Corona Virus Status Update For Educational Tours

educational tours ed lattin photoFrom Ed Lattin

Dear Parents & Teachers

We want to first thank you for trusting Educational Tours for the planning and implementation of your school’s field trip in 2020. We believe strongly that learning takes place far beyond the walls of a classroom and that students can benefit greatly by exploring our nation’s most educationally enriching and historic sites. It is that simple belief which has allowed us to successfully plan field trips for 35+ years.

Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we know that this is a difficult time, and we hope everyone around the world is listening to the guidance of public health authorities and taking all the necessary precautions to keep themselves and their communities safe. Our primary concern at Educational Tours is the safety and well-being of our trip participants. 

As it relates to your specific field trip in the coming weeks/months, we realize that many of these trips may indeed be cancelled or rescheduled. If possible, we do hope that you will consider rescheduling for a later date in the summer.  For those trips that are cancelled without the possibility of rescheduling, we want to assure you that we will fight tooth and nail, and do everything within our power to obtain a full refund for the trip. That is our number one goal for all trip cancellations.

With that in mind, we also ask that you consider how other people and other businesses in hospitality (hotels, transportation companies, restaurants, attractions, tour guides, etc.) are being affected by the coronavirus, and the resulting economic fallout that will ensue. The impact on the travel industry and the whole U.S. economy is going to be very significant, and it will take some time before all the dust finally settles. 

We very much appreciate your patience and understanding during this very difficult time.  Please know, above all else, that we have your best interests in mind and will work vigorously to address your needs. 

Again, thank you for entrusting your student travel plans to Educational Tours.

Educational Tours To LEGOLAND

There is more to LEGOLAND than, well, Legos. It is one of Florida’s most unique theme parks offering elementary school teachers a fun learning experience for their students.

Educational Tours Imaging Class Trips to LegolandEducational Tours has been fielding class trips to LEGOLAND for years and offers a destination package available for one-day trips. The agenda is filled with adventure for students. Here are just a few of the highlights to experience at the 150-acre theme park:

  • The Lego® MovieTM World
  • Miniland USA with New York City, Washington DC, San Franciso, Los Angeles and more
  • Imagination Zones for Building, Creation, Flight, Water and Wheels
  • Lunch in the Park

Like all Educational Tour packages, round trip transportation, meals and all tours, admissions, taxes and gratuities are included. Plus one chaperon travels free for every 10 students.

See the Tour Flyer for more details. Contact our team to learn more about scheduling a trip, an options for customizing the itinerary, for your class.


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


educationa tours grant doyle photoFrom the Road
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 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.