Must See Attractions on an 8th-Grade Washington, D.C. Trip

Must See Attractions on an 8th-Grade Washington, D.C. Trip

Must see attractions on an 8th-grade Washington, D.C. Trip

The iconic middle school Washington, D.C. trip has become a popular educational yet exciting trip for young students. The capital state has many attractions to offer from amusing sites such as the zoo to informative and historic museums and statues.

  • Smithsonian National Zoological Park 

  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Smithsonian National Zoological Park  

 Smithsonian National Zoological Park has been listed as one of the top national parks in the  Washington D.C. area.  This is not your typical zoo, it is also a global conservation site as about 25% of its population are familiar to the endangered species list. The zoo is home to more than 1500 animals from 300 different species. This allows a plethora of exhibits ranging from Reptile Discovery Center to Cheetah Conservation Station. For these reasons, Smithsonian Zoo is a great attraction for 8th-grade students.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Smithsonian National Museum of American History is a well-rounded museum offering artifacts ranging from scientific to cultural. This museum encompasses just about every aspect of American history to the present day. It contains more than three million historical objects making it a must-see, especially for young kids.

Star spangled banner sign inside the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Star Spangled Banner art installation outside of the exhibit in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial 

An educational trip to Washington D.C. is not complete without a visit to the MLK Memorial. It signifies the vital role MLK has played and continues to play in American history. The memorial has several representations and meanings as it is located near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where the infamous “I Have A Dream” speech was delivered. GO Educational Tours offers a specialized tour that offers 8th-grade students a unique view of African American history and culture in America.

Students posing in front of the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Students with GO Educational Tours at the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C.

All in all, Washington D.C. is the ideal 8th-grade student trip as it is educational yet provides many fun and interesting attractions.

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By: Forjee Jackson, Marketing Intern