Summer Vacation Education: Part 1

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School is out, Boca moms! Even though it’s summer vacation (and you can finally take a break from car line and lunch boxes), you might want to consider an educational spin on any family travel you embark on this season. Here are some places you can take your children for some fun and learning. (Special thanks to Bluprint Learning for helping to create this list.)

Garl’s Coastal Kayaking

Your kayak tour guide will bring you and your family on a four-hour trip that will take you up close and personal with some of the Florida Keys’ native residents, and I don’t mean snowbirds. You will be introduced to many different ecosystems in the Everglades including Cypress domes, freshwater tributaries and coastal waterways. Considering the amount of personalized guiding, the price is a bargain in our opinion: $125 for adults and $95 for children 5+. The tour picks you up at Robert is Here, located near the entrance of the Everglades National Park. Be sure to enjoy one of their delicious milkshakes or smoothies before you begin your trip!

(19200 SW 344 St, Homestead // 305/393-3223)

Coral Castle

Now, I know that Coral Castle is not in the Florida Keys, but it is a must see for any South Floridian. Built by a Latvian immigrant, this landmark is made entirely of coral, quarried right on site. Many believe he was helped by supernatural forces to move the gigantic stones, one weighing more than eight tons that is positioned in such a way that it only takes a finger to move it.  You can visit Coral Castle Sunday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. or until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost is $15 for adults 13+, $7 for children ages 7-12 and children under the age of 7 are free.

(28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami // 305/248-6345)

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

This masterpiece lies on 180 acres overlooking Biscayne Bay. There is history and art and plenty of room for kids to run and roam. Vizcaya provides guests with an introduction to the Gilded Age of America. Feel free to visit any day except Tuesday between 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $18 for adults 13+, $6 for children ages 6-12 and children under the age of 6 are free.

(3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami  // 305/250-9133)

Miami Children’s Museum

This small, interactive museum is perfect for young children. There are 18 exhibits to engage them and excite them to learn. And, on a hot summer afternoon, the museum is a perfect place for parents to get out of the sun while their kids are having fun! The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $18 for general admission, $14 for Florida residents and members and children under one year are free.

(980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami // 305/770-3131)

I’ll be sharing educational weekend trip ideas in my next Boca Mom Talkcolumn. See you on the road, Boca Moms!

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About Michelle

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.coma lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features events for mom and kids, activities, classes, fitness, dining and shopping options—as well as a weekly Mompreneur spotlight! A Mompreneur herself, Michelle truly believes that working moms (and dads!) instill an unparalleled work ethic in their kids. She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.