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Central Florida Feild Trips

Florida state bird - the Mockingbird

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East Coast

Cocoa Beach

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse - Weekly tours are currently being offered by the 45th Space Wing through the Public Affairs office. The three-hour tour includes a visit to the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, active and retired launch pads, and the historic Cape Canaveral Lighthouse.

The Dinosaur Store -  This Space Coast attraction is half museum and half souvenir store, but you won’t find these souvenirs at just any Florida tourist stop.  The owners are dinosaur hunters who sometimes lend fossils out to museums. Don't forget to check out the interactive Adventure Zone.

Kennedy Space Center - Visit the exciting Kennedy Space Center and learn everything about our travels in space. Tour Kennedy Space Center, see IMAX space movies, and view all of the exhibits and shows KSC has to offer. This tour also includes the Astronaut Hall of Fame and interactive space-flight simulators


Brevard Zoo - a 75-acre facility that is home to more than 650 animals representing more than 165 species located in Florida, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The Zoo features many extraordinary animal experiences including giraffe and lorikeet feedings, African kayak tours, paddle boats in the wetlands and a train ride.


American Police Hall of Fame and Museum -  It is the nation's first national police museum and memorial dedicated to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.


Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway
Encompasses 60 miles from Silver Springs to Ormond Beach by roads 40 and 19.  The state's most vibrant pinelands - and the Florida black bears that inhabit them - can be found on this route through state parks and national forests.
Be sure to check out Ocala National Forest along the way.

Lake Wales

Bok Tower - Looking up at the 205 foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon is an experience like no other. Designed by famed architect Milton B. Medary and ornately crafted by noted stone sculptor Lee Lawrie, the Tower houses one of the world’s finest carillons. Concerts from the 60 bell carillon at 1 and 3 p.m. fill the Gardens daily.

Spook Hill - The "thrill" of the attraction is your vehicle seems to coast uphill. Is it a weird phenomenon, optical illusion or the unrest of spooky spirits?

Appleton Museum - Art lovers hail its European, Asian, African and contemporary works and its year-roudn schedule of visiting collections.
Ocala National Forest - is the southernmost and second largest national forest in the US. Although it is centered on high, dry, central scrub ridges, the Ocala National Forest is rich in water resources with more than 600 lakes, rivers, and springs, including three first-magnitude springs. Each an oasis surrounded by subtropical growth, our springs are some of the finest and clearest in the United States. Visitors can swim, snorkel, and dive in these crystalline waters year-round. 


Legoland - 50-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, LEGOLAND is geared towards family fun.


Morse Museum:  Specializing in American art, it also features the world's mos comprehensive collection of works by leaded-glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany.  

West Coast

Crystal River

Three Sister Springs:  Easily the best place to watch charming, lumbering manatees. Accessible by boat, this habitat provides food and shelter for these gentle giants.  Though nearby spots allow swimming with these endangered creatures, it's "look only" here.


Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park - You can think of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park as a cheap Central Florida attraction when you consider that you get not only a guided boat tour for the price of admission but also the rare chance to see manatees swimming in the underwater observatory. . The one-mile long nature trail is abundant with native wildlife and leads to the bleachers in the Manatee Program area. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is about 70 miles north of Tampa.

St. Petersburg

The Dali Museum - The Dali Museum Collection is rich in works from artist Salvador Dali's entire career (1904-1989), with key works from every moment and in every medium of his artistic activity. The Collection includes 96 oil paintings, many original drawings, bookworks, prints, sculpture, photos, manuscripts, and an extensive archive of documents.