Different Things to See and Do on an NYC Field Trip.
Are you planning your next educational tour or class field trip to New York City? Why not try something different with your students or class.
A Museum of what?
One your next class trip to New York City try a different kind of attraction. There is a small museum not far from the Flat iron building dedicated to…Math!. Yes the Museum of Mathematics! No it’s not a museum where they exhibit paint by number art. But that would be a good idea. No, this museum is dedicated to math in its many forms.
Have you ever tried a bike with square wheels on a round road? Probably not, but using the right equations and some creative thinking you can ride this bike at the museum and it feels like a nice smooth ride. Join a workshop on various mathematical theories. Our last group from Kentucky had one on ‘Knot Theory’. The students learned about trefoils to pentafoils and how knot theory is used to push mathematical formulas. They even did human knots to show how the theory worked and applied.
Trefoil or Pentafoil
There is this and more to discover at this very unique museum.
Another great fun stop on your next NYC field trip is the Jekyll and Hyde Club. This is a lunch or dinner theater restaurant combining mystery and horror with a light and fun touch. From talking gargoyles, to skeleton ventriloquists and detective waiters wandering the club, it is a great setting for an off-beat meal for your student group in NYC.
Jekyll and Hyde Club
The Skyscraper Museum
As advertised, the museum is located in the foremost ‘vertical metropolis’. Learn more about these incredible buildings dotting the very recognizable skyline. Learn where the term skyscraper comes from and how and why we are able to build so high. There is a rich history behind the buildings you see and visit during your NYC field trip. From the Beaux-Arts style of the first skyscraper, the Flat Iron, to the Art Deco marvels of the Empire State, Rockefeller plaza and the Chrysler buildings to the modern and post modern structures. Lipstick building anyone?
So make sure to try something different on your next educational tour or class field trip to NYC.
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Educational Student Group Tours and Class Field Trips for Middle and High schools.
2014 Travel Season
We had a great 2013 travel season and one of the highlights was one of our groups featured on CNN during their class trip with us to Washington DC during the Presidential Inauguration last January.
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Now we are looking forward to 2014. Spring may be three seasons away and yet August / September is the best time to start planning a student group class trip.
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Earn a $500 GO Travel Scholarship just for booking a trip: Book any student group tour within North America by September 15th and receive a $500 travel scholarship for your group to reduce the price of their trip for the students.
For a group of 40 student this means a savings of over $10 per student.
Earn a $1,000 GO Travel Scholarship: Simply refer any other educator, organizer or colleagues to GO Educational Tours and when they book their travel you’ll receive an additional Travel Scholarship of $1,000 for your student trip.*
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Chattanooga? Yes, Chattanooga!
Our New Favorite destination
Chattanooga is a great small town with plenty to see and do: from Ruby falls to Lookout Mountain to the Tennessee Aquarium it is well worth the detour. Combine this destination for your class trip with Nashville or Atlanta.
Our newest program features none other than the Music City itself. Combine a side trip to Chattanooga to see Ruby Falls and the Tennessee Aquarium or add a night or two in Atlanta.
A 3 day/2-night trip with 48 students and 4 complimentary chaperones starts at only $277 per student.
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** The GO Travel Scholarship is applicable at the moment we receive the initial non refundable deposit
** The GO Travel Scholarship does not have a monetary value and cannot be exchanged. It can only be applied against a future qualifying tour to be booked this year or the next. However, you may transfer the GO Travel Scholarship to a school you know travelling with GO.
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Different Things to see in Washington DC
When you are planning your next educational tour or day trip to Washington DC it is normal to want to do the standard visits of all the institutions like the Capitol, see the White House and take a group picture, the Jefferson, Lincoln, MLK and FDR Memorials and Arlington Cemetery too. But here are some different things to see in Washington DC you might want to check-out and remember on your next tour or day field trip to Washington DC:
When you visit the National Cathedral , the second largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, built in traditional fashion, stone upon stone with no steel reinforcements and of course hand carved gargoyles. They are worth seeing and in fact you should try to
Darth Vader Gargoyle at the National Cathedral
find a very specific one which is very modern: one gargoyle is actually Darth Vader’s mask! If you get a tour inside do not forget to see the stained glass window that includes a moon rock from the Apollo 11 Mission.
The most dominant feature on the Washington DC skyline is the Washington Monument. Measuring 555 and 5 and one eight of an inch high it marks the unofficial center of the city. You might notice something peculiar about the monument: (insert pic here).
Washington DC Washington Monument
The color of the stone changes about a third of the way up. Local tour guides might entice with stories of floods (they are kidding it’s to get your attention) Construction of the monument started in 1848. It was interrupted in 1854 for lack of funds as it was originally privately financed and then the Civil War further delayed construction and it only resumed in 1874 to be completed in 1888. At the time it was the highest structure in the world. The different colored stone is attributed to the fact the quarry where the initial stone was carved was no longer available after the civil war. Stone from a quarry in Massachusetts was used but it was found to be deeply streaked and another quarry near the other original one was found and it was used to complete the towering Obelisk.
Kilroy was here
The most curious mark your students on your class field trip to Washington DC might like to find is the one known as ‘Kilroy Was Here’. This most unusual carving is discretely hidden on the World War II Memorial . When you visit the memorial dedicated to the 405,399 men and women killed and lost during this great war, look for the doodle as it was said many servicemen would doodle the very noticeable cartoonish character as they re-captured Allied territory. The mark became legendary. The Germans even thought it was a deep hidden code as it was found on captured equipment.
So make sure to keep your eyes open on your next educational tour or class field trip to Washington DC.
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Washington DC Day Field Trip Ideas
Day field trips are great travel options for classes, schools and groups who cannot do travel overnight. GO Educational Tours designed some very creative programs in order to maximize your time at the destination while getting the most out of your activities.
Make Washington DC yours for a day; make it a field trip about history and politics, science or the arts where you and your class or group can discover as much of DC as one day allows.
History and Politics field trip to Washington DC
Your day field trip can focus on a very specific topic or be very general. If you wish to concentrate on politics your day trip would include most of the political institutions like the Capitol and the Supreme Court. We would help you organize a meeting with your Congressman/woman or Senator.
Washington DC Day Field Trips
Walk back in time and learn about the history of DC, the men and women who helped shape the nations capital.
Get an in depth look at the monuments and memorials on the mall, from the Lincoln, Jefferson, FDR, MLK memorials to the Vietnam, Korea and World War II monuments.
Science field trip to Washington DC
For example, you could choose to see on your day field trip the Udvar Hazy wing of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum: see all the legends of flight in one place: the space shuttle Discovery and the last Concorde to fly.
Then go to the Air and Space on the Mall to see the first plane of the Wright brothers to the Apollo 11 Capsule and touch a piece of the moon as you go in the museum.
Air and Space Museum Day Field Trips to Washington DC
On to the museum of American History to learn more about Edison, then the Museum of Natural History. Many extraordinary museums to choose from.
Tell us what you wish to see and we will build the appropriate itinerary.
Travelling by motor coach offers a lot of flexibility and options for your field trip. Each program can be extended into the evening if you wish. In order to do this we can organize for your motor coach driver to get his DOT rest time at a hotel nearby. This way he can be well rested for the return home. Most shows finish between 10-1030pm and if you are within 200 miles you would be back by 1-200am.
Select one of the above programs or simply create your own.
If you have day field trip plans to Washington DC and wish to get some ideas and suggestions simply click below to learn more.
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New York City (NYC) School Field Trip Ideas
Field trips are great travel options for classes, schools and groups, whether you’re able to travel overnight or just go for the day. GO Educational Tours has designed some very creative programs in order to maximize your time at the destination while getting the most out of your activities.
Times Square New York City
Make New York City yours for a day; make it a field trip about science, the arts or a general sampler where you and your class or group can discover a little bit of New York in one day.
Science field trip to New York City
For example, you could choose the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Math as a science themed day.
Arts field trip to New York City
Perhaps the arts are more your thing; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and the MoMA can fill your day. And should the performing arts be the focus of your trip then you can enjoy a very good tour of the Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and then maybe catch a matinee or even a evening Broadway show.
General Cultural field trip to New York City
The discover New York in a day is another option: Depart early from your city, arrive in Manhattan with your field trip group to catch the Staten Island ferry to get a view of the Statue of Liberty, then a deli lunch near the World Trade Center 911 Memorial, a subway ride to Times Square for an orientation walk and exploration of this well known intersection to finish your class trip by taking in the best view in the city from the Top of the Rock Observatory 70 stories up at Rockefeller Plaza.
Tell us what you wish to see and we will build the appropriate itinerary.
Travelling by motor coach offers a lot of flexibility and options for your field trip. Each program can be extended into the evening if you wish to catch a Broadway Show like Spider-man or Wicked. In order to do this we can organize for your motor coach to get his DOT rest time at a hotel in NJ. This way he can be well rested for the return home. Most shows finish between 10-1030pm and if you are within 200 miles you would be back by 1-200am.
Select one of the above programs or simply create your own.
If you have day field trip plans to New York City and wish to get some ideas and suggestions simply click below to learn more. Get a New York City Day Field Trip Quote
The perfect tour.
Is it possible ?
My answer in good tour guide fashion is rather long winded like all good tour guide stories. I’ve been asked often, – ‘has anything ever gone wrong on your tours ?’.
Of course. Nothing ever goes perfectly but I compare any educational tour with students to theater. Bare with me. When you go see a play and a musical the actions is on stage but we never see behind the stage and the beehive of activity there. A tour is somewhat like that. All the craziness is behind the scenes never seen but making it happen is a team of dedicated travel enthusiasts and professionals who all work with the same sense of urgency to make your trip the best.
There are so many factors that can affect a tour and it’s just a matter of how we manage them. But to manage them without the students and teachers feeling the effects is the real secret.
Whether it is a bus breakdown ( they happen, really, mechanical stuff does happen – warm weather may cause the newest motor coach Air Conditioners to fail!) traffic, weather, reservations issues and so on.
It is our business to eliminate all of these possibilities way before your tour. We haven’t fully mastered weather yet or control the volume of vehicles on the road, that’s for a future project.
We do, however, coordinate to the last detail. Whether at the hotel, the hotel rooms and room list, which and how many floors the group will be on, making sure the chaperones are strategically placed. And we select the best motorcoach companies out there with dedicated drivers who enjoy their work. But even the newest motorcoach is not immune to some mechanical disorder even in the most pristine conditions.
Experience is a big factor. Dealing with these issues and making sure they are dealt with smoothly is the key to success. So when I am asked the question, my answer is yes, many things, small and big, went wrong but they were all resolved smoothly and without a hitch so that they never had an adverse effect on the outcome of the tour. Focusing on the outcome of the tour made it so I can barely remember them.
Sure have had students who’ve gotten lost but immediately recovered. ( we don’t have an app for that but we do have a very efficient procedure for that ). I have had students who needed to got to the hospital for various issues. Teachers have had to deal with disciplinary problems, tardiness and other similar issues. We have had some missed reservations, missed for various reasons. Things happen but there are always solutions.
Being dedicated to the successful outcome of the tour is the key. For GO, dedication is a key value along with working with a sense of urgency. There’s no ‘we’ll get to it’, we do it. Working as a team and finding solutions. It’s a fun and challenging job we all love. We learn from it and make it part of our collective knowledge and adapt.
The GO team is up to the challenge and we hope you will give us a try.