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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 Pennsylvania or CLICK HERE for a list of virtual trips nationwide. Explore topics in the arts, science, social studies, and more from anywhere.

Erie County Historical Society

The Erie County Historical Society is an organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the rich history of Erie and adjacent regions including Lake Erie and its maritime traditions.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities. COST - Fee, Free GROUP TYPE - School, Camp PENNSYLVANIA, ErieTEL - 814-454-1813 Read More

Erie Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens encompass a comprehensive zoo with animal exhibits including African black-footed penguins, white rhinoceroses, Amur tigers, sacred Ibis, black and white ruffled lemurs, reticulated giraffes, and many others!

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool PENNSYLVANIA, ErieTEL - 814-864-4091 Read More

ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool PENNSYLVANIA, ErieTEL - 814-453-3743 Read More

Erie Art Museum

The Erie Art Museum’s collection of over 8,000 objects, with a particular focus on American ceramics, Indian bronzes, baskets, and other sculptural art, is a great choice for a unique art-immersion experience.

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp PENNSYLVANIA, ErieTEL - 814-459-5477

Erie Playhouse

See one-of-a-kind performances at the Erie Playhouse. The Playhouse offers school-time performances from October through May. Your group can enjoy clever re-tellings of beloved classics or laugh out loud at the rollicking adaptations of children’s books 

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School, High School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Performances COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Homeschool PENNSYLVANIA, ErieTEL - 814-454-2852

Lake Erie Arboretum

The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier is a tree museum where groups are welcome to take a walking tour of the grounds, enjoy a scavenger hunt, or engage in a variety of guided programs.

GRADE LEVEL - Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School PROGRAM TYPE - Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities COST - Fee, Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool PENNSYLVANIA, ErieTEL - 814-453-5323

Tom Ridge Environmental Center at Presque Isle

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades COST - Fee, Free GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool PENNSYLVANIA, ErieTEL - 814-833-7424

Yahn Planetarium

GRADE LEVEL - All Grades COST - Fee GROUP TYPE - School, Scout, Camp, Homeschool PENNSYLVANIA, ErieTEL - 814-898-7268

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FieldTripDirectory.com (formerly ClassTrips.com and CampDirectorsResources.com) offers field trip ideas for class trips, scout group trips, camp group field trips, and homeschool group field trips in Erie—early childhood through college. Search for class trips in Erie by 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 Erie art museums, theater, dance, and music concert field trips.
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD
    Find Erie class trips to children’s museums, petting zoos, and kids’ shows.
  • HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES
    View Erie history museums, government & civics, historic sites, living history museums, and multicultural field trip ideas.
  • LIFE SKILLS
    Find Erie team building field trips, health & safety exhibits, and character education experiences.
  • SCIENCE & NATURE
    Find Erie aquariums, botanical gardens, environmental studies & nature centers, farms & mazes, planetariums, science museums, STEAM & STEM field trips, dinosaur exhibits, and zoos.
  • RECREATION
    Find Erie 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 include trips to NYC, trips to Boston, trips to Philadelphia, trips to Washington, DC, trips to Chicago, trips to Atlanta, trips to Austin, and other historic cities throughout the US. 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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