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: Our dinner at the hotel is a plated, three-course meal with soup or salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage.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: South Seas HotelMeals Included: Dinner
Later, visit the Holocaust Memorial and Botanical Garden. In 1984, a small group of Holocaust survivors joined together to develop a permanent memorial in Miami to the six million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis. The Botanical Garden is a tropical oasis in the heart of South Beach featuring bromeliads, Japanese garden, native garden, palms, a "living wall" vertical landscape and flowering trees and vines collection.Lunch: Lunch at Books and Books Cafe.Afternoon: Board our motor coach for a guided drive around Miami. The guide will point out some of the most significant highlights, enlivened by lush vegetation and beautiful flowers this time of the year. Stops include sites in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables before heading back to Miami Beach.Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening.Evening: Free Evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and experience more of what Miami Beach has to offer. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.Lodging: South Seas HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Behind its seemingly natural beauty, Fairfield Tropical Gardens is a carefully designed blend of art and science. We will take a tram ride followed by some free time to wander through the gardens, watch the birds, or just sit and relax.Lunch: Enjoy a picnic at the Fairchild Tropical Gardens.Afternoon: Reboarding the motorcoach and depart for Anhinga Trail. The Anhinga Trail is a short trail in the Everglades National Park. Located 4 miles from the park entrance, it starts at the Royal Palm Visitor Center. The trail is a paved walkway and a boardwalk over Taylor Slough, a freshwater sawgrass marsh.
After, head to Key Largo, we will check in to the hotel with some time to relax before dinner.Dinner: Our dinner buffet at the hotel offers a variety of tasty choices.Evening: At leisure.Lodging: Holiday InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Excursion: Key West By Trolley. During an hour long, narrated trip see why this island that is only four miles long and two miles wide is such a fascinating place.Lunch: Lunch is at the hotel.Afternoon: With an expert guide explore the distinctive architecture, courtyard gardens and hidden pathways of Key West's Old Town on foot.
Field Trip: Custom House Museum. This living link to Key West’s historic past was built in 1891 to house the island’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. “Old 91” is now the headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society that maintains a collection of artifacts and art significant to the Florida Keys. A docent will lead us through this amazing space.Dinner: We will dine out at the local restaurant El Meson de Pepe.Evening: Enjoy a performanceLodging: The Westin Key West Resort & MarinaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.Afternoon: Field Trip and Lecture: Visit the West Martello Tower -- a former Civil War fort and National Historic Site that is now the home of the Key West Garden Club with beautiful grounds. The President of the Key West Garden Club will guide you through the gardens and share the history of the tower.
Continue your exploration of Key West on your own with an afternoon of free time.Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice.Evening: Free Evening. Continue your personal independent exploration and experience more of what Key West has to offer. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.Lodging: The Westin Key West Resort & MarinaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Then walk over to the Tennessee Williams Exhibition for a guided visit. Tennessee Williams is known as one of the greatest 20th century American playwrights.He visited and lived in Key West from 1941 until his death in 1983. It is believed that he wrote the final draft of Street Car Named Desire while staying at the La Concha Hotel in Key West in 1947. Learn about Williams' literary accomplishments and life in Key West through an extensive collection of photographs, first edition plays and books, rare newspaper and magazine articles, videos, a typewriter used by the author while writing in Key West and other artifacts.Lunch: Lunch is at a local restaurant.Afternoon: Visit the Hemingway House. A docent will lead us through former residence of one of America’s iconic writers, whose personal life was a colorful as any of his characters. Ernest Hemingway first visited Key West in 1928, arriving from Havana. Learn about the lives and times in Key West of Hemingway, his wife Pauline, and the house itself. Personal touches are everywhere throughout the house, from European antiques to trophies and skins that were the legacy of African safaris. It was here that Hemingway produced some of his best known works including “To Have And Have Not” set in Key West.Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurantEvening: At leisure.Lodging: The Westin Key West Resort & MarinaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Little White House. President Truman’s first 19 months were grueling and left him physically exhausted. His doctor ordered a warm vacation and Key West was chosen. The President and Mrs. Truman arrived in November 1946 for a week of relaxation. He fell in love with the climate and small town charm, returning to what became known as the Little White House for 11 presidential working vacations and five post-Presidential trips after leaving office. Truman claimed Key West was his second favorite place on earth -- surpassed only by his hometown, Independence, MO.
Lunch: Lunch is on your own.Afternoon: Audubon House and Gardens. We will have a guided exploration of the place Audubon lived and worked while in Key West, then the home of one of the town’s founders. In the center of the lot was a garden of native and imported tropical plants Audubon used in his images of local birds. Learn about Audubon’s life and work here as well as the history of the house itself, which was the first restoration project in Key West (1958) and still considered the gem of the island's restoration movement. The home displays 28 first edition Audubon works.Take the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the beach, pool, or sit under a palm tree with a good book.
Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with good company and good food.Evening: Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Dock. Here, watching the sun go down is a daily ritual. Even more, it’s a festival with arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, vendors, and a crowd of thousands consisting of locals and visitors alike. People begin gathering about two hours before sunset for this multi-cultural “happening” that embodies the spirit of Key West.
Take the rest of the evening to ramble along with new Road Scholar friends and observe fascinating of the bohemian "people parade" that is unlike anywhere else.Lodging: The Westin Key West Resort & MarinaMeals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
We advise booking onward flights or other travel plans for no earlier than 3:00pm.
We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other 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, Lunch