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Summer Nanny Series: Educational Field Trip Ideas in Historic Texas

It is July! and we celebrate the independence of the Unites States of America! The is undoubtedly a big patriotic celebration! It is crucial to instill a sense of patriotism in children early on to raise engaged citizens who actively care about and support their town and country.


Allowing kids to learn about their home state is a fantastic approach to instill a sense of patriotism in them! Texas is a historical state with a rich cultural legacy and many interesting historical landmarks. Houston and its surroundings provide a multitude of possibilities to learn about the past if you're searching for fantastic ways to keep the kids engaged and learning. Here are some educational field trip ideas in historic Texas that will make history come alive for children of all ages, from interactive museums to historical sites!


The Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Located in the heart of Houston, the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a treasure trove of knowledge about the natural world and human history. Children can explore various exhibits, including the Morian Hall of Paleontology, which showcases remarkable dinosaur fossils, including those discovered in Texas. The Hall of Ancient Egypt features artifacts from one of the world's most captivating civilizations. Through interactive programs and exhibits, children can delve into the connections between natural and cultural history, fostering a holistic understanding of Texas' past.


San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

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San Jacinto Battleground Monument

Situated just east of downtown Houston, the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is where the decisive Battle of San Jacinto took place in 1836, leading to Texas gaining independence from Mexico. The site features the towering San Jacinto Monument, which offers breathtaking views from its observation deck. Children can explore the museum and its exhibits, including the famous Texas Forever!! film, which brings the battle to life through reenactments and special effects. A visit to this historic site provides a glimpse into Texas' struggle for independence and serves as an educational getaway to enjoy with the family or nanny kids!


The George Ranch Historical Park

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The George Ranch Historical Park

Located southwest of Houston, the George Ranch Historical Park offers a comprehensive look at Texas history through four distinct time periods. Bring the kid to witness reenactments, participate in hands-on activities, and explore historic homes, including a working blacksmith shop and a cattle ranch. The park's living history demonstrations bring the past to life, offering a glimpse into Texas' pioneering era, the Civil War, and the cattle ranching industry. This immersive experience encourages children to engage with history in a dynamic and memorable way.


Sam Houston Memorial Museum

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Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Situated in Huntsville, just north of Houston, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum pays tribute to one of Texas' most influential figures, Sam Houston. The museum complex includes the Steamboat House, where Houston lived, and several other historic buildings. Kids can explore exhibits detailing Houston's life, his contributions to Texas history, and the broader context of the state's development. The museum also hosts educational programs and events that provide further insights into the life and legacy of this prominent Texan.


The Alamo

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The Alamo

This site requires a bit of a drive to neighboring San Antonio, TX but it is totally worth it! The Alamo is one of the most iconic historical sites in Texas. This former Spanish mission was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Kids can explore the grounds, visit the museum, and learn about the courageous individuals who defended the mission during the famous siege. The Alamo offers a powerful opportunity to understand the sacrifices and the spirit of Texas' fight for independence. After your visit enjoy the nearby San Antonio River Walk!


Houston and its surrounding areas provide an abundance of exciting field trip opportunities for kids to discover Texas' rich history. By venturing into the past, kids can develop a deeper appreciation for the diverse heritage and significant events that have shaped Texas into what it is today. So, embark on an unforgettable historical journey and inspire the next generation of historians and explorers while developing love for their nation!


 

Comment below to tell us which field trips you're most excited about!


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