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 ResortMeals Included: Dinner
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 ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 ResortMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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