7 Places to Homeschool Away From Home in Central Florida

Many families eventually take a trip to Central Florida for a once-in-a lifetime vacation to visit our world famous parks and attractions.  When you visit the area why not  turn your vacation into an educational adventure?

We are always looking for field trips to enhance our science and geography lessons so we have had a lot of fun venturing beyond the parks to find family education opportunities in the Orlando area.

We are more than happy help your family plan some educational excursions too.  Here are 7 of our favorite places to homeschool away from home in Central Florida.

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1 – Blue Springs State Park

Every winter Blue Springs State Park, located in Orange City, Florida (30 miles north of Orlando), becomes the temporary home to dozens of West Indian Manatees.  Recognized as a Manatee Refuge, the Park includes the largest spring on the St. Johns River. Along the boardwalk there are several places to stop and learn more about the many creatures that can be found in the park, including manatee, fish, alligators, tortoises, birds and more. There are also tips about wildlife watching and protecting the environment.

7 Places to Homeschool Away From Home in Central Florida

2 – Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark located in Lake Wales, Florida.  As you stroll through the gardens, you will find palms, oaks, and ferns, along with acres of beautiful blooms. Founded by Edward W. Bok and designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. , the gardens were created as contemplative woodlands, full of serene resting spots and stunning vistas. At an elevation of 298 feet, the sunset overlook is one of the highest points in peninsular Florida and offers one of the most spectacular views at Bok Tower.

7 Places to Homeschool Away From Home in Central Florida

3 – Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Located in beautiful Clearwater, Florida the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is focused on animal rescue/rehabilitation, public education, and marine research. Although the Aquarium is the home to a very famous dolphin named “Winter” and welcomes thousands of visitors annually, it takes pride in remaining a “neighborhood” aquarium where families can comfortably learn about and interact with many interesting sea creatures.

7 Places to Homeschool Away From Home in Central Florida

4 – Dinosaur World

Located just off of I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, visitors should not miss this outdoor museum filled with impressive dinosaur models arranged among natural, tree-lined landscapes.More than 150 dinosaurs are on display throughout this 20+ acre park, but that is just the beginning of the fun.  Dinosaur World offers many hands-on learning opportunities including a Fossil Dig, Boneyard, Museum, Skeleton Garden, Carnivore Boardwalk and more!

7 Places to Homeschool Away From Home in Central Florida

5 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Walt Disney World)

Covering more than 500 acres, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to more than 1,700 animals.  The lands within the park are concerned with conservation, animal care/research and education.  Take an early morning trip to Rafiki’s Planet Watch to observe medical procedures being conducted on the parks’ animals and learn about the many world wide animal research programs Disney is involved with.  Visit the Kilimanjaro Safari and Pangani Forest to meet African Animals, and explore the Maharajah Jungle Trek to see Asian animals.

7 Places to Homeschool Away From Home in Central Florida

6 – Green Meadows Farm 

Located in Kissimmee, Florida, Green Meadows Farm offers a touching experience minutes from Orlando for children of all ages. You won’t want to miss their rides, farm animal attractions and interactions, as well as special events throughout the year.  There is always something new to see and experience at the farm.  In the spring you can see baby farm animals.  The holidays are always a special time with hay rides, special activities, and more!

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7 – Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Located east of Orlando, the Visitor Complex brings America’s Space Program to life.  Not only can you learn about the history of space exploration through exhibits and interactive displays, you can also take guided tours of the complex,  have lunch with an astronauts, feel as though you are embarking on a mission with the Shuttle Launch Experience, explore the Rocket Garden, see the Atlantis Space Shuttle and more.

7 Places to Homeschool Away From Home in Central Florida

The next time you plan a trip to Central Florida we hope you have a fun AND educational time.

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7 Places to Homeschool Away From Home in Central Florida

 

  1. Thanks for the list! I just added my CMA link to HHH, we loved meeting Winter. Bok Towers has been on our to-go list, also. We really enjoyed the Animal Kingdom a couple of years ago, it was our favorite Disney park. I’ll have to check out your other links, too.

    • I loved your post about CMA – it is an amazing place! We get over there as often as we can and every time is like a new adventure. Bok Tower is very nice – if you can visit during the holiday season be sure to tour the house – each room is decorated with a different theme!

    • Thank you for sharing Kay! I hope your friends are able to enjoy some of the many interesting sights of FL. You need to plan a trip to see them and work through the list!!

    • I hear you Angie – we are total Disney fans as well! Next time your family is in the area let us know, we regularly get groups of homeschool families together for activities in the WDW parks for fun and a little bit of learning.

  2. I’m pinning this to my places to visit board. We live in north/central Florida but very convenient to I-75. We are making a concentrated effort this year to visit more places in Florida. So far we’ve made it to MOSI (Tampa), MOSH (Jacksonville), CSI Experience (Orlando, for OLDER kids), FL Aquarium (Tampa). The Lowry Park Zoo will hopefully be next (went this past week but it was closed due to inclement weather). We have a few of the places you listed already scheduled this year. Florida is full of history and science related field trips!

    • Hi Adena – Thanks for “pinning” us to your places to visit board! The CSI Experience is still on our list of places to see. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Have fun exploring the Sunshine State, it seems the more we travel around the more interesting places we discover which is very exciting.

  3. This might be a outside the area of focus for this article but St. Augustine, Florida is an amazing opportunity for homeschooling families visiting Florida. It is the oldest continuously European settled city in America and it offers history, nature, and educational experiences at every turn.

  4. Annette – that would be a great addition! It has been on our “to visit” list for a while now — I have heard wonderful things about St. Augustine and I think we might need to plan a trip there soon.

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