Traveling to Boston? This city offers many exciting activities from historic sites to museums, and makes a great destination for a student trip. Walking the Freedom Trail and learning about the development of our nation’s history is something your group is sure to enjoy. When the tour is over, there is a still a lot to do and see in the city. These places may interest your group.
Start your trip off with a visit to one of Boston’s museums. The Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest museums in America, houses a vast collection of Art from Asia, Europe and America, and also features many displays of textiles, sculptures, photographs and more. For a unique museum experience, visit the Museum of African American History. Students will have the opportunity to walk the Black Heritage Trail, where they will view an African Meeting House, the first school for African American Students, and several other historic houses. Various displays and exhibits feature information and timelines on slavery, desegregation and the Civil Rights Movement.
The Museum of Science is another museum option, and presents an abundance of activities that are sure to be exciting for any age group. Students can watch bees making honey in an imitation of their natural habitat, see a dinosaur fossil and learn about medical x-rays. Students will enjoy learning about constellations and planetary bodies in the museum’s planetarium, and the museum also has laser shows, a 3-D cinema, and an IMAX Theater that offer shows on everything from dinosaurs to black holes. Students will enjoy the interactive displays, and also learn more about math, science, outer space.
Another popular site is the New England Aquarium. In addition to thousands of fish, this museum offers penguins, sharks, octopuses’, and seals. Guests can view jellyfish swimming in a two-story tank, watch the penguins eat a meal, and even walk through an Amazon rain forest. Hands-on areas provide kids with the opportunity to pet hermit crabs, lobsters and sea stars, and even ask the museum staff their own questions about their new underwater friends. Animal shows take place daily, and your group can watch a seal training session, see a diver feed sharks and stingrays, and learn how coral reefs are formed. Guided tours are available for school groups upon request.
A trip to the zoo is sure to please even the pickiest travelers. Franklin Park Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in America, and visitors will have a blast viewing over 200 species including gorillas, giraffes and hippos. The Butterfly tent, complete with a waterfall and a garden, is a seasonal display featuring over 1,000 free flying butterflies. Children will want to discover the Children’s Zoo, where they can observe prairie dogs, ducks and more. The Franklin Park Zoo even offers several interactive classes and tours that are planned to teach children about animal behaviors. For an even better adventure, the zoo offers overnights where students can spend the night getting a behind-the-scenes look at the animals and their caretakers.
These are just a few of the popular places to consider visiting on your trip to Boston. Plan to spend a morning or even a whole day at one of these sites. School trips are an excellent way to give kids a chance to learn about many different subjects in a short amount of time, so plan to visit one of these exciting locations.