Homeschooling in Tampa
Are you a homeschooler in Tampa? You’ve come to the right place! There is so much to do in the city that homeschooling in Tampa can be a different educational adventure every day. Homeschoolers in Tampa have a ton of opportunities available to them whether for educational field trips or to help them research and learn more about the area where they live.
If you’re looking to enhance your Time4Learning homeschool curriculum, give your child a different perspective on a new topic, or just get out of the house, this page is full of ideas for things to do and places to visit.
Located in Downtown Tampa, this not-for-profit organization is a must if you are a homeschooler in Tampa. This 250,000 square foot facility is home to more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals and many interactive stations for kids. Exhibits include the Wetlands Trail, Bays and Beaches, and the Coral Reef Gallery. The Florida Aquarium is ranked #5 in the 10 Best Aquariums for Kids by Parents Magazine. Be sure to inquire about their monthly homeschool science classes. More info: http://www.flaquarium.org
Lowry Park Zoo
This 63-acre zoo is home to a number of animals that make for great ideas for projects and reports like elephants, rhinoceroses, clouded leopards, a Florida panther, and Florida black bears. Exhibits include a free-flight aviary perfect for bird lovers, Wallaroo Station which is home to several species native to Australia, and a primate station for those who like to monkey around. The zoo offers Homeschool Days several times a year for kindergarten to 8th grade students. Learn more: http://www.lowryparkzoo.org
Museum of Science & Industry
MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern U.S. with over 450 interactive, hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, a ropes course, and zip line. The museum’s homeschool program offers science classes as well as technology and computer programs for students from preschool age to high school. More info: http://www.mosi.org
Lettuce Lake Park
If you want to head outside for some fresh air check out Lettuce Lake Park. Opened in 1982, this park allows you to experience various ecosystems by walking through a number of boardwalks. There is also an observation tower, nature trails, and an Audubon Resource Center. Learn more: http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/7937
If this is your first time homeschooling or if you’re new to homeschooling in Tampa, Time4Learning recommends visiting the Florida Department of Education website for information and specifics on the legal requirements for homeschooling in Florida.
Time4Learning recommends FPEA (Florida Parent Educators Association) as a great Florida homeschool resource. The FPEA serves thousands of homeschooling families in Florida, delivering a wealth of support, guidance and information to both new and longtime home educators. It executes that mission through support for the legal right to homeschool, local school board education and interaction, support group networking, a state convention, local conferences and events, informative communications, and individual encouragement.