Silver Springs Homeschool Adventure!

Silver Springs, FL, USA

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 40 - 40
Silver Springs Homeschool Adventure!
Silver Springs, FL, USA

Duration: 1 day
Group size: 40 - 40

About this trip

For Ages 6 & Up, typically 8AM - 6PM , approx $79pp includes transportation 


You and your group will experience the wonder of Florida's very first tourist attraction and a National Landmark! Students can uncover the history of eco-tourism in Florida as they discover the biology of the world's largest artesian spring as well as the Natural, Native American, and Pioneer histories of central Florida. Enjoy the famous narrated glass bottom boat ride, gardens, lunch, and special private tours of the Silver River Natural History Museum and Florida Cracker Pioneer Village. Our adventure also includes the opportunity to be good stewards and serve the park and its rangers with a special kid-friendly park cleanup/beautification volunteer activity! Matt 5:14-16

For more information on how Silver Springs evolved from one of the nation's most famous private tourist attractions into a Florida State Park, we recommend this interesting article from the State Park.

40 guest requirement, Waitlist, Pay Plan

We currently need 40 people to register in order to make this trip work at the $79 price point and that is the maximum we can accommodate on this special tour. We will create a private or public booking page for you and your group. If the trip maxes out at 40, we can add an additional date. In that case, your members can join the waitlist, and SerVacations will contact them about future dates! If you are having trouble filling spots, at a certain point that you decide, we are happy to open it up to the public and other homeschool families in your area that might be on our mailing list.

Payment Plan/Cancellation Policy:

We want to make an exciting trip like this easier on your families' budgets. They can reserve their spots for only $10pp via credit card or ACH and then be auto-billed for the two remaining payments spaced out prior to the deadline, or they can pay in full immediately.

By depositing for this trip, they are committing to going and paying the remaining balance. All sales are final, but we understand that emergencies do happen. They have the option to find another family to transfer their tickets to, or we can assign them to people (if any) who are on our waitlist. They can simply send us a note using the "message the organizer link" on their confirmation, and we'll do our best to help them.

If for some reason the target number of guests is not met, guests will be given the option of transferring to a future date or getting a full refund.

What’s included

  • Deluxe Transportation
    Leave the driving to us with deluxe motorcoach transportation to and from Silver Springs State Park from the Davenport/Posner Park exit at I-4.
  • Park Ranger Welcome
    We will start out the day with a special briefing from the Park Ranger who will explain the history of Silver Springs State Park as Florida's first attraction and introduce students to conservation.
  • Glass Bottom Boat Ride
    Enjoy a fun narrated tour aboard the famous glass bottom boats, where you will get an amazing underwater view of the flora and fauna of the crystal clear springs.
  • Explore the Gardens
    We'll stroll the park's beautiful gardens along the Silver River on our way to a group lunch at the park's outdoor pavilion.
  • Box Lunch
    Enjoy a delicious box lunch from Firehouse Subs that includes a sandwich, chips, cookie, and drinks!
  • Free Play/Nature Journal
    There will be plenty of time after lunch for the kids to play or to take some time to find a quiet place for some nature journaling.
  • Volunteer Service
    The rangers appreciate our heart for service and are in great need of volunteers to cleanup around the springs. We will do a 45 min, supervised, and kid-friendly park cleanup/beautification activity.
  • All cleanup supplies are included and guests will have plenty of time to freshen up before heading to the next stop.
  • Silver River Museum
    We'll then hop on the bus for the short trip to the Silver River Natural History Museum and Florida Cracker Pioneer Village. There, guests will break into two groups, age 6-10, and another for 11+.
  • Expert Tour Guides
    At the Silver River Museum we will have a private tour that is unavailable to the public, led by expert guides under the leadership of a real archaeologist!
  • Natural History Exhibits
    Indigenous species, fossils, animal exhibits and more, including alligators, bobcats, and even a wooly mammoth skeleton to name a few!
  • Native American Exhibits
    Fascinating Native American exhibits from pre and post-colonization periods featuring spears and tools found at the Springs and a dugout canoe!
  • Frontier History Wing
    Exhibits depict the history of the earliest Spanish Explorers, Timucua and Seminole Indians, the Civil War, Steamboats, Silver Springs, and more!
  • Cracker Village
    Head outdoors to explore this 1890's pioneer settlement. Demonstrations and hands-on activities with experts wearing period dress, including a blacksmith's shop, church, and one room schoolhouse!
  • Preparation Resources
    We will send attendees links to online preparation materials and potential reading. After the tour, we will provide some follow-up ideas for projects and ways to review student lessons learned!
  • Fellowship
    Nothing beats experiencing new adventures with your group and making new friends! Parents love to socialize on the bus and tour, and to share best practices and ideas with other like-minded parents.
  • Hat and sunscreen
    You may wish to wear a hat and sunscreen to protect from the Florida rays. There is lots of shade and comfortable bathroom facilities since this once was a major tourist attraction, but it's still FL!
  • Refillable Water Bottle
    We recommend that you pack at least one refillable water bottle in a little day pack with anything else you and your family might need.
  • Consider: Extra snacks
    There will be a light snack on the ride up and back, but otherwise lunch will be the only meal provided from 8AM-6PM. Feel free to bring some light snacks in case you or the kids need a boost!
  • There are some limited concessions in the park and in the gift shop at the museum so there are options to purchase drinks and food etc. on site.
  • Journals, Curriculum
    We welcome you to bring your own travel journals, course materials, or nature journals for use at the park or on the bus ride. But if you'd rather just relax and soak it all up, that's fine too!
  • No Self-Drive Option
    Due to the logistics of this package including transfer from the park to the museum, we are not able to offer the option to drive yourself and meet the group.
  • The special nature and timing requirements of the private tours and experiences that are only being offered to our group require us to all stay together.
  • No Swimming
    Swimming is not allowed at Silver Springs.

Your Organizer

SerVacations™ is a group travel community celebrating service tourism that welcomes families, solo travelers, couples, and groups of all ages to combine volunteering with a fun-filled and uplifting vacation that leaves you feeling more connected to one another and truly connected to the community that you visit. Our founders Fred & Marie welcome you aboard! FL Seller of Travel Reference #ST42983