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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 Mar 2 — Mar 7, 2014

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Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will give you a rate. Due to the high season, make your pre and post nights early as the rate will increase closer to the start date. (954) 764-2233

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 02 - 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: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will give you a rate. Due to the high season, make your pre and post nights early as the rate will increase closer to the start date. (954) 764-2233

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 03 - 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 with local waterways expert William G Crawford who will share with you the story of the visionaries and financiers who created the Intercoastal Waterway and how it is used today.

After the lecture partake in 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, Coconuts.

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: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will give you a rate. Due to the high season, make your pre and post nights early as the rate will increase closer to the start date. (954) 764-2233

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 04 - 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: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will give you a rate. Due to the high season, make your pre and post nights early as the rate will increase closer to the start date. (954) 764-2233

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 05 - 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.

We then visit the Old Dillard Museum. Old Dillard was the first school in the area constructed for people of color, erected on land purchased from Ft. Lauderdale pioneers Frank and Ivy Stranahan for a dollar. It opened in 1907 with 10 students. The original building is long gone, but the Old Dillard Museum of today is a landmark that has served as an educational and cultural center for Ft. Lauderdale's African-American community and as a valuable resource to historians and other visitors interested in Black history.

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

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Resort

Description: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed Internet access in all rooms

Contact info:
801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 954-764-2233
web: www.bahiamarhotel.com

Room amenities: Ocean and Marina Views- in room movies and video games In-room safe, coffee maker , coffee and tea ironing board and iron, hair dryer work desk, High speed internet access in all rooms

Facility amenities: Three restaurants to choose from, roof top pool, free tennis and racket ball courts,shops within the resort, beach is steps from the resort, fishing fleets and fishing and sightseeing cruises for your free time.Water taxi stop at the marina, located minutes from famous Las Olas Blvd.

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

Bathroom: Large Bath room with shelf space for your bath products

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Ask at the office
Call and ask for Sales office. Tell them you are part of the Road Scholar group and they will give you a rate. Due to the high season, make your pre and post nights early as the rate will increase closer to the start date. (954) 764-2233

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 06 - Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary at Flamingo Gardens
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: WPBT. Meet and hear from a representative of South Florida's public television station 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: Bahia Mar Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, March 07 - Farewells and Wrap Up
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Prorgam wrap up discussion

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


Bahia Mar Beach Resort
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 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/

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

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