Grades 4-8

Grades 4-8

What to Expect

All Day School Tours

Designed for Students in Grades 4-8
Bring your students to learn about Florida's industries as well as everyday pioneer life in our newly developed combined field trip experience!

Students will attend our Florida Industry Tours in the morning and our Rural Home Life Tours in the afternoon.

Check-in: 10:00am
Time: 10:15am-2:30pm
Lunch: 12:15pm
Dates: Tuesday - Fridays on the following dates:
Oct. 22 - Dec. 10
Student Cost: $14 per student
Chaperones: One adult (teacher or chaperone) per ten students is required and admitted for free. Additional adults pay the student rate of $14.

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About the Tour

About the Tour

One of our educational guides will lead your group through activities and exhibits in our Florida Industry program and throughout Cracker Country.

Florida Industry Information

Rural Home Life Tours Information

What to See

What to See

10:00am Check-in
10:15 Florida Industry Introduction
10:30 Florida Cattle Ranching: 500 Years of Tradition
10:45 Pack Like a Cowhunter / Leather Craft
11:00 Florida Forest Discovery Center
11:15 Liquid Sunshine: Florida Citrus Display
11:30 The Power of Steam
11:45 What Is It? Industry Interactive Activity
12:00 Florida Waterways

12:15 - 1:00 Picnic Lunch

1:00 Cracker Country Introduction
1:15 General Store
1:30 School / Toys
1:45 Historic House / Butter Churning & Tasting
2:00 Laundry
2:15 Twist a Rope / Dip a Candle
2:30 Depart

Stop & Shop

Stop & Shop

In the Cracker Country General Store you will find a wide selection of historical toys, games, candy, books, 1890s reproductions and much more. Prices start at an affordable $0.30.

The General Store accepts cash, Visa, Master Card, and personal checks with ID. No checks or credit cards accepted from students.

Proceeds from sales in the General Store help support Cracker Country's education programs.

Lunch

Lunch

Groups are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Picnic tables and restroom facilities are provided for use after the morning tour ends at 12:15pm.

Please leave all lunches and coolers in a vehicle until it it time for lunch.

Please note there are no food services facilities on the Fairgrounds.

The Florida State Fairgrounds requires one adult (teacher or chaperone) per every 10 students. All required adults receive free admission for the field trip. Adults accompanying the group beyond the required number of chaperones pay $14 each.

Chaperones and adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during the visit.

All adult chaperones must arrive on time and enter the field trip with the school. The gates into the Fairgrounds will be closed once the field trip program begins, so late chaperones CANNOT be admitted.

Chaperone Letter
Field Trip Funding Resources

Field Trip Funding Resources

Please ensure that you have a funding source prior to scheduling a field trip. If you need anything from us in order to apply for a grant please let us know.


Target Field Trip Grants
Target launched the Field Trip Grant program in 2007 to help schools fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. Since then, Target has made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. Each grant is valued at $700. Applications are open August 1-October 1, 2019 for field trips to be taken January – June 2020.


DonorsChoose.org
This organization connects public schools to a community of donors eager to fund classroom projects.

Some Helpful Information

Field Trip Policies

Weather

Field Trips take place rain or shine. Please encourage your group to dress appropriately for outdoor activities.

In the event of severe weather... During heavy rain or severe weather we may cancel your tour the day of the tour by calling the phone number you provide. Due to Florida's quickly changing forecasts a decision to cancel will never be made prior to the date of your tour. If we cancel your tour due to severe weather, we will make every effort to reschedule your group on an alternative date.

Group Size

A minimum of 15 participants is required for a field trip program. Groups with fewer participants may be booked for a minimum fee of $120.00 (equivalent to 15 paid admissions).

Chaperones

One adult (teacher or chaperone) per ten students is required and admitted for free. Additional adults pay the student rate of $8. Adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during their visit.
All adult chaperones must arrive on time and enter the museum with the school group. The gates into the Fairgrounds will be closed once the field trip program begins, so late chaperones cannot be admitted.

Deposit

Yes. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due within 30 days of field trip registration. Program dates will not be held if deposit is not received within 30 days. The remaining balance, after subtracting the $50.00 deposit, will be due the day of your field trip.
Make checks payable to the Florida State Fair Authority and mail to:
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, Fl. 33680.

We regret that we are not able to accept purchase orders so please plan to pay by cash, check or credit card.
We recognize that student numbers can and do change, so fees will be adjusted based on the number of students attending the day of your tour.
We regret that we are not able to accept purchase orders so please plan to pay by cash, check or credit card.

Forms of Payment

Please make all checks payable to the Florida State Fair Authority. We also accepts cash, Visa and Master Cards.

Cancellations

All cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Jennifer Wanecski (jennifer.wanecski@floridastatefair.com)
or mailed to: Attn: Cracker Country
P.O. Box 11766
Tampa, Fl. 33680

Food & Drink

No food or drink is permitted inside of the museum. Please leave all lunches and coolers on the bus. There are water breaks built into your tour and numerous water fountains located throughout the museum that you may use at any time.

Backpacks

For the safety of historic artifacts and the comfort of all visitors, students are not allowed to wear backpacks. However, adults may bring bags if necessary.

 

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Designed for Students in Grades 4-8

Bring your students to learn about Florida's industries as well as everyday pioneer life in our newly developed combined field trip experience! Students will attend our Florida Industry Tours in the morning and our Rural Home Life Tours in the afternoon.

Great for students in Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, & Sarasota counties!