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Inside Fort Lauderdale: The Venice of America

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Program #20901RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
3 ft. above sea level

Itinerary for Dec 7 — Dec 12, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Riverside Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, on trendy Las Olas Boulevard which features cool sub-tropical breezeways and courtyards alive with sidewalk cafes, lively nightclubs, chic boutiques, art galleries, and world class restaurants. Enjoy the outside pool and sundeck with a beautiful view of the yachts cruising by on the New River just steps away.

Contact info:
620 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 USA
phone: 180-032-5328 x0
web: www.riversidehotel.com/

Room amenities: Coffee maker Desk with 2 Chairs Hair dryer Iron/Ironing Board Wireless Internet

Facility amenities: -Two restaurants and two bars/lounges inside hotel -Located on world-renowned Las Olas Boulevard, offering the finest in upscale shopping, dining and nightlife -New River Oasis heated outdoor pool, featuring poolside food service -On site complimentary Fitness Room with Cybex equipment -Complimentary Wireless Internet -Business Center located in the Riverside Hotel Lobby -Environmentally conscious hotel, they actively encourage recycling and sustainable practices throughout their facilities. -7-story parking garage on site -24-hour front desk -Designated non-smoking hotel

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD


Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, December 07 - Arrival and Check-in, Program Registration, Welco...
Arrival and Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00pm.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course meal at the hotel with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the full day ahead.

Lodging: Riverside Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Riverside Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, on trendy Las Olas Boulevard which features cool sub-tropical breezeways and courtyards alive with sidewalk cafes, lively nightclubs, chic boutiques, art galleries, and world class restaurants. Enjoy the outside pool and sundeck with a beautiful view of the yachts cruising by on the New River just steps away.

Contact info:
620 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 USA
phone: 180-032-5328 x0
web: www.riversidehotel.com/

Room amenities: Coffee maker Desk with 2 Chairs Hair dryer Iron/Ironing Board Wireless Internet

Facility amenities: -Two restaurants and two bars/lounges inside hotel -Located on world-renowned Las Olas Boulevard, offering the finest in upscale shopping, dining and nightlife -New River Oasis heated outdoor pool, featuring poolside food service -On site complimentary Fitness Room with Cybex equipment -Complimentary Wireless Internet -Business Center located in the Riverside Hotel Lobby -Environmentally conscious hotel, they actively encourage recycling and sustainable practices throughout their facilities. -7-story parking garage on site -24-hour front desk -Designated non-smoking hotel

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD


Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, December 08 - Stranahan House Museum, Canal Cruise, Florida His...
Stranahan House Museum, Canal Cruise, Florida History with Eliot Kleinberg

Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet at the hotel offers hot and cold items including fresh fruit plus coffee and tea.

Morning: Fort Lauderdale is also known as the “Venice of America” for its 300 miles of navigable inland waterways, (part of the Intracoastal Waterway) that stretch from Everglades to the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Lauderdale is a major yachting center, with more than 100 marinas and 42,000 resident yachts.

Learn about the Canals of Fort Lauderdale on a narrated cruise of the canals which offers vistas of aquatic creatures, lush tropical foliage, mansions, and those yachts. Our guide will acquaint you with the sights and local legends.

Lunch: We will eat out at a local restaurant on the riverfront.

Afternoon: Stranahan House Museum. Take a journey through time in this 1901 house built by Frank Stranahan, considered Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, who made friends with the Seminole Indians. The oldest surviving structure in Broward County, it has also served as a trading post, post office, and town hall. The wood-frame vernacular structure has wide porches and a stunning view of the New River.

Dinner: We will dine out at a popular restaurant near the hotel

Evening: Florida History with Eliot Kleinberg. That rare breed, a genuine “native” of the state, Eliot Kleinberg has three decades of experience in broadcast and print news, including 20-plus years at the Palm Beach Post, and is the author of 10 books celebrating Florida.

Lodging: Riverside Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Riverside Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, on trendy Las Olas Boulevard which features cool sub-tropical breezeways and courtyards alive with sidewalk cafes, lively nightclubs, chic boutiques, art galleries, and world class restaurants. Enjoy the outside pool and sundeck with a beautiful view of the yachts cruising by on the New River just steps away.

Contact info:
620 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 USA
phone: 180-032-5328 x0
web: www.riversidehotel.com/

Room amenities: Coffee maker Desk with 2 Chairs Hair dryer Iron/Ironing Board Wireless Internet

Facility amenities: -Two restaurants and two bars/lounges inside hotel -Located on world-renowned Las Olas Boulevard, offering the finest in upscale shopping, dining and nightlife -New River Oasis heated outdoor pool, featuring poolside food service -On site complimentary Fitness Room with Cybex equipment -Complimentary Wireless Internet -Business Center located in the Riverside Hotel Lobby -Environmentally conscious hotel, they actively encourage recycling and sustainable practices throughout their facilities. -7-story parking garage on site -24-hour front desk -Designated non-smoking hotel

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD


Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, December 09 - Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, Free Afternoon, ...
Breakfast: Full breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Created in 1920 on South Florida oceanfront land, the Bonnet House estate is today a preeminent house museum dedicated to historic and environmental preservation, learning and creative expression. The eclectic design for a Caribbean-style plantation house provided the backdrop to display extensive collections of the Birch-Bartlett families and whimsically painted decorations. After exploring the house, we will see the grounds during a tram ride around the property.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at this 35-acre estate and historic house museum.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. After we return to the hotel via motorcoach, you might choose to swim at the pool, play tennis at the resort, walk the beach, just relax, or take the water taxi into the city center.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to enjoy the cuisine of your choice and savor the local flavor.

Evening: Free Evening. Continue your personal independent explorations and enjoy the camaraderie of new Road Scholar friends.

Lodging: Riverside Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Riverside Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, on trendy Las Olas Boulevard which features cool sub-tropical breezeways and courtyards alive with sidewalk cafes, lively nightclubs, chic boutiques, art galleries, and world class restaurants. Enjoy the outside pool and sundeck with a beautiful view of the yachts cruising by on the New River just steps away.

Contact info:
620 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 USA
phone: 180-032-5328 x0
web: www.riversidehotel.com/

Room amenities: Coffee maker Desk with 2 Chairs Hair dryer Iron/Ironing Board Wireless Internet

Facility amenities: -Two restaurants and two bars/lounges inside hotel -Located on world-renowned Las Olas Boulevard, offering the finest in upscale shopping, dining and nightlife -New River Oasis heated outdoor pool, featuring poolside food service -On site complimentary Fitness Room with Cybex equipment -Complimentary Wireless Internet -Business Center located in the Riverside Hotel Lobby -Environmentally conscious hotel, they actively encourage recycling and sustainable practices throughout their facilities. -7-story parking garage on site -24-hour front desk -Designated non-smoking hotel

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD


Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, December 10 - Historic District, ”Old Florida” Homestead, Semi...
Historic District, ”Old Florida” Homestead, Seminole Indians, Old Dillard Museum

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Led by a docent, explore Fort Lauderdale History Center sites including New River Inn (1905) and the King-Cromartie House (1907) that reveal life of an earlier era.

Lunch: We will have lunch at private, historic homestead.

Afternoon: Learn about the Seminole Indians and go behind the scenes at the Seminole Miccosukee Photo Archive. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 mandated the removal of all Native Americans east of the Mississippi to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). The Seminoles chose to resist rather than be removed, resulting in the Seminole Wars. The modern Indians of the Seminole and Miccosukee tribes are the descendants of the approximately 200 who remained in Florida at the end of these wars.

Dinner: Dinner at Lester's Diner. A Ft. Lauderdale favorite for more than 50 years.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Riverside Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Riverside Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale, on trendy Las Olas Boulevard which features cool sub-tropical breezeways and courtyards alive with sidewalk cafes, lively nightclubs, chic boutiques, art galleries, and world class restaurants. Enjoy the outside pool and sundeck with a beautiful view of the yachts cruising by on the New River just steps away.

Contact info:
620 East Las Olas Boulevard
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 USA
phone: 180-032-5328 x0
web: www.riversidehotel.com/

Room amenities: Coffee maker Desk with 2 Chairs Hair dryer Iron/Ironing Board Wireless Internet

Facility amenities: -Two restaurants and two bars/lounges inside hotel -Located on world-renowned Las Olas Boulevard, offering the finest in upscale shopping, dining and nightlife -New River Oasis heated outdoor pool, featuring poolside food service -On site complimentary Fitness Room with Cybex equipment -Complimentary Wireless Internet -Business Center located in the Riverside Hotel Lobby -Environmentally conscious hotel, they actively encourage recycling and sustainable practices throughout their facilities. -7-story parking garage on site -24-hour front desk -Designated non-smoking hotel

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD


Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, December 11 - Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary at Flamingo Gardens
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Meet and hear from a representative of South Florida's public television station WPBT-Wild Florida launched in 1953. Learn about behind the scenes activities of this popular and important station.

After the lecture, we depart for Flamingo Gardens.

Lunch: Light fare at the Flamingo Gardens Café.

Afternoon: Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida. We will explore the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary nestled in and around the gardens that is home to more than 90 species of Florida native birds and animals -- most permanently injured or non-releasable -- including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otter, panthers, peacocks and, of course, flamingos.

Dinner: Enjoy good company and good food for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant with a select menu of appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Evening: At leisure. Linger over conversations with new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

Lodging: Riverside Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, December 12 - Farewells and Wrap Up
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture about SW Florida

Please remember that hotel check-out is by 11:00am.

We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other rewarding programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast



Free Time Opportunities


Riverside Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale
International Swimming Hall of FameThe International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is the mecca and international showplace for swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming. The Museum, Library and Archive contain the world's largest collection of aquatic memorabilia and the single largest source of aquatic books, manuscripts and literature.
For additional information, visit: http://www.ishof.org
Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car MuseumThe Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is a reproduction of a Packard showroom from the 1920's. When you visit, you will see a piece of this great American automotive history. On display are 22 Packard motor cars from the 1900's to the 1940's, all in full working order. There are Roadsters with compartments for golf clubs, a doctor's coupe with a compartment for his medical bag, and a 1929 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton that can self-lubricate its chassis as it drives along the road. These automobiles were some of the finest cars ever made and the workmanship is hard to find even today.
For additional information, visit: http://antiquecarmuseum.org/
Las Olas BoulevardSouth Florida’s most architecturally unique, authentic, and eclectic shopping and dining district. Stroll the boulevard, duck in and out of the hip breezeways, and be delighted by what you discover. Nowhere else in Florida will you find over 30 al fresco dining options, 10 major international art galleries, and 65 shops filled with fashion, accessories, gifts, and more.
Museum of ArtNSU Museum of Art’s permanent collections contain more than 6,000 works, including celebrated holdings by the post-war, avant-garde European Cobra artists, the nation’s largest collection of works by American painter William Glackens, and a significant collection of works by leading Latin American artists. The museum also maintains a special focus on photography year-round through its Foto Fort Lauderdale initiative.
For additional information, visit: http://www.moafl.org/
Museum of Discovery and ScienceThe Museum of Discovery and Science provides experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.
For additional information, visit: http://www.mods.org/
Old Dillard MuseumExplore the rich heritage and influence of the Old Dillard community. Built in 1924, the Old Dillard School, originally called “The Colored School,” is not only the first school constructed for blacks in Broward County, but also is one of the oldest buildings in Fort Lauderdale. In February 1991, the Old Dillard School was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
For additional information, visit: http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/olddillardmuseum/Home/Home960.html

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips

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