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Easy bus rentals for K-12 field trips in Austin

As happening as Austin is, you know that taking your students on a field trip enriches their learning experience and gives them lifelong memories

Austin is known for its learning and innovative opportunities, and events such as SXSW. However, Austin is not just a place for adult learning and innovation. If you’re an educator, you know that field trips are critical to students’ educational years: hands-on learning is unparalleled when it comes to integration of concepts and learning objectives. From Austin’s bustling downtown with the Texas State Capitol to Pioneer Farms on the outer edges of the city, there are multiple locations that are ideal for field trips. Bus.com can help you and your grow get to and from your field trips.

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Making a change?
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Our award-winning team of bus experts can offer custom solutions for you and your team — and our support team is can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Why Bus.com?
Fully-vetted service
Safety
Safety is always a priority for educators, and we understand that. It is important to us too, and so we vet all of our drivers and the vehicles in our partner networks.
Price sensitivity
We have a variety of bus options that can meet all of your budgeting needs. As a teacher, you have a budget to work with — renting a charter bus doesn’t have to break the bank.
24/7 customer service
When you’re planning a field trip, the last thing you want is to worry about something going wrong with the bus. Our 24/7 care team is here to support you in all the logistics, and to have your back for the entirety of your trip.
Bus types

We have a variety of buses to meet the needs of your field trip group! Whether you are staying close to home or traveling far and wide, we have the bus for you. Here are three of our most popular ones to get you started.

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Coach bus
Coach buses can come equipped with amenities such as air conditioning, wifi capability, and an onboard restroom. They’re perfect if your field trip is taking you a longer distance, or if you need under-carriage and above-seat storage.
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School bus
Our school bus is everything like the yellow bus of yesteryear and nothing like it all a once. Yellow, check. Uncomfortable? Not any more. Today’s school buses have seats that, while still bench seats, are much cushier than they used to be. A school bus is an affordable and ideal selection for a shorter field trip (under three hours).
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Minibus
Minibuses can accommodate up to 21 passengers. The minibus is more fuel-efficient and nimble than its larger counterparts and is able to deftly maneuver through and park in spaces that would be too restrictive for other bus types.
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A word about the benefits of field trips

Across the country, many school districts have eliminated an already-minimal budget for field trips. Instead the funds go to technology or “more pressing needs.” Field trips have also been slashed because of standardized testing. However, many studies show the importance of field trips. One study that surveyed over 11,000 students discovered that students who participated in field trips had “stronger critical thinking skills, higher levels of social tolerance and greater historical empathy than those who didn’t.”

  • As an educator, you already know the importance of hands-on learning for students. Visiting a location that allows students to explore the material on their own gives students the wheel.
  • When students are driven by interest and curiosity, they retain what they learn.
  • By their very nature, field trips create this experience. 
  • Traveling on a rental bus between the school and the location gives you downtime. Downtime where students, teachers, and chaperones can all connect.
  • Not only do you strengthen academic skills on a field trip, but you also strengthen social skills.
  • Many students remember their field trips as the highlight of their school year. The lessons stick. And so do the memories.

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Field trips in Austin

Austin has a slew of places that you can take your students for a fun field trip! To get you started, here are a few of them, all gathered into one place for you to get a taste of what might be possible.

Austin Nature and Science Center

Austin Nature and Science Center was founded in 1960 with a mission of providing hands-on educational exhibits that promote awareness and appreciation of nature and the environment. What better place to take your students to learn more about nature? The center is located on the edge of Zilker Park and has both indoor and outdoor nature exhibits. Your students can dig for dinosaur bones, look for fish in the creek, or check out the small zoo. If you’re bringing your students, there is a $1.00 per person fee if you’re doing your own tour, but otherwise, other options that require registration and extra fees.

Thinkery

Thinkery was founded in 1983 by a group of parents and educators. Their desire was to have more educational opportunities, and the initial Thinkery was mobile. Today, Thinkery is located in a 40,000 square foot facility! It sure has grown. Its focus is on STEAM exhibits and programs. School groups can visit Tuesdays- Fridays from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm during the school year. Hightlights of Thinkery include the two-story playground outside, which has limitless possibilities for your students to explore. There are ropes, slides, and mini-mountains of rope to climb. Make sure to also check out the water section, where you can put your hand into a water stream and see how the water responds.

LBJ Presidential Library

The LBJ Presidential Library is located at University of Texas at Austin and is the presidential library of Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. If you bring your students, you have a choice between a group tour and a self-guided tour. Groups of fewer than 15 people may visit without a reservation. All tours are available free of charge to school groups, however your group must have more than 15 and fewer than 60 if you want a guided tour. You’ll need one adult for every eight students. Exhibits include: The Presidential Limousine, the Social Justice Gallery, and the Vietnam Conflict.

Texas Capitol

The Texas Capitol is located in downtown Austin and was designed by Elijah E. Myers. It is taller than the United States Capitol and is the sixth-tallest state capitol in the United States. The building has been renovated several times, most recently in 1993 with an underground expansion and in 195 with a comprehensive restoration of both he interior and exterior of the building.The main rotunda features portraits of important Texans and the Capitol building sits on 22 acres of grounds that have statues and landscaping. If you take your students during the holiday season, they may get to see the Capitol and its grounds decorated with lights.

Pioneer Farms

Pioneer Farms is a living history park and museum that preserves the history and culture of Texas in the 1800s. The historic site offers immense hands-on opportunities to learn about history, science, and nature. All of the programs meet state TAKS requirements and Pioneer Farms can also provide supplemental teacher materials. Pricing varies, depending on which program you’re interested in: they range from $6 to $25. You and your students can see how pioneers lived and what their day to day was like.

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