Matheson Museum Where: Gainesville What is it: School groups will learn about the history of Gainesville and Alachua County, the Matheson family and the Museum’s collections in a docent-led interactive tour.
Some tours may include an architectural walking tour of the Southeast Historic District’s Victorian-era homes.
Unless a park has a specific historic or nature feature, it will not be listed separately, but will be found under the “More Parks! We need your help to make this page as helpful as possible to others.
Our list includes both educational and entertainment venues (and some that meet both criteria), organized by county.
Note: Some counties have numerous parks and these make great locations for field trips or homeschool park days.
Teachers may download the Matheson Museum’s Curriculum Guide, a teacher’s introduction to the tour experience with suggestions for pre- and post-activities for the classroom.
Micanopy Historical Society Museum Where: Micanopy What is it: Small museum gives a good feel of what Florida life was like in the early to mid- 1800’s.
An additional source of information may be School Vendors, a site that lists camp and DOE-approved school activities.
Bivens Arm Nature Park Where: Gainesville What is it: This trail offers an enjoyable natural retreat just minutes from Interstate 75.On Living History days (Saturdays, September to May) farm visitors can observe daily life in 1870 as costumed staff interpret bygone days through chores and activities.Lubee Bat Museum Where: Gainesville What is it: over 200 bats representing 10 species, including the Malayan Flying Fox which can attain a wingspan of 6′.Florida Museum of Natural History Where: Gainesville What is it: Homeschool groups may tour the useum and butterfly rainforest with a docent (Tuesday-Friday) or on a self-guided tour.Ginnie Springs Where: High Springs What is it: Privately owned freshwater springs nestled in over 200 wooded acres along the banks of the Santa Fe River in Florida. Greathouse Butterfly Farm Where: Earlton What is it: Organic butterfly farm. Harn Museum of Art Where: Gainesville What is it: Art museum on the University of Florida campus offers occasional programs for children, school groups, and families.Kanapaha’s signature plants include a premier stand of Chinese royal bamboo (Wong Chuk), and–during the warm months–giant Victoria water lilies and Asian snake arums. Living History Farm Where: Gainesville What is it: The Living History Farm is located at Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville’s premier nature park.