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Intergenerational: Discovering Plimoth Plantation and Cape Cod Maritime Life

Program Number: 16349RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/3/2014 - 8/8/2014; 6/28/2015 - 7/3/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Plymouth, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; History & Culture; Science & Nature
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 7 - 10 years of age.

Hop aboard with your fellow voyagers and learn about the perils of maritime travel, beach ecosystems and discover 17th century life in newly founded America. Explore the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony and let history come alive as you interact with its inhabitants. Spark more discovery as you navigate the Atlantic’s waterways learning from boat builders, scientists, and nature buffs. Take part in data collection just beyond the world’s leading oceanographic institute at Woods Hole and then grab your binoculars as you search the waters for the largest mammal on earth: the whale!




Highlights

• Listen to the stories of dwellers native to this land while experiencing 17th century life for the Wampanoag people in a living history exhibit at Wampanoag Village.
• While onboard a certified research vessel, examine bountiful marine life as you and your fellow scientists retrieve samples and test tubes full of information immersed in ocean waters.
• How are massive boats and ships made? How do beach ecosystems function? Find out in private workshops that let you actively participate in these learning endeavors.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to four miles a day on uneven terrain.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Plymouth, 2 nights; Hyannis, 3 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Plymouth (Massachusetts)

Plymouth, 35 miles southeast of Boston, was the site of the first permanent European settlement in New England and is now a fishing center with ship-related industries and colorful cranberry bogs. Plymouth Rock and re-creations of Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower are among the sites commemorating the arrival of the pilgrims on Dec. 21, 1620.



Accommodations
Plymouth: Cozy inn in heart of downtown. Hyannis: Comfortable hotel with wave pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   John Carver Inn
  Plymouth, MA 2 nights
   Cape Codder Resort
  Hyannis, MA 3 nights
 John Carver Inn
Type: Inn
  Contact info: 25 Summer Street
Plymouth, MA 02360 USA
phone: 888-906-6181
web: www.johncarverinn.com
  Room amenities: Cable television; direct-dial telephone; air conditioning; individual climate control; comfortable queen or king beds; wireless internet connection; reading chair and table; private bath with shower; room service
  Facility amenities: Pilgrim Cove Indoor Theme Pool Exercise Room Beach Plum Spa Dining at the Hearth 'n Kettle Restaurant Gift Shop Frequent Guest Program
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call Program Coordinator Call hotel directly at (508) 746-7100 X0
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Cape Codder Resort
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 1225 Iyanough Rd.
Route 132 & Bearse's Way
Hyannis, MA 02601 USA
phone: 855-861-4370
web: www.capecodderresort.com
  Room amenities: All rooms feature direct-dial telephones, voice mail, modem capabilities, in-room movies and individual climate control.
  Facility amenities: Wave Pool Fitness Center Restaurants Room Service Entertainment Spa Playground & Sports Landscaped Courtyard Gift Shop
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: Call Program Coordinator 
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in and stop by the Road Scholar registration desk from3-4 PM to pick up your welcome material. You will be staying at John Carver Inn that night.
  End of Program:
12 PM end of program activities followed by 90 minute transfer to Plymouth You will be staying at Cape Codder Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Parental Consent Form and Intergenerational Rules Form
  Parking availability:
Participants may leave their cars at the first hotel throughout the program free of charge. The motor coach will return to the first hotel at the end of the program
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Plymouth, MA
  Nearest city or town:  Kingston, MA
  Nearest highway: Rte. 3
  Nearest airport:  Logan International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Hyannis, MA
  Nearest city or town:  Dennis, MA
  Nearest highway: Rte. 3
  Nearest airport:  Logan International Airport
Travel Details
 

Boston Logan International Aiport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway Co.
phone: 508-746-0378

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx. $20.00 Adult $10.00 Child
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 20 minutes 

   

The bus departs each airline terminal on the lower level outside the baggage claim areas, at the sign that reads "Scheduled Buses" or Bus Stop. Tickets are purchased on the bus with cash only. The bus drops off in Plymouth at the Park & Ride - Rte 3 - Exit 5 (Long Pond Rd) - behind the Information Center. From there, arrange a taxi to take for the last 3.5 miles to the John Carver Inn (approx $13.00.) Sea Breeze Taxi (508) 888-0774. For shuttle schedule, see www.p-b.com or call 508-746-0378

 

Boston Logan International Airport

 

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MBTA Commuter Rail
phone: 617-222-3220

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00
Prices are subject to change.

   

Take the Silver Line SL 1 Towards South Station from Logan Airport ($2.00). Upon arrival at South Station, take the Kingston/Plymouth Commuter Rail Line to the Plymouth Station ($10.00). Once you arrive at the Plymouth Commuter Rail Station, take a taxi 2.5 miles to the John Carver Inn (Approx. $8.00). Sea Breeze Taxi (508) 888-0774. Check MBTA.com for specific schedules.

 

Cape Codder Inn

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Bus

 

Distance:

 

Hyannis Transportation Center is 3 miles from hotel. Taxis are available

   

The Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway (P & B) offers regularly scheduled service to Logan International Airport from the Hyannis Transportation Center which is located 3 miles from the resort. www.p-b.com Bonanza Bus Lines offers service from the Hyannis Transportation center through Providence to the TF Green International Airport. Peter Pan Bus Lines serves New York City departing from the Hyannis Transportation Center

 

Cape Codder Inn

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

Please call the Hyannis Transportation Center for more information regarding your bus departure needs at 800-352-7155

 

Cape Codder Inn

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Train
phone: 508-775-8504

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$20
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.15 

   

The Cape Flyer departs the Hyannis Transportation Center to Boston's South Station at 8:30 PM on Friday. Cape Flyer tickets will be available for purchase in advance on the official MBTA mTicket App or from a train conductor onboard the Cape Flyer. NOTE: Cape Flyer only runs Friday-Sunday at specific times.

 
Driving Directions
  From Boston and Points North Take Interstate 93 or Interstate 95 South to Route 3 in Braintree. Take exit 6A (Route 44 S) Merge right off the ramp onto Route 44 E/Samoset St. Turn right onto Oak St. (Route 3A) and continue for half a mile Turn left onto Summer St. and the John Carver Inn will be on the left.
  From Cape Cod Take Route 6 West to the Sagamore Bridge - cross over bridge Follow Route 3 North to exit 6 Take exit 6 and bear right onto Route 44 E/Samoset St. Follow to traffic light and turn right onto Oak St. (Route 3A) Continue for half a mile and turn left on Summer St. The John Carver Inn will be on the left.
  From Logan International Airport Take The Callahan Tunnel toward Boston; stay right through the tunnel Follow the signs to Route 93 South and loop around under the highway to the on-ramp to Cape Cod/South Shore Follow Route 93 South for approximately 8 miles. Get into the left lane and exit left onto Route 3 South Follow Route 3 South to exit 6A (Route 44 S) Take Interstate 93 or Interstate 95 South to Route 3 in Braintree. Take exit 6A (Route 44 S) Merge right off the ramp onto Route 44 E/Samoset St. Turn right onto Oak St. (Route 3A) and continue for half a mile Turn left onto Summer St. and the John Carver Inn will be on the left.
  From New York and Points South Take Interstate 95 North to Interstate 495 South to the Route 44 East Exit. Follow Route 44 to Plymouth At the end of Route 44, turn right onto Route 3 South Take exit 6A and bear right onto Route 44 E/Samoset St. Follow to traffic light and turn right onto Oak St. (Route 3A) Continue for half a mile and turn left on Summer St. The John Carver Inn will be on the left.
  From Providence Take Route 95 to Route 195 East in Providence Follow Route 195 East to Route 495 North Follow Route 495 North to exit 2, Route 58 Turn right off the exit and continue for approximately 15 minutes Route 58 will turn left, STAY STRAIGHT, this road will eventually turn into Summer Street The John Carver Inn is at the end of the road on the left.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, August 3)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to hotel, get registration information, and settle into your rooms.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Orientation to program with your group leader for the week
   
Accommodations: John Carver Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Plimoth Plantation/Mayflower II
(Monday, August 4)

Note: Today you will be walking up to 1.5 miles at Plimoth Plantation. This includes walking on unpaved and hilly terrain. Mayflower II is not fully accessible. People with difficulty walking should be aware that there are ramps that can be steep according to the rise and fall of the tides. On the ship, there are also several flights of stairs to climb. To be comfortable throughout the day we encourage wearing sneakers, casual clothes and remember to protect yourself from the sun.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Visit Plimoth Plantation and explore the grounds on a guided tour and then on your own. You will explore the Wampanoag Village and the Pilgrim Settlement with a museum expert.
 Lunch: lunch at Plimoth Plantation.
 Afternoon: Enjoy presentations and hands on activities at Plimoth Plantation with the museum historians. Play games as the Pilgrim and Native American children did. Before returning to the hotel visit the Mayflower II. The original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 no longer exists. Plimoth Plantation's full-scale reproduction, Mayflower II, was built in Devon, England and crossed the Atlantic in 1957. The details of the ship, from the solid oak timbers and tarred hemp rigging to the wood and horn lanterns and hand-colored maps, have been carefully re-created to give you a sense of what the original 17th-century vessel was like. Come aboard and learn about the 1620 voyage of Mayflower, the perils of maritime travel, and the tools of 17th-century navigation.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: John Carver Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Pilgrim Hall Museum/Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich
(Tuesday, August 5)

Note: Today you will spend the afternoon walking the grounds of Heritage Museum & Gardens. Enjoying the beautiful grounds requires walking on paved paths included portions with small hills. Walking for up to 1.5 hours with some standing stops along the way. To be comfortable throughout the day we encourage wearing sneakers, casual clothes and remember to protect yourself from the sun



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Spend time exploring the Pilgrim Hall Museum, the nation’s oldest continuously–operating public museum before boarding the bus to drive to Sandwich.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Heritage Museum and Gardens.
 Afternoon: Explore the garden labyrinth at the Heritage Museum and Gardens, visit the antique car exhibit and the American folk art exhibit, and ride the carousel with a museum educator. Finish the day with an Autos & Assembly Lines workshop This interactive and fun activity provides participants with an understanding of Henry Ford’s innovative use of the assembly line to revolutionize the automotive industry. Participants will test their knowledge of the six simple machines, act out an assembly line, and then work in small groups to complete a LEGO-building competition. Take a bus to Hyannis.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening of games at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Cape Codder Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Whale Watch/Free time
(Wednesday, August 6)

Note: To get on and off whale watch you will be walking on a ramp. Depending on the tide this ramp may be at an incline or decline. To be comfortable on the whale watch we encourage wearing sneakers, bringing a light jacket or sweatshirt (it is usually 10-15 degrees cooler on the ocean), and remember to protect yourself from the sun



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Take a whale watch out of Barnstable Harbor. Throughout your whale watching adventure, expert naturalists will share an intriguing look into the "wonderful world of whales". They will also provide commentary on the local ecology and history of this unique area.
 Lunch: Lunch on the whale watch boat.
 Afternoon: Free Time. Enjoy the hotels wave pool or ask your group leader for free time suggestions.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
   
Accommodations: Cape Codder Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Tide Pool Exploration/Science at Sea: Oceanquest Boat Ride
(Thursday, August 7)

Note: The tide pool exploration takes place on a remote part of the beach, there are no seating areas. To explore the tide pools you will be walking and standing on sand, rocks, and seaweed beds for 1 1/2 hours. Portions of the morning may be standing on slippery surfaces. We require that everyone wears sneakers or sturdy water shoes .Be prepared to get wet, wear a bathing suit or clothes that you don't mind getting wet. Pack a towel, change of clothes/shoes, sweatshirt and sun protection for the day



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Discover life along the coast on a tide pool exploration. On this fun hands on learning adventure you will learn about: Adaptation: Find an example of a bodily adaptation (plant or animal) that enhances survival in a harsh environment. Describe how an animal's behavioral adaptations can increase its chances for survival. •Change: Describe changes that may occur during a day, year or long-term geological basis. Describe how these changes will affect an animal or plant. •Habitat: Find two or three microhabitats and explain how they differ. Describe an organism likely to live in each environment. •Ecosystem: Explain what makes the coastal environment unique to other environments. List five animals and three plants found in each coastal environment. •Energy Cycle: Explain the significance of the sun to the shore environment. Explain why the death of any organism is a necessary part of living. •Human Impact: Give examples of human impact on the shore, both positive and negative. Suggest how humans can lessen negative or strengthen positive impacts. •Interdependence: Describe an animal and/or plant relationship on the shore or in the marsh that demonstrates interdependence. Find a section where an interdependence link has been broken, and identify the cause of the disruption. Participants will connect to the natural world by making themselves part of that world. A personalized approach to "scientific" learning will make participants aware of the vital role THEY play in the health of the world.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Enjoy an ocean cruise that will actively engage participants in learning oceanography through first-hand observations of natural marine phenomena and data collection. Discover the wonders of ocean science aboard a fully certified and equipped research vessel. As 'guest' scientists, you will rotate from station to station, accompanied by professional scientists, educators and mariners. Collect samples of seawater and learn how weather affects sampling; sample bottom communities using traps, trawl or dredge and collect surface organisms with plankton nets. A great way to learn more about Cape Cod's ecological systems! * You will embark and disembark vessel via a small ladder.*
 Dinner: Final Dinner
 Evening: Enjoy a bonfire on the hotel grounds.
   
Accommodations: Cape Codder Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hyannis Maritime Museum
(Friday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Explore the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and do a hands-on activity
 Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch while you head back to Plymouth via coach.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Hyannis, MA General Overview
Hyannis visitor's center website. For additional information, visit www.hyannis.com
  Plymouth, MA General Information
Website with lists of things to do in the area. For additional information, visit www.seeplymouth.com
  General overview
Website with lists of things to do in the area. For additional information, visit www.capecodchamber.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War


Author: Nathaniel Philbrick


Description: Nathaniel Philbrick became an internationally renowned author with his National Book Award winning In the Heart of the Sea, hailed as spellbinding by Time magazine. In Mayflower, Philbrick casts his spell once again, giving us a fresh and extraordinarily vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower's arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip's War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today.



Plymouth Colony: Its History and People


Author: Eugene Aubrey Stratton


A Place Apart: A Cape Cod Reader


Author: Robert Finch


Description: A Place Apart features essays and firsthand accounts of notable experiences throughout Cape Cod, including native Wampanoag creation myths; eyewitness accounts of the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620; candid stories of early life in the Old Colony; fascinating and often-harrowing accounts of the whaling and fishing industries; and so much more. The collection includes famous passages by and about such writers as Melville, Thoreau, Helen Keller, Edmund Wilson, and Kurt Vonnegut, among others.



Manitou and Providence: Indians, Europeans, and the Making of New England, 1500-1643


Author: Neal Salisbury


If You Sailed On The Mayflower in 1620


Author: Ann McGovern


Description: CHILD BOOK age 7 and up What kind of ship was the Mayflower? How did the Pilgrims feel when they saw land? What was the first building in Plymouth? In lively question-and-answer style, this fact-filled book answers all sorts of questions about the Pilgrims' journey on the Mayflower and their first year in America. Boys and girls will find out why the Pilgrims left England to live in America, what they took with them on board the Mayflower, and the hardships they endured. They'll learn what the Mayflower Compact was, how the Pilgrims made a peace treaty with the Indians, and how these brave settlers managed to survive in their new land. Ms McGovern has carefully researched the Pilgrims' journey and their first year in America. Her portrayal is full of fascinating detail about their everyday life. Young readers will be intrigued to discover that Pilgrim boys and girls slept on corn husk mattresses they made themselves, and that most of the houses had only one chair -- which was reserved for the man of the house! The humorous, true-to-life illustrations serve as effective complements to the informative, fun-to-read text.



Journey Around Cape Cod From A to Z


Author: Martha Zschock


Description: CHILD BOOK age 6 and up Author and illustrator Martha Zschock was a third-grade teacher on Cape Cod. When taking her students on field trips on the Cape, she discovered what sites and stories excited them most. Drawing on that experience, she created what one Cape Cod bookseller calls "the best Cape book we've ever had," and the first in a series of alphabet books that visit great American places. Journey Around Cape Cod and the Islands From A to Z is an alphabet book, but one that is equally enjoyable and interesting for children of all ages and for adults, as well. From Aptucxet to Zooplankton, it offers fascinating information about the Cape and its history, all of it illustrated with Zschock's beautiful watercolor work.



Whale Port


Author: Mark Foster


Description: CHILD BOOK age 10 and up Long before the invention of electricity or the discovery of underground reservoirs of fossil fuels, people depended on whale oil to keep their lamps lit. A few brave Colonial farmers left their fields and headed out to sea to chase whales and profits farther and farther off shore. When they did, towns sprung up around their harbors as demand grew for sailors, blacksmiths, ropewalkers, and the many other craftsmen needed to support the growing whaling industry. Through the fictional village of Tuckanucket, Whale Port explores the history of these towns. Detailed illustrations and an informative narrative reveal the way Tuckanucket’s citizens lived and worked by sharing the personal stories of people like Zachariah Taber, his family and neighbors, and the place they called home. Whale Port is also the story of America, and the important role whales played in its history and development as people worked together to build communities that not only survived, but prospered and grew into the flourishing cities of a new nation.





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