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Baseball America's Favorite Pastime: Spring Training with Phillies, Pirates & Orioles

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Program #18452RJ
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 Mar 16 — Mar 21, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119 - $149 AAA discounted rat
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 16 - Registration/Orientation
Arrive To: Registration with Road Scholar is between 3:30PM to 4:45PM. Hotel check-in is at 3:00PM, room may be ready earlier.

Afternoon: At 4:45PM Orientation of the week starts.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel. Forms are sent out in advance to see if participants are vegetarian.

Evening: After dinner there is a getting to know you session for participants to become better acquainted.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119 - $149 AAA discounted rat
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 17 - One morning lecture then travel to Clearwater to ...
One morning lecture then travel to Clearwater to see Spring Training baseball game between Baltimore Orioles at Philadelphia Phillies at BrightHouse Networks Stadium.

Note: Must be able to walk from distant parking lot to and from the stadium, plus be able to climb stairs at the baseball stadium.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Baseball lecture<> Break <> Bus departs for Clearwater.

Lunch: Participants can purchase their own lunch at the ballpark or restaurant close to the stadium.

Afternoon: BASEBALL GAME: Apply your new knowledge from morning lecture as you watch a baseball game. Travel to Clearwater to see Spring Training baseball game between Baltimore Orioles at Philadelphia Phillies at BrightHouse Networks Stadium After game is over bus departs for hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the hotel catered by the hotel restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a baseball DVD.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119 - $149 AAA discounted rat
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 18 - Lecture from noted Phillies author, Rich Westcoff...
Lecture from noted Phillies author, Rich Westcoff. Attend a Practice session if possible today or another day. No spring training game today.

Note: Must be able to walk from distant parking lot to and from the stadium, plus be able to climb stairs at the baseball stadium.

Breakfast: A breakfast with two hot items, plus the typical continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Phillies author Rich Westcott will share his extensive knowledge with you. None of our three teams are playing today. PRESENTATION: Baseball lecture if we don't go to watch a practice.

Lunch: Participants can purchase their own lunch at the hotel restauant or area restaurant. There is a seafood restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Enjoy the area or just relax by the pool at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered by the hotel restaurant in our private meeting room.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Q & A Session: With a Minor League Pirates Player

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119 - $149 AAA discounted rat
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 19 - Presentation by baseball expert, Spring Training ...
Presentation by baseball expert, Spring Training baseball game. See Tampa Bay Rays play the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota at Ed Smith Stadium.

Note: Must be able to walk from distant parking lot to and from the stadium, plus be able to climb stairs at the baseball stadium.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Baseball lecture. PRESENTATION: Baseball lecture.

Lunch: Participants can purchase their own lunch at the game or area restaurant by the stadium.

Afternoon: BASEBALL GAME: See the Tampa Bay Rays play the Baltimore Orioles right here in Sarasota at Ed Smith Stadium.

Dinner: DINNER: Will be on your own in Downtown Sarasota. Bus will drop you off directly after the game.

Evening: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: Test your baseball trivia with a fun game among participants conducted by the group leader

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $119 - $149 AAA discounted rat
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 20 - One baseball class then travel to Clearwater to s...
One baseball class then travel to Clearwater to see the Toronto Blue Jays play the Philadelphia Phillies at BrightHouse Networks Field, then night game Baltimore Orioles at Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton at McKechnie Field.

Note: PLEASE NOTE TWO BASEBALL GAMES TODAY. Must be able to walk from distant parking lot to and from the stadium, plus be able to climb stairs at the baseball stadium.

Breakfast: A breakfast with two hot items, plus the typical continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: One baseball lecture. Then we travel to Clearwater.

Lunch: Participants can purchase their own lunch at the stadium.

Afternoon: BASEBALL GAME: Toronto Blue Jays play the Philadelphia Philles in Clearwater at BrightHouse Networks Field.

Dinner: Dinner will be at the game on your own at the night game.

Evening: BASEBALL GAME: See the Baltimore Orioles play the Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field right here in Bradenton.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Six: Friday, March 21 - Retired Baseball Scout shares his experiences.
Note: Program ends today after one lecture and box lunch to go or enjoy at the hotel.

Breakfast: A continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Retired baseball scout will share his wealth of experiences over the years. This is your opportunity to ask questions you have always wanted to ask.

Lunch: A chance to create your own sandwich for lunch is offered on the last day to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Students who do not need to leave can enjoy their lunch in the classroom or on the patio by the pool. Program ends after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sarasota, FL
Sarasota activitiesSarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks. Sarasota Polo grounds are close to hotel.
For additional information, visit: www.sarasotafl.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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences

Ratings

4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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