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Philadelphia Field Trips & Educational Tours

Affectionately known as Philly, the city of Philadelphia is considered the birthplace of freedom. History reigns supreme in this city where the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution took place. Walk in the footsteps of the founding fathers as you explore this exciting city!

A Trip to Philadelphia Has it All!

An educational trip to Philly would be incomplete without visiting Independence Hall, where the Declaration of the United States was signed and the Constitution was drafted, and the Liberty Bell Center, the home of an international symbol of freedom. This area of the city is densely packed with historical attractions such as The Museum of the American Revolution, the Liberty Museum, the Benjamin Franklin Museum and the Betsy Ross House (birthplace of the first American flag!).

Nearby Pennsylvania & New Jersey Destinations

Field trips in Philadelphia come with so much more, with Hershey Park, Amish Country and much more just a short drive away!

Lancaster, PA (Amish Country)

Experience the timeless charm of Lancaster, PA, where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and traditions of Amish Country, offering a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

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Gettysburg, PA

Step into history’s embrace with a Gettysburg tour, walking the cobblestone streets and solemn battlefields that whisper tales of courage and sacrifice, inviting you to explore a pivotal chapter of American heritage.

Hershey Park Hershey PA
Hershey, PA

Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Hershey, PA, home to the iconic Hershey Park, where thrilling rides, delightful entertainment, and, of course, mouthwatering chocolate await, promising an enchanting getaway for the whole family.

Grounds for Sculpture New Jersey
Grounds for Sculpture, NJ

Discover a world where art comes to life at Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey, where enchanting gardens intertwine with captivating sculptures, offering a unique and immersive experience that ignites the imagination and stirs the soul.

What a Philly Trip Has to Offer…

Philadelphia is one of the most popular locations for history trips for schools due to its rich history!

Historic Philadelphia Tours & Attractions

Independence Hall where the United States of America was founded in 1776. Later it was used at the meeting place where representatives from 12 states gathered to draft the Constitution. Guided tours of Independence Hall are free and open to the public year ’round. At the Liberty Bell Center, students can get a full 360 degree view of this international symbol of freedom.

The center features a wealth of information about the bell itself – including x-rays of its inner workings – as well as examples of how the bell has been used to represent the idea of liberty in the U.S. and around the world.

Local Philadelphia Museums, Attractions & More

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a wide strip that stretches from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Along this walker-friendly parkway are fountains, sculptures, beautiful green spaces and a world-class collection of museums and learning institutions! Artists in the making will enjoy The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, and The Rodin Museum. Young scientists and engineers won’t want to miss the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and The Franklin Institute.

Of course, everyone will want to snag photos in front of the statue in Love Park and with Rocky Balboa at the Rocky Steps. The Mutter Museum showcases various medical oddities alongside medical artifacts and diagrams, providing a glimpse into the history of medicine.

Eastern State Penitentiary Guided Tours

Eastern State Penitentiary, a unique attraction in Philadelphia, offers insight into the philosophy of incarceration and criminal rehabilitation, where visitors can explore attempted prison breaks and infamous inmates like Al Capone. Opened in 1829, Eastern State Penitentiary garnered global admiration for its grand architecture and innovative approach to prisoner reform, emphasizing strict isolation with minimal contact with staff.

As the most expensive construction in the United States at the time, it served as a model for prison design worldwide until its closure in 1971 after 142 years of operation. Recognized today as a National Historic Landmark, Eastern State Penitentiary stands as a lasting testament to its significant impact on the history of incarceration.

Cheesesteaks, Dutch Delicacies, & Good Eats!

Visitors looking for a bite to eat will be able to find something tasty to accommodate just about anyone at the Reading Terminal Market, which makes it a great lunch or dinner option for group trips. This culinary smorgasbord opened in 1893 and is one of the oldest public markets in the country. Everything from traditional Pennsylvania Dutch food to classic Philly cheesesteaks to Asian and Middle Eastern dishes are available daily at the Reading Terminal Market.

For those looking to try some classic Philadelphia fare, there are numerous restaurants around the city serving up fresh cheesesteaks, hoagies, and soft pretzels.

Explore Amish Country on a Lancaster, PA Field Trip

Embark on an educational excursion to Lancaster County, PA, where students will encounter the living history of America’s oldest Amish settlement. This immersive field trip experience offers a rare glimpse into a way of life that stands in stark contrast to the contemporary American lifestyle.

Students will have the chance to interact with the Amish community, whose members are known for their warm hospitality and willingness to share insights into their faith-based traditions, simple living, and resistance to modern conveniences. By participating in this field trip, students will not only witness the picturesque charm of rural Lancaster but also gain invaluable lessons about diversity, sustainability, and the many ways of living a meaningful life.

Educational Gettysburg Travel Packages & Tours

Step into a transformative educational journey with our comprehensive Gettysburg travel packages and tours, meticulously designed to bring history to life for students of all ages. Immerse yourselves in the hallowed grounds where pivotal moments of the Civil War unfolded, walking in the footsteps of soldiers and leaders who shaped our nation’s destiny. Our expert guides will illuminate the battlefield with compelling narratives and firsthand accounts, fostering a deep understanding of the conflict’s causes, consequences, and enduring significance.

Beyond the battlefield, explore historic landmarks, museums, and interactive exhibits that offer invaluable insights into the complexities of American history. With customizable itineraries tailored to meet your educational objectives, our Gettysburg travel experiences promise to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, and a lifelong appreciation for the past. Join us and ignite a passion for learning that transcends the classroom.

Plan Large Group Travel to Hershey Park in Hershey, PA

Experience the ultimate thrill of large group travel at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA! Nestled in the heart of Chocolate Town, USA, our destination offers an unforgettable blend of adrenaline-pumping rides, family-friendly attractions, and, of course, an abundance of chocolatey delights. With over 70 attractions, including roller coasters, water rides, and live entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Plus, our group packages make planning a breeze, with special discounts, exclusive access, and personalized itineraries tailored to your group’s needs. Whether you’re organizing a trip for a senior class, school choir, or marching band, Hershey Park promises an unforgettable experience filled with laughter, excitement, and sweet memories. Plan your next adventure with us and indulge in the magic of Hershey Park!

Grounds for Sculpture, NJ Trip Packages & Tours

Discover the enchanting world of art and nature with our captivating Grounds for Sculpture trip packages and tours in New Jersey! Immerse yourself in a wonderland of creativity at this 42-acre sculpture park, where stunning sculptures seamlessly blend with lush gardens, winding pathways, and serene water features. With over 270 sculptures by renowned artists, including works by Seward Johnson, this unique destination offers a feast for the senses and endless opportunities for exploration and inspiration, featuring both indoor and outdoor exhibits.

Guided tours will lead you on a curated journey through this cultural oasis, sharing fascinating insights into the artists and their masterpieces. Whether you’re planning a group outing, educational excursion, or performance tour, our customizable packages ensure a seamless and unforgettable experience. Join us and embark on a transformative journey of art, nature, and discovery at Grounds for Sculpture!

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Philadelphia Trip FAQs

ET Adventures will help you plan your group/student travel plans for your Philadelphia field trip, but we will not personally conduct the tours. We will curate top guides to bring your tour to life and make the experience as immersive as possible for your group.

Yes, we have helped hundreds of school groups plan educational trips! Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Lancaster, and Hershey is an extremely popular package! Each destination is just a short drive from the next, making for an efficient and fun-filled trip that keeps students engaged!

Yes! We will plan your travel arrangements within and between each of the destinations/attractions in Philadelphia and beyond. Your tour manager will be the liaison between your group and the travel companies, so you can focus your attention on making the most of your group trip!

To start planning your Philadelphia field trip, please reach out to us by phone, email or contact form to request your free quote! An experienced tour manager will discuss your ideal trip, budget, group size, and more to help you build the ultimate Philly trip!