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I was very interested to see the call for homeschoolers to share their ideas for field trips. We just had our first field trip & I know she is looking forward to many more. Our area is particularly rich in opportunity and I thought it would be great to organize them all in one place. Here is a giant list of field trip ideas in/around Grand Traverse County.

Please keep in mind that I have NOT called these places to find out if they will do a guided homeschool field trip. It is simply a list of possibilities to investigate. If you find that they will not do a tour or allow groups in, let me know & I will cross it off the list. Likewise, if you have an idea I haven’t considered, let me know and I’ll add it.


– Christmas Cove Antique Apples (Northport, Mi)

– Shetler’s Dairy (Kalkaska)
– Moomer’s (Traverse City)
– Friske Orchards
– Hoxsie Orchards
– Jacob’s Corn Maze
– Leelanau Cheese
– Wineries
– Breweries



– Grand Traverse Lighthouse (Northport)
– Mission Point Lighthouse (Traverse City)
– Michigan Schooner Madeline (Michigan Schooner)


Natural Areas

– Boardman River Nature Center (Traverse City)
– Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
– AuSable Institute (Mancelona)
– Planetarium @ NMC
– Traverse City State Park
– TART Trails (space walk)
– VASA trails


– History Center of Traverse City
– Dennos Museum Center
– empire museum @ sleeping bear
– Guntzviller’s Spirit of the Woods (taxidermy)
– The Music House (Acme)



– State Theatre
– City Opera House
– Centre Ice or Howe Arena
– Old Town Playhouse
– TC Beach Bums
– Traverse City Light & Power – they usually have an open house
– Cherry land Electric
– Grand Traverse Yacht Club
– Bay Area Transportation Authority
– Interlochen Arts Academy
– Traverse Symphony Orchestra Family Days (quarterly)
– Fire Departments
– Police Department (state or city)
– the Coast Guard Station
– the Courthouse (County, District)



– Tall Ship Manitou


Bonus: Catholic Field Trips

– St. Francis Adoration Chapel (TC)
– Padre Pio Adoration Chapel (Cedar)
– Carmelite Monastery (TC)
– St. Mary’s Cathedral (Gaylord)
– Augustine Center (Conway/Petoskey)
– Cross in the Woods (Indian River)
– Marian Center (Petoskey)
– Holy Rosary in Cedar (Latin mass & rare windows)


On a related note, I guest posted on Michigan and many of the places I mentioned would make awesome field trips. And if you are looking for ideas where you live, try this list of field trip idea sparks from my 5 Days of a Learning Lifestyle series.


This post is a part of the Field Trip Ideas Around The World Blog Hop @ Hip Homeschool Moms.

Jen S.




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