Somehow, we blinked and it’s already almost August! Back-to-school season is upon us, which means new backpacks, new friends and new places for class field trips. Whether you’re a teacher, homeschooler, scout troop leader or part of a play group, here are a few ideas for field trips that offer something off the beaten path. Every kid loves a field trip, so liven up your kids’ learning and schedule an adventure at one of these local spots today!
5 Under-the-Radar Field Trips in Indianapolis:
What is it? This museum has preserved the memorabilia of the Indiana State Police since its establishment in 1933. It includes multiple police cars such as a double-sided cruiser and 1950 Chevrolet, motorcycles, boats and a fascinating section on infamous criminal John Dillinger.
Why visit? The museum staff is extremely knowledgeable and have great stories about the vehicles on site. Guided tours are available and customizable based on group size.
Location: 8660 East 21st Street, Indianapolis
What is it? The Indiana Landmarks group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of Indiana’s historic buildings and sites. They offer a number of different informational tours including excursions to the City Market Catacombs, Monument Circle or a general downtown walking tour to identify some of the city’s most significant buildings pedestrians walk by on a regular basis.
Why visit? These guides know their stuff. Most of them are budding historians and will provide fascinating background on your questions.
Location: Varies based on selection.
What is it? This working farm in Zionsville features over 400 acres of pastureland, a herd of 100 Brown Swiss cows, pigs, chickens, a “green” farmers market on select days of the week, a small country store and a delicious restaurant.
Why visit? Visitors can watch the daily cow milking, take the Farm and Nature Walks, talk with on-site cheese makers and learn about the farm’s pasture-based 100% grass-fed and rotational grazing systems. Private, guided tours are available and customizable based on your group.
Location: 9101 Moore Rd, Zionsville
What is it? Located on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital, the IMHM is an eerily fascinating glimpse into health and medical care from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The museum contains old clinical labs, a former autopsy room and past medical equipment and specimens.
Why visit? Older kids and adults will find the history and evolution of psychiatric medical research interesting. Plus, the building is now registered on the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places.
Location: 3045 Vermont Street, Indianapolis
What is it? Originally a strip of farmland, this airport now accommodates not only corporate travelers but the general public and those simply interested in aviation.
Why visit? Tours are available for groups. Kids can sit in a small plane for photos and watch planes take off in route to their destination. Fun for kids of all ages.
Location: 11329 E State Rd, Zionsville
This list provides just a few of the many interesting spots for field trips in Indianapolis. What are your favorites? Tweet us at @indyschild and let us know! Or if you’re out enjoying the fun, tag us on Instagram at @indyschild and with the hashtag #indyschild.