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The Best of Fort Myers: From Edison’s Lab to the History of Pine Island

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6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Mary from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 01/25/15 - 01/30/15
We went on this Road Scholar as we were visiting our daughter, who lives in Port Charlotte, and did not want to fly all the way across the country for only four days. The hotel was very nice, and in a great location. The hotel staff was outstanding. Very friendly and helpful. We were able to walk to all our dinners, and there were a lot of little shops and restaurants around the area. Really enjoyed the Edison and Ford homes. Thought the Echo Park was a little long, but I'm not really into plants so that's a personal opinion. Would have liked to have more information on the architecture of Fort Myers and more time at the museum on Thursday. Everyone else on the tour was from the midwest and east coast, which was surprising. We are from Oregon. Also, we had no first timers on this trip, which was also surprising. Overall, a good value.

Susan from Asheville, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/09/14 - 03/14/14
The Ft. Myers trip was a GREAT way to get away from the harsh, cold winter up north, besides being educational and fun.

Patsy from Nashville, TN Number of programs attended: 30
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/17/14
Honestly forces me to confess that I selected this program because it was convenient to and in the proper time frame for the visits to friends that I had planned for FL in January! What a thrill to find that this program was a gem in its own right! To begin with our hotel was located smack dab in the historic district so that walking around on our free time was a fascinating experience in history and art! There was a nice balance between history - Edison and Ford homes and stories - and very happening things - like ECHO, Ding Darling Refuge, and CROW. Echo was a perfectly marvelous experience at a garden property which trains people to go out to third-world c ountries and teach better agricultural methods so that people can rise above subsistence farming. Our guide was a retired cardiac surgeon who is now a gardener/educator. I could have listened to him for a week! He is definitely following his passion - At the refuge we had probably one of the most interesting and amusing guides I have encountered in 30 RS programs - and that is saying a lot! “Ding” Darling got his nickname because in his era fellows called their friends by their last names. However, none of them really felt comfortable calling one of the guys “Darling,” so they took the initial D and the last few letters and made “Ding.” CROW is the Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife. This is a rescue organization for any and every wild creature of the area. They take on the most challenging of rehabilitation efforts - I can’t close without a word about the food - meals were almost uniformly excellent. And about our Coordinator who was totally excellent!

Robert from Vernon, CT Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/14/14
This was my first Road Scholar trip and it was much better than expected. What surprised me the most is that I'm pretty much a loner and had apprehension about being with a group of strangers. That, to my amazement, was never a problem. We all got along just fine.

Harry from Perry Hall, MD Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/09/14 - 02/14/14
What an outstanding trip! The accommodations, the food, the participants,the program activities and the leader were all fantastic. Besides, we were able to escape the the cold snowy weather of the northeast for some very delightful weather.

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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
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