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The Best of Miami and the Keys

Program Number: 20900RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/15/2015 - 3/27/2015; 1/10/2016 - 1/22/2016; 1/24/2016 - 2/5/2016; 2/14/2016 - 2/26/2016; 2/28/2016 - 3/11/2016; 3/27/2016 - 4/8/2016;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: Miami, Florida
Price starting at: $3,795.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road
Meals: 32; 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Experience the sophisticated charm of Miami Beach, marvel at the natural wonders of Key Largo and look behind the colorful facade of Key West to discover the source of its enduring allure. From Art Deco architecture to vibrant Little Havana, boats to the winter getaways of prominent Americans, enjoy a memorable experience in one of the most fascinating regions under the Florida sun.


• Explore Miami Beach’s Art Deco Historic District on a walk with a preservationist, who provides an insider’s view into the city's efforts to preserve the famous architecture of years past.
• View the shallow reefs teeming with wildlife on a glass bottom boat at John Pennekamp State Park.
• Pay a visit to the Key West homes of author Ernest Hemingway and President Harry Truman.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile.

Date Specific Information

3-15-2015, 1-10-2016, 1-24-2016, 2-14-2016, 2-28-2016, 3-27-2016

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Miami Beach, 5 nights; coach to Key Largo, 2 nights; coach to Key West, 5 nights; coach to Miami, departure.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.


One of America’s most dynamic, multicultural major cities, Miami attracts visitors from around the world to its cultural, recreational and historical attractions. Miami sits in the southeast corner of Florida amid the Miami River, Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean.

Miami Beach: Beachfront Art Deco hotel. Key Largo: Hotel facing marina. Key West: Beautiful oceanfront resort located in Mallory Square, the heart of Old Town Key West.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Bob Wolz (Harry Truman)

Bob Wolz graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in history and a minor in business. In 1999, he became the executive director of the Harry S. Truman Little White House State Historic Site. Bob created a not-for-profit corporation that aims to expand educational outreach of the Little White House and complete its restoration. He is an accomplished writer having co-authored or edited several books including, “The Legacy of the Little White House: Presidents in Paradise.” His work has also appeared in the Florida Artland History Magazine and the American Political Science Review.
Meals and Lodgings
   South Seas Hotel
  Miami Beach, Florida 5 nights
   Holiday Inn
  Key Largo, Florida 2 nights
   The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
  Key West 5 nights
 South Seas Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.
  Contact info: 1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
  Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Special Rate May Apply Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Holiday Inn
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hotel is 100% non smoking,, outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sundeck, free parking
  Contact info: 99701Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037 USA
phone: 305-451-2121
  Room amenities: Cable TV/ HBO, coffee pot, hair dryer, Refrigerator
  Facility amenities: Cable TV HBO In room refrigerators, coffee maker, hair dryer
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina is one of the premier Key West hotels ideally located in "Old Town" Key West on the waterfront, one block from fabled Duval Street and next to the infamous Mallory Square. The Westin Key West Resort and Marina are committed to being environmentally responsible. They are certified as a Green Lodging Resort by the Florida Department of Environmental protection.
  Contact info: 245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-294-4000
  Room amenities: 32-inch flat screen TV and iPod docking station Complimentary High Speed Internet Access and a dual-line speakerphone Coffee maker with Starbucks coffee and Tazo Tea In-room safe
  Facility amenities: 24-Hour Room Service Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet Access Complimentary Internet Based Printing Service Provided in Business 24-Hour Self Parking for $20 a day. Valet Parking Service for $22 a day. Prices are subject to change. News Stand Gift/Sundry Shop Multilingual Staff Outdoor Heated Pool Whirlpool/Hot Tub Fitness Ceter Marina Diving Center Live Entertainment
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBD To book additional nights in the hotel, please call the Westin directly at (305) 294-4000.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3 to 5pm in hotel lobby for registration You will be staying at South Seas Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with a drop-off at the Miami International Airport at approximately 12:30 pm. Please book your flights after 3pm, the motor coach may be delayed due to traffic. You will be staying at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking at South Seas Hotel $29.00 per day. Other options: Miami International Airport or Municipal Garages Please make sure to call ahead to make arrangements for long-term parking.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Miami Beach, Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Miami
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  Ft. Lauderdale
  From End of Program
  Location: Miami Beach, Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

From Miami International Airport to South Seas Hotel







Per Person/One Way:


Average Cost is $37.00 (flat rate), prices subject to change
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 


Available on lower level near baggage pickup


From Miami International Airport to South Seas Hotel


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$20.00-$23.00 pp, prices subject to change
Prices are subject to change.


From Miami International Airport to South Seas Hotel


From Airport




Public Transportation


Per Person/One Way:


$2.25 (fare subject to change)
Prices are subject to change.


Bus #150 from airport. Bus stop Collins Ave @ 18th St in front of the hotel

Driving Directions
  From Miami International Airport to South Seas Hotel Follow overhead exit sign for Le Jeune Road South (NW 42nd Avenue) and Expressway S.R. 836. Travel South on Le Jeune Road for 0.75 miles towards SR 836. Immediately after going under the second overpass, turn right onto access ramp for Expressway 836 East and drive on it to the toll plaza. After the toll plaza, follow overhead sign for I-395 East/Miami Beach. Continue on I-395 East to the Mac Arthur Causeway (same roadway; name changes at water's edge). Stay on Mac Arthur Causeway – this will bring you across the bay to the final causeway bridge. Using the left lane on this bridge, take the ramp onto Alton Road North. Follow Alton for 12 blocks. Turn right onto 17th Street and proceed straight for 7 blocks. Make a left onto Collins Avenue. The South Seas will be approximately 1.3 miles up the road. Distance approx. 12 miles, travel time approx. 20 minutes depending on traffic
  From Points North to the South Seas Hotel Follow I-95 South and take exit 4 to merge onto FL-112 E/I-195 E toward Miami Beach. Continue onto W 41st St/Arthur Godfrey Rd, and turn right onto Indian Creek Dr. Turn right onto Collins Ave, and the hotel will be on your left.
  From the Gulf States and Points West to South Seas Hotel Follow I-10 East and take exit 296A to merge onto I-75 S toward Tampa. Take a slight left onto FL-91 S (signs for Orlando/Turnpike S) and Take the exit toward U.S. 441 E. Follow the signs for I-95 S and merge onto I-95 S. Get off at exit 4 to merge onto FL-112 E/I-195 E toward Miami Beach. Continue onto W 41st St/Arthur Godfrey Rd, and turn right onto Indian Creek Dr. Turn right onto Collins Ave, and the hotel will be on your left.
Equipment Requirements: No equipment required
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: Hotel Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome Dinner / Orientation
(Sunday, March 15)
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00- 5:00pm.

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: Our dinner at the hotel is a plated, three-course meal with soup or salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage.
 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.

Accommodations: South Seas Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: South Beach Art Deco District / New World Symphony
(Monday, March 16)
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel with fruit, coffee and tea.
 Morning: Enjoy a leisurely guided walk around the famous South Beach Art Deco District, the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places with 800 structures of historical significance, most built between 1923 and 1943. Your guide, a historian and preservationist, will point out many of the bright pastel buildings with sleek curves, shiny chrome, and relief ornamentation featuring whimsical flora, fauna, and ocean-liner motifs.
 Lunch: Lunch is at Puerto Sagua, a casual Cuban diner where locals gather atop barstools around the breakfast counter. Puerto Sagua is one of a few old classic restaurants left in South Beach.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a behind the scenes excursion at Symphony Hall and explore Frank Gehry’s only Florida commission, a cornerstone of artistic activity at the intersection of architecture and music.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is out at a local restaurant.
 Evening: After dinner return to the hotel for a lecture on Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad. One of Miami's premier historians, Seth Bramson, will share the greatest railroad story ever told, setting the stage for the next leg of our journey. Henry Flagler became immensely wealthy as a partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil during the Gilded Age. He visited Florida while seeking a salubrious climate for his ailing wife in the late 1870s and later returned to build and develop resort hotels and railroads along the east coast of the state all the way to Miami. His vision extended even further, to the Keys. The construction of his train line was almost as challenging as the Panama Canal, and the finished product became known as the Overseas Railroad.
Accommodations: South Seas Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Miami City Orientation / Miami’s Contribution to World War II
(Tuesday, March 17)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Biscayne Bay. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a fully-narrated cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami's coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, and Miami Beach.
 Lunch: Lunch at Books and Books
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
Accommodations: South Seas Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Biscayne Bay Cruise / Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad
(Wednesday, March 18)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Board our motor coach for a guided drive around Miami. The guide will point out some of the most significant highlights, enlivened by lush vegetation and beautiful flowers this time of the year. Stops include sites in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables before heading back to Miami Beach.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own Lincoln Road
 Afternoon: After lunch, our expert will discuss Miami Beach's fascinating contribution to WWII from 1942 to 1945. Nearly 500,000 men, including matinee-idol Clark Gable, took over 300 hotels and buildings for housing and training headquarters. By the time the war ended, one-fourth of all Army Air Force officers and one-fifth of the Air Corps' enlisted men had been trained in "the most beautiful boot camp in America'' -- Miami Beach.
 Dinner: Dinner near the hotel
 Evening: Free Evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and experience more of what Miami Beach has to offer. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Accommodations: South Seas Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Little Havana Walk, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Cuban Heritage
(Thursday, March 19)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Little Havana. Led by a local guide, we will walk to see and learn about the history, culture, and people. Many cultures have characteristic games and in Little Havana, it's dominoes. We will begin our guided walk watching the locals play at Maximo Gomez Park/Domino Park. Along the way, we will stop for Cuban coffee and other delights before departing for Vizcaya.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Vizcaya Cafe.
 Afternoon: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. One of South Florida's treasures, Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy a docent-led walk through the home and impressive formal gardens to glimpse an era of Miami that has long since passed. Industrialist James Deering built this luxurious estate as a winter residence in 1916, employing almost a tenth of Miami’s population for its construction.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Learn more about the Cuban heritage in Miami.
Accommodations: South Seas Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Fairchild Tropical Gardens
(Friday, March 20)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Check out of the hotel and board the motorcoach for our transfer to Key Largo.

Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Behind its seemingly natural beauty, Fairfield Tropical Gardens is a carefully designed blend of art and science. We will take a tram ride followed by some free time to wander through the gardens, watch the birds, or just sit and relax.

 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic at the Fairchild Tropical Gardens.
 Afternoon: Reboarding the motorcoach and depart for Key Largo, we will check in to the hotel with some time to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Our dinner buffet at the hotel offers a variety of tasty choices.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad, Part II
(Saturday, March 21)
 Breakfast: You will receive a voucher for the hotel’s breakfast buffet that includes hot and cold items including fresh fruit.
 Morning: Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. Formed of Key Largo limestone, fossilized coral, this land was sold to the Florida East Coast Railroad, which used the stone to build Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad in the early 1900s. Walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of the ancient coral and learn about the quarry and its operation.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at afternoon at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. At the welcome center, you will have time to explore the amphitheater and browse videos and aquariums. This was the first undersea park created in the U.S. in 1963 It encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps.

Enjoy an afternoon glass bottom boat cruise and view the shallow reefs teeming with wildlife.
 Dinner: This evening we will eat out at a local restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: Holiday Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Dolphins and Turtles
(Sunday, March 22)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Dolphin Research Center. Through education, research, and rescue, the Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation, and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment. Some of the resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions were born here; some came from other facilities or were rescued, rehabilitated, deemed unreleasable back into the wild government and now have a home for life.
 Lunch: At a local Key Largo restaurant.
 Afternoon: The Turtle Hospital. Housed in a modest building in Marathon, The Turtle Hospital has an important mission: rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing different species of Sea Turtles. We will have a guided exploration of the facilities including the rehabilitation area and a presentation on sea turtles. You may even have an opportunity to feed the permanent residents! After the field trip, we ride on to Key West and check into our hotel with some time to freshen up before dinner.
 Dinner: Our dinner at the hotel is a plated, three-course meal with soup or salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage.
 Evening: Orientation to Key West. A briefing in the meeting room sets the stage for our activities here.
Accommodations: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Harry Truman Lecture / Key West Museum of Art / Celebrate the Sun at Mallory Square
(Monday, March 23)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Lecture: Harry Truman and the Little White House. Bob Wolz, our Truman expert, will tell you all about the President’s days in Key West and what came to be known as The Little White House. Florida’s only Presidential site, the Harry S. Truman Little White House was constructed in 1890 as housing for naval officers. Its most important usage was as President Truman’s winter White House from 1946-1952.

Field Trip: Custom House Museum. This living link to Key West’s historic past was built in 1891 to house the island’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. “Old 91” is now the headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society that maintains a collection of artifacts and art significant to the Florida Keys. A docent will lead us through this amazing space.

Excursion: Key West By Trolley. During an hour long, narrated trip see why this island that is only four miles long and two miles wide is such a fascinating place.

 Lunch: Lunch today is out at a local favorite: Salute! on the Beach
 Afternoon: Field Trip and Lecture: Visit the West Martello Tower -- a former Civil War fort and National Historic Site that is now the home of the Key West Garden Club with beautiful grounds. The President of the Key West Garden Club will guide you through the gardens and share the history of the tower.
 Dinner: We will dine out at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Enjoy a performance
Accommodations: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Guided Old Town walk / Hemingway House
(Tuesday, March 24)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: With an expert guide explore the distinctive architecture, courtyard gardens and hidden pathways of Key West's Old Town on foot.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Audubon House and Gardens. We will have a guided exploration of the place Audubon lived and worked while in Key West, then the home of one of the town’s founders. In the center of the lot was a garden of native and imported tropical plants Audubon used in his images of local birds. Learn about Audubon’s life and work here as well as the history of the house itself, which was the first restoration project in Key West (1958) and still considered the gem of the island's restoration movement. The home displays 28 first edition Audubon works.Take the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the beach, pool, or sit under a palm tree with a good book.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice.
 Evening: Free Evening. Continue your personal independent exploration and experience more of what Key West has to offer. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Accommodations: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Treasures and Stories of the Deep / Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
(Wednesday, March 25)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Free Time
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Meet and hear from our favorite deep sea diver who will delight you with tales of his many years of fishing and diving in these waters and show his antique bottle collection.

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory. Colorful exterior artwork depicts the deep sea, coral reef, and mangrove shoreline. Here we will learn about native plants and animals of the Keys, marine and terrestrial, for increased awareness and appreciation of the need to protect and conserve South Florida’s ecosystem.

 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
Accommodations: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Hemingway House, Harry Truman's Little White House
(Thursday, March 26)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Visit the Hemingway House. A docent will lead us through former residence of one of America’s iconic writers, whose personal life was a colorful as any of his characters. Ernest Hemingway first visited Key West in 1928, arriving from Havana. Learn about the lives and times in Key West of Hemingway, his wife Pauline, and the house itself. Personal touches are everywhere throughout the house, from European antiques to trophies and skins that were the legacy of African safaris. It was here that Hemingway produced some of his best known works including “To Have And Have Not” set in Key West. Descendants of his six-toed cat abound.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Six-Toed Cat. The name of the restaurant was inspired by denizens of our next destination, the Hemingway House and Museum.
 Afternoon: The Little White House. President Truman’s first 19 months were grueling and left him physically exhausted. His doctor ordered a warm vacation and Key West was chosen. The President and Mrs. Truman arrived in November 1946 for a week of relaxation. He fell in love with the climate and small town charm, returning to what became known as the Little White House for 11 presidential working vacations and five post-Presidential trips after leaving office. Truman claimed Key West was his second favorite place on earth -- surpassed only by his hometown, Independence, MO.
 Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with good company and good food.
 Evening: Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Dock. Here, watching the sun go down is a daily ritual. Even more, it’s a festival with arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, vendors, and a crowd of thousands consisting of locals and visitors alike. People begin gathering about two hours before sunset for this multi-cultural “happening” that embodies the spirit of Key West.

Take the rest of the evening to ramble along with new Road Scholar friends and observe fascinating of the bohemian "people parade" that is unlike anywhere else.

Accommodations: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Return to Miami Beach, Program Concludes
(Friday, March 27)
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Check-out of the hotel in time to be aboard the motorcoach for departure to Miami at 8:30am.
 Lunch: You will have a box lunch to take with you on the bus.
 Afternoon: Drop-off at Miami International Airport is estimated to be by approximately 12:30pm (depending on traffic), concluding the program.

We advise booking onward flights or other travel plans for no earlier than 3:00pm.

We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other 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, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
  Miami Beach, Florida Bass Museum of Art
The exhibitions at the Bass present art in dynamic conversations spanning time, history and cultures. Their collection of Antiquities, Renaissance and Baroque art anchors exhibitions, educational programs and scholarship, exploring the connections between their historical collections and contemporary art. For additional information, visit
  The History Miami Museum
Accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1979, The History Miami Museum is one of the largest private, regional history museums in the state. It offers exhibitions that appeal to a wide audience interested in the South Florida and the Caribbean community, while at the same time engaging residents and tourists alike. For additional information, visit
  Key West Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Florida's southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. Completed in 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Guided tours of the fort are available daily. For additional information, visit
  Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundred of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the "flowers of the sky." Witness a variety of some 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat. For additional information, visit
  U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER INGHAM (WPG-35) Maritime Museum & National Historic Landmark is both a military history museum and a National Memorial to Guardians Killed in Action In World War II and Vietnam. With over 50 years of service around the work, USCGC INGHAM is a quintessential portrait of Coast Guard history from 1936 to 1988. For additional information, visit
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

The Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told: Henry Flagler & the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension

Author: Seth H. Bramson (speaker)

Description: Although several people had considered constructing a railroad to Key West beginning in the early 1800s, it took a bold industrialist with unparalleled vision to make it happen. In 1902, Henry Flagler made the decision to extend the Florida East Coast Railway to "the nearest deepwater American port." In this book, renowned Florida historian Seth H. Bramson reveals how the Key West Extension of the Flagler-owned FEC became the greatest railroad engineering and construction feat in U.S.--and possibly world--history, an accomplishment that would cement Flagler's fame and legend for all time. Join Bramson as he recounts the years of operation of this great railroad, what it did for the Florida Keys and what it meant to the resident conchs.

Hemingway's Key West

Author: Stuart McIver

Description: This vivid portrait reveals both Hemingway, the writer, and Hemingway, the hard-drinking, woman-chasing fighter and sportsman of legend. Hemingway's decade in Key West during the 1930s was his most productive. His only book set in the U.S., To Have and Have Not, takes place there. Meet his circle of friends (known as "the Mob"), his second wife, Pauline, and their two children. Hear from Hemingway contemporaries and scholars about the man and the town that he made famous.

South Beach Deco: Step By Step

Author: Iris Chase

Description: An expansive and in-depth guide to the Art Deco architecture of South Beach, Florida. This book also explores the culture of daily and nightly life in South Beach.

To Have and Have Not

Author: Ernest Hemingway

Description: This is the dramatic, brutal story of Harry Morgan and his efforts to support his family by running contraband between Key West and Cuba. Set in the 1930s, the book carries all the flavor of an era that was poor, tough and resourceful. Harshly realistic, yet with one of the most subtle and moving relationships in Hemingway's "oeuvre", it goes beyond high adventure. It was adapted for film and became a memorable classic, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Saving South Beach (Florida History and Culture)

Author: M. Barron Stofik

Description: A look into the battle to preserve historic South Beach and the diverse array of residents involved.

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