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Editor’s Note: During this period of social distancing, Student Group Tour magazine will continue to provide ideas for planning educational travel. Many attractions and destinations are closed at this time; please contact them directly for updated information.


Offering more than 60 attractions, Colorado Springs is surrounded by natural beauty; the region is full of hiking trails and features one of the most incredible geological wonders on Earth — Garden of the Gods.

The city also boasts numerous educational experiences perfect for student groups. From Olympic and Paralympic history to STEM programs, Colorado Springs is always exciting. Here are just a few of these attractions that make Colorado Springs the unique destination that it is.

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STEM

Space Foundation Discovery Center
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The Space Foundation Discovery Center is a STEM-focused attraction offering hands-on learning through special exhibits, activities and presentations. Educators have the option to choose from five tiered voyages that focus on topics like science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Visit the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center where students can use the same state-of-the-art modeling and visualization software used by space industry professionals.

PHYS-ED

U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
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Newly opened this year, the 60,000-square-foot U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum opens its immersive facility — expected to draw 350,000 visitors a year. Experience the excitement of walking into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony in the multimedia, 360-degree “Parade of Nations” exhibit.  The Athlete Training gallery allows students to try six different sports, including the 30-meter dash, alpine skiing and archery.

HISTORY

National Museum of World War II Aviation
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The history and science behind World War II aircrafts are displayed at the National Museum of World War II Aviation. The museum brings to life the stories of the men and women who changed the course of world history through a selection of restored aircrafts and more than 3,000 artifacts and historical documents. Student programs blend history and STEM together, allowing students to understand the principles of flight and discuss how this affected World War II.  

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Published once a year, Youth Travel Planner magazine presents ideas for educators and tour planners to develop educational travel for middle and secondary/high school students.