Homeschool Field Trip: Visiting Baltimore, Maryland

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As a homeschooling family, we love educational field trips! Visiting Baltimore, Maryland has always been something we’ve wanted to do, so we recently made it happen and took a long weekend homeschool field trip there. What to know what we did? Keep reading!

I’ve always believed that one of the best ways to learn is through hands-on experiences. If there’s an opportunity to actually GO to a location instead of “just” reading about it, why not seize that opportunity?

two young boys standing in front of 4 works of art by Rembrandt at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Visiting the Baltimore Museum of Art was a great way to start our homeschool field trip!

Even though I’m a homeschooling parent, I grew up going to public school. I had a variety of experiences, but I can tell you one thing with certainty: I remember the field trips and hands-on lessons. It’s no surprise that the experiences stuck with me more than deskwork and, because of that, I will always choose to teach my kids with experiences rather than “work” whenever possible.

When we were visiting Baltimore, our homeschool field trip went from Thursday to Sunday. Only about 2 hours away from our home, the ride wasn’t too long, but just long enough to justify a long weekend. After all, we wanted to make the most of our stay.

If you’re thinking about taking an educational field trip to Baltimore, Maryland with your own kids, I’d love to share our experiences with you!

homeschool field trip to baltimore, maryland

Visiting Baltimore

  • Day 1: Thursday
    • We visited the Baltimore Museum of Art. This free museum is open to the public and offers nearby reasonably priced parking.
  • Day 2: Friday
    • We visited the Maryland Science Center. This place was AWESOME! I’m super glad that I decided to dedicate an entire day to the science center because we needed that much time (and then some) to explore to our hearts content.
      • This science center is one of the reasons we initially scheduled our homeschool field trip to Baltimore, Maryland because we were able to get in for free with our local science museum pass!
    • We enjoyed dinner at Phillips Seafood! Absolutely delicious, I totally recommend signing up for their e-newsletters at least 24 hours in advance in case they have a promotion. Our decision to eat here was a last minute one, so I signed up last minute and received a promo for a free crab dip appetizer…the day after!
  • Day 3: Saturday
    • We first visited the Fire Museum of Maryland. One of my favorite stops on the trip. It was so interesting and we learned so much!
    • Afterwards, we visited the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
  • Day 4: Sunday
    • We visited the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine before heading back home. Super cool to visit such a historical location and I was thrilled that we were able to visit for free!
two young boys in front of a flag wall art at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland
Visiting Fort McHenry was both amazing and humbling.

On our next trip to Baltimore…

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to visit all of the places Baltimore, Maryland (and the surrounding area) has to offer. It’s ok, though! If anything, it gives us a reason to return! On our next trip to Baltimore, we’d love to visit:

  • The National Aquarium
  • National Electronics Museum
  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • Camden Yards to watch an Oriels baseball game!
  • World Trade Center Baltimore
  • warm weather attractions at the inner harbor – many were not open due to the chilly weather

Have you visited Baltimore, Maryland recently? I would love to know if you have any attractions to suggest! Please either email me or leave a comment below so I can add your suggestion to our next “to visit” list.

Until we meet again, Baltimore!

When it comes to taking homeschool vacations and field trips, there are a number of things I do to keep our trips budget friendly. Most of these suggestions are super easy and can be applied towards virtually any educational field trip or vacation. Read about my suggestions in this article!

We had a great time visiting Baltimore, Maryland and can’t wait to visit the inner harbor again. There’s so much to see and do and so much to learn!

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy quality time with your family,

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