Field Trip Ideas

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This could never be a comprehensive listing of Field Trip Ideas for Homeschoolers, but at least it’s a start. Add to it as you come across additional ideas. I have included websites where available, otherwise a phone number is provided to call for complete info on hours, rates, etc. If you are part of a homeschooling group, keep in mind there are often special rates for groups, so be sure to ask before you go.


Additional Resources to Consult for Classes, Activities and Events:

The Mn Explorer

Mn Parent Magazine (free at most libraries and grocery stores)

Family Times Magazine (also free at most libraries and grocery stores)

Minnesota Monthly Magazine

Local Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Centers

Community Education Programs (your community or a neighboring community)

Parks and Rec Programs (yours and nearby communities)

Library Programs (Explore other libraries in your county or a neighboring county)

County Historical Societies (classes on local history or beginning genealogy)

County Parks Programs & Nature Centers (snowshoing, crosscountry skiing, kayaking and canoeing with equipment rental on site, maple syruping demos, birding, bug walks, dogsledding rides etc  are all offered through various County Parks)


Sampling of Parks, Nature Centers and  Outdoor Activity Opportunities:

State Parks (Metro & Greater MN)

--Junior Naturalist Programs, interpretive centers, self-guided tours, classes on rock hounding, mushroom hunting, birding, etc.


Mn Landscape Arboretum  952-443-1400

Sculpture Gardens

Raptor Center   612-624-2756

Wargo Nature Center (Hugo)  651-429-8007

Springbrook Nature Center (Blaine)

Tamarack Nature Center (Maplewood)

Dodge Nature Center (W. St Paul)

Maplewood Nature Center

Westwood Hills Nature Center

Harriet Alexander Nature Center

Elm Creek Park Reserve (Dayton)

Lowry Nature Center (Victoria)  763-559-6700

Northern Mississippi Regional Parks   763-559-6700


Demonstrations, Exhibitions & Attractions:

Minnesota Zoo

Como Zoo

Como Zoo Conservatory

State Capital Tours  651-296-2881

Under Water Adventures at MOA

Historical Sites (statewide)

Murphy’s Landing (Shakopee)

Edina Art Center (Edina)

Bloomington Art Center (Bloomington)

The Works  952-848-4848

Mad Science

Art Start

Macphail Center for the Arts

Red Balloon Bookshop

Northern Clay Center

The Loft

Minnesota Center for Book Arts


Seasonal Ideas:

Hot Air Balloon Rides (Stillwater)

Ice Boat Races (Phalen)

Winter Carnival

Taste of Minnesota

Renaissance Festival (Shakopee)



Science Museum (St Paul)  651-221-9444

Children’s Museum (St Paul)  651-225-6000

Walker Art Center (Minneapolis)

Bell Museum of Natural History  612-624-7083

Minneapolis Institute of Art

American Swedish Institute

Bakken Museum  612-926-3878

Museum of Russian Art

Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

Mill City Museum 612-341-7555

Hennepin History Museum  612-870-1329

Minnesota History Center 651-296-6126

Schubert Club Museum of Musical Instruments

Pavek Museum of Broadcasting 952-926-8198

Mn Museum of American Art


Plays and Performances:




Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre

Children’s Theatre Company

James Sewell Ballet

Minnesota Dance Theatre
Minnesota Opera

Minnesota Orchestra

St Paul Chamber Orchestra

Great American History Theatre

Fitzgerald Theatre

Old Log Theater

StageCoach Theatre Arts

Stages Theatre Company

O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

Illusion Theater

Northrup Auditorium

Zenon Dance Company

Landmark Center

Minnesota Symphonies

Minnesota Youth Symphonies

Stepping Stone Theatre

Youth Performance Theatre


Fun, Fun, Fun!!!

County Fairs (seasonal)

State Fair (seasonal)

Community Festivals & Events (seasonal)

Horseback Riding (trail rides, lessons, horse camps- check your phone book for stables)

Ride the Light Rail to MOA

Bunker Beach and Wave Pool (seasonal)

Grand Rios indoor water park (Brooklyn Park)

Cascade Bay outdoor water park (Eagan) --a Favorite of ours!


Grand Slam (indoor rock climbing, lazer tag, bumper cars, batting cages, mini-golf)  (Coon Rapids and Eagan)

Raceway to Fun (Newport) (go carts, bumper boats, driving range, mini-golf. Best go cart track I’ve ever been on!) 651-459-6578

Corn Mazes (seasonal)

Roller Skating and Inline Skating Rinks (check phone book for one near you)

Bloomington Water Park

Apple Orchards/ Pumpkin Patches (seasonal)

Rock Climbing (REI, Dicks, Galyans)

Snowboarding/ Snowtubing (seasonal)

The Depot (Minneapolis)    612-375-1700

Apple Valley Aquatics Center  952-953-2300

Wild Mountain

Tropics Indoor Water Park (Shoreview Comm Ctr)   651-490-4700

Green Acres (Lake Elmo)


Padelford Boat Company

Look Out Ridge Indoor Playground (Woodbury) 651-735-7645

Eagles Nest Indoor Playground (New Brighton) 651-63-2127

Spring Lake Amusement Park  763-786-4994

Thunder Alley  (Brooklyn Center) 763-566-7733

Lava Links (Roseville)  651-628-9956

Lilliputt Minigolf and Bumper Boats (Coon Rapids) 763-755-1450

Buck Hill (Burnsville)

Afton Alps (Afton)

City of St Louis Park Family Aquatic Park  952-924-2540

Maple Grove Community Center   763-494-6527       

Edina Aquatic Center 612-928-4582

Northeast Water Park  612-370-4937

Richfield Outdoor Pool and Adventure Play  612-861-9355

Battle Creek Water Works  651-501-6340

Scuba Center

Adventure Park (Ham Lake) 763-757-3000


Beyond the Metro:

Caves-- great activity for hot summer days as caves are always cool!

Crystal Cave (Spring Valley, WI)

Mystery Cave (Forestville, MN)

Niagara Cave (Harmony, MN)

Soudan Underground Mine (Soudan, MN)


Lark Toys (Kellogg, MN)

toy store, book store, toy museum, hand carved indoor carousel, and awesome mini-golf course.

Lutsen    Great alpine slide! You ride the ski lift to the top.Great views.

Iron World    iron mining museum and more.

Silver Bay Marina (Silver Bay, MN) Great boulder penninsula hike. Discover your inner billy-goat!