Youth Group: Five of the Most Educational Cities to Travel to
Studies show that trips to interesting places are a great way for children of all ages to learn. Field trips can increase critical thinking skills, help develop a taste for culture and the arts, and increase awareness of historical events. There is no doubt field trips and travel are both educational and fun. Here are five great picks for the most educational cities to travel to.
Williamsburg, located on the Virginia peninsula, is an important place in the history of America. For a great living history lesson, visit the Great Hopes Plantation. Visitors can join in a recreation of the town in the 1700s. There are three-pointed hats for the boys, and bonnets for the girls. Visitors use old-time accessories to perform 18th century chores. Hoeing the garden, picking bugs from potato vines, and hauling water from the well gives a real feel to the way our forefathers lived.
Boston is another city that led a host of events important in the making of a nation. The Pirates and Patriots tour along Boston’s waterfront is a hands-on way to learn about colonial history. The 90-minute tour is led by an actor dressed in a 1770s naval costume. Focusing on maritime history, ship-raiding pirates that plagued the city’s North End in the Revolutionary area are introduced. Stops include Long Wharf and Griffin’s Wharf, site of the Boston Tea Party of 1773.
See the Capital City from land and water in a boat with wheels. A fully-restored 1942-era
duck boat begins a 90-minute tour at the National Mall for a close-up view of the Capital building, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian museums. The amphibious vehicle then heads for the river for a scenic river trip down the Potomac River. The tour is led by guides with quips and quotes full of history facts.
Feel the spirit of America with what could be genuine spirits with a Philadelphia Ghost Tour by candlelight. All the ghost stories heard on this tour are based on documented accounts. Walk past Independence Hall, the site where the Constitution was born, and City Tavern, John Adam’s favorite watering hole. At St. Peter’s Cemetery, visitors are instructed to be on the look out for sightings of the ghost of Benjamin Franklin.
San Diego, California
Everyone should visit a zoo, and the one in San Diego will be an unforgettable and educational experience. Visitors will learn about rare and endangered animals at this zoo, filled with more than 4,000 of them representing over 800 species and subspecies. A new feature at the Polar Bear Plunge includes a snow den visitors can burrow into, mimicking the place where the female polar bear gives birth to her cubs.
All of these landmarks and historical places are great for teaching kids about nature and history. If you have a big group of kids, staying at a local hotel is always fun, and many of these landmarks are near Luxelist luxury rentals which allow a big group room and time to spread out. When thinking about youth education, these activities should be first on you list.