Free & Budget-Friendly Field Trips in Austin and Surrounding

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Williamson County Courthouse (Georgetown) – Tours of both the Williamson County Museum and the Williamson County Courthouse are available for school groups. School tours of the Museum can be accommodated with a maximum of 40 students per tour, but can be combined with the Courthouse and downtown walking tours for larger groups. One accompanying adult chaperone is required for every 10 students on tour. To schedule a tour contact [email protected] or 512-943-3856. 710 South Main Street, Georgetown.

Low-Cost Field Trips ($7 or less):

Austin Nature and Science Center – The Austin Nature and Science Center is a regional environmental education center that offers a variety of quality informal science experiences to support and enrich classroom curriculum. The ANSC environmental educators engage students in TEKS-based activities integrating the rigor of the classroom science experience with the relevance of the field experience. Cost $4 to 6 per student. Registration form available here. 301 Nature Center Drive, Austin.

Ballet Austin Field Trip – Gain an insider’s perspective into Ballet Austin by taking a field trip to the Butler Dance Education Center. Observe a dance class or a rehearsal, see real ballet costumes and pointe shoes, learn more about dance companies and programs, and have all of your questions about ballet and Ballet Austin answered by knowledgeable Community Education staff. Tours last 45 minutes to one hour and cost $5 per person ($100 minimum). Tours can be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (depending on studio schedules). This tour will give you a better understanding of all elements that help bring a ballet to the stage. Sign-up here to schedule a field trip to Ballet Austin’s Butler Dance Education Center. Butler Dance Education Center, 501 W 3rd Street, Austin.

Austin Zoo — Learn about wild life with a hands-on adventure at the Austin Zoo! School programs are designed for Pre-k through fifth grade. Rates for September 1 to January 31 are $5.50 per person, February 1 to May 31 are $6.00 per person and June 1 to August 31 are $6.50 per person. Bus Drivers plus one teacher per seven students will be admitted free of charge. A minimum of 15 people and one person must pay for the entire group. Interested in riding the train? Contact Jeanne Polk at (512) 970-2987 or by email at [email protected] Note that Austin Zoo does NOT have water fountains, so make sure to bring plenty of water bottles to stay hydrated. To make reservations, fill out our online field trip reservation form. 10808 Rawhide Trail.

Blanton Museum of Art – The Blanton provides engaging, interactive, and inquiry-based tours. Pre-K through 12 tours are available for $2 per student. Teachers are free with school ID. Guided tours are available Tuesdays to Fridays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and are 50 minutes in duration. Schools that demonstrate financial need are eligible for the Blanton Art Access program, which seeks to increase K through 12 student access to the museum by offering funding for transportation and tour fees on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about this opportunity, email [email protected] or call 512-471-5025. To schedule a visit, please fill out the online form at least three weeks in advance. The University of Texas at Austin, 200 E Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Austin.

Boggy Creek Farm – This working urban farm offers guided tours when it’s feasible. On market days (Wednesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) you are welcome to freely walk the farm and see the crops, compost area, hen house, and the chickens at no cost! For large numbers of visitors, please let the farm know in advance that you are coming since parking might be an issue. Guided tours cost extra and need to be arranged ahead of time. Farm tours are 45 minutes long and include a guided walk through the farm with discussions on the history of the farm and historical farmhouse, horticultural practices, and age appropriate activities. Tours cost $10 per person with a minimum charge of $100 for the first 1 to 10 persons. Additional persons $10 each. Tour the farm, field and historic homes for $20 per person with a minimum charge of $200 for up to 10 persons. Additional persons over the first 10, $20 each. Email [email protected] for availability. 3414 Lyons Road, Austin.

The Contemporary Austin – The Contemporary Austin offers age-appropriate, engaging, and interactive tours for a range of audiences led by friendly and knowledgeable docents. Spanish-language tours are also available. Please book your tour at least two weeks in advance during gallery hours or at [email protected] You can find the Tour Request Form here. Laguna Gloria (3809 W 35th Street) and The Jones Center (700 Congress Avenue).

Crowe’s Nest Farm — Located in Manor, TX, just east of Austin, Crowe’s Nest Farm is a 100-acre working farm filled with hundreds of domestic farm animals and a wide, ever-growing array of Texas wildlife, gardens, and educational exhibits. The farm hosts over 40,000 children for school field trips each year and frequently holds other special, family-oriented events. Group tours by appointment only. These tours can be scheduled for 9 a.m., 10 a.m., or 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, during the primary field trip seasons of the school year (October through mid-December and March through July). Certain scheduled Saturday tours at 11 a.m. are also available during these seasons for groups of 20 people or more. Individuals, families, and groups under 10 people are always welcome to join a pre-scheduled tour on weekdays. Click HERE to book a tour!

Admission is $7 for adults (13+), $6 for children (3-12), and $3 for 2-year-olds. Children under 2 and full-time school staff (e.g. teachers & bus drivers) are free. 10300 Taylor Lane, Manor, Texas.

Dell Diamond – A guided ballpark tour is available year-round. Take a behind-the-scenes look into the press box, luxury suites, Intel Club, and other exclusive areas of Dell Diamond, the home of the Round Rock Express. Guided tours last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. There is a $7 charge per person (free admission for teachers, bus drivers, and children under 2 years old). There is a minimum of 10 guests for a personalized tour. Tours are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at three different time slots: 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. During the season, tours are given when the express is on the road. Click here to book your tour online. 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock.

Dinosaur Park – The Dinosaur Park features a unique outdoor museum setting. While most museums have dinosaur skeletons, The Dinosaur Park’s realistic life-size dinosaur replicas show skin and color variations to give a better understanding as to how they looked when alive. The Park is available on a daily basis for reserved schools and groups. Please email [email protected] or call 512-321-6262 for reservations. Admission is $5 per child for groups of 15 or more or $6.00 per child for groups of 15-49. One teacher for every 10 students receives free admission. Reservations are for a two hour period. 893 Union Chapel Road, Cedar Creek.

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm – Field trips are designed for Pre-K to 5th grade students. The cost is $6 per reserved student; $8 for all others (2 years to adult). One teacher receives free admission per class of 20. Field trips start at 10 a.m. and can last 3 to 4 hours. The field trip includes an educational talk on the plant cycle and farming. 120 Nature’s Way, off Roy Davis Road, Elgin.

Gault Homestead – The Gault Homestead is available for tours by reservation only for schools, groups, and Wells Branch residents. The tours focus on pioneer life in the mid to late 1800s. Tours can be geared towards kindergarten children through adults. Most tours require a minimum number of participants. Tours are conducted September through December and March through May. To book a tour, click here. Tours cost $1.50 per student or a $30 minimum. 2106 Klattenhoff Drive, Austin.

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