What are the best field trips for middle school students in the Houston Area? For school officials looking for ideas on where to take their group of pre/teens, here are some good ideas as to where one may want to start.
San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas
Not far from Houston’s industrial east side in the Pasadena/Deer Park area lies the San Jacinto Monument, a structure similar to the Washington Monument that pays homage to the victory of Texas settlers over Mexican forces at the Battle of San Jacinto. The San Jacinto Monument is the world’s tallest memorial column. Students could be given a treat of watching Texas Forever!!. The pavilion has been described as a trip through the human body.
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The movie is a story of early Americans settlers to the Texas area and what led to the Texas Revolution on the big screen at the 160 seat Jesse H. James Theater for Texas Studies. The movie, which starts over every hour, features over 3,000 images and 35 paintings of Texas history.
Afterwards, students can buy gifts at the museum shop and take the elevator to the top of the monument to the observation deck just below the Lone Star of Texas at the top of the structure (the part of it which distinguishes it the most from the Washington Monument). Here, on a clear day, the Houston skyline is visible in addition to the ship channel, Galveston Bay and Battleship Texas.
For more information and to set up a trip, call (281) 479-2421 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking of Battleship Texas, the once powerful navy ship was the first to launch planes from it’s deck, first to mount anti-aircraft guns and first to use commercial radar.
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Historic Harbor Tour and Dolphin Watch
For those who feel their students may be more into the aquatic side of it all, look no further than the chance to have a one hour tour on board the Seagull II in Galveston on the Historic Harbor Tour and Dolphin Watch. The one hour tour on board 50 foot twin engine motor vessel owned by the Texas seaport museum gives it’s riders a tour of Galveston Bay. The vessel is safe, exciting, inviting and gives it’s riders an intimate view of the sea at the same exact time and is US Coast Guard certified. No need to worry about rain or sun, this vessel’s main deck is shielded from both.
Among the highlights of the tour is the viewing of the 1877 sailing vessel Ellissa and grounded ferroconcrete Selma as well as big ships, dolphins and seabirds such as seagulls.
A 1 hour tour is $8.00/student and chaperone. A 90 minute tour, which includes interaction with marine biologists and the use of microscopic lenses to study plankton, is $12/student and chaperone. A 2 hour tour, which will include a charting of their course through the harbor and intimate studying of marine life is $16/person. Along the same lines but somewhat more advanced, a tour that includes a 2 hour trip to nearby birding islands is $16/ person.
For more information or to book, call (409) 763-1877 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum of Health and Medical Sciences Amazing Body Pavilion
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science’s Amazing Body Pavilion offers it’s visitors a unique perspective of the human body. It has more than 80 interactive exhibits, including a 10 foot brain and 22 foot rib cage. In addition to the replica brain and rib cage is 22 foot long backbone with ribs which extend to the floor, 27 foot intestine, skeleton riding a bike, look down the throat with vocal cords in action and so much more.