One of my favorite aspects of planning field trips is finding unique places to visit in Southern California. Taking a field trip to your local airport is one of them!
Spending time at your local airport is an educational and fun way to watch what happens at the airport. This works best at airports that are not extremely busy, although that depends on the age and temperament of your children.
What You Learn On An Airport Tour
Most airports prefer to offer tours in the morning, but not all. Take the airport shuttle, train, or other public transport and save yourself the hassle of driving and parking. This is as much a part of the learning experience as the visit itself. Depending on your children’s interests and where you are observing from, there are a variety of things you will see.
- Planes taking off and landing
- Aircraft maintenance
- Bags going across the tarmac and onto a plane and/or being unloaded
- Plane food being loaded
- Aviation security people driving and walking around the plane areas
- Planes being towed backwards to take them to the runways or hangars
8 Airport Tours in Southern California
There are 8 airport tours for kids in Southern California.
Fullerton Airport Tour, Fullerton
The Fullerton Airport is the only general aviation airport in Orange County. It is located three miles from Knott’s Berry Farm and six miles from Disneyland. The airport is completely self-supporting and operates on an open air field.
I led a field trip to the Fullerton Airport back in 2014 and it was by far, the best airport tour we have ever been on. The volunteers were kind and very knowledgable about their craft. We even got to meet a CHP helicopter pilot at The California Highway Patrol Metro Squadron hanger!