16349
Massachusetts
Discovering Plimoth Plantation and Cape Cod With Your Grandchild
Discover Plimoth Plantation, historical artifacts, delicate marine ecosystems and the world’s leading oceanographic institute in this educational adventure for you and your grandchild.
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Program No. 16349RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Plymouth, MA
D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: Hotel check in is available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. For field trips outdoors, wear sneakers, casual clothes you don’t mind getting wet, and always apply sun protection. Bring a windbreaker or sweatshirt, towel, bathing suit, and change of clothes/shoes for our coastal explorations. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This is a Road Scholar Intergenerational program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Children are never to be left unsupervised.

Dinner: In the hotel restaurant, we’ll have plated and served meal with soda, coffee, tea, water.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Waterfront
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles at Plimoth Plantation; unpaved and hilly terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have vouchers for a plated and served meal.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach for a field trip to Plimoth Plantation. Led by an expert, we’ll walk through this living history museum complete with actors who portray 17th century colonists and learn about these early settlers. We’ll also visit the Wampanoag Village and the Pilgrim Settlement with a museum expert, and have some time to explore on our own.

Lunch: At Plimoth Plantation café.

Afternoon: We’ll continue at Plimoth Plantation with presentations and hands-on activities related to Pilgrim and Native American life. We’ll then head to Plymouth Harbor for a 30 minute walking excursion lead by a Plimoth Plantation expert. This is the exact location where the Plymouth Colony stood for the first few years of it's existence and normally where the Mayflower II floats as well. Although the ship, Plimoth Plantation's full-scale reproduction of the original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620, is currently in dry dock being restored, we will learn about it's voyage with the expert. Additionally, we will see and learn about other major sites vital to Plymouth's history like Plymouth Rock, Cole's Hill, Leyden Street and Town Brook. We’ll then return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: Hotel plated and served meal.

Evening: At leisure. Take a dip in the hotel pool, walk down to the waterfront or through downtown Plymouth, or just relax.

DAY
3
Scientific Boat Cruise, Coastal Exploration
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off vessel via a small ladder. The coastal exploration takes place on the beach, no seating areas. Walking up to 2 miles; standing approximately 1.5 hours; terrain includes sand, rocks, and seaweed beds, some slippery surfaces. Sneakers or sturdy water shoes required. Date and timing of activities may be adjusted due to changing tides.

Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: We’ll embark on a scientific exploration with a local marine life expert. We’ll spend time on the water in Vineyard Sound investigating the plant and animal life at the bottom of the ocean. With direction from the experts, bring these sea creatures aboard and analyze their purpose for medical research and the future of medicine. A great way to learn more about Cape Cod's ecological systems!

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Experience life along the coast by observing and learning about the creatures that inhabit these shores on a nearby beach. Bring your bathing suit if you'd like! Before heading back to Plymouth, explore the Cape Cod Canal Visitor Center and participate in a scavenger hunt.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Whale Watching Expedition, Free Time
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: Walking up a ramp to board the whale watch boat; depending on tides, the ramp may be at an incline or decline.

Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: As a special highlight, we’ll go on a whale watching expedition out of Plymouth Harbor. Throughout our adventure, expert naturalists will provide an intriguing look into the “wonderful world of whales” plus commentary on local ecology and the area’s unique history.

Lunch: Aboard the whale watch boat, enjoy a boxed lunch with water.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: We’ll have an evening of fun games with our Group Leader.

DAY
5
Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Greenbriar Nature Center
Plymouth, MA
B,L,D
John Carver Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets, grass.

Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: Boarding our motorcoach, we will head to Hyannis, a charming and characteristic Cape Cod village. We’ll spend the morning at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum on the waterfront, learning about the Cape’s maritime history and culture, ships past and present, and participating in an expert-led hands-on activity.

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided.

Afternoon: Our next field trip is to the town of Sandwich, the oldest on the Cape, where we’ll visit the Greenbriar Nature Center, “a quiet corner of peace and beauty.” We’ll walk through the grounds with a freshwater pond, then participate in a hands-on activity to learn about the creatures that inhabit local waters and analyze them under microscopes. We’ll then return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and share our favorite experiences.

Evening: At leisure. Have one more dip in the pool, take a walk, enjoy the company of new Road Scholar friends, and prepare for departure after our final session in the morning.

DAY
6
Plimoth Grist Mill, Independent Departures
Plymouth, MA
B

Activity note: Hotel check out is by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At hotel.

Morning: We’ll walk to the Plimoth Grist Mill with our Group Leader. After more than a decade of laboriously grinding corn by hand in wooden mortars, the Plimoth colony authorized construction of a water-powered corn grinding (grist) mill on Town Brook in 1636. The mill we see today is a reproduction the 1636 original. Many of the parts — the stones, spindle, and stone furniture — are from the early 1800s and were salvaged from another mill. During our visit, we’ll explore the mill and learn how important the process of grinding corn was in the 1600s. We’ll also learn about the ecology of the Town Brook area, including the annual herring run. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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