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COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA

From Surf to Sky: An Intergenerational Exploration of Florida's Space Coast

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Program #21490RJ
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.
Equipment Requirements
Please bring closed toed water shoes for the seining part of this program. You must have them to be able to participate in this. Please bring a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, bug spray, and be ready to have a ton of fun! If you are a bird lover make sure and bring your binoculars and never forget your cameras.

Itinerary for Jul 27 — Aug 1, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Keep the Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites, Cocoa Beach at the top of your list when searching for distinctive Florida Space Coast hotels. Delight in unparalleled access to exciting nearby attractions, decadent dining options and world-class shopping. Reserve your relaxing Cocoa Beach accommodation complete with thoughtful amenities at this deluxe hotel near Port Canaveral. Book your stay at the Best Western Ocean Beach to discover paradise on your Florida vacation!

Contact info:
5600 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-7621
web: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/

Room amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Accommodations/StandardRoom/

Facility amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Services/

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 27 - Registration/Introductions and Orientation
Afternoon: REGISTRATION will begin at.4:00 pm. This will be followed by a get acquainted session and dinner. After dinner there will be an orientation session where you will receive your schedule and other pertinent information for the week to follow. We will answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Dinner - location TBA

Evening: ORIENTATION will begin after dinner. In orientation we will go over the schedule, answer any questions and get ready for a truly wonderful week! The evening is yours to relax, settle in and have fun!

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Keep the Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites, Cocoa Beach at the top of your list when searching for distinctive Florida Space Coast hotels. Delight in unparalleled access to exciting nearby attractions, decadent dining options and world-class shopping. Reserve your relaxing Cocoa Beach accommodation complete with thoughtful amenities at this deluxe hotel near Port Canaveral. Book your stay at the Best Western Ocean Beach to discover paradise on your Florida vacation!

Contact info:
5600 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-7621
web: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/

Room amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Accommodations/StandardRoom/

Facility amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Services/

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 28 - Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Experience, I...
Kennedy Space Center, Space Shuttle Experience, IMAX movie, lunch with an Astronaut

Note: Don't forget to go to Customer service and get your annual pass/picture.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Guided through to the exciting adventures. Start off with the Atlantis exhibit which includes the shuttle launch experience. This is an amazing new addition to Kennedy Space Center.

Lunch: Lunch with an Astronaut www.kennedyspacecenter.com/lunch-with-an-astronaut.aspx There is a different astronaut each time... so you never know which one will be joining us but they are all terrific and very interesting. There will be photo opportunities.

Afternoon: Our Kennedy Space Center field trip continues a trip to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. www.kennedyspacecenter.com/apollo-saturn-v-center.aspx This is a self guided trip through the Saturn V.

Dinner: Dinner - Location - TBA

Evening: The Surfside room will be open to enjoy social time, watch a movie, or just relax. The pool will be open as well. Please remember a grandparent must be with their grandchild at all times.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Keep the Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites, Cocoa Beach at the top of your list when searching for distinctive Florida Space Coast hotels. Delight in unparalleled access to exciting nearby attractions, decadent dining options and world-class shopping. Reserve your relaxing Cocoa Beach accommodation complete with thoughtful amenities at this deluxe hotel near Port Canaveral. Book your stay at the Best Western Ocean Beach to discover paradise on your Florida vacation!

Contact info:
5600 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-7621
web: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/

Room amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Accommodations/StandardRoom/

Facility amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Services/

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 29 - Visit Jungle Adventures and then experience an ai...
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Jungle Adventures, Florida's first animal park. This natural rustic habitat is the home of wildlife including rare Florida panthers, black bears, gray wolves, white-tailed deer and other mammals, tropical birds, and reptiles including what is claimed to be the world's largest alligator. In addition to wildlife observation — including the feeding of 200 ’gators! — you will see how Spanish Conquistadores and Native Americans lived in replicas of a Native American village and a 16th-Century Spanish fort.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic style lunch at Jungle Adventure.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The St. Johns River by Airboat. Aboard state-of-the-art airboats, explore the Central Florida's St. John’s River, a natural paradise of abundant flora and fauna. Depending on local circumstances at the time of the program, you will have an opportunity to see alligators, bald eagles, otters, blue herons, and much more. You will also have 2 way communication with the captain as you are on the boat. He will point out anything and everything he sees while taking us down the beautiful river.

Dinner: Dinner location - TBA

Evening: The Surfside room will be open to enjoy social time, watch a movie, or just relax. The pool will be open as well. Please remember a grandparent must be with their grandchild at all times

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Keep the Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites, Cocoa Beach at the top of your list when searching for distinctive Florida Space Coast hotels. Delight in unparalleled access to exciting nearby attractions, decadent dining options and world-class shopping. Reserve your relaxing Cocoa Beach accommodation complete with thoughtful amenities at this deluxe hotel near Port Canaveral. Book your stay at the Best Western Ocean Beach to discover paradise on your Florida vacation!

Contact info:
5600 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-7621
web: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/

Room amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Accommodations/StandardRoom/

Facility amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Services/

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 30 - Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (seining)...
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (seining), Dixie Cross Roads (lunch), and then return to Kennedy Space Center with your annual pass to experience anything you may have missed on the first day.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Field trip to explore the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for your seining adventure. You must have closed toed water shoes to participate in this activity. Environmental education is one of the primary objectives of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Merritt Island NWR offers seven distinct habitat types and more than 500 species of wildlife make the refuge their home. It is a premier area for viewing wildlife, habitat diversity and natural processes. The refuge has a visitor center, five hiking trails, two wildlife drives, two observation towers, and a manatee observation deck. Seining & Water Quality of the Lagoon Students work in small groups with an adult chaperone using a seine net to capture animal species found in the Indian River Lagoon. Captured animals are studied, identified and placed back in the lagoon. Basic water quality tests are conducted to teach the students about water monitoring and threats to the health of the lagoon. The program takes place at the lagoon shore line at the Sendler Education Outpost Pavilion. The pavilion is equipped with running water, picnic tables and restrooms.

Lunch: Lunch will be at Dixie Cross Roads Restaurant. "Uniquely Florida... just what you're looking for great seafood, steaks, and so much more." Don't forget to try the famous Rock Shrimp.

Afternoon: Return to Kennedy Space Center with your annual pass to experience the things you might have missed on Monday. Don't forget to catch the IMAX movies while you are there.

Dinner: Dinner location - TBA

Evening: Enjoy the movie "Apollo 13"

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Keep the Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites, Cocoa Beach at the top of your list when searching for distinctive Florida Space Coast hotels. Delight in unparalleled access to exciting nearby attractions, decadent dining options and world-class shopping. Reserve your relaxing Cocoa Beach accommodation complete with thoughtful amenities at this deluxe hotel near Port Canaveral. Book your stay at the Best Western Ocean Beach to discover paradise on your Florida vacation!

Contact info:
5600 N. Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA
phone: 321-783-7621
web: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/

Room amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Accommodations/StandardRoom/

Facility amenities: www.bestwesterncocoabeach.com/Services/

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please call the hotel.
Ask for Road Scholar rate.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 31 - LEARN TO SURF!!! Local musician for evening en...
Note: Please remember to bring your water, sunscreen, and hats outside while you either participate in the surf lessons, take pictures of your loved ones learning or just relaxing in the Florida sun.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: This morning, you will have 2 hours of surfing instruction by professionals from the Florida Surf School. By the end you will be amazed at how well you are doing. From the young to the young at heart learn how to surf. It is going to be an amazing experience. (There will be waivers that must be signed for grandchildren by their grandparents) floridasurflessons.com

Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel - we will be having a pool party to start your free afternoon off.

Afternoon: This is your free time to check out the Cocoa Beach area, enjoy the beach or pool, return to Kennedy Space Center (on your own), or just relax.

Dinner: Dinner location - TBA

Evening: Local/Florida Music by Chris Kahl.

Lodging: Best Western Ocean Beach Hotel and Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, August 01 - Enjoy a leisurely trip down the river and spot do...
Enjoy a leisurely trip down the river and spot dolphins and manatees. The Captain of the boat will point things out to you along the way.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: We'll have a guided field trip aboard special pontoon boats allow for an opportunity to closely connect with the natural resources of Canaveral National Seashore. The Lagoon's big mammals (dolphin and manatee) always brings smiles and excitement to the tour when you can spot them.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the hotel. After lunch will be our informal graduation and wrap up of the program. We thank you for visiting and hope you have a safe trip home. Come back and see us soon!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
5 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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