7 Ideas for Free Field Trips


With school back in session, you may be seeing some long faces around the house. Bye-bye to those carefree summer days! These kids will start daydreaming in class, wishing to hear those two magic words … “FIELD TRIP!”

Why leave it to the teacher to plan the field trips? You can do it too, and you don’t have to homeschool either. Get some good bonding time as a family! And, it really doesn’t have to cost you a thing. Here are some ideas for free field trips that may be available in your area.

Restaurant Kitchen Tour

Some restaurants give a free tour of their kitchen during less busy hours. Make some calls and see if there are any establishments in your area that are willing to do this. What a great opportunity if you have an aspiring chef!

Fire Station

We were fortunate enough to be related to someone, who was related to someone, who was married to a firefighter. We received the star treatment: a full tour of the firehouse, a fire safety lecture, a demonstration of how firefighters put on their gear, and a chance to sit in one of the fire engines. But, even if you don’t know anyone at the fire station personally, most stations welcome visitors, even drop-ins.


Many museums, including aquariums, offer free admission days certain times of the year, some as often as once a month. Go to their website, and check their calendar. When going during one of these free days, it’s best to plan to be there early, in case there’s a long line to get in.

Local Farm

Some of you may already live in rural areas, but for us, suburbanites, visiting a farm is a big deal. If you’re planning a farm visit, check their website for some learning resources. The one we went to had a fun scavenger hunt game online that you can print out ahead of time.

Factory Tour

Many factories offer tours during the week. The funnest one we’ve been on is a tour of a candy factory. Some of these places are hidden in not-so-attractive industrial areas. A Google search might turn up some interesting factories that will allow you to visit at no charge.


I tend to think that going on a hike means having to go to the middle of nowhere, but I learned there are a few places in our area that are great places to hike. The most recent trip we took was on a nice paved path, so no special shoes or gear needed.

Military Base

If you live near a military base and know someone with access inside, this is a great trip to plan. My son was excited when we drove past the large planes and he spied soldiers in marching formation. There may even be museums, that are rich in history, open to the public. The kids had so much fun that they didn’t have a clue they were “doing school.”

What are your ideas for free field trips?


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19 thoughts on “7 Ideas for Free Field Trips

  1. Awesome ideas!! I hadn’t thought of a few of these 🙂 We love taking advantage of the children’s museum free admission night. We try to make a day of it since the free admission is in the evening. Also our friends have a season pass to the Milwaukee museum which offers a free guest admission also. Ask your friends! They may have some perks you don’t know about 🙂

    1. Oh, yes! What a good idea! Ask your friends who might be able to hook you up! I remember my sister and her family had season passes to Six Flags, and they have an invite-a-friend-for-free for each pass, so they were able to take our whole family with them. It was so much fun, something we never would’ve been able to afford during that time because we were pretty tight on our budget.

  2. I know that many newspapers offer tours. I don’t know about the biggies like WSJ and NY Times but I know the larger metro papers and the smaller papers usually do. Children usually get the royal treatment because those are future subscribers (hopefully)!

    p.s. It looks like your kids are going to be as tall as you soon 🙂 Love that, my sixth grader, who is one of the shorter kids in his class, is only three inches shorter than me….Most everyone in the middle school is taller than me 🙂

    1. Uh, what’s a newspaper? Just kidding! But seriously, I think many in this younger generation have no clue what a newspaper is. When I used to buy the Sunday paper for coupons, my kids curiously asked what it was. They loved the comics section though. I love the idea of a newspaper tour! I know a couple of people, who have worked with our local paper, so that’s certainly something to inquire about.
      About the height thing, my kids are not considered tall (maybe average for their age). I, on the other hand, (if you can’t tell from the pic) am super short! (Thanks Mom!) I’m sure it won’t take long for my kids to start towering above me. 🙂

  3. All very cool ideas!!! I’m always looking for fun trips and places to go that don’t cost money and keep the boys entertained. These are all wonderful! Thanks for sharing! The library is another fun filled free adventure…the zoo is always a favorite of ours too. Not free but we got a year long pass and it was totally worth it to go whenever we want!

    1. Purchasing those season passes are definitely worth it if you plan to go all the time! We’re considering it and trying to save up for that next year. It’s nice when you have a pass, you don’t feel like you have to conquer the whole park in one day, and you can just take your time.

    1. I don’t know what it is, but it fascinates children to watch how people make their favorite foods. Even today, when we were at Costco, we stopped by their food court. Ours has a window that looks into the kitchen area, and my kids love looking through there and watch the workers make pizza after pizza.

    1. Absolutely, it may take some research but if you dig just a little deeper, you’ll discover a lot of opportunities to learn without spending too much.

  4. My husband and I were just saying we should take our daughter to the aquarium. I’m def going to see if Boston offers free days! Great post abd suggestion cause I’m always looking for new things to do! Also, heading over now to give you a TMB vote!

    1. Oh, I hope you get to go! My kids love the aquarium. We’ve been to it many times, and there’s no sign of them getting tired of it. Thanks for the vote! Voted for you too!

  5. You’ve shared such wonderful field trip ideas here!

    We went on a fire hall tour and it was the best! i would love to arrange a farm tour. My kids would love that!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.

    1. The farm tour was so much fun! My kids would sometimes get squeamish about animals, but after that farm visit, they were definitely animal lovers for sure! Thanks for another fun blog hop!

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