Free Field Trips For Homeschoolers!

Homeschooling, much like public schooling often has to be done on a budget. As homeschoolers, our budget is often pretty small. However, a small budget doesn't have to stop our kids from enjoying fun and educational field trips! Here are some of the free field trips that we have enjoyed.

1. State Parks and Nature Centers:

State Parks are always an amazing way to spend a day. Hiking, foraging, geocaching and having a scavenger hunt are just a few of the great things you can do.

Nature Centers are often located in a State Park and offer free educational information about local flora and fauna and great walking trails. If you Google “Local Nature Centers“, you should be able to find one in your area. Also, often if you give them a call, they can setup a program or class for you, your children and anyone else you would like to bring.

2. Local Library:

Your local library can be a treasure trove of field trip fun. Not only can you go to find new books, but local libraries often have free programs and activities for kids. Some of the include story time, author Q & A's, book themed activities and more. Also, be sure to check your local library for free passes to attractions. Sometimes, your local library will have passes to attractions that usually cost money that you can “check out”.

3. Public Works:

Never be afraid to utilize your cities resources. Call your local city hall or you can call the departments individually and ask if they can show your kids how the departments work. We have experienced our local Police Department, Fire Department and Sanitation Department!

4. Volunteering:

There are always local volunteer organizations that are willing to share their knowledge, experience and services with our kids. Google or call around to your local food banks, homeless shelters, parks and recreations, nursing homes, animal shelters and any place else you can think of. Ask them what kind of volunteering your children could experience with them.

5. Bakeries and Candy Shops:

It never hurts to give your local, small businesses a call and see if they could set something up for you. A lot of times, they don't mind and are extremely happy to do it! Plus, what kid wouldn't love to make chocolates, glaze donuts or frost a cake?!

These are five (and then some) free field trips that we have experienced and we plan on experiencing a lot more. The main thing is never be afraid to ask. Don't be afraid to make that call and see what they have available! You will never know if you don't try! [Tweet “Fun, educational and free #fieldtrip ideas for #homeschoolers!”]

What field trips have you taken?



  1. Even though I don’t homeschool even I have used the library for the girls on hook days and breaks. So couldn’t agree more with that one.

    1. The library can be a great escape for anyone!

  2. If I were homeschooling my kids, I think we would have a field trip to bakeries every week until we have visited all the bakeries in our city! LOL

    1. *writes that down* I may have to do that!

  3. Great ideas! I also love the idea about bakeries from the comments ๐Ÿ˜€ I would do that too!

    1. She is quite brilliant!

    1. Thank you! I love my new header too! I am so proud to display it!

  4. I never thought of bakeries and candy shops – what a GREAT idea!!

    1. It’s such a fun experience!

  5. I don’t homeschool but these are some great ideas for the summer! I don’t like them just sitting at home and summer camp prices make me sick to my stomach. ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. These are great ideas for everyone!

  6. You put together the ultimate list! I love these ideas. Thanks for sharing Echo on Anything Goes!

    1. Thanks Marilyn and thank you for hosting!

  7. These are great ideas Echo! I love the last one, taking them to bakeries or candy shops! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The bakeries and candy shops one is popular, but believe me, I don’t blame you!

  8. All great ideas Echo! Even if you don’t home school ๐Ÿ™‚ Your blog looks so nice! I love the changes!!

    1. They are good for everyone!

      Thank you so much, Jen! I am so glad that people like it!

  9. Very good suggestions. My city puts out a free magazine (the we actually get it at the library) that names all sorts of events throughout the month. Many of them are free. โ™กโ™กโ™ก

    1. We have one of those too! I usually find it at the library or in the doctor’s office, LOL!

  10. Even if you don’t homeschool. these are some great ideas for things to do with the kids. It’s always nice to be able to think outside the box!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

    1. It’s a great way to mix up family activities!

  11. When I did summer child care we did lots of these kinds of field trips: pet stores, Lowes, Home Depot, grocery stores, etc. The kids always enjoyed getting a “behind the scenes” look at how things worked!

    1. Kids love seeing what goes on at their favorite places!

  12. These are awesome ideas! I don’t homeschool, but it would be fun to do some of these over the summer! (BTW, I love your new header!!)

    1. Thank you so much, Lauren and yes, these are great summer activities too!

    1. Thank you for having me!

  13. These are all great suggestions! My favorite field trips with my kids have been beach days, and science museums. The local bakery is a great idea, and one I hadn’t thought of! Thanks for linking up with us in the Best of the Blogosphere! We’d love to see you back this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. There are several homeschool groups down here that get together a certain day of the week for field trips. Do you ever do something like that? I think these are such a great ideas regardless if you homeschool or not.

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