5 Reasons Why Teens Love Field Trips

One of the reasons I love homeschooling is I get to take my kids on these amazing field trips. This year alone, we have been on at least 10 trips! We love exploring our local community and attending events. Over the years I have discovered, field trips are very enriching to my children’s education. Whether it relates to a topic we are currently studying or it is a new topic, field trips are very beneficial to the education experience.

I have noticed, though, that field trips are a little more common with younger children. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but being a mom of two teens and having also once worked with teenagers, I can say from my personal experience teens love field trips, too! It is a bit challenging finding homeschool groups for teens, though. We haven’t had the opportunity to attend a field trip with a group of other teen homeschoolers. So I work very hard to create and research field trips for my teens.

On today’s post, I am going to share with you five reasons why teens love field trips. My teenagers Elijah and Michala actually helped me out with the tips. They shared a few of the reasons why they love field trips, too.

Elijah and Michala

Field trips keep teens active.

“When you are on a field trip, a lot of walking is involved and walking is good for your health,” Elijah (16). It’s true. Most of the field trips we go on there is quite of bit of walking involved. We live in Detroit, so it’s a pretty big city. Many times when we go to an event or we are out site seeing, we have to park a distance away from the location. The walking is a great form of exercise.

It’s also not good for young people to stay indoors all day. Michala (14) believes, “getting out of the house is a good way to get fresh air.” She feels the field trips brighten her mood. “If you stay in the house all day, you’ll eventually feel like a vampire.” Ha ha! But seriously, going on field trips give teens an opportunity to get out of the house and take a break from their schoolwork. And this will also lead to better school productivity because the students will feel refreshed.

Field Trip
Field trips keep teens active, promoting better mental and physical health.

Field trips are a great way to socialize with the community.

I love this aspect of field trips because I am teaching my children how to interact with other citizens in our community. With the older children, field trips allow them to learn valuable social skills in interacting with their peers and other adults.

Here’s a perfect example: in February, I took my teens to Autorama’s “Student Day” in Detroit. The “Student Day” was an opportunity for students who were interested in careers in the automotive industry to learn more about automobiles and actually interview business owners. I encouraged my teens to introduce themselves to the business owners and engage with them about any questions they had.

Autorama in Detroit

Elijah said, “I felt nervous at first because it’s not everyday that the average teenager gets to talk to a CEO or some other kind of leader. Although, it could be everyday that a teenager does get to talk to a leader if more teens went to more events with their families. Once you start interacting more and being more involved with your city, you realize those business leaders are not in some magical, far away land. They are ready and willing to talk to their community.”

Teens think field trips are fun!

I remember when I was in high school, whenever we went on a field trip, I was very excited to go. I enjoyed getting out of class and taking a break from my school assignments. I also loved learning new things. This hasn’t changed for teenagers today. Teenagers in the 21st century also love field trips. They think they’re fun, and teens love having a good time.

Sesame Street Parade Float
Elijah enjoyed learning about how parade floats are created for the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade. (Photo Credit: Jennifer Hamra)
The Parade Company
One of the floats we viewed at The Parade Company in Detroit.

A few fun field trips we have been on are: learning about how parade floats are created, attending the African World Festival, visiting a city Farmer’s Market, and marching in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March in Nashville. Michala’s favorite field trip was the Red Bull Hart Line’s Skateboard Competition in Detroit. “It was really cool to see the different battles of skateboarding because I want to skateboard.”

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Red Bull Hart Line Skateboarding Competition Detroit
Michala’s favorite field trip was the Red Bull Hart Line’s Skateboarding Competition in Detroit.

Teens love the good food.

Okay, this one is Elijah’s favorite. He loves going on field trips because we always find somewhere cool to eat. When we first started going on field trips, I would go to a drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. Last year, I stopped doing that because (1) for the same amount of money I can find a restaurant which offers better food and (2) I wanted our dining out to be part of the field trip experience.

Last year, for instance, we went out to eat at a French-themed restaurant. It was a small diner and it was decorated with French decor. The menu also featured various French delicacies. The kids enjoyed trying food they had never tried before. The amount of money I spent on our meal was almost equivalent to spending money on value meals at a McDonald’s. I probably spent a few dollars more on our meal, but it was definitely worth it!

Pizza Field Trip
A few months ago, we went out to eat at Suppino’s Pizzeria in Detroit.

Field trips are an enriching learning experience.

Field trips are an enriching learning experience because it allows your teen to get out of the books and gain real life experiences. Sure, textbooks have the learning information students need, but field trips are also great ways for students to learn. When we went to the African World Festival, for instance, my teens learned more about African cultures and traditions.

Another enrichment opportunity field trips provide are learning about regional history. For example, in Detroit, there are opportunities to tour the Underground Railroad and learn more about its history. This is not offered in every state, though. In Salem, Massachusetts, homeschoolers have the opportunity to visit the actual location of the Salem Witch Trials. Whereas, students who do not live near the area will not have this advantage. Every state has its own unique history and this can be used to the homeschoolers advantage by taking field trips to learn more.

African World Festival
Michala enjoyed looking at the different African fashion styles at the African World Festival.

Field trips are one of the popular advantages to the homeschool experience. Homeschool families have more time and financial resources to take their children on field trips. But young children are not the only ones who love field trips. Teens love them, too!

And even if your teenager says, he/she doesn’t want to go on a trip (because my teen daughter says this sometimes), you should still take your teen out. With my daughter, she usually ends up feeling happy she went out on a trip. There have been times when she did not care for a particular field trip. When this is the case, I always tell her, “Well now you know for sure you do not like [insert name of event] because you got to experience it for yourself and form an accurate opinion.” (Gotta get creative with your comebacks, Moms & Dads!) 🙂

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23 Comments

  1. carlana charles

    October 24, 2016 at 12:02

    Looks like lots of fun. My friend is thinking of home-schooling her daughter and was discussing resources out there. I’ll share your link and ask her to stop by.

  2. Joyce Brewer

    October 24, 2016 at 12:19

    Our son is a lot younger and he’s in public school. He just had his first field trip as a first grader.
    He takes more day trips with my husband on the weekends because that’s their time together.

    1. Jennifer

      October 24, 2016 at 16:39

      Weekend day trips are great fun, too! There are more festivals happening on the weekends. I hope your son had a good time on his first field trip!

  3. Kim

    October 24, 2016 at 21:12

    This is great. it kind of took me back to when I was a teenager. I, too loved field trips then, and still do lol I also feel like you can learn a lot on a field trip than (sometimes) in a classroom.

    1. Jennifer

      October 25, 2016 at 08:06

      I agree with you! You do learn so much when on a field trip.

  4. Raquel Serrano

    October 24, 2016 at 22:51

    I wish I had taken more field trips are a teen! I love taking them now as an adult, haha. That pizza slice looked amazing, by the way.

    1. Jennifer

      October 25, 2016 at 08:05

      Haha! The pizza was delicious!

  5. Anitra | The Mom on the Move

    October 24, 2016 at 22:51

    Teens and tweens can sometimes be too cool for school, but yes they do love field trips. My daughters 4th and 5th grade school trips were reiterations of all the information they’d been learning in the classroom all year. They were big out of town trips, but made the book work come to life and it was awesome for them to actualize the info in real life.

    1. Jennifer

      October 25, 2016 at 08:05

      Wow, your kids’ big field trips sounds amazing! I remember going on out of town field trips when I was in JROTC and I loved it!!

  6. Kalilah

    October 25, 2016 at 07:19

    What an amazing trip! The best part is that you got to go! I hated as a traditional 9-5 worker, bosses don’t understand or value these moments with your children!

    1. Jennifer

      October 25, 2016 at 08:04

      It was a great time. I love these moments with my children. Thanks, Kalilah!

  7. Chante Burkett

    October 25, 2016 at 08:24

    I use to work in youth development and my teens loved field trips

  8. Ashlee

    October 25, 2016 at 09:49

    What a great article and so needed. These are great moments to have.

  9. Michelle Malone

    October 25, 2016 at 18:53

    You’re so right, Jennifer! Of course teens love getting out to explore and learn new things. Sometimes we assume that they’re not interested in anything other than chilling with friends or playing on social media. That may be true, but so is the inverse. Have fun!

    1. Jennifer

      October 26, 2016 at 10:48

      I think the saying “teens are misunderstood” is true. Teens are changing so much and sometimes it’s a little challenging to understand what they’re feeling or trying to say. My two teens are complete opposites. My 16 y/o son loves going places with me, whereas my 14 y/o daughter prefers to hangout with friends or stay home sometimes. I have found that when I still take her out with me, she ends up feeling glad she went and has a good time. Sometimes they just need a little nudge. Lol

  10. Danika

    October 25, 2016 at 21:02

    Note to self: Bookmark this blog for future self when I have kids. Field trips are definitely fun but also great for practical learning.

  11. Kasi

    October 26, 2016 at 06:22

    These are great pictures, I can tell they had a lot of fun! I remember loving field trips as a teen as well!

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