Field Trips and Student Group Travel
We provide interactive, educational and hands-on experiences for students of all ages and in groups of all kinds. To schedule a field trip, please click here to fill out an online form or call Reservations at 731-885-5455.
Field Trip and Student Group Travel Rate
Student General Admission: $7.95 per student
One adult will be admitted free for every 10 students
Any additional adults booking with group: $10.95
Chaperones paying at the door without booking with group: $14.95 + tax
Principals, administrators, school nurses and bus drivers: Free
Bus drivers: Stop by our Cafe and have a cup of coffee on us!
To apply a Discovery Park of America season pass or free admission to a field trip, please make arrangements in advance.
To get the discounted field trip rates, you must:
• Sign and return a field trip contract
• Enter Discovery Center as one group
• Have 10 or more paying students
No deposit is required but payment must be presented in full on the day of your visit. Public schools may request special arrangements.
If field trip resources are a problem, apply online for a scholarship.
Open Tuesday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays (except Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July), Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Beginning January 2020, we will shift our hours of operation:
• January and February and August through December, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Tuesday and Wednesday
• March through July, open seven days a week, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed in 2020: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Easter
To schedule a field trip or for assistance in arranging your field trip or student group travel, please click here to fill out an online form or call Reservations at 731-885-5455.
Additional BASIC and PREMIUM Education Programs
Discovery Park of America also offers BASIC and PREMIUM education programs led by one of our instructors and designed to meet the latest Tennessee state standards. BASIC programs are free, while PREMIUM programs are $2 per student. Availability for both programs is limited. You can download a catalog of programs here. PREMIUM programs are noted in red.
Special Attractions and Exhibits:
Earthquake Simulator: $4.95 per person
The Tower: $4.95 per person
Now Showing in Starship Theater from Giant Screen Films, a leader in the large format/IMAX® industry:
11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m.
“Titans of the Ice Age,” an action-packed immersive portal to the great Pleistocene ice age where you’ll learn about the Wooly Mammoth—a great film for students to watch before seeing DPA’s actual Wooly Mammoth on display. Download the teacher’s guide
10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
“Tornado Alley,” an explosive giant-screen adventure that takes viewers on an epic chase through an actual tornado. Download the teacher’s guide
Seasonal Temporary Exhibit, “Race to Win,” August 30 – January 5, 2020: $4.95 per person
Starship Theater: $4.95 per person
Everyone, students and adults, going to a special attraction or seasonal temporary exhibit must have a ticket. All students must be accompanied with at least one adult.
Field Trip and Student Group Travel Lunches
Please note that outside food and beverage may NOT be consumed at DPA. Students may bring their own lunches, but they must remain in their backpacks on their bus and be eaten offsite. Several parks are located nearby and picnic is often another fun part of a student’s day. Lunch options are available through Sabin’s Café, our on-site food service provider. Students visiting on a field trip from a school that provides lunches are allowed to bring sack lunches from their school cafeteria, but please make arrangements in advance. For more information, download this helpful guide to lunches at DPA.
Student and Adult Lunch from Sabin’s Cafe: $6 per person
Opening right next door to DPA are three brand new hotels. Holiday Inn Express & Suites (opening Winter 2019), Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites (opening late summer 2019) feature all the conveniences needed for traveling students including a FREE hot breakfast. For a group rate or to book, contact Zoe Ramage at firstname.lastname@example.org or (731) 335-6282.
To schedule a field trip or help arranging student group travel, please click here to fill out an online form or call Reservations at 731-885-5455.