Homeschool Days and Field Trip Ideas

  UPDATED: 12-5-17

Want to Organize a Field Trip?!

Pick and idea and a date and time that is good for you and your family and post it on the newsletter to see who can join you!

Here is a sample form to help!!
Place: ________________________________________________________
Phone: ________________________________________________________
E-mail: ________________________________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________________
Contact Person: ________________________________________________
Directions: _____________________________________________________
Date and Time for Trip: __________________________________________
Fee: _________________________________________________________
Field Trip Coordinator: __________________________________________ 
Coordinator Phone and E-mail: __________________________________
Describe Trip: __________________________________________________
Minimum Number of People or Kids: ______________________________
Maximum Number of People or Kids: _____________________________
Will babies in strollers and toddlers be permitted: __________________


Agrirama (Georgia)

Hello Homeschoolers!
We are preparing for a fantastic ski season and have new dates and new information for you!
NEW this year - We have made a few changes to make your check in process quicker and smoother!
- EVERYONE gets a helmet! You do not have to take it if you don't want it, but a helmet is now included.
-No more penalty for paying with a credit card. You can still pay with cash, but there is no additional fee for using a credit card.
-Simplified pricing. There's only 2 different prices now, depending on skiing or snowboarding.
-Upgraded equipment. Everyone gets either a LTR Snowboard or shaped skis.
When making your reservation, we just need to know the following:
-The last name of your family
-How many will be on the snow
-How many skiers and how many snowboarders
-How many beginner lessons and how many intermediate lessons
Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who may be interested in joining us this season. We hope to see you soon!
The French-Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mtn. in Blowing Rock, N. C. is offering students the opportunity to participate in a winter sport that will motivate them physically, socially and psychologically. Learn a lifetime sport and start looking forward to winter.
Activities are designed for students ages 5 to 18 and for family members. Please come as often as you like.
-December 6, 14

Please note that our December 6th Homeschool Day HAS BEEN CANCELLED.  Unfortunately, we have not had enough cold temperatures to make sufficient snow to open.
We do anticipate snow making conditions arriving the evening of the 6th, so we are expecting to be open for the next Homeschool Day which is December 14th.  In this early part of the season, we highly recommend that you ALWAYS check before you arrive to be sure we are open!  (Making snow in the south can be a tricky process!)

-January 1, 11, 23-24
-February 7,8, 21-22, 28
-March 1, 6-7, 14-15, 21-22

(Includes Flex Slope Ticket, skis, boots, poles, helmet, and one hour group lesson)
(Includes Flex Slope Ticket, Burton board, boots, helmet, and one hour group lesson)
Call or E-mail at least one week in advance to make a reservation. We will need to know the day you are coming, whether you are skiing or snowboarding and the lesson time you desire (11:15 am or 12:30 pm).
Upon arrival at Appalachian Ski Mountain go downstairs to the French-Swiss Ski College Counter located on the lower level of the lodge to sign in, pay fees, and receive tickets. Fill out equipment forms, get your equipment, and proceed to the “Ski School Meets Here” sign 10 minutes before lesson times.
11:15 am Beginners Only – Lessons that start on beginner terrain
12:30 pm Intermediate Workshop – Lessons that start on intermediate terrain
Flex Slope ticket – Ski/SB 8 consecutive hours. All tickets must be purchased by 12:30 pm. Plan on one-hour preparation time for equipment issue & grouping of classes. Add additional time if clothing rental is needed.
LODGING: Special Rates for these Home School dates. (Call Hotel Directly)
Jan. 23-24 Feb. 7-8 Feb. 21-22, 28 March 1, 6-7, 14-15, 21-22
Meadowbrook Inn Blowing Rock 828-295-4300 Rate: $59.50+ tax/night If you know of other home school families/associations that would benefit from this program, please share this information.

Appleton Museum of Art (OCL)
Education Department
Appleton Museum of Art
4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala
When making plans for field trips or youth tours of the Appleton, please keep in mind:
Grades K-3 require one adult chaperone for every five students; group size is limited to 30.
Grades 4-12 require one adult chaperone for every 10 students.
Chaperones are defined as adults who are 18 and up. Chaperones must remain attentive to students and refrain from using cell phones or other devices.
Pencils are the only writing implement permitted in the galleries.
Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. Schools may make arrangements in advance for bag lunch accommodations.
Photography without flash IS permitted in the permanent collection galleries unless otherwise noted. Photography is NOT permitted in the temporary exhibition spaces.
We encourage you to view this informative museum etiquette video with your students prior to your visit.

Busch Gardens
Educational experiences for Students, Teachers & Youth Groups
Book group camps, educational field trips and team-building experiences for students of all ages!

Chocolate Kingdom offers Homeschool Days
Chocolate Kingdom
9901 Hawaiian Ct.
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 705-3475
Chocolate Kingdom Factory Adventure Tour is hosting a SPECIAL SWEET DAY each MONTH through May 2018 for HOMESCHOOL families to experience our Interactive, Educational Tour Experience at either our Orlando or Kissimmee locations.
We are thrilled to extend the same pricing we offer Groups to individual Homeschool Families on our Homeschool Days.
Chocolate Kingdom's unique program engages students of all ages as they learn and taste through:
Agriculture: Journey from its humble beginning in the rainforest, into the prep process on the farms, through sustainable approaches and finally, the shipping worldwide. We even grow our own Cacao Trees in our Greenhouse!
History: Discover how Cacao became essential in the Mayan and Aztecs empires and its travels with the Spanish Conquistadores who take Cacao back to Europe where with modern technologies change it from a into revered drink into an edible bar.
Manufacturing/Science: Taste right out of our working machines as you watch our Winnower remove the shells of the beans and our 100 year old, 3000 pound granite on granite Melanger makes the chocolate silky smooth. Understand the differences in chocolate, debunk chocolate myths and uncover the best way to properly enjoy chocolate. Chocolate Kingdom is the only Micro Batch Chocolate Factory on the East Coast that showcases how the cacao bean turns into chocolate using small machinery so that students can actually see inside.
Tastings throughout the Tour
For pricing and information, please read the flyer below.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to RSVP to participate in Homeschool days at Chocolate Kingdom?
Yes. Please go to to fill out the RSVP Form. You will need to select the day of your arrival and the amount of guests in your group. We do not require you to commit to a specific Tour Time, however, space is on a First Come, First Served Basis. Tours begin at 11am and continue every hour on the hour until 5pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour time.
What if we have a large group and we want to schedule our own date and time?
For Groups of 20 or more, call us at 407-705-3475 to schedule a confirmed date and time.
What is the Chocolate Bar Experience?
As an option at the end of the tour, guests can customize their very own chocolate bar for only $6 additional. With a choice of fresh milk, dark or white chocolate direct from our machines and 3 mix-in ingredients from our 17 topping will be a bar uniquely to each person. Guests can choose to watch their bars being made in our factory.
We look forward to seeing you at Chocolate Kingdom!
~ 'Sweet' Regards,
Chocolate Kingdom

Camp Kulaqua and Kulaqua Retreat and Conference Center has so much to offer groups and families. From activities to food service, lodging and meeting rooms, we are here to serve you.
We serve all types of groups, including:
Church Retreats & Functions
Conferences & Banquets
Summer Camps for Youth Groups
Civic Organizations
Family Reunions
School Field Trips
Spring Break Functions
Non-profit Organizations

Colonial Williamsburg’s Homeschool Days
Spring: February 24 - March 4, 2018
Fall: September 8 - September 23, 2018
Get your hands (and even your feet!) dirty and enjoy huge savings on engaging, immersive programs in American history. Act quickly to secure your special rates and programs.
For details, call 1-800-228-8878 or email

Coon Hollo Corn Maze (Micanopy)
​Field trips are our favorite! 
During the fall and summer we are available to schedule your students or day campers to combine learning and farm fun!

Creation Science Hall of Fame is now Open!
     Dear Home School Organizations, Florida
The Creation Science Hall of Fame is now up and running.
It's designed for Home Schooled Students who need the necessary educational tools for their Creation Studies and papers. The CSHF was a "brain-storm" of a retired Science Teacher.
     You will find a wealth of information on deceased and living creationists from around the world. On the "Darwin Skeptics" page, you will find volumes of Scientists who reject Evolution written by Dr Jerry Bergman, author of 'Slaughter of the Dissidents'. We even have a "Creation Classifieds" section for your selling needs.
     Please help spread the news about the Creation Science Hall of Fame to all your Christian friends and family.
     In Christ,
Nick Lally, Chairman, Board of Directors, Creation Science Hall of Fame

Creation Discovery Museum (FT. Lauderdale)
Creation Discovery Center is located at
2701 West Cypress Creek Road
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Over the last twenty years, our ministry has discovered that while many educational centers / museums have extensive programs showing many of God's wonderous works, almost none of them have attributed the works to God, but to evolution.
We have discovered a great need in the community for an interactive creation museum. There are many secular, evolution-based museums throughout the country, but very few museums which tell the story of our origins from a creationist’s perspective.  
For more information, please read our web site at
Dance Alive!
Educational Performances

Dinosaur World in Plant City
Wander among hundreds of life-sized dinosaurs in a natural setting
Coolers encouraged – bring your own healthy snacks and drinks
Interactive exhibits capture your kids’ imaginations
Dino-themed playground features slides, swings and all-around family fun
Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome
Boardwalks wind through natural areas shaded by centuries-old oak trees
Our 7,000 square foot gift shop offers great values on prehistoric artifacts as well as toys, games and gorgeous geodes
Group rates, including special prices for birthday parties.
15% percent off room rates at Hampton Inn Plant City when you mention Dinosaur World. Call ahead.
Disney Youth
Feel physics in action on thrilling attractions! Team up to solve conservation challenges! Or explore careers—and a new way of thinking with Walt Disney Imagineering!

Homeschool Days - August 07 - September 29, 2017
Dollywood once again hosts Homeschool Days from Aug. 7 – Sept. 29, 2017. Homeschool children and their families can experience the park’s exciting new attractions, Drop Line, a 230-ft. tall drop tower, and Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster located near Thunderhead.  And as a special gift, Dolly provides a free lunch to all students visiting during our Homeschool Days.*
Not many classrooms measure 150 acres, but Dollywood is at the head of the class when it comes to fun, interactive learning in a beautiful outdoor setting. Dollywood’s rides represent principles of physics that thrill students in more ways than one. The park offers a unique zoology lesson at the spectacular Eagle Mountain Sanctuary, home to the country’s largest collection of non-releasable bald eagles. Centuries-old history comes to life as Dollywood features dozens of craft demonstrations daily. Students visiting Dollywood can see master craftspeople practicing unique art forms like glass blowing, candy making, blacksmithing, leather crafting, candle making, wood carving and pottery.
*free lunch is included with a qualifying student ticket purchase

Florida Agricultural Museum (Flagler Co.)
Telling the Story of Florida Agriculture
Our mission is to PRESERVE Florida's agricultural past, INTERPRET the agricultural issues of yesterday, today, and tomorrow, and EDUCATE the
public about those issues through enjoyable experiences
7th annual Pellicer Creek Raid - A Civil War re-enactment
Dates: October 13, 14, & 15, 2017
Friday, October 13th, 10 am—3 pm, reserved for schools, $3 per person
Saturday and Sunday, October 14th and 15th will be open to the public with battles scheduled for 1:00 pm on both days.  The re-enactors historic camps will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday when the participants are not on the battlefield.
$5 per person, children under 5 free
Food and Historic Vendors On Site

The Florida Aquarium - Tampa
Fascinated by marine science, biology, and ecology? Then dive into homeschool classes at the Aquarium! Participants can learn about the marine environment and all of its wonder. Each month focuses on a different theme all while exploring the fascinating world of marine science! Classes available for homeschool students ages 6-14.

Butterfly Exhibit 
If you know someone who would like to be included in this email list, just send us their address.
Dianne Behringer
School Programs Coordinator
Center for Science Learning
Florida Musem of Natural History
UF Cultural Plaza
3215 Hull Road
P.O. Box 112710
Gainesville, FL 32611

Fort Caroline National Monument and artifact museum
Gainesville Ballet Theatre, Inc.

Garbage/Recycling Center (GNV)
Shelley Samec
Waste Alternatives Specialist
Waste Management Division
Email Address:
Contact Number: (352) 548-1297
Embrace Zero Waste

GatorWorld (Wildwood)
Central Florida Easiest way to see an alligator with our drive-through alligator park, stay in the comfort of your car rain or shine with no walking ... see babies to monsters.
With the everything wristband package you can also feed-a-gator, hold-a-gator and take a picture with Big Al. Then relax and enjoy our recently added petting zoo with our fuzzy farm animals.
We are located just One Mile West of I-75 on State Road 44, near Wildwood, only 7 miles from The Villages.
Remember We are closed on Sunday .. our hours will vary so please check our website and follow us on FaceBook!

Georgia Aquarium - Home School
Georgia Aquarium offers educational programming to home school students through our instructor-led programs at 1:45 pm on select dates. These 45 minute Instructor-Led programs provide a focused learning opportunity where students can expand their understanding of aquatic ecosystems. All programs are aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and include a downloadable Teacher guide with pre and post activities. All Instructor-Led programs include admission to the Aquarium and Deepo 4D Show.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire


Homeschool Field Trips
Homeschool field trips are an important component of a home education. These outings can be taken with a few friends, a homeschool group, or just your own family.

IMAX Theater at World Golf Village in St. Augustine

Kennedy Space Center Salute to HomeSchool
HomeSchool students, families and teachers: Take a Florida field trip to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and be our guests for full-day access to Visitor Complex shows and exhibits. During this unique homeschool field trip, you'll get the chance to take a bus tour of Kennedy Space Center, participate in special hands-on activities, learn about the latest NASA accomplishments, see Space Shuttle Atlantis, strap in to the Shuttle Launch Experience, and even come face-to-face with a veteran NASA astronaut.
Pick up a packet of NASA education materials and help your students reach for the stars.

Kirby Family Farm (Williston)
Contact Tracy Kirby
Kirby Family Farm Booking Field Trips 2014
    We'd like to invite you to come experience the fun and learning at Kirby Family Farm. Our very special farm is located in Williston, FL.
    Children can climb aboard our full-size historical railroad that we found in the woods and take a ride on the KIRBY RAILROAD!
    Field trips are a low price of $10 per person. Teachers are free! Payment is required in full the day of your visit. Field trips must be booked in advanced.
    We work closely with you to plan and create and customize a unique educational experiences just for you. Interactive learning stations are custom planned for your group. Students also can bring their own lunches for a peaceful picnic lunch!
    Field Trip Hours are Flexible:
9:00-Noon or 10:00-1:00
    Farm Fun for all Ages!
We encourage you to make this a special educational experience, not just another field trip. Let us help you. The best field trips at the farm are the ones that are designed based on the seasonality of the farm mixed with what’s been happening in your curriculum. Groups here have had a chance to experience many exciting agricultural activities. Kids love these hands-on experiences and playing farmer/ railroad engineer for a couple hours. They also love our friendly farm animals! Bo, our sheep, Daisy our calf, and Foggy our sheep LOVE VISITORS!
    Tell us when you want to come and we will help you design a field trip that is truly a memory to treasure for a lifetime!.

Lubee Bat Conservancy
11th Annual Florida Bat Festival
October 24, 2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The 11th Annual Florida Bat Festival is a local Gainesville event held every fall on the beautiful grounds of Lubee Bat Conservancy. The event is FREE and open to everyone!  Featuring games, local food & music, environmental organizations, bounce huts by Space Walk of Gainesville, entertainment,  the largest bats in the world and so much more!
Currently sponsored by Florida Credit Union, SunState Federal Credit Union, Gator Paint and Decorating and Space Walk of Gainesville! We still need more sponsors for the event though! Please email for more information.


Matheson Museum (GNV)
Many of you have taken advantage of the welcome homeschoolers receive at the Matheson Museum.  A costumed docent (Miss Gussy) presents a 45-60 minute program emphasizing life in Alachua County and Gainesville during the late 1800's and early 1900's.  This hands-on interactive program fits well with a Florida history unit.  A Teacher's Curriculum Guide can be downloaded from
The Thomas Center also offers a one hour tour with a costumed docent, a video and costumes for the students to enhance the presentation.  My children found them both to be very interesting and Ms. Sharon's enthusiasm for her subject is quite infectious.  Happily, they have added additional tours. 
"Seminole and Timucuan Indians in Alachua County"  Learn the truth about Native American culture in our county. and view a special 1st person presentation film.
"Snapshot of History"    Learn how to take pictures of Alachua County's artifacts and Architecture.
"The Yearling"  View the 1946 classic movie and discuss what family life was like in rural Florida.
"Famous Buildings of Alachua County"  featuring 22 buildings around our county.
"Snacks with Miss Gussie"  Have punch and cookies while listening to "Miss Gussie" reminisce about life in our area from 1867 to 1910.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as to what these programs offer.  There are more programs in the works and they are very open to any suggestions about topics that you would like to know more about.  Contact Sharon Faris at (352) 379-1235 or and she can give you more details and arrange for field trips.  These field trips are generally geared towards 3rd grade and up.
MOSH - Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville
Nature Parks - City Parks (GNV)

Nature Parks - State Parks

Ocali Country Days – Ocala, FL
November date
Our festival runs (9 am - 2 pm) for school groups only (no general public is allowed in on school days).  It is strictly a family-oriented hands-on educational festival and is organized by the Marion County School System.  Cost is $3.00 per person with children 5 and under free.  Park admission and parking are free. Please call to reserve school day fieldtrips, we have limited space. Step back in time to the Florida frontier at the Ocali Country Days festival.  This event features Florida folk crafts, art, and food.  Experience old time music, storytellers, Civil War encampments, Native Americans, and reenactors portraying life on a late-1800s farmstead.  View traditional craft demonstrations such as sugarcane syrup making, blacksmithing, quilting, woodworking, and more. Silver River Museum within the Silver River State Park off Baseline Road.
Call for more information or to schedule fieldtrips during the week.
Scott E. Mitchell, Director
Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center
(352) 236-5401

Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Pirate's Dinner Adventure - Orlando, Florida
If you are looking for an adventurous time while visiting the International Drive area of Orlando, then we should be your first stop! Pirate's Dinner Adventure is a dinner show attraction that puts you and your family right in the middle of all of the swashbuckling action. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure is acclaimed as “the world’s most unique interactive dinner show.”
Potter's Wax Museum - St. Augustine


Pumpkin Patches and More 
Retirement Home for Horses
Ripley's Believe it or Not - St. Augustine
Sally Corp Tours (JAX)
A Robotics Manufacturer in Jacksonville
Public Tours
For more than  25 years, Sally has hosted thousands of visitors. From school groups, clubs, church groups to senior citizens organizations, we welcome the opportunity to take you on a tour of  the robot factory.
Tours are offered on Tuesday and Thursday hourly from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Tours are free of charge. No more than 30 persons per tour. Minimum age is 7 years. Tours are by reservation only.
St. Augustine Historical Field Trips
Old Town Trolley Tours offers complete field trip services to enhance your educational experience. Whether you have hours or days to spend in St. Augustine, we can build a tour package that meets your needs.

St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum:
Chris Kastle 904-829-0745 ext 208,  
Please visit our link: and click on “Calendar” and then “Education”.
Pre and post program study materials are available by request as well as Sunshine Standards covered.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park - Educational Programs Available (White Springs)
Dear Educator:
Educational programs for school groups (all class levels) will be held at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park and the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park.
Many educational possibilities are available in a wide number of events that are held at both Parks and will offer the diversity of Florida’s culture and history.
E-mail and ask about the registration forms for the School Field Trips that we offer.  Also, you can schedule to visit a tour of either park at any time.  An Activity Guide with supplemental materials correlated with Sunshine State Standards is available for Rural Folklife Days and the Olustee Educational Day.
If you have a distance to come and need overnight accommodations you may want to schedule a stay in our campground or cabins through Reserve America, 1-800-326-3521.
Please feel free to contact me toll free at 1-877-635-3655 or e-mail me at .  I look forward to your class participating in one of our educational programs.
Mitzi Nelson, Information Specialist
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Stone Mountain Park, GA
Homeschool Day

Two Tails Ranch Elephant Rescue Farm
Contact: Patricia Zerbini
18655 NE 81st
Williston, FL 32696
     "All About elephants is an educational facility that offers an opportunity to teach and learn while caring for elephants.  They offer a variety of educational programs for schools and other large groups.  Clinics, lecture, and hands on learning programs are part of our commitment to further our knowledge and to instill awareness.  Exploring elephants past, present, and future can all be experienced here at Two Tails Ranch. Inc.  Our museum has a large collection of prehistoric artifacts, fossils, memorabilia, and information about elephants and their ancestors dating back million of years."
     The farms includes - mini donkeys, Arabian horse, zebra, giant tortoise, and camels.  There is a bengal tiger visiting as well as War horses. Lipizzan stallions
     Direction: Take 41/27- South from Archer toward Williston.  Just before  (3/4 mile) before blinking light in Raliegh- turn left.  The ranch is on  left sid of raod. (Look for sign on stop sign)   Turn left onto 81st street.  Go to end of road approx 1 mile and turn into left gate.   Due to nature of ranch - you must have permission before visiting!  You must have an escort in order to enter the property.  Therefore, please call the owner if you have any questions.

Universal Orlando
Youth Programs

U of F Observatory
The University of FL has an observatory that is usually open for viewing most Friday nights {weather permitting} at 8:30 p.m. across the street from the Reitz Union. Call 352-392-2052
Water treatment Plant
Murphree Water Treatment Plant
1600 NE 53rd Ave., Gainesville, FL, 32605-5321
or 200 SE 16th Ave
or I think there's one off Tower Rd.
Wild Adventures
Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, GA will host our annual Homeschool Days in September. We cordially invite you to join us for a truly unique educational experience. This event gives us an opportunity to make our parks a medium for youth learning and development.
Marketing Coordinator
Adventure Parks Group, LLC
3766 Old Clyattville Road
Valdosta, GA 31601
229-219-7080 x1264
229-559-1539 fax

Wilderness at the Smokies Home School Days
Nov 9-13, 2014
We welcome you and your family to a fantastic fall get-a-way in the Smokies, where you will experience Education and Excitement!
Titanic Museum Attraction and Wilderness at the Smokies team up with the most discounted opportunities of the season!

WordSpring Discovery Center field trip opportunities (ORL)
Your home schooled children have a wonderful opportunity for field trips at WordSpring Discovery Center in Orlando. WordSpring is an interactive experience for all ages featuring cultures of the world, languages, translation, and the history of Bible translation around the world.  There is an international gift shop with some inexpensive items for children to purchase, and the  cafe can offer catered meals or  box lunches to groups as well as the daily menu.    There is plenty of space for a group to bring their own lunches if desired. 
Group admission rates are available, and an "Explorer's Guide" is offered at a small cost to help focus children on appropriate topics of exploration. 
For further information or to schedule your group please contact
Gary Shires at 407-852-3863 or       
Zoo - Jacksonville
Homeschool Programs
Zoo - Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville