Nature June 16, 2016
14 Amazing Field Trips Every Missourian Took as a Kid and Should Retake Now
Remember how exciting school field trips were? Even though, sigh, we usually had to learn something during the day, it was a chance to break free of the classroom, if only for a few hours. We bet you’ll love these classic Missouri field trips spots even more now that you’re older.
Pssst … Numbers 3 and 5 come with a strong possibility of adult beverages.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Saint Louis Science Center
Gaze at the stars in the planetarium, take in a larger-than-life show at the Omnimax Theater, pretend to be a Mars explorer and more!
2. National Churchill Museum
Learn all about Winston Churchill and his legacy at this Fulton attraction. You can even see a piece of the Berlin Wall here!
3. Deutschheim State Historic Site
Go back in time at this Hermann attraction. Peek into restored 1800s buildings to see how German-Americans lived at the time that they were settling mid-Missouri. As a bonus for adults: this is wine country—have a glass or two!
4. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
As a kid, the modern works of art in this Kansas City attraction were probably more puzzling than awe-inspiring. We bet you'll appreciate the experience even more now that you're older.
5. Grant's Farm
Take in the exotic species—including bison and zebra—living on this St. Louis farm, drop in on a 19th-century cabin, feed the adorable baby goats (of course!) and grab a cold one in the Bauernhof.
6. Missouri Civil War Museum
Located in Jefferson Barracks Military Post in St. Louis, this museum is considered one of the largest Civil War museums in the Midwest.
7. Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home & Museum
Even if you're not a fan of the beloved Little House series, this Mansfield museum gives visitors an intriguing look at what life was like for settlers at the turn of the century.
8. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
This Kansas City attraction is chock full of African-American baseball history.
9. Museum of Transportation
Do you ever really grow too old to be amazed by boats, planes and trains? Check them all out at this St. Louis museum, which includes a large collection of locomotives and railroad equipment.
10. Daniel Boone Home
Besides offering a fascinating glimpse of what life was like for Boone and his family when they settled in eastern Missouri, the setting of these historic homes in the Femme Osage Valley is breathtaking. For a leisurely afternoon, bring a picnic!
11. Mastodon State Historic Site
At this Imperial attraction, you can marvel at excavated bones of mastodon and other extinct animals that once roamed Missouri.
12. Missouri State Capitol
Take in some state history at the Capitol in Jefferson City. Free guided tours are available year-round.
13. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
Book worms will love exploring Samuel Clemens' childhood home, which inspired many scenes in his famous books.
14. Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Located just east of Kansas City, this attraction features Truman's grave, as well as tons of information about Truman, his tenure as president and his personal life.
What other Missouri field trip spots are worthy of revisiting? Let us know!