There are many 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:
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
Watch your students work as a team, problem solve, and learn during a Glazer Children’s Museum Field Trip! Enhance math, science, and literacy concepts through interactive play and exploration as a group. Students Pre K- Grade 8 can play with purpose in over 170 exhibits within 19 themed areas. Upgrade your day of play by booking a Premium or Ultimate Field Trip that includes our new cutting-edge, design-oriented Think Studios and/or a session in our innovative, motion-capture laboratory, SMALLab! Download our comprehensive Playbook for pricing, content, educator trainings, and more at GlazerMuseum.org/fieldtrips
University of Tampa, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the Tampa Bay Hotel at the turn of the century; the Victorian lifestyles and history of America’s Gilded Age; the life and significant contributions of the visionary builder, steamship and railroad magnate Henry Bradley Plant in the development of Florida and Tampa Bay; and the role of the Hotel in the Spanish-American War. Through educational exhibits of original furnishings and artifacts and a dynamic docent-led tour, students are transported to the late Victorian period and immersed in the opulence of the Tampa Bay Hotel and its rich history.
801 Old Water Street
Tampa, FL 33602
The History Center is a 60,000-square-foot museum focused on the history and heritage of Florida and the Tampa Bay region. From the earliest native peoples and Seminole Wars, to the growth of transportation and industry, the History Center covers 12,000 years of Florida’s past. Sail across unknown seas with European explorers, ply the Florida coast alongside pirates and privateers, and dive to the ocean floor in search of long-lost fortunes in the all-new Treasure Seekers: Conquistadors, Pirates and Shipwrecks gallery.
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza
Tampa, FL 33602
Docent-led tours at the Tampa Museum of Art focus on connecting students with the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. They inspire an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking and viewing skills to connect the art on view with their studies and their own life experiences. Volunteer docents lead tours based on current museum pedagogical theory and classroom curricular standards.
3821 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620
The USF Contemporary Art Museum organizes and presents significant and investigative exhibitions of contemporary art from Florida, the United States and around the world. Changing exhibitions are designed to introduce students, faculty and the Tampa Bay community to current cultural trends. USFCAM underwrites new projects by emerging artists, and maintains the university’s art collection of more than 5,000 works. Educational programs include InsideART, a free online secondary school curriculum that integrates social studies and science with contemporary art.
3702 Spectrum Blvd., #100
Tampa, FL 33612
Graphicstudio is an ongoing experiment in art and education at the University of South Florida, where leading artists from around the world are invited to work in residence to produce limited edition prints and sculpture multiples. 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. Tours visit each aspect of Graphicstudio’s facility: the main gallery space, curating, lithography, and etching, view printmaking demonstrations in either lithography or etching, and each visitor receives a small sample of a print produced at Graphicstudio. (more…)
1818 E. 9th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
The story told at the Ybor City Museum State Park begins in 1885, when Vicente Martinez-Ybor arrived to established Tampa’s renowned cigar Industry. From a small fishing village of 750 residents, the population grew quickly as Spaniards, Italians, Cubans, Romanian Jews and Germans, immigrated to Tampa to work in the cigar industry or to provide goods and services to these new residents. The museum tour includes exhibits on the cigar industry, Ybor City’s diverse immigrant population, the social clubs and mutual aid societies, cultural, political and social activities, a special exhibit entitled Traces of Cuba a recreated cigar-worker’s home and the Mediterranean-style garden.
1101 W. Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 1 million visitors annually. Since its inception, Zoo Tampa 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.