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School Field Trips

The History Center offers distinctive field trips for schools that trace our region’s roots back 12,000 years in fun and fascinating ways. Tailor your trip by choosing activities and exhibits to suit your group; see details by downloading our full School Programs guide here.

Guided School Tours

NEW Field Trips for Preschoolers & Grades K-1 (2.5 hours)

Our new, expanded field trips all align with Florida Standards and include:
• A one-hour guided tour of the museum with hands-on artifacts, replicas, and activities
• One hour of guided activities at the Orlando Public Library including story time and rotation of fun lesson activities
• Detailed and customizable tour schedule
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

Preschoolers: Packed with imaginary play and hands-on activities, this program introduces social studies to young students on a historic adventure! Available on Wednesdays.

Grades K-1: Enhance students’ understanding of social studies with our fun, interdisciplinary field trip, designed especially for kindergarten and first grade to ensure that activities are age-appropriate and engaging.

Cost: $7 per student (minimum of 10 students). One chaperone is free per 10 students; $5 per additional chaperone. Teachers are free.

NEW Specialty Tours for Grade 4 (3.5 hours) – Beginning Spring 2017

Planned to align with Florida Standards, this field trip offers a perfect complement to the 4th-grade curriculum and a great, affordable alternative to visiting St. Augustine.

The program features a one-hour guided tour at the History Center, an hour of guided activities at the Orlando Public Library, and a one-hour walking tour featuring historic Orlando sites and buildings, led by a trained History Center staff member.

Activities include:
• Grade-specific scavenger hunt
• Pioneer butter-making workshop
• Candle-making workshop
• Costumed historical-character cameo performance by a professional actor
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

Cost: $15 per student (minimum of 10 students). One chaperone is free per 10 students; $5 per additional chaperone. Teachers are free.

Guided Tours of the History Center, Grades K-12 (2 hours)

Enjoy a tailored five-stop tour facilitated by knowledgeable docents and History Center staff. Tours align with Florida Standards and include:
• A mock trial in our original 1927 courtroom
• Grade-specific courtroom scripts that focus on Florida and area history:
– Grade 2: Andrew Jackson vs. the Seminole Indians
– Grade 3 and Grades 5-12: Mo Mizell vs. Bob Barber
– Grade 4: Henry Sanford vs. Jacob Summerlin
• Pioneer butter-making workshop
• Costumed historical-character cameo performed by a professional actor
• Grade-appropriate scavenger hunt
• Hands-on artifacts, replicas, and activities
• Detailed and customizable tour schedule
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

Cost: $7 per student (minimum of 10 students). One chaperone is free per 10 students; $5 per additional chaperone. Teachers are free.

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours for school groups are available Monday through Friday and include a scavenger-hunt activity and a courtroom script for a teacher-facilitated mock trial.

The start time can vary, as requested by the teacher. Two hours is recommended for the tour, but teachers can determine the length that meets their needs.

Self-guided tours are $5.50 per student. Minimum: 10 students.

Schedule Your Program

Self-guided tours allow educators and children to set the pace and guide their own experience through the museum. Tours include:
• Scavenger-hunt activity with a historical theme
• Courtroom script for an educator-facilitated mock trial

Cost: $5 per student. One chaperone is free per 10 students; $4 per additional chaperone. Educators are free.

How to Register

To register for both guided and self-guided field trips to the History Center, simply fill out the registration form here. We’ll email you a confirmation packet upon receipt of your registration.

If you are unable to book online, email Cynthia.Tomerlin@ocfl.net or call 407-836-8580. If you have problems with the web form, you can download a pdf here and email it to Cynthia.Tomerlin@ocfl.net. Learn more about School Field Trips for the 2016-17 School Year here.

Orange County Public Schools are offered School Field Trip programs free of charge thanks to a grant by United Arts of Central Florida. Please click here to download an application for the chance to have your Field Trip program funded. Schools will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Only Orange County Public Schools are eligible.