The Best Homeschool Field Trips In and Around Atlanta

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the fact that there are many days when I don’t get out of my pajamas until after lunch. But one of my OTHER favorite things about homeschooling is the fact that we get to take advantage of so many cool activities in and around Atlanta! Yes, they require putting on real pants, but these five are definitely worth it.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

I’ve mentioned the CNC before in my post on family memberships. We love the CNC for so many reasons, not the least of which is their Home School Science Days. Once a month, the CNC hosts a Science Day for homeschoolers chock full of hands-on activities. Their naturalists lead the classes, which are on a variety of topics. And while you’re there, check out the Nature Exchange! This is where kids can bring in items they’ve found in nature or science projects they’ve done (drawings, diagrams, research) and trade them in for points. Then they can use their points to “purchase” cool rocks, shells, and other Nature Exchange stuff. The program is free for CNC members and included with General Admission for all others.

Atlanta History Center

The first time we visited The Atlanta History Center I wondered why we’d never been before! The grounds are beautiful, the exhibits within the main museum are excellent, and their themed Homeschool Days are tons of fun. The docents working at the museum lead the kids through activities on the day’s theme (we were immigrants being processed through Ellis Island last time we went) and do a great job of bringing history to life for both parents and kids. Admission to the program is free for AHC members and only$8.50/adults and $6.50/kids for non-members.

Zoo Atlanta

Who doesn’t love the zoo? Whether you are finishing a study on biology, doing an educational scavenger hunt, or just strolling through the grounds and enjoying the animals, Zoo Atlanta is a fun day-trip. And if you homeschool, you can go once a month for a majorly discounted rate! The first Tuesday of every month, homeschoolers can get into the zoo for only $9.99 each! That’s HALF of the regular admission price! If your family wants more than just a day at the zoo, look into their Homeschool Academy. You can sign up for one class or an entire semester. They have classes for kids K-12 and individual classes start at $20.99/child. 

Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse

Think your kids will be bored by Shakespeare? Think again! We attended our first Shakesploration Day last spring and even my 7-year-old son enjoyed it! The staff at Shakespeare’s Tavern does an incredible job of involving every kid and making the chosen show accessible to even the youngest students. They offer days with full-length plays and also shorter performances if you aren’t sure your kids are ready for that. A fun and unique way to introduce your kids to theatre and Shakespeare! Prices range from $10-$20 depending on the program.

The High Museum of Art

An art museum might not be the first place you think of taking your kids, but that’s just because you haven’t visited the High! Their Homeschool Days are fantastic and include docent-led tours of specific exhibits as well as hands-on workshops where kids (and parents) get to create a project on that day’s theme. And my favorite part- admission for kids is only $7! (Regular admission for adults) If you can’t make the docent-led tour, do yourself a favor and get the headset tour. It’s a great way to experience the featured exhibit! 

There are tons more places that offer both programming and discounts for homeschoolers. We have heard great things about the Bartow History Museum and The Southern Museum.  We always enjoy visiting The Tellus Museum and The Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Basically, if there’s a cool place you want to check out, you should see if they offer anything special for homeschool families! All the activities listed in this post require a copy of your Declaration of Intent to Homeschool. If reading this post has you interested in homeschooling, check out my post here and happy learning!