Educational Florida Family Fun
By Carrie McLaren
Don’t tell the kids, but vacations can also be fantastic learning experiences. Here are six destinations to inspire you to learn, have fun and soak up the Florida sunshine – together as a family.
Also check out Historic Pensacola Village, where on Saturdays a cast of living-history interpreters demonstrate cooking, sewing and woodworking from the 19th century.
Explore the Legacy Tours of Flagler College, highlighting the architecture and heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon. To the south, tour the Lincolnville Historic District and learn about its role in the American Civil Rights movement.
Take to the skies at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex for an up-close look at the Atlantis exhibit, with real-life simulators highlighting how the shuttle makes its ascent into orbit. For the ultimate learning experience, have lunch with an astronaut and gain first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to soar into space.
Meet a penguin at The Florida Aquarium’s “Penguins: Backstage Pass” tour. Spend time with penguin biologists and learn about these remarkable creatures. It makes for great photo opportunities, too. Then take on the life of a firefighter, veterinarian or even a chef at the Glazer Children’s Museum. With costumes, role-playing and themed areas, families can learn about different careers and have fun doing it, too.
Join shell experts from the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum for a walk on the beach to find and identify shells. The museum’s Children’s Learning Lab features a touch tank, puzzles, games and interactive displays.
Learn about South Florida’s earliest settlers at the Miccosukee Indian Village. Explore tribal customs, view artifacts and visit an authentic Miccosukee Indian Camp. Airboat tours visit protected lands throughout the village.
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