Ever miss the excitement of getting a day off of school to hang out with your friends and explore someplace new? Field trips are one of the highlights of elementary through highschool, but they don’t have to stop once you get to college. In honor of national go on a field trip month, visit some of these local treasures for a quick adventure.
Flamingo Gardens Botanical Garden and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary
Flamingo Gardens is the perfect retreat for nature and wildlife lovers. Their gardens feature over 3,000 species of plants and hosts the largest collection of native wildlife, according to their website. While visiting, check out some of their “Champion” trees (the largest tree of that species), the butterfly garden, the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary and the Historic Wray Home Museum.
Price: $19.95 for adults, with a 20% off discount with a college student ID
3750 S. Flamingo Rd, Davie, FL 33330
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday-Sunday
NSU Art Museum
The NSU Art Museum was founded in 1958, but joined with the university in 2008. It is also now free to NSU students and hosts more than 6,000 pieces in their permanent collection. Special exhibits are also featured and can be found on their website. If you’re in the mood for a quiet, contemplative atmosphere, this is the field trip to take.
Price: free for NSU students with ID
One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Hours: 12 – 5 p.m., Sunday; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., 1st Thursday of every month. Closed on Mondays.
Tree Tops Park
Take a trip right down the road and visit Tree Tops Park. Just a little over a ten minute drive, this park will make you feel like you’re deep in nature. With nature trails for hiking, a freshwater marsh for wildlife viewing, a lookout tower and plenty of areas to picnic, spending your day at Tree Tops with some friends — or alone — is a great way to get reconnected with nature.
Price: $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays
3900 SW 100th Ave, Davie, FL 33328
Hours: 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Monday-Sunday
While this location is a bit more of a trek, it can be an all-day excursion if you choose. The Wynwood Walls aren’t a specific location but more of an area within the Wynwood District in Miami where the streets are lined with colorful murals (perfect for taking pictures), small art galleries, cafes, restaurants and more. Take a trip down to Wynwood if you love art, exploring Miami, and taking in some of the local culture.
Price: Free to walk around the streets, although parking may be paid. Some individual businesses may have associated fees.
2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Sourced: C. Horner