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The FieldTripDirectory.com is a resource of Illinois field trips for elementary school students thru high school students, camp groups, homeschool groups and scout troops for day field trips, overnight field trips and youth retreats. Learn about Illinois’s famous historic sites, botanical gardens, zoos, museums of science, living history museums, nature centers, recreation and more, CLICK on the ACTIVITY FILTER below. For those unable to travel to these locations, check out our Virtual Field Trips and Outreach Field Trips & School Assemblies sections.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum dedicated to the 16th president of the United States. Across the street from the museum is the library, which contains books, papers, and artifacts relating to Lincoln’s life and the Civil War era.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Guided Tours, Guided Activities. COST - Fee, Free, Title I GROUP TYPE - School, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-558-8844
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African American Museum of Southern Illinois

The Museum is dedicated to identifying, preserving and portraying the outstanding achievements of African American Citizens. Permanent exhibits here include African art collections and slave artifacts. 

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours. COST - Free, Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Carbondale
TEL - 618-457-2217
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American Writers Museum

A museum that inspires students to write! American Writers Museum offers a wide variety of educational opportunities, both in-person and virtual field trips.

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities COST - Fee, Free, Title I, Financial Support GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
VIRTUAL
TEL - 312-374-8771
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Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world’s great art museums, with a collection that spans centuries and the globe. View some of  the museum’s collection virtually. 

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities COST - Fee, Title I GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
VIRTUAL
TEL - 312-443-3600
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Bronzeville Children’s Museum

The Bronzeville Children’s Museum is the first and only African American children’s museum in the country. The museum is named after Bronzeville, where African Americans settled in Chicago after coming from the south.  

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 773-721-9301
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Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo inspires guests through extraordinary connections with animals, nature and each other. With over 450 species of animals, come learn about big cats, bears, zebras, kangaroos and more.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities COST - Free, Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Brookfield
TEL - 708-688-8000
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Burpee Museum of Natural History

Step through a window through time at the Burpee Museum of Natural History! Popular tours include Fossils and Dinosaurs, Dynamite!, and the First People.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee, Free GROUP TYPE - School, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Rockford
TEL - 815-965-3433
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Byron Museum of History & Lucius Read House

The Byron Museum of History is dedicated to preserving the Byron area’s rich history through exhibits, programs, and artifact preservation.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. COST - Free, Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Byron
TEL - 815-234-5031
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Chicago Botanic Garden

The Garden’s 31 different natural areas offer a wide variety of types of plants, environments, and even architecture for groups to explore.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. COST - Free, Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Chicago
TEL - 847-835-5440
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FieldTripdirectory.com offers enriching experiences for Illinois school groups, scout groups, homeschool groups, camp groups and families at Illinois Museums.

Illinois Museums offer field trips that offer hands-on exhibits, guided tours and guided activities for early childhood through high school grades. Illinois Art Museums, Science Museums, History Museums, Multicultural Museums and Children’s Museums offers educational experiences that support classroom curriculum and scout badge achievement. Beside museums, you can search for other learning experiences at Botanical Gardens, Planetariums, Living History Programs, STEM & STEAM, Planetariums, Farms, Zoos and Aquariums, Theaters and Concerts, Service Learning and more.

Can’t go on a field trip to a museum, your students, scouts, and families can still experience these fun enriching experience by scheduling a Museum Virtual Field Trip anywhere and at anytime.

Want the fun to come to you- book a School Assembly Programs, Outreach Field Trips or Residency at your school, homeschool association or scout council. They support and enhance a school’s curriculum, offers opportunities for scout badge achievement and enriches a camp program. There are mobile museum exhibits, traveling planetariums and classroom and grade level workshops and residencies.

To help fund field trips, virtual programs and school assembly programs visit our section on Grants and Fundraising Programs.

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FieldTripDirectory.com offers field trip ideas for class trips, scout group trips, camp group field trips, and homeschool group field trips in Illinois—for early childhood through college. Search for class trips in Illinois by group type, cost, activity/curriculum type, grade level, distance, and venue name or keyword.

Day class trips are divided by curriculum and subject area:

  • ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
    Find Illinois art museums, theater, dance, and music concert field trips.
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
    Find class trips to Illinois children’s museums, petting zoos, and kids’ shows.
  • HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES
    View Illinois history museums, government & civics, historic sites, living history museums, and multicultural field trip ideas.
  • LIFE SKILLS
    Find Illinois team building field trips, health & safety exhibits, and character education experiences.
  • SCIENCE & NATURE
    Find Illinois aquariums, botanical gardens, environmental studies & nature centers, farms & mazes, planetariums, science museums, STEAM & STEM field trips, dinosaur exhibits, and zoos.
  • RECREATION
    Find Illinois field trip ideas for adventure parks, ropes courses, ziplines, boat excursions, amusement parks, waterparks, kayaking, rafting, tubing, laser tag paintball, roller skating rinks, ice-skating rinks, mini-golf attractions, indoor amusement & recreation centers, and outdoor amusement & recreation centers.


Overnight field trips & retreats are available for environmental education, team building, and recreation.

We created field trip lesson plans to help teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, and homeschool parents provide an enriching experience for their groups. We know funds for class trips are limited, so we’ve included grants for field trips that cover admission, transportation, and more.

It’s important that students and youth explore new environments, learn about other cultures, and develop an understanding of inclusivity as part of the educational process. People learn in different ways—through hearing, seeing, touching, talking, or doing. Class trips can provide a multi-dimensional learning experience. FieldTripDirectory.com can help you find the right trip for your group. A world of experiences is just a click away at FieldTripDirectory.com.

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