Want to know one of the best things about homeschooling? Field trips can be taken any day of the week and include just your family or a bunch of friends! Our family has participated in so many wonderful field trips over the years. We all know homeschoolers love to learn differently, so gather your gear, and get out of the house to enjoy the beauty of the fall.
1. Morgan Falls Overlook Park is the perfect destination for you and your friends to take the kids for an afternoon. Parking and access is free, and the park has plenty of open space for playing sports, a great playground, and a hiking trail. There are picnic facilities, so plan to pack your lunch and bring it along.
2. Few things are more of a quintessential fall activity than a visit to the pumpkin patch and corn maze. Here is a list of places in the Atlanta Metro area. Many of the pumpkin patches have already harvested the pumpkins from the field and placed them in a large, open expanse for kids to go through and pick from. Read carefully, because some locations have excellent additional activities too, for kids of all ages to engage in. Do you prefer apple picking? Here are the orchards listed for the Atlanta Metro area.
3. Why not bring science and history to a new level by visiting the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area? The park is filled with an abundance of flora, birds, insects, and wildlife, and during the Fall the leaves are amazing. There is a minimal $3.00 entrance fee, if you don’t fall under one of the exemptions. Gates are open 9-5, so plan to spend the day walking the nature trails, 19th century historic sites, and Native American archeological sites.
4. When is the last time you went to ZooAtlanta? Tourists are gone and students are back in school, which means you will have a much better experience at the zoo. Depending on your budget, you can experience just the zoo, or add in an all-day ride bracelet. Got an aspiring veterinarian in your midst? How about scheduling an encounter feeding and caring for the zoo animals?
5. Bring history to life for your students (aka ‘kids’) at the Tullie Smith Farm, which is a part of the Atlanta History Center. Workers are dressed in period dress and occupy themselves doing vocations of the era. Admission is reasonable and the farm is open 10:00-5:30 (M-Sat, opens at noon on Sunday) Kids can participate in the Civil War era daily activities of farming, or just watch. Areas include the blacksmith shop, dairy, corncrib, and smoke house, as well as the kitchen of the farmhouse. Explore the map and plan your day, as there will not be time to see and participate in everything.
Take advantage of the cooler temps that the Atlanta area offers us this time of year, not to mention the beautiful color show, and get outside! Fall is the perfect time for field trips before the yucky winter weather.
What are some of your favorite field trips?