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PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Equipment Requirements
Binoculars 8x42 or 10x50 if you have them.

Itinerary for Oct 27 — Nov 1, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen sized beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 27 -
Afternoon: Check in to hotel 3 pm

Dinner: Welcome, introductions and orientation at 4:30 pm in the hotel breakfast room. Then on to dinner.

Evening: Discuss the program for the week.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen sized beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 28 - Be a Sand Detective and discover the origin of sa...
Be a Sand Detective and discover the origin of sand. Explore a large worldwide sand collection and identify it's content, quartz, minerals, corals etc.

Breakfast: Served at the hotel

Morning: Birding with the experts at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Paradise Pond, then on to other birding locations in Port Aransas.

Lunch: Lunch at the university campus cafeteria

Afternoon: Presentations and Hands-on beach activities: trash, shifting sands, currents, barrier islands, and shells.

Dinner: Local restaurant

Evening: Movie: LaSalle's Voyage of Doom. The French explorers ship lay buried on the bottom of Matagorda Bay. Learn how historians excavated the site to find a wealth of artifacts including cannons, muskets and leather shoes. LaSalle's reputation as a bold explorer was thwarted however by pirates, mutiny, navigational nightmares, foul weather and foul luck.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen sized beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 29 - Explore the vintage aircraft carrier USS Lexingto...
Explore the vintage aircraft carrier USS Lexington which was on active duty during World War 11. She has set more records than any other carrier in the history of naval aviation since she was commissioned in 1943.

Breakfast: Served at hotel.

Morning: Corpus Christ Museum of Science and History for a presentation on the Karankawa Indians and a tour of the replica Columbus ship, La Pinta

Lunch:

Afternoon: Tour the aircraft carrier the USS Lexington. Imaginations run wild aboard the USS LEXINGTON. The sights, the sounds are so real and so intense you become a part of the story the second you step foot aboard this World War II era aircraft carrier. There's an adventure around every corner as you make your way through the maze of tunnels and ladders.

Dinner:

Evening: Stroll around the Corpus Christi Water Gardens and esplanade after dinner.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen sized beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 30 - The Padre Island National Seashore. The longest s...
The Padre Island National Seashore. The longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world with 70 miles of protected coastline and diverse animal life and habitats.

Breakfast:

Morning: The Padre Island National Seashore. The longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world rich in natural and cultural history. With 70 miles of protected coastline, including a coastal prairie, a dynamic dune system, wind tidal flats teeming with life. A sanctuary and nesting grounds for the endangered Kemp?s ridley sea turtle. A haven for 380 species of birds, a rich cultural history including the 1554 Spanish shipwrecks; and the Laguna Madre, one of the few hypersaline lagoon environments left in the world.

Lunch: Picnic lunch on the beach

Afternoon: The Bay Education Center provides the visitor with an innovative way of exploring and learning about these important bodies of water, estuaries, and the life they support. Plus see the amazing Science On a Sphere?, a spherical display system created by NOAA to illustrate Earth science concepts to people of all ages.

Dinner:

Evening: Presentation

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Located approximately 2 1/2 blocks from the Gulf beach and close to shops and restaurants. Trolley stop in front.

Contact info:
400 E Avenue G
Port Aransas, TX 78373 USA
phone: 361-749-3010
web: book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?propertyCode=44443

Room amenities: Standard, well-appointed rooms with 2 queen sized beds, cable TV, microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, coffee maker.

Facility amenities: WiFi Access throughout hotel, guest computer in lobby, outdoor swimming pool with tropical landscaping, game room with Wii.

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

Additional nights before: Call hotel for price
Reservations for additional nights must be made directly with the hotel. We cannot make those reservations for you.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 31 - Marine specimen collecting trip aboard the Univer...
Marine specimen collecting trip aboard the University of Texas Marine Science Institutes R/V "Katy" . Take a look at plankton through a microscope, see a myriad of marine live including while watching dolphins up close and personal.

Breakfast: Served at the hotel.

Morning: Sampling/collecting trip aboard the Research Vessel 'Katy'

Lunch:

Afternoon: See how scientists are raising fish in a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Fisheries & Mariculture Lab. Visit our Animal Rehabilitation Keep and see endangered Sea Turtles in recovery.

Dinner:

Evening: Marine Science Lecture - Title TBA

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Villa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, November 01 -
Breakfast: Served at the hotel.

Morning: Birding and Beachcombing. Program ends at 10:00 am

Lunch: Boxed lunch to-go at 10 am Check-out hotel by 11 am

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Port Aransas, TX
Art Museum of South TexasThe Art Museum and the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center are located in Corpus Christi. The Padre Island National Seashore, is located 25 miles south of Port Aransas,
For additional information, visit: www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org
Texas Maritime MuseumThe Texas Maritime Museum, Fulton Mansion and Goose Island State Park are all located north of Port Aransas, in Rockport.
For additional information, visit: www.texasmaritimemuseum.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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