The school year is fast approaching and that means students go back to work. But don’t forget that sometimes children learn the most when they are having the most fun. This year is a great year to embark on a great field trip with your children and explore things only read about in a book. Help open your children’s eyes to new adventures by getting them out of the house and into the world. The following are some of the best places in Florida to take a field trip. A complete list of field trip information is available in the Guide to Homeschooling in Florida. This guide can be accessed by FPEA members.
National Museum of Naval Aviation, Pensacola FL- This historic treasure boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, hands-on exhibits and more than 4,000 artifacts representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Watch the awe-inspiring Blue Angels at practice air shows from March through November or even take a ride in a motion-based or Top Gun Air Combat simulator.
Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon FL- Explore one of Florida’s most beautiful state parks and come face to face with nature. Go hiking, canoeing, tubing, or even snorkel and discover a variety of different plant and animal life native to the state of Florida. Visiting state parks can be a very cost friendly approach to a great field trip.
Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Juno Beach FL- The Marine Life Center facility houses a variety of exhibits, live sea turtles and other coastal creatures. Exhibits include a massive prehistoric Archelon sea turtle replica, salt water aquaria and displays of local wildlife, as well as educational displays about South Florida’s marine environment.
Museum of Discovery and Science, Ft. Lauderdale FL- Spend a day of discovery exploring over 200 fascinating interactive exhibits! See sharks and the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity, hang out with bats, and be charmed by a 12-foot snake, plus pet alligators, turtles and iguanas. Test your pilot skills in nine cockpit simulators and learn about Florida’s amazing Everglades.
Orlando Science Center, Orlando FL- One of America’s top hands-on science centers where learning is always fun! Interactive learning and discovery await within the center’s hundreds of exhibits, programs and labs, giant screen films and planetarium shows.
Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral FL- The space center allows your children to explore the Apollo/Saturn V Center, tour NASA areas and interact with shows and exhibits. During your field trip, students can also meet astronauts, watch larger-than-life IMAX® films, strap into the Shuttle Launch Experience and explore historic rockets.
Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa FL- Visiting this zoo will provide a safe, clean, pleasant and caring environment in which each child may develop his or her physical, social, emotional, and intellectual potential at his or her own pace while fostering a respect for wildlife and wild places through unique Zoo interactions.
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