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COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA

Astronauts, Alligators and Other Marvels of Florida’s Space Coast

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Program #21295RJ
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.

Itinerary for Feb 2 — Feb 7, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy a touch of Key West right in the middle of Cocoa Beach. Our convenient beach side location and a host of amenities make us one of Cocoa Beach's top spots.

Contact info:
3901 N. Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-2221
web: http://www.cocoabeachportcanaveralhotel.com/

Room amenities: Each of the 170 rooms and suites in our Cocoa Beach hotel offer a host of conveniences like a safe to secure your valuables, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee service, iron and ironing board, and free high-speed and wireless internet. In addition, each offers the contemporary style and comfort that sets us apart from other Cocoa Beach hotels in the same price range. And of course, every room is just a short walk from the beach. Suites are an additional cost.

Facility amenities: High Speed Internet, Wi-Fi in all rooms and on property, Fitness Center, and on site laundry facilities.

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

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
Call Michelle Martindale for additional room nights or information. 321-783-2221

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, February 02 - Registration, get acquainted, dinner, orientation...
Registration, get acquainted, dinner, orientation, and getting ready for a great week.

Arrive To: WELCOME to Cocoa Beach, FL and the Comfort Inn and suite Resort. REGISTRATION will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon: REGISTRATION will begin at 4:30. This will include meeting the host of the group, your fellow participants, and getting to know one another.

Dinner: After registration - you will have your opening banquet.

Evening: Once you are finished with dinner we will have our ORIENTATION. You will be given your folders that will have your schedule included. We then will discuss your schedule for the week and answer any questions you may have. After orientation the rest of the evening is yours to relax, settle in and get ready for a great week!

Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suite Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy a touch of Key West right in the middle of Cocoa Beach. Our convenient beach side location and a host of amenities make us one of Cocoa Beach's top spots.

Contact info:
3901 N. Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-2221
web: http://www.cocoabeachportcanaveralhotel.com/

Room amenities: Each of the 170 rooms and suites in our Cocoa Beach hotel offer a host of conveniences like a safe to secure your valuables, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee service, iron and ironing board, and free high-speed and wireless internet. In addition, each offers the contemporary style and comfort that sets us apart from other Cocoa Beach hotels in the same price range. And of course, every room is just a short walk from the beach. Suites are an additional cost.

Facility amenities: High Speed Internet, Wi-Fi in all rooms and on property, Fitness Center, and on site laundry facilities.

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

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
Call Michelle Martindale for additional room nights or information. 321-783-2221

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, February 03 - Trip to the Kennedy Space Center. Enjoy lunch wit...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel

Morning: Trip to Kennedy Space Center. Guided walk through Space Center Welcome Center and into the park. You will have the opportunity to see a retired space shuttle, walk through history in the rock garden, and if you are up for it experience the "shuttle experience simulator" ride.

Lunch: Lunch with an Astronaut. One of the most popular programs at Kennedy Space Center, “Lunch With an Astronaut” gives visitors a one-of-a-kind experience to enjoy a delicious meal and meet a veteran member of NASA’s Astronaut Corps.

Afternoon: Here, in a spacious facility featuring a real Saturn V rocket, the Apollo program returns spectacularly to life. The Apollo/Saturn V Center is a tribute to the Apollo astronauts and the machines that got them there – and brought them home safely.
Dinner: Dinner will be back at the hotel.

Evening: The evening is yours to relax and get ready for another fun-filled day tomorrow.

Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suite Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy a touch of Key West right in the middle of Cocoa Beach. Our convenient beach side location and a host of amenities make us one of Cocoa Beach's top spots.

Contact info:
3901 N. Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-2221
web: http://www.cocoabeachportcanaveralhotel.com/

Room amenities: Each of the 170 rooms and suites in our Cocoa Beach hotel offer a host of conveniences like a safe to secure your valuables, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee service, iron and ironing board, and free high-speed and wireless internet. In addition, each offers the contemporary style and comfort that sets us apart from other Cocoa Beach hotels in the same price range. And of course, every room is just a short walk from the beach. Suites are an additional cost.

Facility amenities: High Speed Internet, Wi-Fi in all rooms and on property, Fitness Center, and on site laundry facilities.

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

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
Call Michelle Martindale for additional room nights or information. 321-783-2221

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, February 04 - Trip to Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Lunch at ...
Trip to Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Lunch at the world famous Dixie Crossroads, and finish the day with a trip to the Brevard Zoo.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel

Morning: Trip to Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge . Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center. Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries and marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals. You will be guided along on an elevated platform walkway learning of the animals and plant habitat of the refuge. You will then board your bus as a guide takes you deeper into the refuge where you could see deer, tortoise, migrating birds, and possibly a bear.

Lunch: Lunch at the World Famous Dixie Crossroads. The owners are active Audubon members and there is beautiful art displayed throughout the restaurant. They are also home of their famous rock shrimp.

Afternoon: Brevard Zoo... A small group of people with a big dream...building a zoo. A world-class zoo that would serve as a conservation hub where people could gather to learn about animals. A place to escape from the urban world and get closer to nature, to be reminded of the diversity of the life with which we share this planet. Enjoy a hands on experience with some of the animals that call their home. Walk the raised platform to get face to face with giraffes, walk through the fly free zone where new friends may land on your hat, and enjoy time to walk among some of the Florida's unique residents.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suite Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy a touch of Key West right in the middle of Cocoa Beach. Our convenient beach side location and a host of amenities make us one of Cocoa Beach's top spots.

Contact info:
3901 N. Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-2221
web: http://www.cocoabeachportcanaveralhotel.com/

Room amenities: Each of the 170 rooms and suites in our Cocoa Beach hotel offer a host of conveniences like a safe to secure your valuables, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee service, iron and ironing board, and free high-speed and wireless internet. In addition, each offers the contemporary style and comfort that sets us apart from other Cocoa Beach hotels in the same price range. And of course, every room is just a short walk from the beach. Suites are an additional cost.

Facility amenities: High Speed Internet, Wi-Fi in all rooms and on property, Fitness Center, and on site laundry facilities.

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

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
Call Michelle Martindale for additional room nights or information. 321-783-2221

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, February 05 - Jungle Adventures and Airboat rides
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the hotel.

Morning: Heading out for an adventure. We are going to get you on an incredible airboat ride with one on one contact with your captain. You will be wired to other passenger's and the option so you can communicate throughout the trip. Go by Indian burial grounds, see alligators in their natural habitat and possibly hold an alligator for that perfect photo opportunity.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Jungle Adventure

Afternoon: Jungle Adventure - Real Florida...as Real as it Gets! Jungle Adventures Nature Animal Park is the natural habitat jungle home of our famous 200 foot long roadside wonder, Swampy, the World's Largest Alligator. Come and experience Live Guided Wildlife Encounters with Rare Florida Panthers, Black Bears, Gray Wolves, White-Tailed Deer, Tropical Birds, Reptiles and Mammals.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: Apollo 13 Movie Night

Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suite Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Enjoy a touch of Key West right in the middle of Cocoa Beach. Our convenient beach side location and a host of amenities make us one of Cocoa Beach's top spots.

Contact info:
3901 N. Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-2221
web: http://www.cocoabeachportcanaveralhotel.com/

Room amenities: Each of the 170 rooms and suites in our Cocoa Beach hotel offer a host of conveniences like a safe to secure your valuables, flat-screen TV, hair dryer, coffee service, iron and ironing board, and free high-speed and wireless internet. In addition, each offers the contemporary style and comfort that sets us apart from other Cocoa Beach hotels in the same price range. And of course, every room is just a short walk from the beach. Suites are an additional cost.

Facility amenities: High Speed Internet, Wi-Fi in all rooms and on property, Fitness Center, and on site laundry facilities.

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

Additional nights before: Call for pricing
Call Michelle Martindale for additional room nights or information. 321-783-2221

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, February 06 - Pontoon Boat - nature excursion. Kayaking or you ...
Pontoon Boat - nature excursion. Kayaking or you may choose an alternate activity by visiting the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Breakfast: Breakfast is at the hotel.

Morning: Island Boats for a nature excursion on pontoon boats. You will be guided along the banana river and shown different water birds and have the opportunity to see dolphins and manatees in the wild. Ask the guide any questions you may have about the area.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Kayaking Experience in Mosquito Lagoon. (If you do not wish to kayak, you may choose to visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Entrance is free with your ticket from Kennedy Space Center.) Hopefully you will see manatees and dolphins in their natural environment. This is as close as you can get to Florida's natural beauty and the wildlife of the lagoon.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel.

Evening: Chris Kahl, local musician, will perform for you.

Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suite Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, February 07 - Graduation and departure.
Breakfast: Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Morning: Graduation

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Cocoa Beach, FL
Cocoa Beach guideThere are trolley's available at your own cost that will take you around the area. www.cocoabeach.com/trolley.html
For additional information, visit: www.visitcocoabeach.com/

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
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips
7 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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