They say everything is bigger in Texas and this includes fun and education! Take a look at five reasons you should have the Lone Star state on your radar when planning your next student trip.
- You’ll find a flair for performance. At the Houston Grand Opera—one of the largest, most innovative and most highly acclaimed opera companies in the United States—students can enjoy cultural enrichment through the arts. The NEXUS initiative provides a limited number of $15 tickets for student group audiences to all HGO performances, as well as student matinees, making world-class performances available to more youth than ever before.
- There are ways to explore at new heights. Reunion Tower offers students breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic views of Dallas from 470 feet in the air on its GeO-Deck. Interactive touch screens allow students to uncover historic landmarks and museums, an educational video about JFK, and much more with just one swipe. Teachers are able to request themed lesson plan ideas for subjects ranging from art to math.
- It’s easy to make a splash! North Texas’ newest indoor water park, Epicwaters, is open year-round and has plenty of excitement to go around in its 80,000-square-foot facility, complete with a curved retractable roof for warmer days. Students can enjoy a wide variety of attractions including 11 water slides, an outdoor wave pool, a lazy river, FlowRider surf simulator and more.
- Discover the strange, shocking and beautiful. Students can experience the bizarre, explore the mysterious and enjoy the weird at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Antonio. Inside the 18,000-square-foot Odditorium, students will strike a pose with the 1,400-pound man and even see a shrunken head!
- Get some seriously good eats. Located on the famous San Antonio River Walk, the newly opened Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. captures the charm and American spirit that made the movie Forrest Gump a smash hit. Students can enjoy specialty shrimp, grilled and fried seafood platters, pasta, burgers, salads, and award-winning Dixie-style baby back ribs—all in a fun and casual environment.
Where in the Lone Star state will you travel next?
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Teach & Travel.
Photo courtesy of Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera.