Time To Plan 2019-20 Student Tours

Ed Tours ready to assist Florida teachers with class trips

Welcome back Florida teachers. With school districts around the state getting ready for the return of students, now is the time to start planning educational learning experiences beyond the classroom.

Thanks to the continued robust economy and low unemployment, the team at Educational Tours of Florida is already seeing an increase of class trips for the 2019-20 school year. Tours are being organized now for returning teachers/sponsors and several new schools.

Interest in all the most popular destinations continues to be strong with several tours set already for trips to Washington, DC, Tallahassee and St. Augustine. There are also several custom tours being developed for schools focusing on science, theatrical and other curriculum plus destinations like New York City.

For teachers who have been considering an educational tour for their class or activity group, this is an excellent year to add one to the schedule. Educational Tours of Florida has been helping teachers in the state do just that for over 30 years. See more information about popular educational tour destinations and contact the Educational Tours team to learn more about how easy it is to plan a class trip.

Heritage Middle School students get surprise meeting with first lady

What a great article from the Daytona Beach New Journal!!!


DELTONA – Eighth-grade students from Heritage Middle School got a surprise on a recent field trip to Washington, D.C. when they were introduced to first lady Michelle Obama during a tour of the White House.
Eighth-grade students from Heritage Middle School pose in front of the White House on their recent trip to Washington, D.C. Continue reading

On the Road with Silver Sands Middle


From the Road
by Grant Doyle

December is a great time to visit DC.  Everywhere we went places were dressed up in their holiday finest.  Traveling with Silver Sands Middle School students, from Volusia County, is a great way end the year.  I’ve been traveling with this school for over 20 years and each year is great.  The students are so much fun to travel with and the chaperones are always great to see again.  Continue reading

On the Road with North Marion Middle

by Grant Doyle

I was in DC the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.  It was great for getting around because the crowds are real light compared to March & April.  We were able to move around and get into places without waiting in lines of students already there. The buses can park and remain parked without worry from the local police.  Continue reading


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by Grant Doyle

Approaching the end of the travel season it’s always nice to see the Alachua Safety Patrols.  I was with the first group of buses and had about 500 people in DC this week.  The next group of buses are there now.  I want to thank the Alachua County Sheriff Office and the teachers at all of the schools for all their hard work and dedication to these fifth graders.  I’m sure a lot of them will never get back to DC again but those memories will never leave them.  There was a Sheriff Deputy on each bus, nine buses total, and most of them were first timers.  They ran into the “Honor Flight” (World War II veteran’s) at the Lincoln Memorial and saw a display on the National Mall called “One Million Bones” bringing awareness to world-wide genocide.  Their Representative from Alachua County, Rep. Ted Yoho, joined them for breakfast at the hotel a couple of days and met them at the group photo and talked with them for several minutes.  He also got them House Of Representative Gallery passes.  That was over and above.  All in all they are a great group to travel with and had a great tour.

You can visit www.acsosafetypatroltrip.com for more up to date information along with photos of the students.

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On the Road with Glades Day School

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From the Road
by Grant Doyle

Glades Day School comes to DC with the hopes of snow in the forecast.  They weren’t disappointed this time.  Although it didn’t last long it did snow for them.  Unfortunately it also rained for a short time.  It was pretty cold for this time of year up there but they were ready for it.  Mrs. McDermott always produces a great group of students and parent chaperones for the tour.  We went to Getteysburg one day and had a great tour of the Battlefield with an excellent guide.  The sequester is forcing some places to close earlier than they would normally so that squeezed the time a bit but all in all we managed to work it all out and enjoyed a very good time in DC. 

 Mrs. McDermott organizing a group pix on a cold afternoon


White House stop on a cool morning.


On the road with Meadow Park Elementary

Terry McMahon and the students of Meadow Park Elementary are on their way to Washington DC.  They are going to be providing us with updates as their trip progresses so stay tuned!

From Leilani – Right now we are on the bus watching a movie. There are still eleven hours until we arrive at the hotel. I am having a blast and I can’t wait to get to Washington.

From Mr McMahon – Greetings parents,

We’ve made good time so far and we are in South Carolina. We have changed bus drivers and we now have Mary Jo as the boys’ bus driver and Barbara as the girls’ bus driver. They tell us to expect snow tomorrow so the kids are really excited! We will stop in about 90 minutes to have lunch. The kids are having a great time. I will update after lunch.

From Leilani (1:25pm) – We have just gotten back on the bus from Wendy’s, where we had a delightful meal. Now there are only eight more hours until we arrive at the hotel. I am anxious because I cant wait to visit all the monuments.

From Mr McMahon – Good afternoon parents. We just finished eating lunch in Santee, S.C. and we are about 90 minutes south of the North Carolina border. The weather has been great and we haven’t had to put any sweaters or sweatshirts on yet. Everyone is doing well and enjoying some videos as we continue to travel north towards our destination.

From Mr McMahon (8:17pm) – Good evening parents. We had a great dinner at Golden Corral. We are about 2 hours away from the hotel. The kids are crazy happy about tomorrow’s forecast which calls for snow tomorrow. I’ll update the website after everyone is settled in at the hotel. 

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Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving came a little early for us here at Educational Tours.  Our wonderful vendors in the Orlando area came to our office with a bountiful Thanksgiving feast.

Everyone here at Educational Tours would like to give a big THANK YOU to  Lisa, Tracy & Brad at Sunsational Tours, Dana at Medieval Times, David at Disney Youth Education, Roger at MCA Transportation, Lola at Fun Spot, Melissa at WonderWorks, Nazia at CiCi’s Pizza, Tracey at Best Western Plus, Tara at Planet Hollywood, JoAnn at Blue Man Group & Natasha at Busch Gardens.