There are several high quality cultural institutions in Hillsborough County that offer field trip experiences. Teachers and parents can browse below to learn about these opportunities and then contact these institutions directly to make a group reservation.
4800 Hwy 301 N.
Tampa, FL 33610
Cracker Country is a living history museum that represents aspects of home life, commerce and transportation as it was in many rural Florida communities just before the turn of the 20th century. Founded in 1978 and located on the Florida State Fairgrounds, Cracker Country has been offering field trips to Tampa Bay area students for over three decades. The museum offers three field trip programs:
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Go from tree level to sea level while being entertained and educated at The Florida Aquarium! With more than 20,000 animals including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more, you’re sure to have an amazing aquatic experience.
400 N. Ashley Drive, Cube 200
Tampa, FL 33602
The FLORIDA MUSEUM of PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS is a museum dedicated to exhibiting important photographic art as central to contemporary life and culture. FMoPA collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists. FMoPA also enriches the community by operating outreach programs to educate children and adults.
110 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
The Glazer Children’s Museum, a STEAM-centered nonprofit located in the heart of downtown Tampa, invites children to discover and dream in an exciting space that houses 170 interactive exhibits in 17 themed galleries. The Museum’s DREAM curriculum encourages design thinking, reading, engineering, arts & architecture, math, music, and making. Schedule a field trip crafted to encourage your students to imagine, inquire, design, and discover.
University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
The Henry Plant Museum’s permanent collection is on display year round. Original furnishings from the opulent Gilded Age railroad resort Tampa Bay Hotel, now a National Historic Landmark, are on view as you stroll the historic halls. Exhibits feature artifacts illustrating the lifestyle of the Hotel experience in the late 19th century, the impact of Henry Plant on the development of Florida with his railroads and steamships, and the role of the Hotel in the Spanish-American War. In addition, the museum features a schedule of rotating exhibitions.
1101 W. Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually. Since its inception, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has grown to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting. The Zoo offers popular educational programming, fun recreational amenities, up-close animal encounters and engaging seasonal events for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.
4801 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33617
Starting November 18, 2017, the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) will offer a re-imagined, jam-packed hands-on science learning experience. More than 100 engaging exhibits will fill a remodeled space on MOSI’s longtime campus at 4801 E. Fowler Avenue.
801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602
The Tampa Bay History Center offers students a chance to explore the significant people, ideas and events that have helped shape our region and state. Who were Florida’s early native peoples and how were they affected by the arrival of European explorers? What key events caused Seminole Indian culture to change and adapt over time? Which industry put Tampa on the map and who were the immigrants central to that story?
3821 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620
CAM features changing exhibitions, artists’ projects and programs that address current issues in contemporary art practiced by national and international artists. Its exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the community to current cultural trends. CAM also maintains USF’s art collection, comprised of more than 5,000 art works.
3702 Spectrum Blvd., #100
Tampa, FL 33612
Graphicstudio is an ongoing experiment in art and education at the University of South Florida. At Graphicstudio, leading artists from around the world are invited to work in residence to produce limited edition prints and sculpture multiples. The faculty and staff of Graphicstudio collaborate with visiting artists to realize projects that would not otherwise be possible without the assistance of Graphicstudio’s printmaking and sculpture experts.
1818 E. 9th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
The story told at the Ybor City Museum State Park begins 132 years ago, when Vicente Martinez-Ybor arrived in Tampa and established the Cigar industry. In 1885, Tampa, was a small fishing village with 750 residents. The population quickly grew as immigrants from Cuba, Spain and Italy came to work in the cigar industry and to provide other services that Tampa’s new residents required. Romanian Jews and Germans added to this eclectic mix of cultures that ultimately formed this new community called Ybor City.