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Houston Field Trips… Educational Things to Do around Houston!

And just like that, I’m a homeschool mom.

I have casually considered homeschooling in the past, but never made the plunge. Well, 2020 pushed me off the edge and I’m going to see if we swim. (But a survival float would also be considered a success.)

This school year, I have two kids in online school and two kids in homeschool. For all five of us, the school year is going to be messy, but we will also have the opportunity to do things different than in past school years.

So, as part of our weekly lessons, I’m adding in local field trips (with a little more learning than our usual adventures). We’ll have educational trips and we’ll learn about the history of Houston… and we’ll slowly post them here.

If you have ideas for field trips, let us know!

Houston History: Learn about Houston History as you visit Allen’s Landing, Houston’s First City Hall, Houston’s First Library and Houston’s First Park.

Texas City Field Trip: See the 9th largest port in the country and learn about one of the largest non-nuclear explosions ever… in Texas City.

World War II History in Galveston: Tour old war ships and find an old fort.

The Battle of San Jacinto: Go to where Texas won its independence. Go to the San Jacinto Battleground, the spot where Santa Anna was captured, the San Jacinto Monument and the San Jacinto Museum!

DeBakey Cell Lab: Get Up Close with Cellular Biology!

Energy: The Energy Industry Comes to Life at the Wiess Energy Hall!

Galveston Island State Park: Study Nature, Geocache, Fish & Hike at Galveston Island State Park!

Butterflies: Explore the Butterfly Center and Plant Your Own Garden

Mexican Free-Tail Bats: See 250,000 bats emerge from the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony!

Crocodile Encounter: Get Up-Close to Alligators, Crocodiles and Tortoises… at Crocodile Encounter!

BeeWeaver: Learn basic biology of honey bees & important steps in working a hive!

Roadtrip to the National WWII Museum: Take a trip to a giant, immersive, engaging museum about the war that changed the world.

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  1. Heather
    September 10, 2020 at 10:56 am — Reply

    We took a great Texas History field trip in April during distance learning lockdown. We drove through Washburn tunnel, the largest vehicular tunnel in the southern US traveling under the ship channel. Less than 5 mins from the tunnel is the site of Santa Anna’s capture at a park that overlooks the ship channel. Less than10 mins from there is a historic cemetery named Crown Hill Cemetery that is also the site of a mass grave for Santa Anna’s Mexican army. Down the road from the cemetery is where Vince’s bridge was (there is a marker) which was critical in winning the battle of San Jacinto. We would have ended this day at the San Jacinto monument but it was closed at the time. It was a great little adventure for us! Enjoy your homeschool days, I am sure they will be full of fun and learning!

    • September 10, 2020 at 11:30 am — Reply

      Wow! Thanks for the field trip idea. We will try this out!

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