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Please be aware that many venues are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.  We have added a new section of “Virtual Field Trips” on FieldTripDirectory.com in your state and beyond! Use the activity filter below to search for virtual trips, resources, and distance learning options in Illinois or CLICK HERE for a list of virtual trips nationwide. Explore topics in the arts, science, social studies, and more from anywhere.

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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Henson Robinson Zoo

The Henson Robinson Zoo is home to over 300 animals of 90 different species. Enjoy a day of animal fun with zoo animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North American and South America.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-585-1821
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Illinois Governor’s Mansion

Ever since moving the capital from Vandalia to Springfield, the city has been home to many Illinois governors. Group tours of the mansion can be booked through the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).  

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours. COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-782-6450
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Old State Capitol

GRADE LEVEL - Middle School, High School, College PROGRAM TYPE - Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-785-7690
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Illinois State Museum

The Illinois State Museum examine hundreds of years of change in both the household life and physical geography of Illinois. Their exhibits focus on the state’s environment, Native American life, and objects and stories from pioneer life, the Industrial Revolution, and the 20th century. 

GRADE LEVEL - Elementary School, Middle School, High School, All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-782-7386

Kidzeum of Health and Science

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School, All Grades COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-971-4435

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site was the only home ever owned by President Abraham Lincoln. Visits include guided tours by rangers of the lincoln’s home and free films highlighting Abraham Lincoln and the home.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-492-4241

Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-529-1111

State Capitol Complex & Capitol Complex Visitors Center

GRADE LEVEL - Middle School, High School, College PROGRAM TYPE - Guided Tours. COST - Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Homeschool ILLINOIS
Springfield
TEL - 217-524-6620
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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 Springfield—for early childhood through college. Search for class trips in Springfield 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 Springfield art museums, theater, dance, and music concert field trips.
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
    Find class trips to Springfield children’s museums, petting zoos, and kids’ shows.
  • HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES
    View Springfield history museums, government & civics, historic sites, living history museums, and multicultural field trip ideas.
  • LIFE SKILLS
    Find Springfield team building field trips, health & safety exhibits, and character education experiences.
  • SCIENCE & NATURE
    Find Springfield aquariums, botanical gardens, environmental studies & nature centers, farms & mazes, planetariums, science museums, STEAM & STEM field trips, dinosaur exhibits, and zoos.
  • RECREATION
    Find Springfield 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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