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Best Places for School Trips in San Diego

San Diego is a prime cultural destination for families, students, and school groups from across the country. With its wealth of cultural attractions ranging from art museums to historic naval vessels to one of the best zoos in the country, San Diego boasts an appropriate attraction for every type of trip. If you're looking for some ideas while planning your school trip San Diego, check out our favorites, including:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • USS Midway Museum
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • San Diego Air & Space Museum
  • Birch Aquarium

Save on Field Trip Admission in San Diego

For those of you planning a school trip for your children or students, you're sure to be looking for ways to save. With budgets as tight as they are these days, the all-inclusive Go San Diego Card is a smart choice. Save up to 55% on combined admission prices vs. paying at the gate. See all available, passes, and prices -- learn more.

San Diego Zoo

Image of Animal, Bear, Giant Panda, Mammal, Wildlife, Image Credit San Diego Zoo by Damien Lasater
Arguably the best field trip attraction in the entire city is the San Diego Zoo. It's a perfect educational destination, offering plenty of informative content alongside the excitement of meeting new exotic critters from around the globe. Don't miss the world-famous Giant Pandas, or their newest exhibit area, Africa Rocks, which features African flora and fauna like penguins, lemurs, and more. Insider tip: Use the free Guided Bus Tour ticket to get your group around, because this zoo is very sizable and little feet will get tired quickly. Getting In: San Diego Zoo tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.

USS Midway Museum

Image of Aircraft, Airplane, Vehicle, Military, Ship, Boat, Aircraft Carrier, Navy, Cruiser, For groups emphasizing American history in general, or even military history in particular, the USS Midway Museum is an ideal attraction. Groups can tour the fascinating collection of painstakingly restored historical aircraft and 60 different educational exhibits. There's also an audio tour which explains each component along the way, like the sleeping quarters and flight control deck. Getting In: USS Midway Museum tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.

San Diego Natural History Museum

Image of Indoors, Museum, Also known as theNAT, this fascinating museum is an attractive destination for field trips for its exemplary exhibits and interactive components. School groups can explore a wide variety of exhibits, from dinosaur bones to rare books to live cacti. Accompanying instructional panels are also ideal for school children looking to learn about the exhibits in accessible ways. Some of their featured exhibitions also specifically explore the natural history of the region, so it's a good option for local groups looking to learn more about Southern California. Getting In: San Diego Natural History Museum tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Image of Machine, Propeller, This popular Balboa Park museum has plenty to offer school groups that are learning about the history of flight across time. Exhibits include everything from the first hot air balloon (from the eighteenth century!) to military aircraft hailing from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. They also educational films in the Zable Theater, including "Fly Me to the Moon" and "Space Chase." Don't forget to show the kids the Apollo XI Space Pen! Getting In: San Diego Air & Space Museum tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.

Birch Aquarium

Image of Animal, Sea Life, Starfish, Fish, Shark, Aquariums are reliable field trip destinations for a reason. They're filled with interactive exhibits, fascinating collections of marine species, and plenty of informative tours, talks, and guides. The Birch Aquarium is particularly notable for its wealth of diverse exhibits that span the gamut from photographs of Mexican marine environments to a showcase of new innovations in renewable energy. School groups especially love the "Tide Pool Plaza," where little guests can actually touch sea stars, hermit crabs, and more. Getting In: Birch Aquarium tickets are included with the Go San Diego Card.

Don't Forget to Save on Field Trip Admission

So remember, if you're planning a field trip to San Diego don't forget to look into the all-inclusive Go San Diego Cards. You can save up to 55% for your whole group on attraction admission vs. paying at the gate, which can be a boon for tight budgets. We also offer discounts for large groups, too, to help you save even more.

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