Texas History Field Trips
Teaching Through Travel
Tour lengths vary
Using our fifteen years of experience in guiding adults around the great state of Texas, Heritage Tours is now offering field trips on Texas History for students in public and private schools.
These field trips are customized to the dates, length and location the teacher desires. Once the dates and locations are specified by the instructor, we organize and lead the trip in a turn key format. We book all transportation, overnight accommodations, and most importantly, we arrange for the speakers and activities that will bring the history of this colorful state to vivid reality for the students.
The content is designed to teach in concert with the teacher’s plan, and that includes materials to enhance the learning process.
Departures are possible from any school in Texas.
Teachers have enough to do in this day and time without being tour planners. That is what we are.
Heritage Tours is fully insured and we use only highly professional motor coach charter companies that employ full-time, trained and monitored drivers.
Parents are welcome and indeed encouraged to join the trips.
Our destinations for Texas History and Culture Field Trips include (but others are possible upon request):
- The Cradle of Texas: San Antonio
Teach the development of Texas as a colony, a nation, a state. Explain the story of The Missions including the all-important Battle of the Alamo. Plus the Governors Palace, the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Riverwalk.
- The Big Bend/Trans Pecos Area – A Wild West Adventure
Teach the settlement of Far West Texas and its ranching and oil economy. Scan the heavens at the McDonald Observatory, and search for the Marfa Lights. Discuss the high desert’s plant and animal life. Trek Big Bend National Park off road in jeeps. Plus Pecos and Balmorhea Springs Pool. Show how outposts such as Fort Davis protected the West.
- Austin, The Capital Story of Texas
Teach the range of history and culture of our great State through the State Capitol, the State of Texas Bullock Museum, LBJ Presidential Library, French Legation, DRT Museum, Elisabet Ney Museum, and many more possibilities.
- Cowboys and Corpus
Travel to Corpus Christi and the King Ranch. Explain the story of Texas ranching at the biggest of them all. Study marine wildlife at the Texas Aquarium and on our dolphin cruise. Learn about seafaring life firsthand on the replicas of the ships of Columbus and the mighty aircraft carrier Lexington.
- The Great Courthouses of Texas
Primary destinations are Waxahachie and Hillsboro, Denton and Decator, Dallas and Fort Worth, but other courthouses are certainly possible. Focus on Texas history 1880-1920 and the importance of county seats and courthouses in Texas history. Teach local Texas government. Based on availability, meet with local governmental officials.
- The Albany Fandangle and Points West (Last two weekends of June only)
Teach the saga of the settling of the ranch country as seen through the residents of Albany in their outdoor musical drama The Fandangle. Plus, hear about the boom and bust tales of the oil patch in Ranger. See an actual Texas ghost town in Thurber; be inspired by the entrepreneurship of Conrad Hilton at his first hotel in Cisco. Enjoy the whimsical oddities of Rip the Toad and the Post Office Mural. Learn in Albany how one visionary man can change a community.
- TEXAS, the musical, in Palo Duro Canyon (summer only)
See the famous outdoor drama Texas in Palo Duro Canyon, and what’s more, have dinner with the cast and let your srudents learn about acting in such a production. Learn about the settlement of the Panhandle at the excellent Panhandle/Plains Museum in Canyon. Start the day with real ranch hands at Cowboy Breakfast in Palo Duro Canyon. Learn about the geology of the Canyon during a ranger-led tour. Let the students spray paint the half-buried Cadillacs outside Amarillo!
- The Texas Revolution: Goliad & Gonzales
See the reality of two of the primary places associated with the Texas Revolution, with talks by knowledgeable guide/historians.
- San Jacinto Battlefield and the Battleship Texas
Only by standing on the battle ground at San Jacinto can students fully comprehend how the battle unfolded. The nearby Twentieth Century vintage Battleship Texas is a state icon that thrills the students who get to clamber its decks.
Study Texas independence where it happened. The weekend closest to March 2 is always a special celebration.