When I was in grade school, the best part was the field trips. I could hardly sleep the night before due to anticipation, and the amount of excitement on the school bus when we departed was enough to cause an explosion. Ah, those were the days…
But here’s the secret: “those days” can be today! You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy some of Texas’ most historic and educational places. Everyone can benefit from learning a little something, and you just might have a lot of fun along the way.
1. The Texas State Capital Building (Austin)
Chances are, you went here at least once with your history class. You probably weren't aware that you were visiting the largest capital building in the United States, but it was fascinating to look at all the same. You learned about our state legislators and how bills become laws (but you were too busy looking around with the wide-eyed curiosity of a child to hear any of it). Even as adults, the capital remains a fun, educational, and beautiful place to visit.
2. South Texas State Fair (Beaumont)
I remember many a year spent with my classmates at the fair. Not an educational activity, but a break from studies to enjoy the finally cool Texas fall weather was much appreciated.
3. Museum of Natural Science (Houston)
This is probably the most popular grade-school field trip in Texas. Not only does it teach children about science, but it does it through enthralling exhibits that capture everyone's attention regardless of age. (Especially the dinosaurs. They're definitely the favorite.)
4. Meeting Elsie the Cow
Elsie was a very well-traveled cow, paying visits to the South Texas State Fair (where I saw her) and even making appearances at some schools. Whether you got to pet her, milk her, or just get a good look, it's no wonder the face of quality dairy spent so much time in Texas.
5. Spindletop (Beaumont)
Teaching youngins the history of our state is crucial to them growing up "Texas loud and Texas proud" as they say. The Spindletop gusher was one of the most important events that ever occurred in Texas (if not in the entire country) because it put us lightyears ahead in oil production (and we can thank it for low gas prices in SETX!).
6. The Children's Museum (Houston)
The children's museum is a classic Texas field trip for elementary school children. It teaches them about everything from the human body to how to grocery shop in fun, interactive ways that engage their developing brains and leave lasting impressions. I know I always enjoyed running through the big mouth as a kid.
7. Visiting a farm
Regardless of whether you were in the FFA, your school most likely took you to a farm or ranch of some kind. I mean, they're pretty important - they provide so many of the resources we use daily. Plus, this IS Texas after all...
8. The Alamo (San Antonio)
The Alamo is quite possibly the most historic building in Texas, so it's no wonder why it was a popular field trip destination. I can remember it like it was yesterday - imagining soldiers all around me fighting their hearts out for freedom.
This has me missing grade school big time. I guess I just need to add these to my summer bucket list! What were your favorite field trips as a kid in Texas?