Homeschool Days and Field Trip Ideas

  UPDATED: 2-19-17


Appleton Museum of Art (OCL)
Cara Johnson
Education Department
Appleton Museum of Art
4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Ocala, Fl 34470-5001
352-291-4455 ext.1836
I hope you will keep us in mind for future field trips and academic enrichment activities. 
I would be thrilled to arrange docent led tours as well as art activities or visits themed around your particular course of study.


Homeschool Help Desk

Colonial Williamsburg’s Homeschool Days
September 10 - 25, 2016
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)
October 3rd Through November 2nd, 2014
Open Weekends
Friday 4pm -Dusk
Saturday 10am-Dusk
Sunday 2pm-Dusk

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
Discovery Science and Outdoor Center-Ocala

Disney Homeschool Days
Are your homeschoolers ready to push their education to the next level, or simply needing a new out-of-the-box challenge? Disney Homeschool Days offers exciting programs that are sure to enhance and add a new level to your homeschool curriculum.
Learning has never been more fun. Disney Homeschool Days invites your students to explore scientific, cultural, creative and natural exhibits of the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks for hands-on, eye-opening experiences.
Event Dates: Fall and Spring
This fall, Disney Homeschool Days will move to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park to provide exciting new experiences for your students.

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

The Florida Aquarium - Tampa

Butterfly Exhibit 
Upcoming Museum Homeschool Day: A T. rex Named Sue (GNV)
Hello Homeschoolers:
Come see SUE! We are excited to announce our next Homeschool Day on Monday, Feb. 9 will be focused on A T. rex Named Sue!
     Our day will include exhibit explorations and classroom activities that help us learn about this massive dinosaur that once roamed the earth.
When: Monday, Feb 9, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Florida Museum of Natural History
Cost: $6/person (Children under 3 are free as well as adult Museum members*)
     *If you wish to join the Museum, we will be giving a 10% discount on memberships that day.
See flier and see you at the Museum!
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

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.
Salute to HomeSchool*
Program Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Register By: September 7
Tuition: $45 per person (plus tax)

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!.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Homeschool Days
Natalie Baum
Trade Sales Manager – Youth & Education
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
One LEGOLAND Way | Winter Haven | FL | 33884 | USA
Phone: +1 863 514 5708
LEGOLAND Florida Resort offers several dates to book at a discounted rate for Home School groups that do not meet the 15 person minimum to qualify for School Group pricing.
    Dates are available monthly, download the 2017 Home School Days Calendar for full details.
Pricing is $13.50 per student. Adult pricing is $25.00 per person.
    Reservations are required at least 2 days in advance. Call 1-877-350-5346 to book.
Offer is only valid on designated Home School Days. Group minimums do not apply.
Home Schools may visit on non-Home School Days with a minimum of 15 students or more for $13.50 + tax per student and $25.00 + tax per adult. Receive 1 complimentary chaperone for every 5 paid students.
Price includes full day admission to LEGOLAND Florida. Water Park upgrade is available for an additional charge of $20 + tax per person.
    Payment will be taken in advance and specified verification is required at Ticket Window when picking up your tickets. Examples of verification include a copy of county letter of intent, involvement with local support group, non-traditional school or umbrella school or involvement in a state organization such as FPEA, CHESS or HSLDA. No refunds provided.
    Educational resource guides are available to download for self-guided programs at .
Prices subject to change without notice. Please check our website for current pricing and schedule.

Tues, Sept 8
Mon, Oct 5
Mon, Nov 2
Tues, Dec 1
10 am - 1 pm

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.


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
Movies - Free Summer - Gainesville Cinema
Gainesville Cinema 14
3101 SW 35th Blvd.
Gainesville ,FL 32608
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!

WonderWorks Orlando
WonderWorks Orlando would love to host your homeschool group during our Homeschools Days this January 2017! Advanced reservations are required, dates are filling up fast!!!
The link below will provide you with WonderWorks educational resources:
Do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions.
Katie Taber
Sales Manager
WonderWorks Orlando
9067 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: 407-351-8800 ext. 3317
Fax: 407-352-4275

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