Have you been on a field trip lately? Unless it was with your class or your children’s school, the answer is probably no. But did you know that an adult field trip is good for the soul? You experience. You learn. You create adventures. Whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, pencil in a few field trips. You won’t regret it!
1. Art Exhibits
In most cities there is usually some level of art movement, even if it’s on a small scale. I am fortunate to live an hour’s drive away from the city of Grand Rapids, which hosts ArtPrize, a one-of-a-kind spectacular art competition. For a few weeks each fall, the city is overtaken with art—from the streets to local restaurants, banks, and stores—everywhere you look there is art unfolding in front of your eyes. It changes your whole perspective on what art is. While this art exhibit is more unorthodox than others, there are loads of venues in our nearby cities with little art galleries. Have you looked around you to see what art awaits?
This stunning sculpture invades the sidewalks of Grand Rapids, Michigan, during ArtPrize. It's all carved out of wood!
Who doesn’t love a good museum? An opportunity to learn, explore, and spend a day wandering is a good thing to me. The key is picking a museum that generally interests you. For me, I happen to love art and was excited to share an adventure with my family recently to the Detroit Institute of Art. In addition to seeing the stunning works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, we got to explore classics by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Renoir.
Picasso's oil on canvas painting Girl Reading (1938) at the Detroit Institute of Art.
Have you visited an aquarium lately? I once thought this was strictly for the joy of children, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. The amazing underworld life is truly that—amazing! From rare jellyfish to giant crabs and playful penguins, a trip to a nearby aquarium is sure to lighten your step. We rarely take the time to step outside of ourselves and witness the pure beauty of Mother Nature. A sea-filled field trip is one of the best ways to appreciate all of earth’s inhabitants.
These gorgeous little creatures are unlike anything I’d ever seen. I was mesmerized by their movements at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium!
4. Hop on a Train…to Anywhere!
The destination isn’t the key to this field trip, it’s all about the experience. The sound of the whistle blowing, the chugging of wheels spinning on the tracks, the world whipping by you. It’s truly a unique experience. Even in your own home turf, the view outside a train’s window is so much different from our daily grind perspectives. Hop aboard and soak in the experience.
Here co-founder Jennifer and I are all aboard an Amtrak train!
5. Local Monuments
It always amazes me how little we take advantage of the resources right in our backyard. I live only 15 minutes away from our state’s capital and yet I don’t ever take the time to visit. I’m now crossing that off my bucket list since we recently took a lovely stroll around Michigan’s state capital. What historical buildings, parks, or venues are in your backyard waiting to be explored?
Michigan State Capital at dusk, Lansing, Michigan.