Located less than an hour’s drive from Branson is the history filled City of Springfield, Missouri. At one time, it was home to Civil War soldiers, Native American tribes and famous pioneers like Wild Bill Hickok. As such, student groups visiting Missouri’s Ozarks Region have several options when it comes toeducational tour stops. Among them are the following five Springfield attractions:
1.) Smallin Cave (North Smallin Road)
Why not start out by letting the kids visit Smallin Cave? It is a Civil War site that offers a variety of guided cave tours and programs. Some of the tours focus on the cave’s Civil War connections. Others are geared towards budding geologists, spelunkers and naturalists.
Groups that decide to take the Civil War route, may want to consider combining the cave tour with the Battle of Springfield Driving Tour and a stop at the Springfield National Cemetery. Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield and the Civil War Library are also located nearby.
2.) History Museum on the Square (Park Central Square)
A stop at the History Museum on the Square could also be incorporated into a Civil War themed tour. That’s because it contains a few Civil War artifacts as well as information on early modes of transportation and the state’s famous, former residents. Off-site walking and motorcoach guided tours are offered by the museum’s staff too.
3.) Riverbluff Cave/Museum (West Farm Road)
Another fabulous, educational place to visit with students is the Missouri Institute of Natural Science. It features museum exhibits and opportunities to participate in field trips as well as fossil hunts. The institute also manages the Riverbluff Cave site. At the moment, the cave is not open to the public. However, those excavating the cave often give lectures about their finds to student groups.
4.) Springfield Art Museum (East Brookside Drive)
For the art students, a visit to the Springfield Art Museum would be in order. It is home to an array of changing exhibitions, student workshops, art classes, special events and an art library. The library is also a good place to let the children find information about their favorite artists.
5.) Dickerson Park Zoo (North Fort)
Finally, there are educational tours available at the Dickerson Park Zoo too. They offer students a chance to do such things as interact with the animals, hike the grounds and complete zoo themed crafts. Onsite classes, workshops and Roots & Shoots programs are sometimes available as well.
To discuss booking an educational tour to Springfield and other student friendly destinations in Missouri, please contact us at Peak Performance Tours. We’d be happy to provide your group with a no-obligation, complimentary proposal.
Are you looking for a music tour destination that will have your students singing rhythm and blues? If so, look no further than the city that inspired two, enterprising teens to extol its virtues in a timeless song. Yes, we are talking about Kansas City, Missouri. In all the years since Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller first put pen to paper, the city’s appeal has only grown among students and educators alike. With that said, here are five spots that are sure to appeal to a broad audience:
1.) Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (Broadway)
Thanks to programs like EncoreTix , music tours and facility rentals, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is quickly becoming the best place in Kansas City to take student groups. Located on Broadway, it is a wonderful, year round, entertainment venue. While there, groups can perform on stage, catch an affordable show and learn about behind-the-scenes maneuverings.
2.) Kansas City Convention Center (West 13th Street)
The Kansas City Convention Center is another great place to take music students. That’s because it is home to several, gorgeous performance areas that may be rented or toured by groups. Among the various performance areas that may interest students are the Little Theatre, Music Hall and the Wagstaff Theatre. In addition to housing great performance areas, the center is located within close proximity to picnic areas, restaurants and lodging options too.
3.) New Theatre Restaurant (91st & 95th Street, Overland Park)
Speaking of food and fun, students may enjoy a matinee or evening performance at the New Theatre Restaurant in nearby Overland Park as well. The venue hosts various productions throughout the year, including those that focus on songs by Stoller and Leiber. Most productions include a meal as part of the show.
4.) American Jazz Museum (18th Street)
The American Jazz Museum is another venue of note. It features performance space, exhibits and educational programs designed for students of all ages. Exhibit highlights include collections of album art, interactive displays and a recreated, 1930s jazz room. Lodging is available nearby at The Aladdin. It’s a charming boutique hotel that features an onsite restaurant, market place, meeting rooms and a fitness center.
5.) The Folly Theatre (West 12th Street)
Finally, students may appreciate a visit to one of the oldest theatres in the state. Known simply as “The Folly”, it is available for group rentals. Not only will students enjoy performing there, they’ll likely be captivated by its rich history too. Many famous people have graced its stage over the years, including Shirley Boothstar.
For more information about arranging music tours to Kansas City and points beyond, please contact us at (800) 220-0165. At Peak Performance Tours, we’ll treat you and your music students right.
Talented young students from all over the world attend Disney Performing Arts every year. Marching bands, choirs, and dance companies apply for this program, and if selected, they have the opportunity to perform at one of the theme parks, Disneyland or Walt Disney World, for crowds from all over the world.
Not only does the Disney Performing Arts program offer once-in-a-lifetime performance experiences, but they also have workshops and competitions for all ages. From elementary students to college students, the program has something for everyone.
The workshops are held by Disney performers and offer an array of lessons in dance, music, acting, costuming, and even how to audition. Students will rehearse for simulated performances and learn to work together as a unit. Backstage tours and behind the scenes experiences are part of the workshops, to give the students a taste of what it takes to put on a show. Lighting, special affects, music and technical equipment are among the many aspects of these workshops and will give the students an experience they will never forget.
Festival Disney is a Disney-produced competitive music festival and open to marching bands, concert bands, show choirs, jazz ensembles, and vocal ensembles. You can choose between competitive and non-competitive programs. The festival is held annually at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida.
Disney Performing Arts is dedicated to giving youth programs a challenging experience and inspiration for excellence. Disney also realizes all the hard work that goes into rehearsals, education, and performances and rewards the students the opportunity to explore the magic at the theme parks with special discounted tickets. Please contact us for more information, applications, and available dates. We are also available to assist you with transportation and accommodations.
Situated on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast is the lovely community of Georgetown. Considered to be one of the oldest settlements in the state, it is located within driving distance of Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet. It also happens to be an ideal spot for group travel tours that focus on communing with nature and learning about history. With that said, here is a look at five tour spots located in Georgetown:
Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Groups seeking to get outside and explore Georgetown’s terrain should contemplate visiting theWaccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. It is where the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee Rivers converge. So visitors can feel confident that they’ll encounter a good deal of South Carolina flora and fauna. In addition, it is a superlative place to go picnicking, hiking and boating.
Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center
The Hobcaw Barony Discover Center is another wonderful group tour destination in Georgetown. It is a large wildlife refuge that features hands-on, ecology study programs and guided motorcoach tours for groups. There’s also a discovery center onsite that includes a variety of live and static nature exhibits.
South Carolina Maritime Museum
For the history lovers, a trip to the South Carolina Maritime Museum may be in order. Giant, wooden sailing ships and 14 foot wide, solid metal propellers are just two of the things that are on offer there. The museum is also home to old, maritime photos, 19th century documents and other intriguing artifacts from Georgetown’s past.
Hopsewee Plantation & Rice Museum
Group travel tours focusing on South Carolina’s past shouldn’t miss the Hopsewee Plantation and Rice Museum either. Although they are two, distinct attractions, they pair well together. The plantation offers visitors a chance to tour the grounds, take sweetgrass basket making classes and partake in culinary events. Among them are lowcountry dinners and afternoon teas. The Rice Museum, on the other hand, gives visitors a glimpse at Gullah Geechee culture and some of the region’s former residents.
Georgetown County Museum
Finally, groups may want to spend an hour or two at the Georgetown County Museum, It’s a hodge podge of artifacts that spans several centuries. Some of subjects covered include Native American history and the region’s connection to 1920s Hollywood.
To learn more about these group travel tour destinations and others in the Georgetown area, pleasecontact us at (800) 220-0165. At Peak Performance Tours, we can custom create packages for groups of all sizes.
As an educator, you undoubtedly have a long “to do” list and precious little time to accomplish your goals. After all, the school day and school year are only so long. The good news is there is a way to at least make planning your class trips much easier this year. It all starts with hiring a tour operator that specializes in student travel services.
At Peak Performance Tours, we specialize in planning affordable, customized student trips down to the very last detail. So it doesn’t matter whether your group needs a step-on guide that speaks two languages, dedicated hotel security or a 50 passenger kneeling motorcoach. Either way, we’ll put all of the important elements together for you.
Our student travel services begin with a sit-down between you and one of our professional tour coordinators. During the meeting, our tour coordinator will ascertain which services your student group needs. Afterward, he or she will come up with a group tour itinerary and payment plan for your approval. Should you need ideas on raising funds, he or she can offer suggestions on that as well.
On the day of the tour, your group will be assigned a tour escort. The tour escort will accompany you and your group throughout the trip. He or she will also handle such tasks as picking up the hotel key packets, calling in head counts and settling the final bill with restaurateurs. If you opt to book an overnight group tour, our student travel service professionals will also provide your students with emergency ID cards. The emergency ID cards contain all of the information that your students will need to get back in contact with you and the rest of the tour group.
Sounds like an extremely efficient and stress-free way to plan a class trip doesn’t it? For more information about our student travel service, please contact us at (800) 220-0165. We’d welcome the chance to help you eliminate one more thing from your “to do” list.
Senior year in high school is a busy time for students and their families, with college applications, senior photos, invitations, and all the preparations for the big day: Graduation! At some point during all the chaos, we realize that at least one tradition allows us to escape for a few days of fun. A senior class trip can celebrate the end of our high school journey and be filled with memories that will last a lifetime. When you start throwing around words like fun, exciting, magical, and memorable, you can't help but think about a Disney Trip.
We tend to think of Disney as a family vacation, but Walt Disney World offers alot of activities for teens. From Thrill Rides at all four parks to Disney Quest at Downtown Disney, the fun never ends. Imagine riding Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster or Twilight Zone’s Tower of Terror with all your classmates. If you've ever wanted to feel like an astronaut, you can test your skills on Spaceship Earth. You can even grab a little culture from around the world at Epcot’s World Showcase, where all the cast members are actually from those countries. You feel like you are in Mexico, while dining on authentic Mexican food prepared by a chef from Mexico, and you are inside a large replica of a Mayan pyramid. You also have several other countries to visit and explore. One of my favorite countries is France, because I love French pastries and I love the large fountains, and the Eiffel Tower. The Great Britain Pavilion serves authentic fish and chips while listening to a Celtic rock band.
Disney Quest takes a video arcade to the extreme in true Disney-style and you can even design and virtually ride your very own roller coaster. Downtown Disney also offers a new state-of-the-art bowling alley, movie theater, popular themed restaurants, like Rain Forest Cafe and Planet Hollywood, and the acrobatic thrills of Cirque du Soleile .
When you've had enough of the Florida heat, Walt Disney World is also home to two large water parks. Typhoon Lagoon has a wave pool and you can even schedule surf lessons, for a fee, for up to 10 people. Blizzard Beach is themed to showcase a freak snowstorm leaving behind plunging water thrill rides from snow-capped mountains.
One important activity that you must not forget about is taking lots and lots of pictures. Don't worry if you forget your camera or just miss that great shot. Disney photographers are everywhere and you don't have to buy any of the photos until you return home and view them all. I love taking pictures, but don't always stop having fun to take them, so I miss alot of good shots.
There are many other destinations to choose from, but experiencing a Disney trip as a student with your friends, rates the top of the list. Please contact us for more information and our affordable group rates. Our goal is to make your planning and booking stress-free. Let our experience in group trips give your students a trip they will never forget.
One of our popular USA student travel destinations is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It is home to a wide range of entertaining and educational sites that can easily be incorporated into a terrific, tailored tour. There are also great places located nearby in Murrells Inlet. Here’s a quick look at some of those neighboring attractions:
Huntington Beach State Park (Murrells Inlet)
Why not take the students to Huntington Beach State Park? It is widely recognized as one of the best places to engage in an array of nature activities. The kids can go bird watching, hiking, bicycling, swimming and boating. There are also opportunities for fishing, picnicking and geocaching.
Brookgreen Gardens (Murrells Inlet)
If you are looking for a place that offers more eco-adventures than that, try the Brookgreen Gardens. In addition to the beautiful flora, the site includes a zoo, sculpture garden, hiking trails, historic sites and pontoon boat rides. There are also onsite educational classes, lectures and demonstrations provided throughout the year.
Wacca Wache Marina (Murrells Inlet)
For another perspective on the area, you could take the kids to Wacca Wache Marina. While there, you’ll find guided, history-rich, pontoon boat tours and a waterfront restaurant. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Kid friendly menu options include chicken fingers, deli sandwiches, hamburgers, corn dogs and jumbo shrimp.
Marsh Walk (Murrells Inlet)
Other food options are located at the historic Marsh Walk. Situated right on the inlet, there are more than five different eateries to choose from. Most offer fresh seafood. However, there is also a place where the kids can enjoy a slice of pizza, BBQ ribs, salads and sodas.
To learn more about theses USA student travel destinations and others, please contact us at (800) 220-0165. At Peak Performance Tours, we offer full package options that include contemporary security measures and onsite tour experts.
Disney Youth Education Series programs uses the magic of Disney to make learning even more fun. Their educational programs offer up endless opportunities for students and their teachers. Guided in-park educational field studies with courses in Applied Science, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts, and Leadership Development. These collection of studies are accredited, standards-based, and designed to reinforce their classroom lessons. Your students will embark on an interactive adventure they will never forget.
Some of the courses students can participate in include Backstage at La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil where they learn how they put together their dazzling show, designing a Disney story where they develop storytelling skills and see how the Disney characters were created, and discovering marine live conservation at The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This is just a few of the courses offered to students in the Y.E.S program. They also have many leadership courses that investigate proven management strategies employed by the Walt Disney company to achieve stronger collaboration skills, increase confidence, and set a course for success.
Their Applied Science programs are designed to spark interest and ideas in young minds that Disney has tapped into for all of their innovative technology. Students will see how Disney uses magnetism, light, and sound to achieve their special affects.
This educational opportunity is offered year-round, seven days a week. It is available to elementary, middle, junior, and senior high school students. Disney also offers students discounted tickets and accommodations. You can contact us for more information and details about this amazing experience for your students.
Senior year is a whirlwind time, a time of looking forward to future plans and savoring the last days with friends and teachers. One great memory that will last a lifetime is the senior class trip. Here are some ideas for making your school’s senior class trip a memorable one:
Gather the Facts. Before you can select a destination, you need to have a good idea about the number of students who will be going on the trip. Letters sent home to parents before the trip is planned should give you a good idea of how many students want to participate and also give parents and students the chance to voice their opinion about the destination and length of the trip. This also a good time to recruit parents who want to accompany the class on their trip.
Know Your Budget. You should expect each student’s family to pay a portion of the expenses, but there are several creative ways to raise additional funds that can be put toward the trip. School bake sales, raffles, and community donations are all ways to cut the total cost that each student must pay.
Decide Where to Go. Once you have all of the above facts, it is time to pick a destination that the students will enjoy and the budget can handle. A Disney resort is always a popular destination, as are beach themed trips. But don’t be constrained by those two ideas; you don’t have to pick a warm weather location to have a good time. Boston, Canada, and Philadelphia have dozens of attractions that are both fun and educational. And New York City can’t be beat as a destination with so many exciting sightseeing, entertainment, and dining options that you will never have the time to take advantage of them all.
Plan the Logistics. Next, you will need to make your travel and accommodation plans. How will you get where you’re going and where will you stay when you get there? You will find that there are a wide range of options for both travel and hotels. There are a host of student-friendly options in all price ranges and locations.
Make Your Final Arrangements. It’s now time to go back to students and parents and present the trip details and cost. Expect that you will have to make down payments to secure your travel and accommodation vendors. If you are headed for a theme park, museum, or any other venue that charges an admission price, call and make a reservation for your group ahead of time.
Pack Your Bags and Have Fun. In the end, it’s not so much the destination, events, or activities that make a senior class trip memorable, it’s the time spent with classmates and friends before they all go their separate ways. The new places, sights, and adventures (as well as the misadventures) will be remembered not so much for their novelty, but for the people you share them with.
Peak Performance Tours can help you at every stage of your senior class trip planning. Contact us to find out how we can customize a trip that's perfect for your school.
If you are a history teacher, Richmond, Virginia is one class trip destination that is definitely worth considering. The charming city offers students access to many Civil War sites that will undoubtedly add to their understanding of our nation’s history.
American Civil War Center (Tredegar Street)
The American Civil War Center is one that should be at the top of a history teacher’s list. It includes period reenactments, guided tours and student programs that put the kids at the heart of the action.
Museum of the Confederacy (E. Clay Street)
A visit to the American Civil War Center would also pair perfectly with a stop at the Museum of the Confederacy. Understandably, the exhibits spotlight General Lee and the Confederate Army. It opens daily and interactive student programs are available onsite.
Richmond National Battlefield Park (Multiple Locations)
Of course we can’t forget about the Richmond National Battlefield Park. It offers an entire day’s worth of class trip activities, starting with 13 historic sites. In addition, the students can partake of the park’s guided educational programs, visitor center exhibits, picnic areas, self-guided walking trails and a bookstore.
Hanover Tavern (Hanover Courthouse Road)
Students that find themselves famished may enjoy a quick stop at the Hanover Tavern too. It’s one of those class trip destinations that serve more than one purpose. The colonial era tavern played a role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well as early Virginia politics. As such, a series of tours are available that may be paired with a lunch stop. There’s also a 1950s theater, rental space and a restaurant onsite. The restaurant is traditionally open for brunch, lunch and dinner.
North Anna Battlefield Park (Verdon Road)
Lastly, the North Anna Battlefield Park would make a good class trip stop as well. This is especially the case if you want to let the kids stretch their legs and enjoy a bag or box lunch before getting back onto the bus. Located along the North Anna River, in nearby Dosewell, it contains a roughly 2 mile long walking trail, historical markers and earthworks from the Civil War era. Managed by Hanover County, it’s open year round, weather permitting and admission is free.
To learn more about these class trip suggestions and other student friendly locations in Richmond, please contact us at (800) 220-0165.