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Fun Field Trip Ideas in Tampa

October 24, 2017

Tampa Field Trip Ideas

Tampa Field Trip Ideas


The school year is in full swing and teachers are planning field trips. Luckily Tampa offers ample opportunities get out there and learn! With a large metro area that includes St. Pete, Largo and Clearwater, the options are almost endless. We’ve put together our list of the best Tampa field trip ideas to help you plan the perfect class trip.


History Field Trip Ideas


SS American Victory

Tampa Field Trip Ideas

The SS American Victory is a still functional WW2 Era cargo ship located in Tampa, FL. They offer guided tours of this 455 foot vessel where students learn the history of its making and service, which included the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Students are welcomed to pack a lunch to enjoy on deck while overlooking the bay. Their program lasts about an hour to an hour and a half, and requires a minimum of 10 students, with a max of 45.

Additional Info:

Location: 705 Channelside Dr Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: 813-228-8766

Cost: $4.00 students 12 and under $6.00 students 12+

One free chaperone per ten students

Learn more at: www.americanvictory.org


Henry B Plant Museum

Tampa Field Trip Ideas

Take a trip back to the 19th century by visiting the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa. Located in the historical Tampa Bay Hotel, a Victorian railroad resort, it shows the lifestyles of the era's upper class. The hotel itself features 511 rooms on a 6 acre property and was built at a cost of $2,500,000. Guide led tours are available for groups of at least 10.

Additional Info:

Location: 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606

Phone: 813-254-1891

Cost: $7.00 per student

Learn more at: www.plantmuseum.com


Tampa Bay History Center

tampa field trip ideas

The Tampa Bay History Center covers over 12,000 years of Florida history. With exhibits from Florida’s First People to European Exploration and Cigar City, students will have the opportunity to learn about the long and complex history of our state. Tours are available for school groups and boxed lunches can be provided if ordered ahead of time.

Additional Info:

Location: 801 Old Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: 813-228-0097

Cost: $7.00 per student

One free chaperone per ten students

Learn more at: www.tampabayhistorycenter.org


Ybor and LaCasita House Museums

tampa field trip ideas

Discover the history of Tampa at the Ybor and LaCasita Museums. Adjoined on one property, these museums are free for school groups and include a short tour through the museum, garden and LaCasita House. Students will learn how cigars were traditionally made, as well as how various immigrant groups helped shape the Tampa we know and love today.

Additional info:

Location: 1804 E 9th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

Phone: 813-247-6323

Cost: Free for field trips

Learn more at: www.ybormuseum.org


Florida Holocaust Museum

tampa field trip ideas

Students will have the opportunity to understand the tragedy of the Holocaust while also learning about the dignity and value of all human lives. Exhibits include a boxcar used to transport Jewish victims as well as artifacts, photos and newspapers demonstrating the timeline of events leading up to the Holocaust. Guided tours are available when requested at least 30 days in advance.

Additional info:

Location: 55 5th St S, St Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-820-0100

Cost: $7.00 for students up to age 17

Learn more at: www.flholocaustmuseum.org



Science Field Trip Ideas


Museum of Science and Industry

tampa field trip ideas

While it’s closed for remodeling through Nov. 17th, 2017 the Museum of Science and Industry (known as MOSI) offers a variety of science based exhibits for students to explore. Featuring interactive exhibits like a Roller Coaster Simulator, Planetarium and 3D Printing Lab, there’s something for every science classroom to discover. MOSI also offers a variety of on site programs for students grades 1st through 8th.

Additional Info:

Location: 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617

Phone: 813-987-6000

Cost: $4.00 - $18.00 based on programs selected

Chaperones free with all visits except Sky Trail Ropes Course

Learn more at: www.mosi.org


Big Cat Rescue

tampa field trip ideas

Big Cat Rescue is an accredited sanctuary dedicated to the care of abused and abandoned big cats. These animals often come from performance acts or were otherwise abandoned by irresponsible (and often illegal) owners. Big Cat Rescue offers a 1 hour walking tour for school groups and requires a minimum of 10, with a maximum of 60 participants. Students must be 10 years old and in 5th grade or above to participate. Students will learn about these big cats and the conservation efforts undertaken to preserve them in the wild.  

Additional Info:

Location: 12802 Easty St, Tampa, FL, 33625

Phone: 813-920-4130

Cost: $19 per student

One free chaperone per twenty students

Learn more at: www.bigcatrescue.org


Lowry Park Zoo

tampa field trip ideas

Lions and Tigers and Bears… oh my! Take a walk on the wild side at the Lowry Park Zoo. Lowry features a wide array of wildlife, including perennial favorites like giraffes and penguins. Pre-ordered lunches are available, and educator curriculum is provided to help connect exhibits to classroom lessons.

Additional Info:

Location: 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604

Phone: 813-935-8552

Cost: $26.95 per student

Learn more at: www.lowryparkzoo.org


Florida Aquarium

Who doesn’t love dolphins and penguins? The Florida Aquarium offers a Wild Dolphin Tour, where you will see dolphins happily jumping around in the water from a 72 foot catamaran. If you always wanted to see a penguin up close, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a backstage visit, where you can feed them, learn more about their environment, and, of course, watch them in action. They also offer a variety of classroom learning opportunities to tie into your curriculum. 

Additional Info

Location: 701 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602,

Phone: (813) 273-4000

Cost: Packages range from $15 to $50

Learn more at: http://www.flaquarium.org/


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