College isn’t all about academics. When deciding on where to go for higher education, the surrounding town and local activities can be a prime factor in the final decision. During Blueprint’s pre-college summer programs, we want to give you an opportunity to experience college life apart from academia. For students participating in the 2-week programs, this means offering an optional field trip on the Sunday after the first week. For each campus, we look at the best activities the surrounding area has to offer. Check out this year’s Sunday field trips. If you didn’t sign up during registration, just let us know you want to join in on the fun and we will get it added to your account!
Emory – Shoot the Hooch
Students will take a 3 ½ + hour tubing trip down the Chattahoochee River. There are islands that can be explored, rocks and bridges to navigate around. Tubes can be connected, or you can travel individually. Bring water shoes, sunglasses, glasses strap, and a hat. (It’s recommended that girls wear a sports bra or t-shirt, as there will be a lot of movement that swimsuits may not always cover.)
Georgetown – Nationals Games
Nationals Park is equipped with state-of-the-art video and audio technology, including a 4,500 square foot high-definition scoreboard. In addition, the new ballpark features a variety of entertainment and fan-interactive alternatives to ensure a compelling and engaging game entertainment experience.The ballpark’s design and construction exceeded the target of a “certified” Green Building, and actually received the United States Green Building Council’s even more environmentally-friendly “Silver Status”. Great Moments in Nationals History: Debut Game | Stephen Strasburg Bobblehead. Dinner at Chipotle Restaurant.
University of Florida – St. Augustine Beach/Anastasia State Park
Explore an archaeological site where coquina rock was mined to help construct the nearby Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The Ancient Dunes Nature Trail loops through a shaded maritime hammock while meandering through the ancient dunes. Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It’s effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that’s a great way to learn geography. If none of these activities are appealing, you can simply play in the water and lay on the beach.
Stonehill – Chatham, MA – Cape Cod
Points of interest include: Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham Fish Pier, Chatham Fisherman’s Monument, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge, Atwood House Museum, Godfrey Windmill. Spend the day on the beach sunning and swimming. The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center houses some fascinating artifacts and exhibits relating to Guglielmo Marconi, wireless communication and the Titanic.
Lehigh – Dutch Springs Aqua Park
Spend the day swimming and sunning at the lake. There are loads of huge inflated water toys that offer a wide variety of bouncing, sliding, and other activities in the water.
UCLA – Runyon Canyon
Runyon Canyon Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Los Angeles, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running. Great views of the city and ocean. You may even spot celebrities visiting the park. The park gives a great view of DTLA and the Hollywood sign.
Tufts – Salem Witch Museum and Willows – Salem Ferry
Take a trip on a ferry across Boston Harbor to the historic town of Salem. Live guides take you through changing interpretations of witches, the truth behind the stereotypes, witchcraft practice today and the frightening phenomenon of witch hunting.The main presentation is based on actual trial documents. Visitors experience the drama of that dark time though thirteen life-size stage sets, figures, lighting and a stirring narration as they are witness to the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt. If you need a pick me up after the museum, you will enjoy the arcade and rides at Salem Willows.
University of Virginia – Kayak Richmond
This is a great introduction to kayaking! Our KAYAK 101 course is for the person looking to begin recreational or flat water kayaking. The lesson takes place on slow-moving water which allows for calm and comfortable paddling conditions. This is a great experience for those interested in fundamental paddling skills. This course will include a land-based introduction and safety briefing, on-water instruction and a couple of hours on the river. Kayak, paddle and life jacket included! This is a great paddling opportunity for all ages and abilities!