Museum hours: Mon-Sat: 10a.m. - 5p.m. | Sun: noon - 5p.m.

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 expanded, interdisciplinary field trips for young students enhance their understanding of social studies with engaging, age-appropriate activities, and include:
• A one-hour guided tour of the museum with hands-on artifacts and activities
• One hour of guided activities at the Orlando Public Library including story time and fun lesson activities
• Detailed and customizable tour schedule
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

Our preschool program is available on Wednesdays.

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

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

Our new Specialty Tours offer a great local alternative to traveling to St. Augustine. Fourth graders visit the History Center for a one-hour tour and Orlando Public Library for an hour of guided activities, followed by a walking tour of downtown Orlando historic sites. Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (includes time for lunch). (Note: Regular two-hour History Center tours are also available for Grade 4; see below.)
Specialty Tours for Grade 4 include:
• Grade-specific scavenger hunt
• Pioneer butter-making and candle-making workshops
• Costumed historical-character cameo performance by a professional actor
• Picnic-style lunch space in Heritage Square Park

Cost: $15 per student (minimum of 10). One chaperone 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 staff. Tours include:
• A mock trial in our original 1927 courtroom
• Grade-specific courtroom scripts that focus on Florida and area history
• 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). One chaperone free per 10 students; $5 per additional chaperone. Teachers are free.

Field Trip Lesson Plan Downloads

• K-2 Field Trip Lesson Plans
• Grades 3-5 Field Trip Lesson Plans
• Grades 6-12 Field Trip Lesson Plans

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. Cost: $5 per student (minimum of 10). One chaperone free per 10 students; $4 per additional chaperone. Teachers 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, call the Education Department at 407-836-8580 or email Amanda.ParishWalters@ocfl.net. If you have problems with the web form, you can download a pdf here and email it to Amanda.ParishWalters@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.