Field Trips

Attractions Fundraising In-School Enrichment

Museums Performance Arts Sports/Activities


Audubon Center in Greenwich
613 Riversville Road, Greenwich
203-869-5272 ext. 235
Opened in 1941 as the National Audubon Society’s first environmental and science education center, Audubon Greenwich’s 285-acre nature preserve and education center is an ideal location for school field trip groups, camps, events, and weekend escapes with the family throughout year. All programs, whether taught indoors or outdoors, are specially designed to meet both the school curriculum requirements and the needs of teachers. Many programs are also available at schools, too!

Bishop’s Orchards
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford
Bishop’s Orchards offers field trips for every grade level, pre-school through high school. Guided tours through the beautiful orchard, as well as visits with the animals, can be tied into any classroom curriculum. Fall is best for pick-your-own apples, pears and pumpkins.

Brown’s Harvest
1911 Poquonock Avenue, Route 75, Windsor
Group hayrides arranged weekdays by appointment, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. during the month of October. PYO pumpkins, homemade cider donuts, apple cider and activity booklet included in tour.* Fall family fun with weekend entertainment and hayrides. *Storyboards and educational resources available upon request. Proud supporter of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Come see their 5-acre Bullying Prevention themed maze featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

The Claypen
997 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
A visit to The Claypen is a fun-filled and memorable experience, allowing kids and adults alike to express their creativity! Groups of all ages enjoy painting together! We offer affordable packages for scout troops and field trips, and also are able to customize for specific requests. Call for details.

Connecticut’s Old State House
800 Main Street, Hartford
A field trip to the historic building provides a unique and engaging experience for your students! The educational programs cover a variety of topics for multiple grade levels and are aligned with the most recent draft of the Connecticut Social Studies Curriculum Framework. A sample of the programs includes: I Spy the Old State House, How Government Works, Connecticut in the Civil War, Voices of the Past and many more.

Fairview Tree Farm
486 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton
Children of all ages will enjoy a scenic 1 1/2 mile hayride through the Fairview Tree Farm. Students can pick their own pumpkin and visit the animals including baby goats, bunnies and chickens. Pumpkins and juiceboxes are provided. On October weekend nights we offer our famous 17th annual Haunted Hayrides and you can tour our haunted farm on hay wagons for a creepy ride through the spookified trails. Family owned since 1842.

Foster Family Farm
90 Foster Street, South Windsor
Come solve our two large corn mazes, enjoy a leisurely hay ride, pick a pumpkin and pet some friendly farm animals. We’re open weekends starting September 13 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starting September 20, we will be running our flashlight maze on Friday and Saturday nights until 9:30 p.m. Beginning October 1, we’re open daily until Halloween (10 a.m.-6 p.m.). We hope to see you this fall! Please call us for group pricing and scheduling.

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park
186 Enterprise Drive, Bristol
From thrilling rides to water slides, Lake Compounce has something for everyone in the family! New England’s family theme park offers over 50 rides and attractions with plenty of fun for your little thrill seekers!

Nature’s Art: The Dinosaur Place™
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale
Nature’s Art: The Dinosaur Place™ is an interactive earth science and nature center located on 60 acres of pristine woodlands in southeastern Connecticut. We offer a wide range of educational programs, hands-on activities and an outdoor adventure sure to please all ages. Be sure to join us for a great complement to your curriculum!

Nature’s Classroom
19 Harrington Road
Charlton, MA
Nature’s Classroom fosters leadership, confidence, responsibility, and individual growth through residential and day-long programs at one of our 14 facilities in New England. Explore STEM through hands-on project-based activities. Learn about the natural world through exploration and discovery. Nature’s Classroom brings the world to life and fosters a lifelong love of learning.

PEZ Candy Visitor Center
35 Prindle Hill Road, Orange
Come see and experience the PEZ brand in person. Over 4,000 square feet dedicated to all things PEZ! Self guided visits with an expert on staff to talk to groups, answer questions, discuss the candy making process and share the history of PEZ. Learn about the brand that has been inspiring and innovating since 1927!

Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark
2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury
Quassy offers a variety of exciting and fun-filled rides and attractions for the entire family, plus many educational programs for schools and camps! From the thrills of the award-winning “Wooden Warrior” roller coaster to a leisurely ride aboard “Quassy Queen,” there is something for everyone. Quassy’s rides, swimming and boating on Lake Quassapaug as well as “Splash Away Bay” — the expanded waterpark at Quassy — make it a family destination for a day of affordable fun.

The Robin Hood Springtime Festival
Explore the Middle Ages and meet interactive characters from the past. See why plate armor ruled the battlefield; cheer for your favorite knight during the joust; learn about this exciting time at educational workshops; enjoy a re-creation of an authentic knighting ceremony, and more. Curricula for k-12 available. Visit or email for details.


Barefoot Books
Hinda Piscitelle, Barefoot Books Ambassador
Barefoot Books is an award-winning children’s book publishing company dedicated to bringing high-quality art and story to children from all walks of life. For 16 years, they have been committed to nurturing a love of reading in a way that encourages children to explore their creativity and discover the diversity of the world’s many cultures and traditions. They believe in the power of community and would love to help you enrich yours by offering a unique fundraising opportunity that will generate either funds or books for your organization while emphasizing the importance of literacy. Please contact Hinda, an independent sales representative for Barefoot Books, to discuss setting up an order-based fundraiser for your school
or organization!

Mixed Bag Designs
1744 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA
Make your next fundraiser stylish, sustainable and successful with Mixed Bag Designs. Their colorful catalog offers adorable and affordable bags and accessories that are eco-friendly and fabulous with up to 50% profit. Go green in style with Mixed Bag Designs!

Urban Shutters
9 Farmview Lane, Guilford
Bringing artistic and natural expressions into school portraits, Urban Shutters offers photography choices from modern looks to classic styles. After these photo sessions, parents choose from four proofs that are sent home. Fun fundraisers are also available for schools or organizations. Offer your families a mini-session — parents receive a discount on the session and your organization receives a portion of the proceeds!

In-School Enrichment

Animal Embassy
P.O. Box 4461, Stamford
Animal Embassy is dedicated to fostering appreciation and respect for the natural world and the diversity of life on Earth. They specialize in providing hands-on, interactive, entertaining and educational experiences featuring incredible live, exotic animals. They visit schools, libraries, and more with Animal Ambassadors including reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and insects, birds and small mammals.

The Art Truck
306 Naubuc Avenue, Glastonbury
Connecticut’s only mobile art studio puts the “art” in party! The Art Truck delivers fun, educational events to your school, home or library. The preschool program encourages children to make their own masquerade masks or create one-of-a-kind color palettes and paintings. The library programs support early childhood literacy by connecting hands-on learning, reading, storytelling and a corresponding art project. An inspiring menu of unique projects offers creative experiences for all ages and enhances skills such as listening, following directions, building vocabulary, counting, identifying shapes and colors, character development and creativity!

Curious Creatures
Have a tight budget to travel with the class? Let Curious Creatures bring the field trip to you! Students will enjoy a hands-on, safe and educational experience while learning respect and appreciation for rare and unusual animals! See exotic mammals, reptiles and insects — your school can become a rainforest in the middle of winter! Special rates for large enrollments. Fully licensed and insured.

Fossil, Mineral & Ocean Events & Supplies
800-411-DINO (3466)
We Bring The Museum To You! Select from DINOSAURS ROCK®, GEMS ROCK® and our newest OCEANS ROCK® interactive, fun, educational shows. Students take-home genuine fossils, minerals and seashells from simulated digs, Excavations or Gemstone Mining with our 25 foot rushing water sluice. See and touch giant Museum Exhibits of life-size and genuine fossils and minerals. Meets curriculum and Common Core standards. From school-wide to grade-level assemblies and workshops, to fund-raising Family Fun Nights. Optional Museum Shop. Attention teachers! We also offer a wide array of cool do-it-yourself activity supplies and classroom resources on our on-line Superstore. Celebrating our 14th year -- As seen at the Bronx Zoo and hundreds of schools, nature centers, libraries and corporate events.

TUMBLEBUS of Connecticut
The TUMBLEBUS offers a unique field trip of Fitness on Wheels! Everyone can climb on board the climate-controlled, full-sized school bus that is converted into a safe gymnasium filled with fun equipment. We come to your school/preschool, no transportation of the children is required. Everybody will have a great time and enjoy the structured fitness program run by certified TUMBLEBUS instructors.


Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum
1188 Highland Avenue, Cheshire
See the country’s largest collection of character toys and memorabilia, spanning 100 years of American history. Perfect for all ages, you will be amazed by the huge collection of lunch boxes, action figures and windup toys. From Felix the Cat to the Partridge Family to Star Wars, enjoy an afternoon at the Barker Museum!

Connecticut Historical Society
1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford
860-236-5621, ext. 232
The Connecticut Historical Society offers a variety of thematic, hands-on museum tours and classroom outreach programs on a range of Connecticut history and civics topics for pre-k through 12th-grade students.  Using techniques including close-looking at historic objects and images, investigating primary documents, and drama, history comes alive. All programs have been designed to align with the Common Core of Learning and the Connecticut Frameworks. For program options and details visit

Connecticut River Museum
67 Main Street, Essex
860-767-8269 x 113
Visit the Connecticut River Museum and explore river ecology, use simple machines and discover the past through documents and artifacts. Take a cruise on the River and maybe see an eagle! The interactive workshops serve grades K-12 and connect to state curriculum standards in multiple subject areas. Museum based and outreach programs available.

The Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford
The Connecticut Science Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning through interactive and innovative experiences that explore our changing world through science. As a statewide resource for science and technology education, we want all students to learn science through unique methods beyond the traditional textbook. We have developed exhibits, programs and other resources based on Science Standards to support the learning goals you have for your students.

Danbury Railway Museum
120 White Street, Danbury
The goal of the Railway Museum, with both real and model trains, is to educate visitors about the role the railroad played in America’s development. See the restored 1903 station, exhibits, operating train layouts and artifacts. Train ride, turntable ride and guided tour available.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center provides visitors with experiential science programs and hands-on opportunities in nature, encouraging exploration and discovery. Programs, field trips and workshops are available for all ages and designed to build environmental awareness and conservation. They are 10 miles of trails with woodlands, meadows and wetlands. Also onsite are live animals and a natural history museum. Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for seniors/children under 12 years of age.

Discovery Museum and Planetarium
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
Connecticut’s oldest science center with planetarium is a hands-on, interactive museum delivering transformative experiences for scientists of all ages. The Discovery Museum’s 65 exhibit areas and live auditorium and planetarium shows are easily reached one mile south of exit 47 off the Merritt Parkway. For more information, call 203-372-3521 or visit

Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme
Learn about the life of Florence Griswold, a key figure in CT women’s history and American art history. Tour her house as interpreted for 1910 and see the work of artists who boarded there. Art activities include landscape painting on the museum’s grounds and riverfront. Visit the Krieble Art Gallery with changing art exhibitions.

Institute for American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road, Washington
Hear the voices of Native Americans through storytelling, music, archeology, history and nature. Explore the outdoor simulated archeological site, the Three Sisters and Healing Plants Garden and a replicate of a 16th century Algonkian Village, nestled within the 15 acres of woodlands and trails.  Permanent exhibits include a Sachem’s wigwam classroom; a replicate of an early 1900s Northeastern reservation houseroom and Digging into the Past: Archaeology in Connecticut. Students and teachers will love the Artists Corner, education programs and special events at the museum.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
295 West Avenue, Norwalk
fax 203-838-1434
Explore the Civil War era and mid-to-late 19th century American history, art, design and architecture at this iconic National Historic Landmark. Learn about life during the Victorian era, breakthrough technologies, transportation, economics and more. The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum offers field trips as well as interactive classes for students in elementary school, middle school and high school. For information on Field Trips and the museum's Education Program please call 2013-838-9799 ext. 119 or email

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation invites you to visit one of the largest tribal museums in the country: The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. It is designed to share the proud heritage and legacy of the Pequot people. The museum provides a multi-sensory immersion experience complete with interactive exhibits and 85,000 square feet of permanent exhibits covering 18,000 years of Pequot history. A wide selection of tours and hands-on enrichment programs are available.

Mattatuck Museum
144 West Main Street, Waterbury
The Mattatuck features art galleries that house a collection of work by American artists from the 18th-21st centuries. Experience the art of America as it evolves over 160 years and moves toward groundbreaking vision of artists from the 20th century. On the first floor explore our interactive history exhibit where regional history transports you into the worlds of colonial farmers, factory workers and industrial magnates. This exhibit includes hands-on games, oral histories, and historic movie clips.

New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks
Experience the thrill of flight with one of the world’s most outstanding collections of historic aviation artifacts. The museum includes over 80 aircraft and an extensive collection of engines, instruments and related artifacts. Meet engineers who develop flight technology, watch demonstrations on the principles of flight and experience what it is like to fly an aircraft in one of the museum’s flight simulators. Hands-on education programs can also be delivered on-site and in schools as well!

The New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Ave, Bristol
The Carousel Museum encourages students to examine the rich, interdisciplinary art, history, and culture of the carousel. In our interactive programs, designed to meet Common Core standards, students discover one of America’s favorite amusements and important art forms. At the museum, students can participate in our field trip programs, tour the exhibits, and ride our working carousel. Or, choose an outreach program and let one of our museum teachers bring the museum to your classroom.

Railroad Museum of New England
242 East Main Street, Thomaston
Come ride the Naugatuck Railroad following the scenic Naugatuck River and across the face of Thomaston Dam. They feature an 80-minute ride on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. with vintage equipment and their friendly volunteer crew. Learn about railroad history with time to explore the caboose on display. Enjoy our picnic area next to historic Thomaston station.

The Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street, East Haven
The Shore Line Trolley Museum lets you experience how people traveled before cars and buses. The vintage trolley cars take you on a three-mile round trip through scenic woods and open wetlands. The museum houses exhibits and artifacts, and a guided tour of the extensive collection of antique streetcars teaches the history and significance of the trolley era. In continuous operation for over 100 years, this National Historic District hosts educational events throughout the year.

Springfield Museums & the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA
413-263-6800, ext. 322
One stop, four museums and the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Interpretive tours, hands-on science programs, history activities, art discovery adventures and more. All ages and grade levels, mix and match to create an interdisciplinary field trip.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
303 West Avenue, Norwalk
This award-winning museum with hands-on exhibits and programs ignites a love of learning. Report “live” from inside the human body in Healthville®, get wet in Energy Lab®, construct in Build It! and much more. From special exhibits to live performances, there is always something new to experience. Group tours and workshops are available and museum educators can conduct workshops in your classroom. Whether preschoolers are exploring the wonders of butterflies or fifth-graders are examining nano innovations, Stepping Stones is an exciting and engaging destination. Exhibits and workshops connect to national and state frameworks.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History opens a window of discovery into the world’s natural heritage — its flora, fauna, geology and people. The museum provides educational programs on biology, paleontology, geology, ancient civilizations, social studies and art to elementary through college-age students and other private and community-based groups. All programs draw on the museum’s exhibits to meet the needs of science and social studies education. Hands-on specimens are offered where possible.

Performance Arts

Garde Arts Center
325 State Street, New London
860-444-7373, ext. 1
As part of our comprehensive arts programming for children and students, the Garde Arts Center offers live theater opportunities for young people, ages 5-18 with the Bob’s Discount Furniture Schooltime Series. This daytime series of plays and musicals includes study guides and links to educational curricula and is performed on the stage of the historic theater.

The Palace Theater
100 East Main Street, Waterbury
2013-2014 Education Series
Endorsed by the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), Palace Theater Education Series presentations are selected to address core curriculum areas and social issues for grades K-12. Prior to a show, teachers are equipped with study guides, workshop ideas and homework assignments that reinforce State Curriculum Standards in Education to enhance the learning experience.

Tickets are just $8.00 (excluding Jersey Boys — special student discount price available), and the field trip coordinator attends free! Contact Deirdre Patterson at 203-346-2011 to book your class field trip today!


The Adam Kreiger Adventure Program
Hopkins School, 986 Forest Road, New Haven
The Adam Kreiger Adventure Program provides groups of all ages with an opportunity to learn and grow through activities that involve varying levels of strategy, cooperation, trust and problem solving. These team building activities make up the 30 element challenge course which is located on the campus of Hopkins School in New Haven. They are able to offer suitable and enjoyable programs for participants of all abilities. Each program differs based on the goals and objectives of the participants and will be handled at a pace that is appropriate and suitable for each respective group.

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
Experience “adventure in the trees” in our amazing five-acre “aerial forest park.” The zip lines and challenge courses between tree platforms are where kids, teens and adults discover themselves and have a great time! Choose from eleven different, self-guided, color-coded courses, ranging from beginner through intermediate to expert — so nobody’s left out.  Fun for individuals and excellent for team building! Special rates for reserved groups of 10 or more. Climbers receive a complete safety orientation. Our double-connected, “always-locked-on” climbing system helps keep your harness securely attached to safety lines throughout your time in the trees. Guaranteed great memories!

The Adventure Park at Storrs, Connecticut
2007 Storrs Road, Storrs
Experience “adventure in the trees” in our amazing five-acre “aerial forest park.” The zip lines and challenge courses between tree platforms are where kids, teens and adults discover themselves and have a great time! Choose from five different, self-guided, color-coded courses, ranging from beginner through intermediate to expert — so nobody’s left out. Fun for individuals and excellent for team building! Special rates for reserved groups of 10 or more. Climbers receive a complete safety orientation. Our double-connected, “always-locked-on” climbing system helps keep your harness securely attached to safety lines throughout your time in the trees. Guaranteed great memories!

BounceU of Stratford
305 Hathaway Drive, Stratford
BounceU of North Branford
1289 Foxon Road, North Branford
At BounceU of Stratford and North Branford, they specialize in perfect field trip ideas. Throwing a PRIVATE field trip there with amazing inflatables couldn’t be easier, and they can accommodate up to 175 participants! BounceU is the perfect place for field trips because you don’t have to worry about the weather, and others will not be interfering with your group!

Catamount Aerial Adventure Park
2962 State Highway 23, Hillsdale, NY
Experience New England’s largest self-guided aerial adventure park with 12 courses and over 170 bridges and zip lines naturally built in the trees. Ages 7-adult have a great time whether it’s their first or fourth visit. Visit our website to see a video, check out our photo gallery and view our FAQs. Open May-October.

Chelsea Piers Connecticut
1 Blachley Road, Stamford
Chelsea Piers Connecticut is perfect for a variety of school-sponsored events and outings. Their 400,000 square foot facility can accommodate groups of 25 to 500, from elementary school to high school. Event planners will customize a program for your school, incorporating several of our sports activities. Experienced staff will lead your group through a series of fun activities with student safety as a top priority.

Connecticut Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville
The Connecticut Sun is a WNBA franchise owned by the Mohegan Tribe. Currently in its 11th season of play, the Sun is one of the 12 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) teams.  The only major league professional sports team in the state, the Sun plays a 17-home game regular season schedule at Mohegan Sun Arena from May to September. Everyone will enjoy watching and cheering on the team’s feats of athleticism, sportsmanship and teamwork.

Fun Factor
1106 Federal Road, Brookfield
Fun Factor has become the favorite play and party destination for children of all ages. They feature large, over-sized inflatables (slides, obstacle courses, sport bounces), a toddler bounce area for the very young, and arcade games.

815 Pine Street, Bristol
Jump-n-Jammin has over 18,000 sq ft of combined indoor/ outdoor space. Inside are nine large inflatables for ages 2-99, a Game Room equipped with large flat screen TV’s, Wii games, foosball, air hockey, basketball and a Pac Man arcade game. The best part: no tokens needed. Admission to Open Jumps include the game room! In the summer, enjoy three outdoor water slides in an enclosed playground area with gazebos and a picnic table. Life guard supervision provided. Special events at JNJ open for field trips: Dr Seuss’s Birthday, Jump with the Bunny and Egg Hunt, Mother Goose Day, Mickey’s Birthday and A Visit with Santa Jump! A snack, craft, storytime and jump time is offered to all field trips. Book a field trip by calling 860-582-5867.

Jump Zone
15 Cheryl Drive, Canton
Jump!Zone in Canton has become the favorite party and play destination for children, providing parents and teachers with a great entertainment facility at a fair price! Why go anywhere else?

Features: Huge arenas filled with giant inflatables including obstacle courses and slides • Private, decorated party rooms with throne chairs • Toddler areas • Special gift for the birthday child • Birthday Club, (exclusive pass and birthday coupons) • Climate controlled environment

Come to where everything is taken care of for you! Pizza, drinks, ice cream, cakes, goodie bags, balloons and more are available for your convenience. To make a reservation, call or visit them on the web.

Monster Mini Golf
14 Starr Road, Danbury
203-744-GOLF (4653)
Monster Mini Golf is an exciting, indoor, monster-themed, glow-in-the-dark, 18 hole miniature golf course that offers a host of fun activities at every turn. Play mini golf among scary, but cool, monster décor with custom and animated props at every turn.

Field trips are custom designed for the individual needs of each organization and are geared for groups of 25 people or more. The cost ranges between $5-$7 per person, depending upon the ages of the participants, the approximate number of people and the time and day of the trip. The use of the private party room is an optional choice. Contact Monster Mini Golf with any questions so the trip will be a “hole-in-one” for everyone!

Stone Age Rock Gym
195 Adams Street, Manchester
Indoor rock climbing facility offering “boulder,” “top rope,” “lead,” and “indoor ice” climbing. Groups can use the facilities trained counselors or have their own counselors trained and/or provide trained staff. Group outdoor trips are led by professional rock climbing guides. A variety of packages are offered to help meet your budget. They offer free transportation to groups of 14 participants or less. They are certified to transport school-aged children. Adult groups are welcome.



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