By: Andrea Dillon
One of the benefits of homeschooling is the freedom and ability to take many field trips and provide real-world experiences for your homeschoolers. Whether it is a visit to a museum, science center, or even a trip to a local post office or fire department, there is something out there to help make the learning fun. Every state has its unique locations that would be fun to visit. We have gathered a list of great places to visit in Florida with kids. Find your next homeschool field trip below!
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Educational Homeschool Field Trips Ideas In Florida
Florida homeschoolers can get out of the house and into the local communities with a fun day trip in Florida. Out-of-state homeschoolers can take a vacation and pick a few of these educational, fun locations for things to do in Florida with kids while you are visiting.
|Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas||State/National Park Field Trip Ideas||Science Center Field Trip Ideas|
|Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas||Aquariums / Nature/ Zoo Field Trips||Other Field Trip Ideas|
Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas
“The Dalí Museum (St. Petersburg, Florida) has been the unofficial heart of fine arts in the Tampa Bay area since its opening in 1982. The debut of the new building in January 2011 has contributed to the cultural renaissance – a movement that has experienced an explosion of artistic institutions and outlets that both residents and visitors to the destination can enjoy.”
“Founded in 1958, NSU Art Museum is a premier destination for exhibitions and programs encompassing all facets of civilization’s visual history. The Museum is the hub of the South Florida Art Coast, situated midway between Miami and Palm Beach in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Its distinctive modernist building, which opened in 1986 was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Located in Fort Lauderdale’s active Arts and Entertainment District, the Museum is a short walk to the shops, restaurants and galleries of vibrant Las Olas Boulevard as well as to the picturesque Riverwalk waterfront promenade. NSU Art Museum’s 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 256-seat auditorium, Museum Store and Cafe.”
“Tampa Museum of Art inspires visitors with engaging exhibitions and innovative educational programs that emphasize ancient, modern, and contemporary art. The Museum houses one of the largest Greek and Roman antiquities collections in the southeastern United States. As one of the region’s most prominent museums devoted to the art of our time, the Museum’s permanent collection also embraces sculpture, photography, painting, new media, and more.”
State/National Park Field Trip Ideas
Get into the world with state and national park field trip ideas. Many of these locations hold a variety of history, science, and nature for your homeschoolers to enjoy.
- Florida State Parks “Plan your adventures to Florida’s 175 award-winning state parks, trails and historic sites.”
- Get connected with Florida National Parks! “Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 318 million visitors every year.”
Science / Natural History Center Field Trip Ideas
A 32,000 square foot facility located on beautiful Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee. It features a state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator and utilizes the immersiveness of an IMAX theatre and a domed high-definition planetarium.
You will find a museum for children and families filled with more than 250 touchable, interactive exhibits that teach about natural phenomena and basic scientific principles.
Offers a variety of fun and educational programs for visitors of all ages. Several Homeschool Days each year.
Hours of fun and entertainment for the entire family, with over 60 interactive exhibits plus live fish, sharks, turtles, frogs, iguanas and live animal programs.
Strives to increase the knowledge and understanding of the natural environment and history of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.
Volusia County residents receive half-price admittance on the first Tuesday of each month (with proof of residence).
Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry – we call it MOSI for short – is a scientific playground with more than 100 hands-on activities!
The Museum of Discovery and Science mission is: connecting people to inspiring science. The Museum of Discovery and Science welcomes individuals from all walks of life to visit, experience, connect and discover inspiring science. We support all family structures, creating a culture of hospitality where diversity is celebrated. Our doors are open to everyone: individuals and families with physical, sensory and emotional disabilities and disparities in education, social and economic status. We embrace our truly diverse community of various ethnicities, religions, gender identification and sexual orientations. All are welcome here.
Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas
If you choose to emphasize the ‘teambuilding’ aspect for your students in particular, your students may get even more benefits from our program than most. Two locations. Group rates $10 ea.
An extensive array of exhibits that illustrate the history of northwest Florida; an excellent local history reference library; field trip tours for school, scout, and civic groups; special programs for young people each summer; classes in such heritage crafts as quilting, bobbin lace, and basketry.
Florida’s most abundant opportunities for aesthetic, cultural and personal enrichment. The lush landscapes of the Olmsted gardens, the majesty and music of the carillon tower and the splendor of Pinewood Estate create an experience that inspires all who visit.
Aquariums / Nature Centers / Zoo Field Trips
Homeschool Programs will immerse the Homeschool student in a world of science and exploration at Fairchild.
Get ready for down-home family fun at “The Alligator Capital of the World®” – Gatorland in Orlando! There isn’t a better place to see alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, from babies, also known as grunts, to the 14-foot monsters that call our Breeding Marsh home. We even have the largest collection of extremely rare white leucistic alligators. But, Gatorland is more than just a gator park! Our free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure ensure your day will be chock-full of fun, smiles and special memories!
A unique insight into Volusia County’s fragile ecosystems. The center promotes an understanding of the county’s natural environment, the heritage it sustains, and the challenges it faces.
Offers homeschool classes every second Wednesday of the month (September-April). We have an elementary session from 10-12 and middle/high school session from 1-3. We also offer group rates for homeschool groups on regular field trips of 10 or more.
A private, not-for-profit aquarium and community marine education center.
Other Field Trip Ideas
“An escape game is a real-life adventure game. You’ll explore the environment and solve challenges to reach some goal, like escaping a dungeon or solving a murder! And you’ll be doing all this with your friends and family as you race against the clock!”
Play with purpose at the Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa’s interactive, learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders.
Great Explorations is Tampa Bay’s first children’s museum supporting a safe, hands-on practical learning environment. For over 30 years, we have been stimulating curiosity while enriching children in our community, through carefully curated learning experiences.
The Museum offers interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials related to arts, culture, community, and communication. Miami Children’s Museum encourages visitors of all ages to play, learn, imagine, and create together.
Do you have a location that would make a good field trip in Florida? Let me know in the comments below or contact me to get it added!