One thing we are trying to do as we make our bucket lists is marking field trip ideas for each state. We want to keep things fun but also make sure we are visiting educational attractions as well. We can can do many small units leading up to some of these to add to our curriculum on the road! Here are some of the ones on our bucket list for Alabama.
Alabama Constitution Village – This living village will transport you back to 1819. The buildings, the dress, the lack of electricity and running water! Watch the spinning wheels, smell the freshly baked bread being prepared over an open fire visit the cabinetmaker’s shop and the villagers busy with their daily tasks.
American Village – The facility is a replica of many of the colonial homes and even has a reproduction of the Oval Office. There are tours with guides dressed in period clothing and usually the tours last about 3-4 hours. Tours are interactive and the kids participate in dramas as they learn about different periods of America’s history.
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute – The area was colonized by indigenous people long before Europeans reached the area. By the 16th century, the European settlers colonized the area. By the 19th century, prosperous Southern planters bought in slaves from Africa to work on their plantations and this resulted in a huge mix of cultures and races in the south-eastern states. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute catalogs all these intricate cultures and the way they interacted with each other to gain their independence.
Birmingham Zoo – This zoo is amazing, they have over 120 acres with over 800 animals from all over the world in once place! They hold education classes for all ages and specialty classes like animal photography. They also have Summer ZooFari Camps each summer.
Blue Bell Creamery – See how Blue Bell turns milk into delicious ice cream, and get a free scoop, too! Tour the factory and get a behind-the-scenes look at how ice cream is made, and learn about the history of the Blue Bell company and their 3 creameries across the country.
Bragg-Mitchell Mansion – I love touring old mansions like this! This is one of the Gulf Coast’s grandest estates. This 20-room mansion, built in 1855, offers visitors rare opportunity to glimpse life as lived in the Old South.
Cathedral Caverns – Cathedral Caverns is a large natural cave which contains giant stalagmite formations along with underground waterfalls.
Carnival Museum – Experience carnival in Mobile, the birthplace of Mardi Gras. You’ll find ornamental robes, crowns, floats and exciting interactive displays.
Cheaha State Park – This scenic state park is a must see if you are in the state. They have beautiful walking trails and waterfalls and many campsites.
Children’s Hands-On Museum – The Children’s Hands-On Museum is a dynamic learning experience that stimulates curiosity, creativity, and shared discovery in all ages.
EarlyWorks Children’s Museum – Enjoy a unique, hands-on experience where visitors interact with history. experience history as it comes to life in unique settings such as a 46-foot keel boat, an 1860’s era depot or the cabinet shop where delegates met to discuss and draft the constitution for statehood in 1819.
Golden Flake Factory Tour – See a working factory in action and how snack foods are made. Please Note: Children must be 5 years of age or older to go on the tour.
Gulf Coast Exploreum – Interact with hundreds of hands-on science exhibits and take in larger-than-life IMAX films at one of Mobile’s top family attractions.
The Gulf Shores – Alabama is on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico! Visit one of the many beaches I remember having a little vial of sand from Mobile Alabama from my trip when I was younger and it was just such beautiful sand! Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, the Craft Farms Pelican Place, and a water park called Waterville USA. They also have a zipline course at the Gulf State Park and you can also visit Historic Fort Morgan and relive the early days of our nation’s history.
Helen Keller Birthplace – Learn about Helen Keller’s life and struggles.
History Museum of Mobile – The past comes alive at this National Historic Landmark. See Mobile as settlers did, learn about Mardi Gras and the city’s diverse history.
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama – The facility in Lincoln now has the capacity to produce more than 300,000 Odyssey minivans, Pilot sport utility vehicles, Ridgeline pick up trucks and V6 engines every year thanks to their dedicated team of more than 4,000 associates. Free tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 AM and 1 PM.
The Huntsville Times – The Huntsville Times field trip is a directed learning experience for students. The field trip includes a guided tour of the facilities, exposure to all departments, including the pre press, press and distribution center. Students will also learn about newspaper careers.
Imagination Place – Hands-on activities and interactive games keep children entertained for hours.
McWane Science Center – This museum and aquarium is over 9000 square-feet of interactive exhibits. Everything of Native American artifacts to fossils and more!
Montgomery Zoo- Mann Museum – Nothing like learning about the animals while seeing them up close!
Rosa Parks Library and Museum – Rosa Parks, the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement” was the guest of honor when Troy University dedicated its new library and museum. The library will carry Mrs. Parks’ name and commemorates her refusal to give her seat up on the Montgomery City Bus to a white man. The incident occurred on December 1, 1955, at the site where the library is constructed and the museum depicts the event and the ensuing activities in the 381–day Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark – Now a museum of history and industry, Sloss Furnaces has become a center for creation and exhibition of metal art.
US Space & Rocket Center – In all honesty this has to be the first one mentioned. Located in Huntsville Alabama. This is a must see location for kids and adults alike! Huntsville was were Dr Wernher von Braun adopted the city as the final place to refine and set up the Apollo rocket. The event is memorialized in the form of a permanent exhibit at the US Space & Rocket Center. The center also hosts the popular Space Camp, Aviation Challenge Camp, and Robotics Camps each year! You can see a space shuttle up close and different artifacts from space!
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park – Tour this 680 foot battleship, while there you can also tour the USS Drum submarine which is the oldest submarine on display in the world. The Park is also home to more than 25 beautiful military aircraft that include Tomcats, Hornets, and Blackbirds
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