Field Trip Friday: Jensen Beach Florida

Wow, it has been entirely too long since I have posted a field trip Friday adventure.  This all day adventure was actually on a Thursday and as you read along you will see why.  Hint:  I am a thrifty mama!

My mom was in town for this adventure, it was so nice to have her along on one of our journeys!  Jensen Beach is about 2 hours south of where we live.  We skipped the interstate and traveled down A1A, it was a beautiful and peaceful drive.  We arrived in Jensen Beach and headed to the southern point of Hutchinson Island to explore bathtub reef (directions to the beach here).  I have heard about this beach for over a year but have never visited it until now.  This beach is beautiful and I discovered that it has only been reopened for 3 weeks, score!

The water reminded me of the Caribbean, the blues were beautiful!  This beach gets its name from the cove and the rocks that break the waves prior to entering the cove.

photo credit: floridahutchinsonisland.com

The depth of the water was minimal making it perfect for smaller children.

Field Trip Friday:  Jensen Beach, FL

An added bonus was that the rocks are living reefs.  It is super fun to check them out but make sure not to step on them!

Field Trip Friday:  Jensen Beach, FL

If you walk just North of bathtub beach/reef you will discover huge rocks along the shore.  We all enjoyed exploring the rocks and all of the creatures that call these rocks home.  At times I truly felt I was no longer in Florida!

Field Trip Friday:  Jensen Beach, FL

Field Trip Friday:  Jensen Beach

Field Trip Friday: Jensen Beach, FL

After a few hours at the beach we cleaned up and headed across the beach to The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast.   The order of our events may seem odd, the beach and then the museum, but as I mentioned it was Thursday and I am thrifty.  During the month of May the admission to the children’ s museum is half price after 2 pm on Thursday’s.

We arrived shortly after 2:00 and played for 3 hours until it closed at 5:00.  There are so many exhibits to explore at this museum.  There is a huge pirate ship where the kids can blast cannons off or cook meals in the belly of the ship.  There is a Publix sized perfect for children to shop and work, a building room, and so much more.

Ava wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up so she spent a bunch of time in playing and learning in the vet room.

Field Trip Friday:  Jensen Beach, FL

Alex enjoyed being a mechanic.

Field Trip Friday:  Jensen Beach, FL

After the museum we headed to a local restaurant, Mulligan’s, which is about 5 minutes from the museum.

You see, we had an all day adventure to the museum and restaurant last year (read about that here) with some of our homeschooling friends and I remembered this restaurant hosted a children’s night and yep, it was on Thursday!  On children’s night you get one free children’s meal per adult meal and the food is really great too.

After dinner it was my plan to head to the splash pad next to the museum before we headed home.

This photo is from last year.  This year I discovered that the splash pad closes at 6:00, so we were too late to play.  We were super bummed but now we know for next time to play at the splash pad PRIOR to dinner!

We loaded up and headed home.  Of course we had to stop for ice cream on the way!

Field Trip Friday:  Jensen Beach, FL

To check out some of our previous Field Trip Friday adventures please click here.

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