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ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA

The National Shrimp Festival: Arts, Crafts, Music and Food!

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Program #15555RJ
4 Days | 3 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.

Itinerary for Oct 8 — Oct 11, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express welcomes you to its beautiful beachfront resort where emerald waters greet sandy beaches. This wonderful private beach complex, offers side views of the Gulf of Mexico and opportunities to enjoy beach combing, watching dolphins, pelicans, shore birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or just relaxing

Contact info:
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1634
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: All lodging rooms are climate controlled with private bath, Cable TV, microwave, refrigerator,Internet access, free local calls. Safety deposit boxes located at the front desk.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free local calls, maid service provided. There are guest laundry facilities, heated pool and an on-site business center. Parking is free.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Pricing varies
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, October 08 - Welcome and Orientation/Dinner in hotel/Introduct...
Afternoon: Welcome by the University of South Alabama staff. Orientation for the hotel, schedule of activities, including information about field trips, are handled at this time. Questions are welcomed.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style in the hotel dining room.

Evening: After dinner we will have time for each participant to tell a little information about themselves and make connections with others. Program will adjourn by 8:30 PM (Please note the schedule is tentative and will reflect instructor availability)

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express welcomes you to its beautiful beachfront resort where emerald waters greet sandy beaches. This wonderful private beach complex, offers side views of the Gulf of Mexico and opportunities to enjoy beach combing, watching dolphins, pelicans, shore birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or just relaxing

Contact info:
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1634
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: All lodging rooms are climate controlled with private bath, Cable TV, microwave, refrigerator,Internet access, free local calls. Safety deposit boxes located at the front desk.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free local calls, maid service provided. There are guest laundry facilities, heated pool and an on-site business center. Parking is free.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Pricing varies
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, October 09 - All meals in the hotel today/Morning class on shr...
All meals in the hotel today/Morning class on shrimp/Afternoon Field trip to local Seafood Processing Plant/Evening session on the Shrimp Festival

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning, enjoy a class given by a representative from the Alabama Department of Marine Resources. Learn about the Gulf Coast seafood industry. Study the types of shrimp found in the Gulf of Mexico and what other things can affect the coastal seafood economy.

Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon, take a field trip to a local seafood processing plant. Go behind the scenes as you meander through the facility observing how some of your favorite entrées get from the boat to your dinner table. Observe sorting, cleaning, packaging, and freezing when the plant is running.

Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Get your first taste of the Shrimp Festival this evening! Get the inside scoop on what to expect on the day of the event including food, exhibits, and entertainment. Learn about juried art and local artists, both of which contribute greatly to the festival's success.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Holiday Inn Express welcomes you to its beautiful beachfront resort where emerald waters greet sandy beaches. This wonderful private beach complex, offers side views of the Gulf of Mexico and opportunities to enjoy beach combing, watching dolphins, pelicans, shore birds, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, or just relaxing

Contact info:
24700 Perdido Beach Blvd
Orange Beach, AL 36561 USA
phone: 251-974-1634
web: www.hiexpress.com

Room amenities: All lodging rooms are climate controlled with private bath, Cable TV, microwave, refrigerator,Internet access, free local calls. Safety deposit boxes located at the front desk.

Facility amenities: All rooms have private bath, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV and free local calls, maid service provided. There are guest laundry facilities, heated pool and an on-site business center. Parking is free.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Pricing varies
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, October 10 - Breakfast in the hotel/Morning class on Jubilee/L...
Breakfast in the hotel/Morning class on Jubilee/Lunch on your own at the Shrimp Festival/Shrimp Festival/Dinner in the hotel/Evening session

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Spend the morning exploring the sights, sounds and tastes of the Shrimp Festival! View the work of local artists, enjoy live music, and sample tasty seafood and non-seafood dishes!

Lunch: Explore many options for a bountiful lunch at the Shrimp Festival. Since this meal is on your own, you can enjoy sampling many of the local delicacies, and shrimp cooked in a variety of ways.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the Shrimp festival or explore other exciting options in our area. From the Naval Air Station to Fort Morgan, to the Outlet mall, find plenty of things to visit. Or simply take a walk on the beautiful white sandy beach.

Dinner: Buffet dinner is served in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Discover Jubilee, a natural phenomenon that takes place from time to time on the shores of Mobile Bay in Alabama. Occurring mainly on warm summer nights, often in the early pre-dawn hours, the event initiates a joyous community beach party. Learn what this rare celebration is all about and why it benefits coastal residents.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Four: Friday, October 11 - Breakfast in hotel/Check out and class on cooking...
Breakfast in hotel/Check out and class on cooking shrimp/Farewell Lunch

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast is served in the hotel dining room.

Morning: If you didn’t get enough shrimp to satisfy your taste buds at the Shrimp Festival, then you’ll love today’s morning class. Explore your favorite tasty crustaceans with your Road Scholar chef! From soups to salads, gumbos, and entrées you will learn great ways to create your own seafood feast at home. Gather tips and tricks from an industry professional while you sample one of the Gulf Coast’s most scrumptious treasures! Check out of rooms.

Lunch: Buffet style lunch served in the hotel dining room.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Orange Beach
Alabama Gulf Coast ZooExplore more than 250 animals. Elevated viewing decks offer close-up viewing of everything. Reptile House, Aviary, petting zoo.
For additional information, visit: www.alabamagulfcoastzoo.com
Bike TrailsBiking trails available throughout the Gulf State Park. Additional trails available in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Bon Secour National Wildlife RefugeHike through unspoiled forest to view wildlife. Beach access available.
Fort MorganFort built in the 1500's by the Spanish. Known mostly for its strategic location during the Civil War's Battle of Mobile Bay. Visit the fort museum and learn from the guides and reenactors about the Confederate soldiers of 1864.
Gulf State Park18 hole golf course, 6,000 acre park with walking trails and nature center are available at Gulf State Park. You can also fish in the Gulf or in a fresh water lake, or walk along the 2 1/2 mile beach on the Gulf of Mexico.
For additional information, visit: www.dcnr.state.al.us

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips

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4.5
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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