Are you looking for field trip options on history and social studies topics? Here’s a list of historical places and venues that offer history and social studies field trips throughout Upstate, SC.
Want more field trip options? Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Field Trip and Enrichment Experiences in Greenville and Spartanburg.
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Visit the Downtown Greenville Airport and/or Runway Park! Learn about aviation, meet a pilot, see aircraft up close, and more! Minimum number of 15 children or $75 for the tour.
Lucky Acres Farm is a small family farm in Townville, SC featuring alpacas. Learn about alpacas and how the farm is run, including what products the alpaca fibers are used to create.
Denver Downs Farm, in Anderson (just off exit 19B), hosts weekday fall field trips full of fun and memorable experience on a real working farm. Trips last approximately 2 hours.
Field trips are $12 per person, and include a hand-picked pumpkin.
864.355.8900 | 402 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC
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Located just minutes from downtown Greenville, Roper Mountain Science Center is one of the nation’s most unique learning experiences. As a pinnacle of innovative learning, an engine for community engagement, and a national leader in science education, Roper Mountain’s mission is to ignite the natural curiosity of all learners to explore and shape their world.
The beautiful 62-acre campus contains an array of state-of-the-art educational facilities including a Planetarium and Observatory, Marine and Ecology labs, a Rainforest, a Living History Farm and a new Environmental Science and Sustainability Center.
Each year, more than 50,000 students, 6000 teachers and 30,000 families experience the latest in explorative STEM education through these interactive exhibits and hands-on learning opportunities. Families can attend numerous events throughout the year including Friday Starry Nights, Afternoon Explorations, Summer Adventure, Laser Days of Summer, Summer Exploration Camps, and seasonal holiday laser shows. Regardless of age, Roper Mountain provides everyone the opportunity to explore, discover, imagine and grow.
Book a tour with a docent or just explore the museum by yourself! Tours generally last an hour and are best for Kindergarten through Highschool, or homeschool groups.
Tours and group reservations are currently limited in number, so please contact the farm before submitting a form to visit.
Carl Sandburg Home also offer online virtual lessons. These are not live presentations, but rather virtual lesson plans. Students can learn about the Sandburg family and the significance of Carl Sandburg’s writing. Here are the virtual lesson plans.
This historic estate of poet Carl Sandburg in nearby Flat Rock, NC offers a 1-2 hour educational tour for groups that include writing activities, house tour, and farm visits.
Paris Mountain offers group hikes and educational programs about nature and the history of Paris Mountain State Park.
Learn about agriculture at Stewart Farms. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and the corn maze.
Offers field trips and occasional special events for homeschoolers.
Homeschool Days for fall are September 26 and 27, 2023.
Field Trips & School Programs: The South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson offers 45-60 minute school programs intended to support your curriculum and grade level. Fee is $5 per student.
Summer Camp Offers: The SC Botanical Garden at Clemson offers week-long summer camps in June and July for kids aged 6 – 12.
Learn the history of Greenville’s own “Shoeless Joe Jackson” You will find artifacts of all sorts including photos, videos, and sports memorabilia that tell this baseball star’s story.
Homeschool: Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University host Homeschool Days monthly for students ages 5-14 years old. Classes are at 10 am and 2 pm. Parents may check their child in and leave or stay for a discounted lesson. Classes are held in the Mack Building on the campus of Bob Jones University.
Field Trips: Tours are available for K-12 classes of selected collections on display on the campus of Bob Jones University including: a closer look at American artist Benjamin West during the Revolutionary War and experiencing ancient Egyptian, Roman, and Hebrew cultures as far back as 3200 BC! Learn more about tours!
Museum on the Move brings museum learning to your K-12 classroom by integrating art with the core subject areas and meeting SC state and national standards.
A field trip to the Greenville County Museum of Art provides an exciting way to enhance your curriculum and expand student learning.
The Biltmore offers group tours for homeschool and school groups, as well as educational programming in their barn.
Upcountry History Museum offers a variety of programs that consist of a visit to the History Lab and exploring the Exhibit.
• Age: K5 – 12th grade
• Subject: History
• Also offers homeschool programming monthly
Spartanburg County Historical Association offers tours and living history activities at several historic sites one Friday per month.
Education and Field Trips: Hagood Mill offers tours of the 176-year-old mill, the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site, blacksmith shop, and moonshine still. Children may watch demonstrations by local artisans, participate in hands-on activities, and experience workshops. There are several field trip options including one-day or multi-day trips, traveling field trip shows, and virtual field trips.
Summer Camp Offers: Hagood Mill offers a one day blacksmithing camp June 3, 2023, and one 3-day camp June 6 – 8th for rising 3rd to 12th graders, featuring classes in blacksmithing, leathercraft, plant medicine, pottery, and much more. 2023 registration is now open.
Visit the Zentrum Museum and learn about the history of BMW and view examples of BMW’s vehicles throughout their history.
Zentrum museum hours are Monday through Friday, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Guided plant tours are available and students will have the chance to see how the cars are built.