents of the fort graves. Also, the 1st Post Master of Texas, John H Reagan was from Palestine and remnants of his homestead is still there. Y ou u drive and see an old jail of the mid1830’s that is on land dedicated to migrant workers. Our community theatre uses an old movies theater of the early 1900s while the oldest continuous jewelry store in Texas is right around the corner. Palestine has the most oldest buildings in the state, and a running steam engine train. Well worth a trip for a homeschool family. We are about half way between Dallas and Houston; 5 hours NE of San Antonio.
These are great suggestions, Charmaine! Thanks so much for sharing them with us and our readers! 🙂
I’m shocked they haven’t included the Houston zoo and museum district as well as gone deeper into other things offered in the areas listed…and in San Antonio this is what they chose out of everything the have to offer especially between there and Austin. I thought this would be a great guide with a wealth of knowledge on these homeschooling journeys.
Hi Stephanie! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment! Many of the larger attractions, like the zoo and major museums, are widely known. Our intention with blog posts like this one is to help parents locate field trip attractions that they aren’t familiar with and to encourage them to seek out other locations that they might not have thought about before. Specifically locals, who often forget what’s right in their backyards. 😉 Any places that you feel are worth visiting though, you can definitely share in the comments here for our readers! 🙂
The Science Mill in Johnson City, they have awesome hands on activities and have homeschool events
Thanks for recommending this one to our readers, Sandra! 🙂
My grandson will be in second grade next year for a packed day how many days a week do they go what days and how much
Hi Audrey! This is just a list of places that a person might want to visit. It is not a camp or a tour or anything like that. If you are interested in visiting these places, all you do is get in your car and go! 🙂 I hope this helps!
Washington-on-the-Brazos is an amazing spot for some Texas History hands on work.
Thanks for sharing this one with our readers, Elizabeth!
US Bureau of engraving and printing Fort Worth, Henrietta Creek orchard FTW
Thanks for sharing that info, gay laurine!
The Botanical Research Institution of Texas in Fort Worth offers Homeschool days throughout the year!
Thanks so much for making sure our readers know about those homeschool days, Tracy! 🙂
Civil War Living History-Day of Learning will take place on Friday, May 3, 2019, at theDiamond Don RV Park. Special pricing for school groups and families of $3 per person. This event is open to the public. Add an optional Steam Train Ride and hear about the Andrews Raid & The Great Locomotive Chase, the Civil War’s most gripping railroad story, for additional $5. (Train ride seating is limited, so please call for reservations 903-742-2041) This event is a fundraiser forMarion County Chamber of Commerce. There will be living history camps, more than 20 educational stations, cannons, gunboat, alligator viewing, crafts and games.Friday, May 3, there will be a Day of Learning for school groups, sponsored by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, to draw attention to the history and romance of the Civil War way of life. The Living History Camps will demonstrate Camp Life and Military Activities and includes a live steam train ride aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway as the story of The Andrews Raid unfolds alongside the Big Cypress Bayou. See a gunboat with real live cannons. Visit Diamond Don Gator Pit with live gators and see ruins from the 1800’s. Price for Living History is $3 per student; train ride is additional $5 per student. Jefferson Texas 75667
Thanks so much for letting our readers know about that event, Melissa! 🙂
Mineral Wells Fossil Park Mineral Wells Tx
Thanks so much for sharing those field trip locations, Amy! 🙂
Caddo Indians Mounds, El Camino Real Alto Tx
The Meadow Center for Water and the Environment has the glass bottom boats.
Thanks for all of your suggestions, Michelle! 🙂
Natural Bridge Caverns vs Wonder World Caverns. Water made vs earthquake made.
Washington on the Brazos. Loads of Texas history.
Thanks for suggesting that field trip idea to our readers, Mary! 🙂
Fort Worth, TX -Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency.Take the free tour and watch them make our nations money.
Sounds like an awesome field trip! Thanks for sharing that with our readers, Amy! 🙂
Petroleum Museum and Sibley Nature Center in Midland, Texas
Thanks for suggesting the museum and nature center to our readers, Cindy!
A friend of mine recently took her kids somewhere to dig for fossils. Can’t remember the name of the place. Want to say it was somewhere out toward Austin. I’ll have to see if I can find the name of it.
I believe it’s in Granbury, Tx
ITT is located outside of Weatherford.
Thank you, Linda!
Thanks for the suggestion, Wendy! Definitely feel free to come back and post the location if you remember it. 🙂
The Perot Museum and Aquarium in Dallas are great!
Awesome suggestions for our readers, Victoria! Thank you!
The Alamo and missions in San Antonio.
Thanks for making sure our readers know to check those out, Amanda!
Heard museum Mckiney TX
Thanks for suggesting the Heard Museum to our readers, Louise!
East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore TX
Thanks for the suggesting the Oil Museum to our readers, Joy!