Discover South Florida

While South Florida is known for its gorgeous beaches and electric nightlife, there are many wonderful educational opportunities to take advantage of and enrich your students’ education. If you are a teacher who is looking for class trip ideas, then consider planning an educational field trip with Sonshine Educational Tours to South Florida this year.

In today’s post, we’ll look at a few of the exciting options available when you plan your educational travel tour of South Florida. Contact Sonshine Educational Tours today to let us take care of all of the planning details for you, and reserve your dates today!

Billie Swamp Safari

Located on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation, Billie Swamp Safari offers more than 2,000 acres for you to explore untamed Florida Everglades. There are a wide variety of tours and attractions that you can take advantage of, including the Swamp Buggy Eco-Tour, Everglades Airboat Rides, Snake Show, and Everglades Animal Exhibits.

To further immerse your students in a true Everglades experience, make sure to look into the camping-style accommodations that feature native-style chickees — thatched-roof dwellings. Chickee is the word that Seminoles use for house, and these dwellings were made essentially of palmetto thatch over a cypress log frame. Be sure to talk with Sonshine Educational Tours if you are interested in this overnight option at Billie Swamp Safari.

Zoo Miami

Also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoo in Florida, and it’s the only subtropical zoo in the United States! One of the unique features of this zoo is its ability to host animals from Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas due to the unique climate that South Florida has to offer.

Today, your students can learn about more than 3,000 animals, which represent more than 500 different species at Zoo Miami. As you stroll through the zoo, make sure to take special note of the species that are classified as endangered — Zoo Miami hosts more than 40 of these rare animals! Additionally, there are more than 1,000 different species of trees, palms, and other plants. Zoo Miami offers a wonderful combination of fun and education that you are sure to remember.

Theater of the Sea at Islamorada

Theater of the Sea is located on Islamorada, halfway between Miami and Key West. Islamorada is one of the many islands that are part of the Florida Keys. At Theater of the Sea, you can learn about dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, alligators, and more. Their mission is to inspire awareness and sensitivity towards the animals they shelter, the environment, and conservation issues. Discover this unique marine park that has been in operation since 1946!

Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park to open in the United States. It encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles and boasts beautiful coral reefs that are one of the main attractions for the park’s many visitors. The purpose of the park was to protect a portion of the only living coral reef in the United States. Whether you choose to view the reef through one of their glass-bottom boat tours or to get a closer look at both the reef and marine life through snorkeling or scuba, you are sure to have a wonderful time! There are kayak and canoe rentals available for you to explore the 50 miles of mangrove trails that wind through the park.

Airboat Tours

If you are planning to take your school group to the Florida Everglades, then make sure that you schedule an airboat tour as part of the trip. This is one of the best ways for you and your students to get a close look at some of the plants and animals that can only be found in the Everglades. Your tour guide will be able to point out alligators, turtles, birds, and other animals that you will want to see in their natural habitat. There are a number of different options for airboat rides, so let Sonshine Travel Tours take care of planning the details for you!

Glass-Bottom Boat Tours at John Pennekamp

Glass-bottom boat tours allow passengers to enjoy the unique opportunity to view tropical fish, sharks, and other marine life that call the coral reef home. At John Pennekamp, you can enjoy a two and a half hour boat tour that will take you past numerous shallow reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary that are teeming with wildlife. Don’t forget to add this to your list of places to visit on your educational tour of South Florida! When you book your student travel through Sonshine Educational Tours, we will take care of all the booking and planning details for you.

At Sonshine Travel Tours, we love having the opportunity to plan fun field trips for school groups of all ages. If you are interested in taking your class on a field trip through South Florida, then be sure to contact us so that we can take care of all the planning details for you! We take care of all the work so you can have fun with your students on their educational travel. Call today to reserve your dates!