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Katie Sagal

Best Boston Field Trips in Fall

While we’re all sad to see summer go, the fun of fall is just beginning. As the school year gets into full swing, teachers and parents will be looking to plan field trips for the upcoming quarter or semester, which we all know can be difficult logistically and financially. To make it easier on you educators out there, we’ve put together a few suggestions to make your Boston field trip planning a breeze this fall. For starters, I would recommend choosing the Go Select Pass to help you save time and money on your trip. It will allow you to specifically tailor the discounts to the kind of attractions you want your students to see, so you’ll know ahead of time how to structure the day/weekend. Or, choose one of the many specially curated Go Select packages, many of which contain Boston attractions ideal for school trips.

Image of Play, Amusement Park, Carousel, The iconic carousel in Boston Common
Teachers will often plan school trips around a theme or concept; depending on what students are focusing on, this could be historical, cultural, environmental, et al. The Greater Boston area has more than enough to offer for field trips in that respect – some of the top Boston attractions are perfect to meet your students’ needs. For younger school groups (elementary school and younger middle school), you should consider the Boston Museum Pass for Kids, which combines the best children’s museums in the area in one convenient package. Your group will get discounted admission to the ever-popular Museum of Science, the educational Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the iconic Boston Children’s Museum. Each attraction is conveniently located near the T or multiple bus routes, although, of course, there will be parking available if you’re taking your own school transportation.
Image of Outdoors, Nature, Countryside, Hut, Rural, An aerial view of Plimoth Plantation's recreated village.
The Colonial Boston Pass is another great option for school trips – suitable for middle school and above. This is an ideal trip to take during a unit on the Revolutionary War, or Colonial American history. You and your class can visit some of the best historical Boston attractions, like the Paul Revere House and the Old South Meeting House, as well as the Old State House – all of which are conveniently relatively near to one another. As an added bonus, you can also tour the fine collection of colonial American furniture, artifacts, and portraiture at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. And, at under $10/student, this is one of the smartest trips you’ll take all year. Don’t forget – one of the best benefits of the Boston Go Select Pass is the ability to customize your perfect school trip. Other great Boston attractions to consider for your next field trip are the Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II, fun historical sites (in one convenient location) featuring expert re-enactors and the most in-depth information on seventeenth century New England. These sorts of historical sites were my personal favorite kind of field trip as a kid! For science teachers, both the New England Aquarium and the Franklin Park Zoo offer special programming and tours just for school groups. All of these attractions are suitable for children in elementary school and above. Be sure to check out our Go Select Boston attractions and Go Select Packages to help make your next field trip a success!
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