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Different Types of Field Trips for Learning about our World

Who doesn’t love a great field trip? The opportunity to step outside of life’s normal routines and experience something completely new is always a good time and a great way to learn things you might not have known! 

There are tons of different possibilities for field trips, whether you’re traveling far from home or just exploring the woods behind the house, but sometimes it can be hard to see all the opportunities for learning that surround you. That’s why knowing what types of field trips there are can be super helpful for figuring out what sort of educational opportunity you want! This is my list of the different types of field trip opportunities that exist.

I typically divide field trips into two main groups: Nature-focused Trips and People-Focused Trips . 

Different Kinds of Nature-Focused Field Trips

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My first major category contains any field trip that is specifically focused on nature. That’s a lot . Whether we’re talking about trips aimed at teaching kids about plants or animals, exploring underground caverns, or learning about the night sky, it’s all about nature!

Learning about the natural world is a huge draw for kids and adults alike, and there is so much out there to choose from. To help narrow it down a bit, I’ve tried to further divide natural trips into smaller groupings.

Astronomical Field Trips

Astronomical field trips are all about space! There’s nothing quite like the unexplored reaches of the universe for sparking excitement and curiosity in the minds of kids. And new discoveries are being made all the time! 

Some of my favorite astronomical field trips have been stargazing in the Atacama desert and watching a rocket launch in Florida, but it could be as simple as taking the kids outside of town to identify constellations! 

Astronomical Field Trip Ideas

  • Stargazing (in your back yard or somewhere special!)
  • Trip to an observatory
  • Watching a rocket launch
  • Watching an eclipse
  • Space Museum Trip

Examples of our family’s Astronomical Experiences

A model of an astronaut hanging in front of a virtual globe at the World Expo in Dubai.

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A tent in the woods with a picnic table in front of it.

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Visiting Wild Camels and Cleopatra’s Emeralds in Wadi el-Gemal

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The Wonderful “Good-ness” Of Badlands National Park

Botanical field trips.

Botanical Field Trips are all about exploring the wonderful world of plants. Exploring how cactus survive in the desert, marveling at the diversity of wildflower in the spring, or taking the time to look at the leaves in the fall are all botanical trips.

Some of my favorite trips have been to botanical gardens around the world where we get the chance to see unique plants growing in their natural environments.

Botanical Field Trip Ideas

  • Visiting a botanical garden
  • Plant identification trip (works pretty much anywhere!)
  • Foraging Trip
  • Trip to an Arboretum

Examples of our family’s Botanical Experiences

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Table Mountain – Visiting An African World Wonder With Kids

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A hidden gem for families visiting South Africa – The Drakensbergs

Ecological Adventures with Kids in Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve

Ecological Adventures with Kids in Mindo Cloud Forest Reserve

Geological field trips.

Geological trips are all about the earth and what makes up the ground we walk on. It’s about a lot more than just looking at some rocks. Getting to see the building blocks of our planet and how they fit together can be an amazing experience, and can take you to some incredible places. Let’s just say that geology rocks. (Hi, I’m a dad.)

There are plenty of amazing options for learning about the earth, but some of my favorites are caving trips, checking out the Grand Canyon, and hiking active volcanoes! 

Geological Field Trip Ideas

  • Fossil hunting trip! ( Fossil hunting with kids )
  • Going caving
  • Hiking a mountain/volcano
  • Visiting a Hot Spring (Yes, please)

Examples of our family’s Geological Experiences

Prehistoric dinosaur and mammoth fossils on display in Madison, WI.

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A long tail boat is pulled up against a floating dock in Khao Sok National Park.

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Finding Egypt’s hidden desert whales in beautiful Wadi al-Hitan

Finding Egypt’s hidden desert whales in beautiful Wadi al-Hitan

Zoological field trips.

Zoological trips can include so much more than zoos, but they  are  a great place to start. Any trip that’s focused on the fauna of an area is a zoological field trip, whether that’s exotic animals in the zoo or the squirrels at the local park. Animals can be great for kindling a kid’s curiosity, and because of how interconnected the natural world is, they can be a great launching point for any number of exciting lessons!

My family checks out zoos and aquariums pretty much any chance we get, but my favorite trips have all been in the wild. If you get the chance to go reef snorkeling, definitely take it.

Zoological Field Trip Ideas

  • Animal Spotting/Bird watching trips
  • Visiting an Animal Conservation Center ( Grizzly and Wolf Conservation Center, Yellowstone )
  • Visiting an animal Rescue Center ( Proyecto Asis, Costa Rica )
  • Going on Safari! ( Kruger National Park, South Africa )
  • Swim with wild dolphins or go whale watching! ( Educational Family Adventures, Puerto Vallarta )
  • Visiting a zoo

Examples of our family’s Zoological Experiences

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Best Free Activities for Families on San Cristobal Island

The Statue of Murugan and Rainbow staircase at Batu Caves

A beautiful mix of Geology and Culture – Batu Caves with kids

Learning about Cloud Forests in Beautiful Monteverde Costa Rica

Learning about Cloud Forests in Beautiful Monteverde Costa Rica

Visiting Guatemala’s Beautiful Black Sand Beaches

Visiting Guatemala’s Beautiful Black Sand Beaches

Majestic Macaws (and other beautiful birds) at Macaw Mountain

Majestic Macaws (and other beautiful birds) at Macaw Mountain

Beautiful Butterflies in Copan Ruinas, Honduras – Mayan Hills Resort

Beautiful Butterflies in Copan Ruinas, Honduras – Mayan Hills Resort

Other ecological field trips.

I use the term “ecological field trips” as my catch-all for other nature-focused field trips. Really, any trip that gets you out into nature can be a great launching pad for learning. It’s just about getting into nature and seeing what you can discover! There’s no better way of helping your kid to appreciate the natural world than simply getting them outside to spend time in nature.

Some of my favorite ecological field trips are nature hikes, waterfalls, and dispersed camping.

Ecological Field Trip Ideas

  • Going camping ( Camping with Kids )
  • Visiting a National Park ( My favorite is Badlands )
  • Kayaking or rafting Trips
  • Go snorkeling ( Snorkel gear for Kids )
  • Take a day at the beach! ( 7 ways to add education to a beach trip )

Examples of our family’s Ecological Experiences

My family looking over the plaza

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Field Trip to the First National Park: Yellowstone with Kids

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Camping With Kids – Gear to Make the Most of Your Time in Nature

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A Close up Look at Deforestation – Sarigua National Park

A Close up Look at Deforestation – Sarigua National Park

Different kinds of people-focused field trips.

My daughter standing barefoot with the Great Pyramid of Giza in the background.

The other broad field trip category is field trips about Humanity . It’s all about the things that people do, and the ways that we do them. Whether it’s looking at the things we’ve built, the foods we eat, or the jobs we have, if it’s about humans it’s a people-focused field trip. 

Let’s break it down a bit more. 

Agricultural Field Trips

Agricultural field trips are trips that are focused on the farm. Farm trips are great options for teaching kids all about the life cycles of plants, the types and effects of weather, where our food comes from, and more! 

Some of my favorite agricultural trips include fruit picking, petting zoos, and bee farms! 

Agricultural Field Trip Ideas

  • Visiting a Bee Farm
  • Pick your own produce trips ( Picking Strawberries in Cameron Highlands, Malaysia )
  • Visiting a coffee or tea plantation ( Finca Filadelfia, Guatemala )
  • Visiting a farm ( Caoba Farms, Guatemala )
  • Visiting a petting zoo
  • Make your own Chocolate ( Chocolate Tours, Guatemala )

Examples of our family’s Agricultural Experiences

Learning what goes into a great cup of coffee at Finca Filadelfia in Antigua

Learning what goes into a great cup of coffee at Finca Filadelfia in Antigua

A table top covered with foraged mushrooms.

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On the Farm with Kids – Caoba Farms Restaurant and Tour

On the Farm with Kids – Caoba Farms Restaurant and Tour

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3 Amazing Places to Learn about Chocolate in Guatemala

Architectural field trips.

Architectural field trips are all about looking at the things that humans build. I typically only consider more modern buildings to fall into this specific category. Basically, if you’re looking at a building that is still actively being used today, it’s an architectural field trip. If it was built in the far past, or if it’s a set of ruins, it goes in the next one.

My favorite architectural field trip is probably Frank Lloyd Wright’s Waterfall house. I was taken there when I was in high school, and to this day I think about that trip any time I see a three-legged stool. Other great trips include going to famous buildings like the Space Needle, or checking out colonial-style houses from the 1700s.  

Architectural Field Trip Ideas

  • Explore Famous landmarks ( New 7 Wonders of the World )
  • Visit a lighthouse
  • Explore local architectural styles (French Quarter, New Orleans)
  • Explore Famous houses or buildings (Falling Water, Frank Lloyd Wright)

Examples of our family’s Architectural Experiences

The New 7 Wonders of the World

The New 7 Wonders of the World

Casco Viejo with Kids: Exploring Panama City’s Historic District

Casco Viejo with Kids: Exploring Panama City’s Historic District

A City Carved in Stone – Visiting Petra with Kids

A City Carved in Stone – Visiting Petra with Kids

Boats in the water in Hoi An's Old Town.

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A Field Trip into Nashville’s Past at Historic Belle Meade

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Archaeological field trips.

Archaeological field trips are trips out to see the buildings and artifacts of humanity’s past. It’s all about seeing the way the world was, and learning about humans got through life before our modern advances took hold. It’s about seeing where we’re from, and how far we’ve come.

Ancient ruins, cave dwellings, and the Wonders of the World all fall into this category and are among some of my favorite field trips. 

How to choose an Archeological Trip

Archaeological Field Trip Ideas

  • Visit Native American ruins (Cahokia Mounds, Illinois | Aztalan State Park, Wisconsin )
  • Visit more recent American ruins ( Dungeness Ruins, Cumberland National Seashore, Georgia )
  • Visit ruins in other countries ( Spanish Ruins, Guatemala | Egyptian Ruins, Luxor, Egypt )
  • Visit Petroglyph or Cave Painting sites ( Petroglyphs in America | Main Cave, South Africa )

Examples of our family’s Archaeological Experiences

Mayan Ruins and the Spirit of Adventure

Mayan Ruins and the Spirit of Adventure

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Finding Adventure at the Lost Sea

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The contents of an archeologist's dig kit on diaplay.

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A famous Red Bridge in Hanoi at the Hoan Kiem Lake.

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The Best Roman Ruins in Jordan – Visiting Jerash with Kids

The Best Roman Ruins in Jordan – Visiting Jerash with Kids

Historical field trips.

Historical field trips are  also  about learning from humanity’s past, but I feel like they’re a bit different from archaeological trips. In essence, historical trips are less focused on the buildings and artifacts of the past, and more focused on the actions and events. They’re about remembering the past, the choices that we made as a civilization, both good and bad. It’s sort of splitting hairs, at times, and in the end, I’m not sure the distinction matters, but it’s there. 

Some of my favorite historical field trips are historical reenactments and demonstrations, like at Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. Other good trips include visiting monuments and memorials, the USS Arizona, or the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These places make history more palpable and can anchor historical learning in a kid’s mind.

Historical Field Trip Ideas

  • Explore the local history of your town
  • Visit the site of a historical location or Reenactment (Colonial Williamsburg, VA)
  • Learn about major historical events in your own country’s past ( Crazy Horse, SD )
  • Learn about human history at a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site ( UNESCO Cultural Sites )
  • Learn about the history of wherever you happen to be! ( Jean Lafitte National Park, LA )

Examples of our family’s Historical Experiences

Stand Where Moses Stood – Visiting Mount Nebo In Jordan

Stand Where Moses Stood – Visiting Mount Nebo In Jordan

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A Good Guide to the Great Pyramid

The Desolate Prison Island where Nelson Mandela Spent 18 Years

The Desolate Prison Island where Nelson Mandela Spent 18 Years

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A Worldschooler’s Guide to re-discovering the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World

Magical Ruins and Wild Horses in Cumberland Island National Seashore

Magical Ruins and Wild Horses in Cumberland Island National Seashore

Gastronomical field trips.

I know I say that a lot of these categories are among my favorites, but this time I mean it! Gastronomical field trips are all about food. The food we make and eat as a culture has a lot to say about us. It both depends on and dictates our agricultural practices and our economy. If you want to learn about a culture, you should learn about its food , and that includes your own home culture! A nice culinary field trip pairs very well with an agricultural trips, so if you can find a farm that has its own restaurant, be sure to stick around for seconds.  

Some of my favorite culinary field trips have included cooking lessons, cultural restaurants, and local farm tours, but really any new meal you eat offers an opportunity to learn something new. 

Gastronomical Field Trip Ideas

  • Learn how to cook a favorite meal
  • Visit a farm and make, or eat, a meal made from what they grow ( Caoba Farms, Guatemala )
  • Explore street food options in a different country ( Street Food and Culture )
  • Learn about how a favorite snack gets from farm to table ( Chocolate Field Guide )

Examples of our family’s Gastronomy Experiences

Me, holding a homemade shrimp empanada.

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Fresh clams from a beach vendor in Guatemala.

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Volcan Agua from Terrace

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What not to eat in Egypt (plus some amazing meals you shouldn’t miss!)

Other cultural field trips.

People-focused field trips cover a wide array of experiences. Any trip that doesn’t easily fall into one of the other categories gets labeled as a “Cultural Field Trip.” These are the trips that are about the different ways that people do things today. They’re about exploring the way that the world around us works, and they can be considered trips into the “real world.” Trips to the bank to find out how banking works may not sound like the most exciting trip, but it’s a field trip that can help foster an understanding of cultural systems that can have a huge impact on our future. 

Some great cultural field trips could include a trip to learn about using looms to hand-weave a rug, to a local factory to see how they make things, or to a cultural festival to learn about how other people do things!

Honestly, these trips can be almost anything, so long as there’s a focus on learning. 

Cultural Field Trip Ideas

  • Visit a local capitol building ( Madison, WI )
  • Watch a live musical or opera
  • Explore musical instruments from other cultures (Nose flute, anyone?)
  • Take a factory tour, or visit a US Mint

Examples of our family’s Culture Experiences

Exploring the otherworldly beauty of Jordan’s Wadi Rum

Exploring the otherworldly beauty of Jordan’s Wadi Rum

A view of Ban Gioc Waterfalls from the river below it.

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Museum trips.

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I wanted to give a special note on museum trips.

Museums are often a blast to visit, and they can be super educational. I love museums, and I definitely suggest visiting them often. But, they don’t really fit with my personal definition of “field trip.” 

Museums typically bring a lot of materials for education together for people to enjoy, but they remove the context needed to allow kids to make cross-discipline connections. They pull things out of the “real world” and put them in a box.

Which is fine, really. I don’t think poorly of museums in any way, I just think that they go great  with  field trips, but maybe not  instead  of field trips. 

And, there are often exceptions to that rule.

One of my favorite museum experiences was chatting with a paleontologist who works in the Perot museum! We watched real-world paleontology getting done by a real scientist , right where she actually worked! That’s pretty much the definition of a field trip! 

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Truly, there is an astonishing variety of possible field trips that can be done, and every one of them can be an educational experience worth having. I’ve offered up a lot of different “types” of field trips, but remember that the real world often doesn’t fit itself in neat little categories. So long as you are open to teaching and learning in whatever opportunity presents itself, any field trip you take will be a success. 

So in the words of my favorite field tripper,

 “Take chances, make mistakes, and  get messy !”

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  • Science Museum Trip - Science Field Trip Where: Detroit, Michigan What:   Michigan Science Center Why: Countless interactive exhibits, an onsite planetarium, shopping and eating options onsite, and even live demonstrations daily make this spot one of our top choices. Highly educational activities and exhibits within allow students hands-on opportunities to learn while also meeting several different specific curriculum standards in the broad spectrum of scientific learning.
  • Historical Reenactment Trip - Living History Field Trip Where: Williamsburg, Virginia What: Colonial Williamsburg Why: A living history attraction that thousands flock to annually, Colonial Williamsburg pertains specifically with 18th century America, the time period leading up to the Revolutionary War. Students can see what life was like by observing blacksmiths at work along the streets, traditional clothing adorned by locals, and even foods reminiscent of the past, all excellent opportunities to immerse them into education, literally!
  • Eco-Adventure Trip - Biology Field Trip Where: Virginia Beach, Virginia What: Eco Wildlife Safari Why: Learning about our natural world is a highly important aspect of education, and the Eco Wildlife Safari provides an entertaining way to do so. Students can experience an ‘undiscovered world’ filled with local wildlife (deer, fox, bobcat, marsh birds, ghost crabs, etc) and local plant life (greenery, fruits, nuts, berries, edible flowers, etc). This opportunity also adds in local history elements with the opportunity to explore various shipwrecks, early life remnants, and the like.
  • Museum of Natural History Trip - Social Science Field Trip Where: Chicago, Illinois What: Field Museum Why: Social Sciences are always important in the educational world, the study of human and scientific interaction both interesting and educational. Learn about the Ancient Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in regards to natural history and civilization development through the various hands-on exhibits, this being one of the best museums in the country to learn about both science and natural history.
  • Reward Trip - Celebration/Fun Field Trip Where: Orlando, Florida What: Walt Disney World Why: This one is simple: sometimes students need to blow off some steam, especially when they have been working hard all year or have accomplished a big school-time feat. Walt Disney World is the perfect place to let your students let loose and have some serious fun, one of our overall favorite options for fun field trips. Disney World has the added benefit of being in a highly entertaining city overall, Orlando.
  • Aviation Museum Trip - Military History Field Trip Where: Tucson, Arizona What: Pima Air and Space Museum Why: Aviation and Military history oftentimes get passed up in the realm of field trip outings, but we think they hold special importance for students interested in the military, or in need of a history lesson in general. The military has played a huge part in U.S history, and places like the astounding Pima Air and Space Museum allow students to immerse themselves into a world of aircraft and military flight expeditions.
  • Heritage Museum Trip - Culture Field Trip Where: New York City, New York What: El Museo del Barrio Why: Culture exploration and appreciation is an obviously important part of education, and finding museums dedicated to different cultures and heritages is a lot easier than you think. New York City is a great place to find a bevy of culture-filled educational hotspots, such as one of our favorites, El Museo del Barrio. This leading museum of Latin American culture provides guests with art, history, and artifacts that reflect those represented. Another favorite in NYC is the Museum at Eldridge Street, a Jewish heritage museum worth the trip as well!
  • Historic Church Trip - Religious Field Trip Where: Selma, Alabama What: Brown Chapel AME Why: We believe another important aspect of education is the history of religion and cultures in that sense, local history, and heritages a benefit of religious-themed field trips. The Brown Chapel AME is an especially excellent example of this, holding more Civil Rights history than most other places in town, even the state! Brown Chapel is considered to be the starting point for the Selma to Montgomery Marches of ‘65, as well as a prominent local church for spiritual learning at the time.

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The role of fieldtrips in fostering employability skills in planning students

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Experiential learning, through fieldtrips and study tours, is widely recognised as an important component of education for natural and built environment disciplines. Problem-based and experiential learning within fieldtrips can promote skills development. Yet the design of the teaching and learning experience must align with learning outcomes and student expectations if fieldtrips are to be pedagogically effective. The teaching method, types of assessment, fieldtrip location and context, staff-student ratio and interactions, and post fieldtrip activities and feedback all potentially affect successful learning outcomes – especially deeper learning (e.g. comprehension and analysis). The planning literature on this topic is scant. We currently do not know which aspects of fieldtrips work best and why. Nor do we know which types of assessment and which fieldtrip components best contribute to the development of employability skills. Using an interdisciplinary evidence-based approach, this paper identifies best practices for effectively embedding fieldtrips into the planning curriculum to maximize skills development. The paper uses a systematic quantitative literature review of peer reviewed journal articles on fieldtrips in tertiary education in natural and built environment disciplines to identify best practice.

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Field Trip Reflection Sheet (Free Printable)

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Student on a field trip and a printable field trip reflection sheet.

Field trips are amazing! They give kids the chance to explore a new place, learn more about specific topics, talk to experts, and see demonstrations and examples you just can’t do at school. Whether you’re taking a field trip to a local library or zoo or you’re participating in a virtual field trip to a space center or aquarium, you’ll want the field trip to be a pivotal learning experience. That’s where our Field Trip Reflection Sheet comes in.

The impact field trips have on students often has to do with how they engage with the information they learn. Incorporating a field trip reflection worksheet helps students focus on what’s important to them and what it means for their learning and life. Get the free Field Trip Reflection Worksheet by simply filling out the form on this page .

What kind of reflection sheets are in the bundle?

You’ll find two field trip reflection sheets, one for elementary schoolers and one for middle and high schoolers. Each reflection sheet works for either in-person or virtual field trips.

Elementary School Field Trip Reflection Sheet

Printable field trip reflection sheet for elementary school.

Elementary schoolers can identify where they are going and what they are going to learn about before they head out of the building or log in to the field trip. Then, during the field trip, students record observations and information they learn. After the trip, students choose one response as a reflection to help consolidate their learning.

Middle and High School Field Trip Reflection Sheet

Printable field trip reflection sheet for middle and high school.

Before the trip, older students activate background knowledge so they’re primed to connect new information with what they already know. Once on the trip, they record observations and information. After the trip, students can choose a question or answer a teacher-directed question to consolidate what they learned.

What are some field trip reflection questions?

Here are ideas for field trip reflection questions that you can incorporate into the Field Trip Reflection Sheet:

  • What was the most important thing you learned on today’s field trip?
  • What should someone else know about this topic?
  • What was your favorite part of this field trip?
  • Who else would enjoy this field trip and why?
  • How does the information you learned on today’s field trip connect with what you already knew?
  • What is one way that the information you learned today confirms what you already knew? What is one way that it challenged what you already knew?
  • In five years, what will you remember from this field trip?

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2024 Kentucky Derby full finishing order and results: Mystik Dan wins in thrilling photo finish

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Mystik Dan wins 150th Kentucky Derby

Mystik Dan is your winner of the 150th Kentucky Derby, winning in a photo finish by a hair over Sierra Leone and Forever Young. Mystik Dan entered the race with with 18-1 odds.

The underdog made up ground in the second half after the pack got off to a hot start with early leaders Fierceness and Track Phantom taking the pack through first half of the race in 46.63. The finishing order is 3-2-11-4.

Mystik Dan’s trainer Ken McPeek becomes the first trainer since 1952 to win the Oaks and Derby in the same year.

Kentucky Derby: Mystik Dan wins in photo finish over Sierra Leone, Forever Young

Kentucky Derby: Mystik Dan wins in photo finish over Sierra Leone, Forever Young

Andrew DeWitt

The 2024 Kentucky Derby was an incredible event that somehow exceeded its hype

Here’s what I learned about the Kentucky Derby today: It lives up to the hype and then some.

It’s a great event. The sound that comes from the grandstand as the horses make their turn towards home is something you can’t forget.

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Thorpedo Anna and Mystik Dan wore the same bridle to win their races

The press conference ends with the reveal that Thorpedo Anna and Mystik Dan wore the same bridle to win their races. McPeek says maybe they should auction it off to charity. “That’s a pretty lucky bridle. I gotta get back there and make sure nobody swipes it.”

A Kentucky Derby love story

“Years ago, when Lance and I were dating, he was late to pick me up because he was at the races. I wasn’t going to go,” says Sharilyn Gasaway. Why she’s glad she did? “I didn’t know but my mom knew he was going to ask me to marry him that night.”

McPeek says he felt sure they had won even with that photo finish, and then gets choked up sharing how it felt to turn to his wife who was standing there next to him to see it happen.

'I was just smiling the whole time'

“I was just smiling the whole time. It’s an amazing feeling when you have the horse under you and you now they’re gonna go forward and forward and forward.” Brian Hernandez reflects on how strong Mystik Dan felt throughout the race, from a powerful start with sure footing all the way to the finish.

An emotional win for Mystik Dan owner

“To me, this is for him,” says owner Lance Gasaway, whose father passed away a year ago today. “Dad would’ve loved it, he loved the game."

Thorpedo Anna and Mystik Dan were too fast for each other

Thorpedo Anna, the winner of Friday night's Kentucky Oaks, and Mystik Dan used to be training partners. But then they weren't anymore. Why? McPeek says they were too fast for each other and that you don’t want to push them over the edge.

Jockey jokes about photo finish wait

“From the fastest two minutes in sports to the longest,” says Brian Hernandez with a laugh, referencing the long minutes of waiting to hear which horse won the photo finish.

Mystik Dan jockey reflects on race

“Oh god, did we win the Kentucky Derby?” The thoughts on jockey Brian Hernandez’s mind the second after he crossed the finish line.

“My horse was just cruising along so comfortably, it never felt like we were going that quickly. Other horses were piling up and we had a little pocket there. We may have taken a little off the inside fence but that’s okay," said Hernandez.

Mystik Dan, the 'old soul'

“This horse is an old soul, he’s just so chill,” says Sharilyn Gasaway, one of Mystik Dan’s owners.

No Preakness guarantee yet

Trainer Kenneth McPeek didn’t commit to running in the Preakness. Says he doesn’t make fast moves, "never make a decision until you absolutely have to."

'I believe in mojo'

'I believe in mojo'

(Photo: Hannah Vanbiber / The Athletic)

"I believe in mojo," Mystik Dan trainer Kenneth McPeek said.

McPeek has praise for his jockey, too, not just the mojo. “This is typical Brian, he knows what he’s doing out there. We rarely second guess anything he does.”

Nando Di Fino

What happened to Fierceness?

Favorite Fierceness ultimately finished in 16th, which put him below the alternate, Epic Ride, The offspring of Justified, Just Steel and Just a Touch (who a few people picked as the winner on the broadcast) finished in the bottom five.

Fierceness’ low finish probably took down a lot of exacta and trifecta bets where bettors paired their longshot pick with the 3-1 favorite. I’m sure we’ll get some answers later as to what happened with Fierceness.

Mystik Dan’s jockey still in shock

“It still hasn’t sunk in," said Mystik Dan’s jockey Brian Hernandez. Hernandez hails from Lafayette, La., something Louisianans are very proud of.

"We have to thank all the guys back at the barn…. I don’t know how long it’ll take to sink in but it’s a surreal moment."

Full finishing order

Here is the full finishing order of the 150th Kentucky Derby. Fierceness, the big favorite before the race, finished just behind Epic Ride, who was a late add this week after a scratch.

  • Sierra Leone
  • Forever Young
  • Catching Freedom
  • T O Password
  • Honor Marie
  • Track Phantom
  • West Saratoga
  • Domestic Product
  • Society Man
  • Grand Mo The First
  • Just A Touch

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The press is awaiting the winners. As are these hats and seats.

That was an expensive sip

Woodford Reserve made only 150 bottles of the “Baccarat” version. One of those has been set aside for the winner, although it wasn’t clear when they would receive the bottle.

The Baccarat edition costs $15,000. You can get the regular 150 bottle (seen on the stage) for about $45-50 at your local liquor store.

Someone got thirsty?

Someone got thirsty?

(Photo: Andrew DeWitt / The Athletic)

Here at the winners press conference, it appears someone broke into the Woodford Reserve bottle early and took a nice swig out of one of the bottles.

Given the level of drinking we’ve seen here today, that isn’t too surprising.

Oh, you thought the racing was over?

If you thought the party ended with the Kentucky Derby… not so fast. There’s still racing at Churchill Downs. In about 30 minutes, Race 13 will go off, with several Derby jockeys on different horses. Discreet Mischief is the 9/5 current favorite

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