4 Fun Field Trips in Baltimore & Annapolis

Social studies, STEM, and just for fun!

Students on a field trip in Baltimore

Student field trip at the National Aquarium

Student field trip at the United States Naval Academy

Students studying oysters on a field trip in Annapolis

Students on a cruise field trip in Annapolis

Destination Education℠ by Watermark® immerses students in unique experiences. Our field trips support the social studies curriculum of Maryland and surrounding states. Many of our programs offer indoor and outdoor hands-on activities that meet STEM and environmental-literacy standards. Read on to learn about four of our fun field trips in Baltimore and Annapolis.

1. Aquatic Adventures

First, we have Aquatic Adventures offered in partnership with the National Aquarium. Our strong network of partners allows us to provide fully coordinated itineraries. This makes for exceptional field trips in Baltimore! Students explore an underwater world at the aquarium and then get out on the water for a 45-minute Baltimore Harbor Cruise. The narration shares the important history of the waterfront and its role today as a working port. Students may eat lunch on the boat while cruising past Federal Hill, Fell’s Point, Fort McHenry, and much more.

Baltimore | A fully-coordinated 3-to 4-hour itinerary | $30.95/Student (Minimum of 20 students.)

2. The Best of Annapolis

A popular choice for fourth-grade classes, this field trip shares the best that this charming city has to offer. Students begin their journey with a 90-minute Colonial Stroll led by a period-attired guide. They walk past historic mansions and learn about life in the 18th century. Our guides share stories of important figures that helped make Annapolis and Maryland what we see today. The tour includes the restored Maryland State House, where George Washington resigned as Commander-in-Chief.

The field trip continues on with a 45-minute walking tour of the United States Naval Academy. This unique institution is home to more than 4,000 midshipmen. Students experience the Academy’s sights, sounds, and history as they stroll.

Finally, the field trip ends with a 40-minute Annapolis Harbor & USNA Cruise. The cruise narration touches on history, navigation, architecture, and ecology.

Annapolis | 3.5 hours | $16.50 Student/$23 Adult 

3. Chesapeake 101

Chesapeake 101 is a hands-on cruise that meets STEM and Environmental Literacy standards. First, students engage in problem solving and team building while they explore Chesapeake Bay ecology. Activities include oyster tonging, exploring oyster reef critters, oyster dissection, watershed pollution activity, seining for life in the creek, and crabbing.

Then, after a morning of ecological exploration, students climb aboard Harbor Queen for a 40-minute narrated Annapolis Harbor & USNA Cruise. Students are welcome to enjoy lunch during the cruise.

Annapolis | 3 hours | $17.50 Student/$22.50 Adult 

4. Pizza Party Cruise

On this entertaining field trip, students climb aboard to enjoy a DJ, pizza, and, above all, lots of fun. This event is customizable for your occasion. For example, 8th-grade graduations or the end of the year are wonderful reasons to celebrate. Our Youth Group Manager will help you tailor the party to your needs. Available as a field trip in Baltimore and Annapolis, this is a cruise for memories! Your students will certainly have a blast.

Annapolis & Baltimore | Call for pricing and availability. 

Maryland has a lot to offer for both the social studies and STEM subjects. Contact our Youth Group Manager to plan your next field trip in Baltimore and Annapolis.

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Student group at the USNA: Department of Defense photo by Angel A. Clemons/Released.