Field Trips & Tours
|Indiana Landmarks' Indianapolis tours for kids highlight the history and landmarks of the capital city.|
Our tours and trips offer students a chance for hands-on, eyes-on, sneakers-on learning. Bring your class to one of our historic sites, or take to the sidewalks on one of our Indianapolis walking tours designed especially for kids.
For more information on the following tours, contact our heritage tourism department, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historic site field trips
Indiana Landmarks owns and operates two historic house museums open for school tours and programs.
Huddleston Farmhouse in Cambridge City originally welcomed travelers heading west on the National Road beginning in the 1840s. The travelers’ stories fascinate children and teach them about what daily Hoosier life was like in the pioneer era. Huddleston Farmhouse is located 47 miles east of Indianapolis and 17 miles west of Richmond.
Walking tour field trips in the capital city
Designed to correlate with school curricula, Indiana Landmarks’ guided expeditions for school children teach state and local history, art and architecture and encourage students to become observant and informed citizens of the man-made environment. Pre- and post-tour materials and in-class presentations are available.
Capital City Critters Walking Tour
Introduces children in first through third grades to architecture and the art of observation by challenging them to find the animals and mythological creatures that are surprisingly prevalent in Indianapolis’s downtown architecture. Along the way, students learn about the historical figures represented in public sculpture. [Meets Indiana Department of Education Social Studies Academic Standards 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3, 1.3.4, 2.1.1, 2.1.2, 2.1.3, 2.2.4, 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 3.5.1, 3.5.3]
Historic Downtown Indianapolis Walking Tour
Blends discussions of architecture and history in an ideal guided tour for fourth and fifth grade students. Students learn how the development of Indiana as a territory and a state affected the city of Indianapolis. They also learn about the preservation of historic buildings from different eras of the city’s history, and hear about modern buildings that dominate the city’s skyline. [Meets Indiana Department of Education Social Studies Academic Standards 3.1.2, 3.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.1.8, 4.1.9, 4.2.3]
Downtown Canal Walking Tour
Gives students an opportunity to learn about the development--and failure--of the canal system in the 1830s and its impact on the state. Modern additions to the revitalized canal include the U.S.S. Indianapolis Memorial, and the National Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial, as well as the new Indiana State Museum.
Policies for school group walking tours:
To ensure that teachers and students have a rich and safe educational experience, we require:
- Reservations must be made a minimum of 3 weeks prior to tour date.
- Minimum of 10 people requred to schedule a tour.
- No groups larger than 70 students, please. For a teacher with a larger group, we can divide the group and do back-to-back tours, paired with another educational field activity in the downtown area.
- Permission to divide a large group into smaller groups; each group must have at least one adult chaperone.
- A fee of $3.00 per student and chaperone; one teacher per classroom is complimentary.
- Notification in advance if students will be taking photographs.