Top Field Trips for Schools and Families in Atlanta and Beyond
A learning trip reinforces what your kids are studying in school. Here’s a list of Atlanta Parent advertisers to help you plan your outing.
[Featured Field Trips]
Visit a natural history museum, a museum of rare artifacts and a botanical garden, which offers several ways to incorporate this location into curriculum or at-home learning.
Learn about the history of the city of Atlanta and the events and people that shaped the metro area and the South.
See the human anatomy in a new way in this exhibit of more than 200 dissected and preserved bodies.
See America’s story though contemporary Western art, Civil War art, Native American artifacts, presidential portraits, letters and much more.
Spend the day in play with engaging STEAM exhibits geared toward kids through age 8 – learn about food production, travel the world and more.
Hands-on exhibits bring the excitement, history and stars of college football to life – kids love the indoor playing field.
Permanent and special exhibits provide hands-on learning; don’t miss the giant dinosaurs and IMAX theater. Outdoor adventures abound at Wildwoods and Fernbank Forest.
Give your kids the stars with a visit to the science center, where planetarium shows explore the wonders of the universe.
Explore the large collection of art from a variety of time periods. The expanded Greene Family Learning Gallery has lots of ways to create and play.
Hands-on learning focused on curriculum areas. Learn in the Lego® classroom. Collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving are encouraged.
Kids will enjoy learning about how design influences many aspects of life, from architecture to computer programs to places to play.
Explore an 800-square-foot solar house and learn about the technology, see Science in Motion with displays of cars, planes and space capsules, visit the dinosaurs in the Fossil Gallery, gaze at the stars in the Tellus Observatory and more.
This 1,500-acre agritourism destination founded by the late S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A, gives kids a taste of life on the farm and a working cattle ranch with hands-on activities.
Learn about the Civil War and the Great Locomotive Chase (and see The General locomotive), and explore the history of railroads and Georgia’s early industrialization.
A visit to the zoo is more than just seeing exotic animals – it’s a chance to learn about their natural habitat and habits, their diet and care, and much, much more.
In-School Field Trips:
Hear African-American culture and history brought to life with this talented, traveling storytelling group.
Adventure Field Trips in Metro Atlanta
Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hampton.
Malibu Grand Prix. Go-Karts, state-of-the-art game room, golf and more will make your field trip fun for everyone. Norcross.
Monster Mini Golf. Monster Mini Golf is 18 holes of indoor, monster themed, Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf. Experience cool special effects, great music, arcade, redemption tickets and two private party rooms. Marietta.
Mountasia Family Fun Center. State-of-the-art game room, golf and more will make your field trip fun for everyone. Marietta.
Six Flags Theme Park. Austell.
Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain.
Treetop Quest. Buford and Dunwoody.
Animals and Farm Field Trips in Metro Atlanta
The Art Barn At Morning Glory Farm. Canton.
Cagle’s Dairy Farm. Canton.
Georgia Aquarium. Visit the world’s largest aquarium with more than 100,000 animals from 500 species. Atlanta.
Pettit Creek Farms. Cartersville.
The Pumpkin Patch at Yule Forest. Farm Fun Opens Oct. 1. School Tours, Hayrides, Petting Zoo, Fun Zone, Puppet Shows, Science Center, Bee House. Stockbridge.
Tanglewood Farm. Canton.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Have family fun getting lost. Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch offers hayrides, maze trails, bonfires, fresh food. Open weekends Sept, Nov, and every day in October. Dawsonville.
Yellow River Game Ranch. Lilburn.
Zoo Atlanta. Roam the globe with over 800 animals from around the world. Don’t miss the Zoo train, carousel, splash pad, and new treetop trail. Keeper talks, interactive shows, special events, camps and education programs run year-round. Atlanta.
Historic Sites and House Field Trips in Metro Atlanta
Bulloch Hall. Roswell.
Funk Heritage Center. View the life and history of Native Americans during the Trail of Tears. An Appalachian Settlement shows visitors how pioneer families lived.
Governor’s Mansion. Atlanta.
The Herndon Home. Atlanta.
Historic Mable House. Mableton.
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Site. Atlanta.
Oakland Cemetery. Atlanta.
Root House Museum. Marietta.
Smith Plantation. Roswell.
The Wren’s Nest. Atlanta.
Museum Field Trips in Metro Atlanta
Atlanta History Center. On 33 acres in historic Buckhead, the history center houses the Atlanta History Museum, Centennial Olympic Games Museum, Swan House, Smith Family Farm, six historic gardens, and the Kenan Research Center. Atlanta.
Atlanta Preservation Center. Atlanta.
APEX Museum. Atlanta.
Bartow History Museum. Cartersville.
Bodies The Exhibition. The Exhibition showcases real human bodies, dissected and preserved through a revolutionary process allowing visitors to see themselves in a fascinating way like never before. Atlanta.
Booth Western Art Museum. Cartersville.
Braves Suntrust Park Tours. The museum offers specialized tours tailored to elementary, middle and high school students. Tours take visitors to many areas off limits during games, including the press box, broadcast booth, clubhouse and dugout. Smyrna.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Play and learn about art, science, creative problem-solving, reading, nutrition and culture.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History. See dinosaurs, children’s discovery rooms and Georgia history. Enjoy monthly activities and see IMAX films. Atlanta.
Fernbank Science Center. Atlanta.
High Museum of Art. Atlanta.
Georgia Capitol Museum. Atlanta.
Hudgens Center for Art & Learning. Duluth.
Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, Inc. Gainesville.
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Atlanta.
LEGOLAND. Jump inside the world’s biggest box of LEGO bricks ever. Buckhead Atlanta.
Margaret Mitchell House. Atlanta.
Michael C. Carlos Museum. Atlanta.
Museum of Design. Atlanta.
Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. Explore the global history and science of papermaking at the paper museum. Perfect for families. Tours and workshops available for groups of 10 or more. Georgia Tech.
Southeastern Railway Museum. Duluth.
Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History. Kennesaw.
Teaching Museum North. Roswell. And Teaching Museum South. Hapeville.
Telephone Museum. Atlanta.
Tellus Science Museum. Cartersville.
William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Atlanta.
World of Coca-Cola. Educate and inspire your class with a visit to World of Coca-Cola. Our Teacher Toolkit gives you the tools to ensure field trips are educational as well as entertaining. Atlanta.
Nature and Science Field Trips in Metro Atlanta
Atlanta Botanical Garden. Atlanta.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Johns Creek.
Big Trees Urban Forest Preserve. Atlanta.
Chattahoochee Nature Center. Roswell.
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Atlanta.
Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. Lithonia.
Dunwoody Nature Center. Dunwoody.
Elachee Nature Science Center. Gainesville.
Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. Buford.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Kennesaw.
McDaniel Farm Park. Duluth.
Panola Mountain State Park. Stockbridge.
Reynolds Nature Preserve. Morrow.
Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. Youths explore the farm to learn how food grows and how they can be good Earth stewards. Atlanta.
Performing Arts Field Trips in Metro Atlanta
Alliance Theatre. Atlanta.
Center for Puppetry Arts. Atlanta. Since 1978, the center has introduced visitors to the art of puppetry with performances, workshops and puppetry museum.
Medieval Times. Lawrenceville.
Beyond Atlanta Field Trips
Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center. A 22-log-cabin village that showcases early Appalachian life with exhibits and artifacts and a gift shop full of handmade pottery, crafts and books. Mountain City.
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Hop aboard for a fun family ride all year long. Bryson City, N.C.
North Georgia Zoo. Cleveland.
The Rock Ranch. A 1500-acre ranch dedicated to history, farm, nature and guided field trips. The Rock.
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Sit back, relax and let our trains take you away for an hour or a day. Perfect for families. Chattanooga.