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Top 15 field trip spots in Austin, Texas

Field Trips in Austin Texas from Schools.com

Want to know fun and educational places to go with your children or students in Austin? Boasting tons of museums, theaters, and zoos, Austin is a unique kid-friendly city in the U.S. Looking for school trip inspiration? Check out a list, based on our opinion, of top afternoon attractions and plan a field trip they'll remember.

  • Austin Zoo: Featuring 300 animals from over 100 different species, the Austin Zoo started as a goat ranch and has grown to include monkeys, amphibians, birds and more. A pint-size train winds its way around the property. (10808 Rawhide Trail, Austin, 78736)

  • Austin Children's Museum: This educational, entertaining space boasts over 12,500 square feet of gallery and program space. Kids can take part in a global city, build in the funstruction zone or make creations from recycled material. (201 Colorado St, Austin, 78701)

  • French Legation Museum: Known as Austin's oldest home, the museum was built in 1841 as a home for the French chargé d'affaires, Alphonse Dubois. Younger kids can come for storytime every first and third Thursday, while older students tour the grounds. (802 San Marcos St, Austin, 78702)

  • Pioneer Farms: Explore a Tonkawa Indian Encampment, a Texian Farm, a German Emigrant Farm, a Cotton Planter's Farm and a rural village. Activities are available at different levels for K-12 students, and you can even reserve a historical "traveling trunk" to come to your school a few days before your trip. (10621 Pioneer Farms Dr, Austin, 78754)

  • Texas State History Museum: The sights and sounds of Texas history are on display for students K-12. Exhibit admission is free for students in reserved school groups, and online schools in Texas can get in on the fun with live, interactive, two-way video conferencing. (1800 Congress Ave, Austin, 78701)

  • Inner Space Cavern: Take a trip out of town and go underground to see a natural wonder 10,000 years in the making. This unique Texas landmark is one of the few locales in the state where prehistoric animals have been unearthed. (4200 S. IH-35, Georgetown, 78626)

  • Texas Natural Science Center: Give students a taste of college life with this unique science museum, located on the UT campus. Students attending school online can take a virtual tour of exhibits, and teachers can download lesson plans from the center's website to prepare for the visit. (2400 Trinity St, Austin, 78712)

  • Blanton Museum of Art: Have a personal encounter with art at the Blanton. K-12 tours include school tours catered to age group, including story time, Destination Europe, and Look & Learn, designed to promote visual literacy and engagement with a range of art. (200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, 78701)

  • AMOA-Arthouse: The Austin Museum of Art has recently expanded, which means even more chances for students to interact with classic and modern art. School and group tours of both the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria are available. (700 Congress Ave, Austin, 78701)

  • Mexic-Arte Museum: Texas is rooted in rich Mexican and Mexican-American traditions, and that history is celebrated at the downtown Mexic-Arte Museum. Youth education programs include art classes, downloadable gallery guides and family days. (419 Congress Ave, Austin, 78701)

  • Capital Cruises: Set sail for adventure with an educational cruise around Lady Bird Lake. Book a special trip 30 minutes before sunset and watch the bats emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge, home of the largest urban bat colony in North America. (208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, 78704)

  • Cypress Valley Canopy Tours: Take your kids on an eco-adventure through a canopy of old-growth cypress trees. David and Amy Beilharz own the tour, which has kids harnessing safely to a line and soaring across 2 sky bridges and 7 zip lines. (1223 S. Paleface RR, Spicewood, 78669)

  • Austin Children's Theater: Step into center stage with theater classes for kids ages 4-18. Classes are available at multiple levels for students interested in creative storytelling, filmmaking, songwriting or performing on stage. Next, they'll be begging to read Hamlet. (906 E. 5th St, Austin, 78702)

  • Ballet Austin: Gear up for a classic field trip to this engaging theater. Elementary school students take part in Arts Blitz shows and curricula, while middle and high school students watch a professional dance company in action with the Studio Spotlight. (501 W. 3rd St, Austin, 78701)

  • Neill-Cochran House Museum: Step through 150 years of Austin history in a house that has served as a school for the blind, a lieutenant governor's mansion and a hospital for federal soldiers during Reconstruction. The museum features an enrichment program special for fourth graders, plus programs for homeschoolers and scout groups. (2310 San Gabriel St, Austin, 78705)

As you can see, Texas' capital city has a number of learning adventures for kids and adults alike -- and there's a lot more to explore. Keep this list bookmarked for future school trips and use it as a jumping-off point for a righteous year of field trips and weekend adventures.