The school year is flying by, and spring break will be upon us in no time! In Central Florida, we are blessed to have many places to visit that are drivable, one-day trips that won’t cost a fortune, and things to do for great family fun. Florida is a shining example of God’s never-ending awe and presence in our lives. Our state has countless natural resources for us to enjoy and is also home to terrific museums and historical sites. These spring break ideas are sure to make everyone in your family smile.
State Parks and Beaches
Our local nature options span from Wekiwa State Park and the Ocala National Forest, which are Orlando neighbors, to the Lighthouse at Ponce Inlet and the beaches at Daytona, New Smyrna, and Cocoa. For fresh water enjoyment, there’s DeLeon Springs, Blue Springs, and Silver Springs. There are many other state parks and beaches to enjoy on a tank of gas, and all are sure to bring a day packed with family fun!
Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa
A quick trip down I4 brings you to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa. Your family can enjoy all MOSI has to offer, from interactive exhibits and a Sky Trail ropes course to the planetarium. They have special events scheduled for spring break, and reservations can be made for camps and special events. This museum is sure to inspire your future scientist.
St. Augustine Forts and Historic Downtown
About a 2-hour drive from Orlando, St. Augustine is recognized as the oldest continuously occupied settlement in America. Castillo de San Marco is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Fort Matanzas is also located in St. Augustine and open to visitors. Visit downtown’s historic district, ride the trolley or explore the pirate museum. There’s a lot to see, and do in St. Augustine and you might consider making it an overnight destination mini-cation.
Orlando Science Center
We often forget to visit the places closest to home. The Orlando Science Center offers multiple floors of tremendous fun for all ages. Visitors can explore special interactive exhibits and enjoy animals native to the Sunshine State. You can take a moment between exhibits to watch visually inspiring educational films in the Dr. Phillips Cinedome with a 180-degree screen or the Digital Adventure Theater featuring 4K films and a stage. They also offer special events for people of all ages, as well as private experiences that can be reserved online.
Just 1 ½ hours southeast of Orlando, the Brevard Zoo has undergone recent upgrades and is home to over 900 animals from around the world. Enjoy kayaking, aerial adventures at TreeTop Trek zip line, and animal feedings throughout your visit. Take this opportunity to learn about the conservation efforts of Brevard Zoo and places like it around the world. This small zoo is conveniently located near the beaches of Brevard County, making it perfect for a stop on a day or overnight trip.
This Orange County Park includes a replica of a fort built in 1837 during the Second Seminole Indian War; a traditional Florida “Cracker” house and eight pioneer homes; a schoolhouse and lunchroom; a sugar cane mill and other historical farming equipment. Admission is free, making this a great destination for an educational and fun day out.
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Located in Sanford, the Central Florida Zoo delivers fun, fresh air and a chance to get up close to many of the native species that inhabit Central Florida. Zip-lining adds an extra dimension of excitement, and there’s always a special event or something new happening. The botanical gardens offer a chance to stop and smell the flowers, enjoying the plant life that’s native to Florida while watching the pollinators fly by.
Many cities in Central Florida offer free or low-cost spring break camps and activities for children of all ages, and we encourage you to explore those options this spring. Our Orlando private school located in the Diocese of Orlando, is more than just a place to learn; it’s a diverse community. Our staff is committed to proclaiming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. We believe in teaching the whole child and want students to love learning, helping them grow into well-rounded, contributing members of society. Learn more about us by contacting us here.