Hi everyone. I am happy report that my family and I have traveled to the Florida Keys to report on some of the best and most educational venues for you and your homeschooling family.
With the economy affecting everyone, we are all looking for ways to maximize the bang for our buck and homeschooling is no exception. With the Florida Keys being in our back yard, there are few traveling expenses, except for a tank of gas and some food, and if you pack a cooler with drinks and snacks can save yourself some extra change. With some planning you can make your homeschooling adventure fun, educational, and affordable! You can teach your kids through living hands on, educational fun!
The first stop on our adventure was Dolphins Plus in Key Largo. In case your wondering, this is a marine mammal research and educational center. The plus is the cute sea lion that lives there too. Dolphins Plus is extremely homeschool friendly. In fact their educational director was homeschooled. Dolphins Plus has time on their dolphins fins…..LOL. Just a little fun way to say that during their off season, they would like to offer groups of homeschoolers special hands on educational programs. They are encouraging homeschooling families and groups to contact them to create special programs to meet their educational needs. You can go to www.dolphinsplus.com or reach them at (305) 451-1993.
We had a blast and learned all about the dolphins. We got to swim with the dolphins. The dolphins are so sweet and cute. They are super strong and yet very gentle creatures. My daughter will never forget her experience with these beautiful animals! She was so enthusiastic about the dolphins that she is talking about becoming a trainer! We can’t wait to go back!
Each mile we traveled further into the Keys it seemed that we became more and more relaxed. Nothing rivals the beauty of these islands!
When we finally made it to Key West, we hopped on the Fury Glass bottom boat. The crew was family friendly and accommodating. We got to see North America’s only living reef, in air conditioning! There’s even a snack bar to buy a treat! Now that’s my kind of fun! The kids loved it! Normally this view is something you could only see if you went diving, and that might be impossible with young kids, so this is something that all ages can participate in! The Captain pointed out the some of the most interesting sea life and coral. This was fascinating!
It is possible to make it to Key West and back in a day, but we decided to stay a couple of nights. We stayed at the Double Tree Grand Key Resort. This resort is family and pet friendly. They allow pets which was kinda fun. We didn’t bring our pets, but we got to see and play with the other pets that were there.
The kids were thrilled to receive a warm chocolate chip cookie that every guest receives upon check in. The rooms were spaciest and beautiful. The thing we loved was the fact that this resort has rooms that accommodate up to 5 people. This is a money saver when you have 3 kids or your traveling with friends! We all loved the pool, jacuzzi, and the over all set up at this resort!
The Keys are a great way to educate your kids on the local marine life, relax and make a memory. It’s also close which makes this an inexpensive trip for South Floridians!
Written by: Robin Battaglia (Homeschool travel writer)