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Mind-Boggling Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventures

August 24, 2017

Since Robert Ripley first displayed his collection of bizarre events and unusual items at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has become a household name, attracting more than 12 million visitors per year at various [...]

Why Take Your Students to Lake George?

July 25, 2017

There’s a lot students can learn about science and nature from a textbook. But the lessons that stick with them are the ones that take place outside a classroom setting. The ones that give them a hands-on, real-life lesson that they can apply in [...]

Astounding Attractions for Students at Mall of America

March 29, 2017

Hearing the words “Mall of America®” will most likely bring to mind one thing in particular: an extravagant shopping trip. With no state sales tax on clothing or shoes and over 520 stores to browse through, Mall of America in Bloomington, [...]

5 East Coast Brightspark Tours with Students in Mind

January 30, 2017

Planning a student trip is never easy. You often want to visit a large city with plenty of historic and cultural attractions, but those can often be the most expensive. Brightspark Travel, a Chicago-based tour operator, has crafted a series of trips [...]

Curiosity Takes off at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

December 20, 2016

We are lucky to live in the most exciting and dynamic time for space exploration, with new discoveries and missions making their way via mainstream media into homes around the world. The next decade will bring new challenges and incredible findings [...]

Booking Student Group Airfares Just Got Easier

December 20, 2016

No one said that planning student travel was easy, and that goes double for booking air fares.  Sure, getting a group of 10 or 20 students into a hotel or an attraction is usually straightforward, a simple matter of phoning or emailing ahead and [...]

360 CHICAGO Delivers Fun from All Angles

November 16, 2016

Delivering stunning views of one of the world’s greatest skylines, 360 CHICAGO is a high-altitude experience perfect for groups of all ages and interests. Taking up the entire 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, this space is more than just an [...]

Travel through Time in Stockholm (For Cheap!)

November 1, 2016

By Lance Harrell Stockholm is a lot of things. It’s the capital of Sweden and arguably the most important center of Nordic culture (although residents of other Scandinavian areas might disagree). It’s a great place for student travel. And it can [...]

Pristine Nature Vacations in Sweden’s Vastmanland

November 1, 2016

By Lance Harrell If there’s one thing that takes the joy out of a wilderness vacation, it’s crowds. Just because you’re not ready to be some kind of survival expert, dumped off in the wilds with only your multi-tool for company, doesn’t mean [...]

Audubon Nature Institute: It’s Nature, Nurtured

October 7, 2016

If you want your students to experience nature as it really is—unsullied, wild and exciting—take them to Audubon Nature Institute facilities for eye-opening learning adventures. Audubon is a nonprofit organization that operates a family of 10 [...]

At Niagara Falls, Teachers Can Show, Not Just Tell

September 27, 2016

Which would make a bigger impression on your class? a) Tell them that Niagara Falls has 3,160 tons of water flowing down it every second. b) Take them to the Falls and stand under the pounding waters as they plunge 175 feet off the ledge above [...]

Student Group Travel: Rely on the Experts

September 7, 2016

You know how to run your classroom—you handle lesson plans, homework assignments, projects, tests and grading. This is a place of comfort for teachers and educators. Organizing a student trip, however, is a departure from that zone. There are so [...]
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