20394
Miami
Coconut Grove and the Many Faces of Miami
Treat your senses to the wonders of Miami, exploring its historic neighborhoods, world-class cuisine, impressive architecture and beautiful beaches with both friends and local experts.
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Program No. 20394RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Miami
D
Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel

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

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table 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 and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a 3-course meal with a choice of several non-alcoholic beverages.

Evening: Take the rest of the evening to settle in and good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Coral Gables, Kampong Gardens, Coconut Grove, Cuban Exiles
Miami
B,L,D
Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from a selection of hot and cold items and coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll board a motor coach to explore the Coral Gables neighborhood with expert commentary. Located in southwest Miami, Coral Gables was developed during the Florida land boom of the 1920’s. One of the first planned communities, it is home to landmarks such as the Biltmore Hotel, George Merrick House, and Venetian Pool. Next, we’ll visit Kampong National Botanic Gardens with its fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees. This is the former estate of David Fairchild, an early “Indiana Jones” type explorer who traveled throughout Southeast Asia. He brought back many exotic plants to the US from his travels; learn about how his how his plant collections influenced the diets of the American people. His home which includes his study and laboratory is now a museum. The museum also holds the historical documents and photographs that led to the creation of the Florida Everglades as a national park.

Lunch: With the group near the Kampong Gardens.

Afternoon: Re-boarding the motorcoach, we ride through the Coconut Grove neighborhood with a local expert and drive through one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami that boasts a diverse history providing a haven for artists, musicians, and writers.

Dinner: At a local restaurant in Coconut Grove.

Evening: At the hotel we will learn about the history of Cuban exiles and the connection between Cuba and Miami from a local expert in preparation for tomorrow's day of Cuban themed activities.

DAY
3
Freedom Tower, Little Havana
Miami
B,L,D
Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll take our motor coach to the Freedom Tower in Miami for our first stop. There, we will view some contemporary art exhibits including Cuban art depicting their exile and journey to freedom.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will meet our local expert who will lead us on a walking field trip through Little Havana. Many cultures have characteristic games and in Little Havana it's dominoes. We begin at Máximo Gómez Park, popularly known as Domino Park, where locals gather to play the national game of Cuba, dominoes. The park is named for the military commander of that country's war of independence. As we learn about the history, culture, and people of Little Havana during our walk, we will stop along the way for Cuban coffee and other delights.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Boat Cruise, Barnacle House, Free Time
Miami
B
Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles. Getting on and off a boat ramp with a flight of stairs on the boat.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We’ll walk to the Marina and board a boat, where we will experience Miami from the water. An on-board narrator will expand our knowledge of the historic locations along the 5.5 miles of the Miami River. Learn about the histories of the Tequesta Indians and local notables like Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler, while taking in the scenery of historical landmarks and the Miami skyline. Next, we'll walk over to the Barnacle House — Miami’s oldest house in its original location. Now a Florida State Park within Coconut Grove, the Barnacle was built in 1891 by Ralph Middleton Munroe, one of the neighborhoods founders and a leading designer of sailing yachts. Situated on the shore of Biscayne Bay, Munroe designed yachts from his home for the citizens of Miami.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Art Deco District, Walking Wynwood, Flamenco Performance
Miami
B,L,D
Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on city sidewalks and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: To start the day, we'll hear from a local Art Deco expert to learn more about this pervasive style seen in Miami. Then, aboard our motorcoach, we’ll ride down South Beach as we learn from our expert about the many reincarnations of the area. The first area of Miami to be developed, it was completely destroyed by the 1926 hurricane has since been shaped by the growth of if Miami. Having gained popularity in the interwar period, the style is notable for strong colors, geometric patterns, and over-the-top decorations. We’ll then go on an expert led walking field trip focusing on the architecture of the world famous Art Deco District. The first 20th century neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it contains some 800 historically significant structures. These vibrantly colored buildings represent an era when Miami Beach was heavily promoted and developed as a "tropical playground."

Lunch: Eat lunch at a local restaurant in South Beach.

Afternoon: We will explore the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. During our field trip, we’ll see how an area once suffering from urban blight, race riots, and gang violence has transformed into a incubator for artists and creative entrepreneurs. We’ll see the large scale murals, thriving street artists, and the inspiring history that has made it one of the most renowned creative neighborhoods in the world. Stop by a private collection to get a better understanding of the neighborhood as a whole and see some of the famous art.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a farewell dinner with good food and company.

Evening: At the hotel, we’ll be entertained by a performance of Flamenco dancing with a local dancer.

DAY
6
Florida Land Boom of the 1920's, Program Concludes
Miami
B

Activity note: Hotel check out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: One of city's leading historians will join us at the hotel to discuss the history of greater Miami. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!