Fifty-Two Field Trips That Release Creativity

It seems that after encouraging you to take a creative field trip (read Why Adults Need Field Trips Too), it would be helpful to provide you with some specific ideas. Here are fifty-two activities, which gives you a weekly activity for an entire year of fun and creativity.

fifty-two field trips that release creativity

The Arts


  • Visit a museum.
  • Attend an orchestra/symphony performance.
  • Take a dance class.
  • Take a cooking class.
  • Listen to a jazz band.
  • Visit an art gallery.
  • Attend the ballet.

  • Take a trip to the zoo.
  • Swim at the pool or a nearby lake.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt. (Check out
  • Attend a sporting event.
  • Sing karaoke.
  • Go to an arcade. Pay attention to the sounds and flashes, and to the other gamers.

Evoke The Senses
  • Take a yoga class.
  • Treat yourself to a relaxing facial. (Cosmetology schools are often an affordable option).
  • Find a restaurant that serves dinner in various courses. Enjoy each one, savoring the tastes and the atmosphere. (A tapas restaurant could be a good option).

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  • Stop by a local farmer's market.
  • Peruse a local bookstore.
  • Tour a local farm or vineyard.
  • Go to a high school or college theatrical production.
  • Walk through a cemetery, taking in the names, dates, and landscape.
  • Visit a pet store.
  • Join a drum circle.
  • Tour a nearby factory.
  • Frequent a grocery store known for high quality products and artistic packaging.
  • Peruse a local art store, noting the papers, paints, colors, and materials.
  • Go to a music store and try out the instruments.
  • Attend a comedy improvisation night.
  • Spend an afternoon at the library.
  • Find a Meetup group in your area that has an activity/topic that interests you. (Visit for ideas).
  • Go to a rock climbing gym.
  • Attend a cross-cultural event in your city.
  • Visit a local game/hobby store and pick a new puzzle.
  • Have a progressive dinner at restaurants you've never tried. Appetizers at one, main course at another, and dessert at a third.
  • Visit a vintage thrift store.






  • Take a train ride.
  • Go on a road trip and stop at all the intriguing spots along the way.
  • Ride public transportation and observe the people around you.
  • Visit the nearest river or ocean. Look for rocks, shells, and the like.
  • Go on an overnight camping trip.

  • Take a bike ride.
  • Go hiking.
  • Play a round of golf.
  • Walk through a neighborhood known for its architecture and landscape.
  • Go horseback riding.
  • Have a picnic in a park, observing other people and their activities.
  • Go fishing.

  • Watch a movie, focusing on the soundtrack. (Alfred Hitchcock movies are a great pick).
  • Take a day of silence.
  • Play a role playing game with friends.
  • Host a costume party centered around a particular theme (i.e. Gatsby Style, Superheroes, the 70's, etc.).
  • Invite writers, musicians, actors, and painters to share their creations at an art night in your home.

I hope you experience a fresh burst of creativity and share your own field trip ideas with me in the comments below.

Enjoy, Heidi