Plan Now For 2018-19 Student Educational Tours

Florida Schools Already Have Class Trips Set With Educational Tours

Imagine Land O Lakes Educational Tours DC Trip 2018

Imagine Charter School Land O’ Lakes 2018 DC Trip

Educational Tours of Florida completed the final class trip last week of the 2017-18 school year closing out a huge season. Groups from many schools across the state went on enriching trips to a wide variety of exciting destinations including these to name just a few:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Tallahassee
  • St. Augustine
  • Washington, DC
  • Gettysburg/Colonial Virginia/Monticello
  • Tampa Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)
  • Orlando Universal Grandventure
  • Orlando Universal Islands of Adventure
  • Atlanta
  • New York City
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Disney Theme Parks
  • WonderWorks Orlando
  • Orlando Science Center

The books are already filling up with tours scheduled for the 2018-19 school year. That includes many schools, like Imagine Charter Land O’ Lakes, that have been traveling with Ed Tours for well over 10 years (some schools traveling this year go back to the very beginning over 35 years ago!) Now is the time for teachers and sponsors to start thinking about planning their student group tours. Check out the destinations on the Educational Tours website for tour ideas.

Thanks to all our schools, teachers, sponsors, parents and kids for another great season on the road with Educational Tours!

Citrus County Safety Patrol DC Trip

Sheriff Support & Scholarships Bring Largest Safety Patrol To DC

Citrus Safety Patrol Trip 2018_EdToursThanks to the continued support of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department and new Sheriff Mike Prendergast, along with over $20,000 in scholarships from April Royal and the Phil Royal Legacy Foundation, 502 Citrus County Safety Patrol students, teachers and sponsors joined Educational Tours for a record trip to Washington, D.C. (Click on the photo above to enlarge the view.)

Sheriff and Mrs. Prendergast and April Royal were among the largest safety patrol group ever making the trip to our nation’s capitol. Educational Tours also provided two scholarships, to the 37 funded by the Phil Royal Legacy, helping to make this a record for safety patrol groups from Citrus County schools.

Brian Lattin and Tom Doyle of Educational Tours managed logistics for the six day tour, which included 215 hotel rooms, 11 buses and countless meals, event tickets and other details. The group visited most of the key highlights around Washington, D.C. as well as a tour of Luray Caverns in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“We have been taking area safety patrols on tour for over 30 years and are just so proud to have such a huge group represented from our home town of Inverness and Citrus County,” said Doyle. “Thanks to April and everyone associated with the Foundation, Sheriff Prendergast and all the sheriff department staff involved, the sponsors and the parents for making it possible to bring such a large group of kids on the tour.”

Educational Tours is in the midst of a record season for safety patrol trips to Washington, D.C. in June, according to Lattin. He said over 3,500 students, teachers and sponsors are touring with the company through the end of the month.

Taking Over 3,500 Safety Patrol Kids To Washington, DC

Ed Tours Has Record Year For Safety Patrol Trips To Washington, DC

Grant Doyle on Alachua Safety Patrol Washington DC Educational Tours

ET’s Grant Doyle with Alachua Safety Patrol Educational Tour in DC

Educational Tours has been helping sponsors take their Safety Patrols on student educational trips to Washington, DC since the beginning of the company.  Over the years, the number of those tours have continued to grow, and according to founder Ed Latin, like most all of the company’s business it’s mainly from client referrals.

This season Educational Tours is in the midst of a record-setting year for safety patrol groups. Through the end of June, Ed Tours is taking over 70 buses of safety patrol kids to Washington, DC from schools in Citrus County to Jacksonville and many communities in between.  That includes a large contingent from the Seminole County Safety Patrol traveling with Educational Tours for the first time.  It all adds up to some 3,500 hundred students, teachers and sponsors, and a major undertaking for Educational Tours accomplished with a tremendous effort by everyone on their team.

“The logistics are really daunting on this scale,” said Lattin. “Particularly when you consider we are really a small family-owned business. But we just have some incredibly talented people and a depth of experience that allows us to do it all seamlessly for our clients.”

Latin said he and the entire team are involved in the process, and just about every manager is on the road this month between the company headquarters in Inverness, Florida and Washington, DC.

“It’s really a labor of love for us as these Safety Patrol kids are just so deserving of the opportunity to visit our nation’s capitol,” said Latin.  “It’s a well deserved reward for serving their schools and fellow classmates, and we can’t thank the sponsors and schools enough for the chance to be involved as their student tour company.”

New Student Tour Season Off To Strong Start

Class Trips At All-Time High For 2017/18 School Year

Educational Tours Fl Custom Motor CoachThe 2017/18 school year is shaping up to be one of the biggest ever for Educational Tours. A strong economy and affordable group travel options are allowing more schools and groups to offer their students opportunities to extend learning beyond the classroom.

“We are really excited to have both new and many many returning schools participating with us this year,” said Educational Tours Brad Latin. “It’s great to see so many schools jumping on the bus with Ed Tours giving kids the chance to travel and create memories that will last a lifetime.”

Latin said their current tours list includes trips to:

  • Washington, DC
  • Washington, DC/Annapolis
  • Washington, DC/Gettysburg
  • Washington, DC/Colonial VA-Monticello
  • St. Augustine
  • Tampa Museum of Science & Industry
  • Tampa Busch Gardens
  • Several Universal GradVenture Groups
  • St. Pete Dali Museum
  • Many Tallahassee Groups
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Atlanta
  • Universal Islands of Adventure

“The list just keeps on growing with many more tours in the planning including destinations like New York City,” said Brad. “There is plenty of time to get a class trip organized for this school year and lots of exciting places to experience regardless of the class, group or curriculum.”

Learn more about the destination packages available from Educational Tours.  Contact Brad for more details on planning a Student tour.

Book Florida Grad Bash/Gradventure With Educational Tours

Universal Orlando Grad Night Bash with Educational ToursAlthough the 2017-18 school year is just getting started it’s not too early to start planning a year-end adventure for 8th Graders and Seniors. Part of this annual right of passage is a class trip to Universal Orlando for 8th grade students to Gradventure and seniors to Grad Bash. 

Educational Tours is Florida’s leader in student class trips and no one knows how to help Florida teachers and sponsors host successful Universal adventures better than our team. But space is limited for both Gradventure and Grad Bash and typically they sell out months in advance.

Grad Bash dates are April 13, 20, 27 and 28 from 7PM – 2AM. Gradventure dates are May 4, 11, and 18 from 7PM – 12AM.

“Our company has been taking classes on end-of-the-year trips to Universal since the beginning,” says Brad Lattin, Educational Tours’ Assistant Director of Sales & Operations and an expert on Orlando travel.  “I also started my career in the business at one of the top Orlando destination travel companies. That experience, along with the depth here at Educational Tours, benefits our clients and their students when it comes to Grad Nights to Universal, Disney, Busch Gardens or just about anywhere else in Florida.”

Educational Tours has several Orlando packages available, including Gradventure and Grad Bash, to make planning a class trip easy for teachers, sponsors and parents.

“We can also customize the Grad Night experience for teachers and sponsors looking to expand their class travel package to include multiple days, attractions and more,” says Brad.  “Whether it’s Universal and back in an evening, an overnight trip with stops at multiple attractions or a weekend to include cultural as well as party locations, we can put it all together.”

Contact Educational Tours via email or call (800)343-9003 to learn more about the options and to get a quote on a customized Grad Night experience.

2017-18 School Year Student Tours Organizing Now

Plan Your Student Educational Tour Today

Shuttle Launch Simulation Facility Kennedy Space Center

Shuttle Experience Kennedy Space Center

The 2017-18 school year is underway across Florida. For teachers and club sponsors thinking about organizing an educational tour for students now is the time to get started. With many schools seeing record enrollments this year the demand is likely to be high for student educational tours to the most popular destinations. Educational Tours of Florida can help make the process easy, the tour seamless and the experience memorable.

There are many exciting options for Florida schools to extend the educational experience beyond the classroom:

  • Tallahassee/Florida State Capitol Tours
  • St. Augustine/Nation’s Oldest City Tours
  • Florida’s Space Coast/Kennedy Space Center Tours
  • Washington, DC/Nation’s Capitol Tours

And many others to choose from.  Educational Tours has a variety of destination packages and can customize these or totally customize a trip to just about anywhere in the continental U.S.

Contact the Ed Tours team to start planning a learning adventure for the 2017-18 school year.


Just Walking Is Educational On New York City Class Trip

No place in America offers more to see just walking through the streets than New York City.

Flat Iron Building NYC Ed ToursThere are endless educational opportunities for teachers looking to expand the classroom on a tour to New York City.  Those include Broadway and the theater district, some of the most popular museums in the world, Wall Street and the financial district, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, just to mention a few.

But unlike anywhere else, just walking the streets of Manhattan offers a world-class architectural experience.  The city is home to many iconic buildings.  One of the most famous is the original Flatiron Building.  This unique triangular 22-story building has namesakes in many cities around the nation but the original in New York City is unparalleled for historical value.

New York City has many other famous buildings.  That list begins with The Empire State Building, one of the most visited in the world.  Others of note include:

  • Chrysler Building
  • Grand Central Terminal (often referred to as Station)
  • Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • The Plaza Hotel
  • New York City Library

The new One World Trade Center, next to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, is the latest addition to our county’s most famous skyline.  The list of buildings to see goes on and on as do the opportunities for educational tours to New York City.  Most of the famous buildings offer tours of their own rich in architectural, historical and cultural value.  But just viewing the buildings on a walking or bus tour of the city is an enlightening and enriching experience for students.

Educational Tours has been taking student groups to New York City for years.  Contact us and let one of our student travel experts help organize a trip for your group.

Student Tours To Washington DC In 2016-17

The most popular destination for student educational tours in 2017 remains Washington, DC.  A presidential election year increases the interest in Washington.  Add to that the new African American History Museum opening this year in the Smithsonian and interest from schools has never been higher.

There is just no better place than the nation’s capitol when it comes to educational learning opportunities.  From the White House to the Capitol, the city is packed with countless historical, cultural, civic and entertainment venues that fit into a wide variety of curriculum.  Teachers looking to expand the learning experience beyond their classrooms can look to Washington, DC in 2017 for fun and affordable opportunities.

Here are just a few of the most common stops on educational tours to Washington, DC:

  • Tours of the Capitol Building
  • White House
  • Smithsonian Museums
  • The National Mall
  • National Monuments: Lincoln, Jefferson, Iwo Jima, FDR, MLK Jr & More
  • Vietnam, Korean & World War II Memorials
  • Ford Theatre Tours
  • Arlington Cemetery & Changing of the Guard

There are many more options and even unusual sites like the seeing one of the world’s most amazing cherry blossom seasons in the spring.  No matter the itinerary, opportunities abound for students to learn with an educational experience that will last a lifetime.  Trips to Washington, DC are also affordable for schools from Florida with an established company like Educational tours.  Packages include transportation, lodging and meals at very reasonable rates.  One big plus of Washington, DC – many of the attractions and sites are cater to student tours free making it even more affordable for class trips to visit.

See the tour packages on our website for ideas on taking a class trip to Washington, DC.  Then contact us to learn more or schedule a trip to Washington, DC for your class.

Florida Teachers Expand 2016-17 Curriculum With Student Tours

educational-tours-custom-coach-picIf you are one of the thousands of teachers returning for the 2016-17 school year it’s time to think about expanding your curriculum beyond the classroom.  Educational Tours of Florida is ready to help.

Ed Tours works with schools across the state of Florida assisting teachers with educational learning excursions around the state and the nation.  Our most popular destinations include St. Augustine, Tallahassee and Washington, DC.  We also travel to many other excellent learning destinations throughout the Southeastern U.S. and across the country from New York City to San Francisco.

Our school clients include teachers looking to extend their history, civics, science and social studies classes.  We also work with many Safety Patrol groups and other school-related organizations.  Ed Tours has a wide menu of class trips and the expertise to develop special tour destinations no matter what the subject matter or educational goal.

Student tours for the 2016-17 school year are being organized now.  There has never been a better time to take advantage of lower travel costs with some of the best values in decades.  If you are thinking about taking your class on the road for a learning adventure contact us today for a free quote.

We look forward to helping Florida teachers make the 2016-17 school year a great learning experience.

African American Museum Opening At Smithsonian in DC

There is a new reason for class tours to visit Washington, DC when the new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens September 24, 2016.

National Museum of African American History Grand OpeningThe newest addition to the sprawling Smithsonian complex in Washington has been several years in the making with a budget of over $500 million . It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote  the history and contributions of African Americans in the United States. According to its website, to date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.  It is the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

The museum’s collection is vast and covers virtually every aspect of the African American experience from slavery through the civil rights era to current events.  According to the museum director, the goal was to share the full experience of black America.  Featured exhibits included a Thomas Jefferson display with a wall of bricks each etched with the names of slaves he owned in his lifetime.  The museum is 350,000 square feet with 10 stories (five above and five below ground).  It’s vast collection includes over 33,000 artifacts includes areas covering segregation, clothing and dress, music, sports, literature, politics and much more.

This new addition to the Smithsonian is a must for any class trip to Washington, DC.  Students will learn and be inspired by the beautiful architecture of the building, prominent five-acre location on the National Mall and a wealth of information covering every aspect of African American history in the United States.

Educational Tours is organizing trips now for the 2016-17 student travel season.  Don’t miss this opportunity to make your class one of the first to experience the newest cultural attraction in Washington, DC.  Keep in mind the museum is likely to take “timed” entries only for group tours so it’s important that teachers interested get their tours booked now.

Learn more about the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and contact us for tour options.