- On June 4, 2017
Great school field trip ideas aren’t hard to come by in the Minneapolis area. There are so many terrific things to do that a single class could take a field trip every week of the school year and still not cover all the great historical and cultural attractions around the Twin Cities.
Here are some of the most popular attractions for school field trips in the Minneapolis, MN area.
Museums near Minneapolis
There are a lot of great museums in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some of the most popular include:
- Mill City Museum: Housed in the ruins of what used to be the largest flour mill in the world, the Mill City Museum offers students a chance to learn about the history of the flour industry, the Minneapolis area and the Mississippi River. Activities range from scavenger hunts to short movies featuring local icons.
- Minnesota History Center: Grade-level-appropriate scavenger hunts and interactive exhibits offer lots of excellent options for learning. There are even online tools to help teachers prepare for their visit.
- Alexander Ramsey House: A stunning Victorian-era home preserved to showcase thousands of items once owned by the Ramsey family. Interactive tours show classes what life was like when Alexander Ramsey served as governor of the state.
These are only a few of the options for learning more about Minneapolis and Minnesota. Museums are a great way to supplement history, social studies, and lessons in many other subjects.
Visiting the Capitol
The State Capitol building has just reopened after being closed to field trips for the past three years. The restorations that were ongoing during that period have resulted in a Capitol that has recaptured the grandeur it displayed when it was built in 1905. Students can learn about lawmaking and visit the chambers where the state’s lawmakers meet to make decisions about the future of Minnesota.
Exploring Minnesota History
There are some great school trip options that tie into frontier life and the time when America was just starting its westward expansion. Fort Snelling, for example, was once the U.S. military’s most remote outpost. Classes can visit the fort and learn about life during the 1800s by interacting with costumed guides and viewing demonstrations of daily activities. There are also interactive displays. The tour includes the story of Dred and Harriet Scott, who were once enslaved and filed suit to win their freedom.
Building Teamwork and Trust
School field trips aren’t just about learning history or visiting museums full of artifacts these days.
At Zero Gravity, we know it’s important to get the kids in your class working together and building camaraderie by getting them involved in fun activities.
Bouncing around on our many trampolines helps kids have fun together and get healthier, while also teaching them important lessons about teamwork.