Faith-Based Tours are on the rise in the travel community, and not just with church groups!
We receive requests from student groups regularly who are looking for a field trip or large class experience with a religious theme, be it a Catholic-based tour of NYC or a Salt Lake City Mormon excursion. There are a plethora of diverse religious experiences in the United States, with plenty to explore outside of Christianity as well.
So where do you start? Here are our top 5 choices for Faith-Based Tours for Student Groups!
- Creation Museum and Ark Encounter - Kentucky
In Northern Kentucky, near Cincinnati, you will find the Creation Museum, the religiously-themed museum featuring over 160 exhibits that 'bring the pages of the Bible to life'. This museum takes the words of Genesis as literal truth and displays them for visitors, their mission to grand answers to life's biggest mysteries. The site features numerous religious learning experiences, as well as an onsite planetarium, petting zoo, gardens, and eateries.
After you've explored the Creation Museum head 45 minutes south to the sister attraction, the Ark Encounter, for even more religious museum immersion. This religious attraction allows guests the opportunity to see the biblical account of the ark come to life, the massive ship built accurately to biblical dimensions. The ship is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, holding 3 massive decks. Inside you will find several interactive exhibits, an onsite zoo, a virtual reality experience, and a 2-story restaurant nearby perfect for groups of all sizes!
- Holy Land Experience - Florida
In Orlando, Florida, your group can visit the Holy Land theme park, a recreation of Jerusalem complete with the Calvary Garden Tomb, Qumran Dead Sea Caves, and Great Temple and Plaza. This immersive museum attraction allows guests to travel back in time to biblical life in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, from the food to the decor.
Spend your time here exploring the historic exhibits within the Scriptorium, catching a live show (dramatic plays, family humor, broadway-style musicals, and more), attending a live church service, or simply admiring the authentic biblical setting. Save plenty of room to enjoy a meal at Esther's Banquet Hall or Martha's Kitchen before you go!
- Salt Lake City Exploration - Utah
Salt Lake City is a religious mecca, this city offering up some of the most culturally and historically important religious sites related to the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints in the United States. Within the city, you will find several temples, chapels, historic homes, and museums to visit, this city easily keeping your group busy for 2 to 3 days with religious attractions alone.
Here are some key sites to consider visiting with your group; White Memorial Chapel, Pioneer Memorial Museum, Church History Museum, Temple Square, Brigham Young Monument, Eagle Gate Monument, The Lion House, and the Beehive House.
- New York City Church Tour - New York
Unsurprisingly, New York City is chock-full of religious sites, both historic and current. From Jewish Synagogues to Catholic Cathedrals, there is truly so much to see, do, and learn in the Big Apple for religious groups, it's hard to tell you where to start. Here are our top suggestions for the city's top religious exploration points, however;Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity Church, Eldridge Street Synagogue, Temple of Emanu-El, Mahayana Buddhist Temple, Museum of Jewish Heritage.
- Museum of the Bible - Washington DC
In Washington D.C your group can explore one of the top religious museums in the world, the Museum of the Bible. This museum is considered to be the most technologically advanced museum in the world, providing groups with extremely interactive Bible-based experiences.
Inside you can explore over 40,000 items and artifacts, representing everything from Genesis to the New Testament. See such artifacts as the different Torah Scrolls, fragments of the Dead Sea Scroll, and much more. There are actually 8 full floors of exhibits to explore here! There is an onsite rooftop garden, 500-seat performing arts theater, and onsite restaurant as well.
Give us a call today at 877.397.5700 to book your group's faith-based tour!