20901
Florida
Inside Fort Lauderdale
Immerse yourself in Fort Lauderdale’s vibrant culture, historic trading posts, natural wonders and beautiful canals that have earned this city its nickname: “The Venice of America.”
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Program No. 20901RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
12 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Riverside Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale
D
Riverside Hotel

Activity note: Check in available from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 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. 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. 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: Enjoy a 3-course meal at the hotel with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert.

Evening: Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the full day ahead.

DAY
2
Stranahan House, River Cruise, History Museum
Riverside Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale
B,L
Riverside Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on uneven terrain; boarding and de-boarding the water taxi.

Breakfast: Our breakfast buffet at the hotel will offer hot and cold items including fresh fruit plus coffee and tea.

Morning: We will take a journey through time in the Stranahan House Museum. This 1901 house built by Frank Stranahan, considered Fort Lauderdale’s founding father, who made friends with the Seminole Indians. The oldest surviving structure in Broward County, it has also served as a trading post, post office, and town hall. The wood-frame vernacular structure has wide porches and a stunning view of the New River. Then, we will head over to the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Led by an expert, we will explore Fort Lauderdale History Center sites including the New River Inn (1905) and the King-Cromartie House (1907), which reveal life from an earlier era.

Lunch: We will eat at a local restaurant on the riverfront.

Afternoon: This city is also known as the “Venice of America” for its 300 miles of navigable inland waterways (part of the Intracoastal Waterway) that stretch from the Everglades to the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Lauderdale is a major yachting center with more than 100 marinas and 42,000 resident yachts, and was built around the New River, which is fed by three major canals originating in the Everglades. We will learn about the waterways of Fort Lauderdale on-board a water taxi. We will take in vistas of lush tropical foliage and aquatic creatures, as well as opulent mansions and notable yachts from an earlier era.

Dinner: Explore local restaurants on Las Olas on your own. This meal has been excluded from the program cost. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: Free Evening. Continue your personal independent explorations and enjoy the camaraderie of new Road Scholar friends.

DAY
3
New River History, Bonnet House Museum, Old Dillard
Riverside Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale
B,L,D
Riverside Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will start the day with a talk from a local expert from the Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University on the importance of the New River. We will learn the history and prehistory of the New River and how it has shaped the lives of its inhabitants for more than 2000 years. Next, we will visit the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Created in 1920 on South Florida oceanfront land, the Bonnet House estate is today a preeminent house museum dedicated to historic and environmental preservation, learning and creative expression. The eclectic design for a Caribbean-style plantation house provided the backdrop to display whimsically painted decorations and the extensive collections of the Birch-Bartlett families. After exploring the house we will traverse the grounds on a tram ride around the property.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Bonnet House, a historic, 35-acre estate and museum.

Afternoon: We will depart after lunch for the Old Dillard Museum. Old Dillard was the first school in the area constructed for people of color, erected on land purchased from Ft. Lauderdale pioneers, Frank and Ivy Stranahan, for a dollar. The original building is long gone, but the Old Dillard Museum of today is a landmark that serves as an educational and cultural center for Ft. Lauderdale's African-American community and as a valuable resource to historians and other visitors interested in Black history.

Dinner: At a local restaurant as a group.

Evening: At leisure

DAY
4
WPBT Lecture, Galleries, Free Time
Riverside Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale
B,L
Riverside Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will meet and hear from a representative of South Florida's public television station WPBT-Wild Florida, which launched in 1953. We will learn about the behind the scenes activities of this popular and important station. Next, we will head out to Las Olas to visit one of its many art galleries. We'll hear from a gallery expert at National Geographic's gallery about the work on display. Then take some time to look around the gallery on your own, or visit another of the dozen or so major international art galleries along the Boulevard.

Lunch: At a local restaurant on Las Olas.

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.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own tonight.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Wildlife Sanctuary at Flamingo Gardens
Riverside Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale
B,L,D
Riverside Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile on uneven terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will depart this morning to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. There, we will peruse with a guide through a collection of over 30,000 unique artifacts and archival items documenting the rich culture and heritage of the Seminole tribe in Florida. Also at the museum is a "Living Village" made up of Chickee style dwellings characterized by a palmetto thatch roof over a cypress log frame. This style was created during the 1800s when Seminole Indians needed a disposable shelter while on the run from U.S. troops charged to create a path for “white” settlement. While in the village, we will watch tribal artisans demonstrate the traditional Seminole arts and crafts of woodcarving, beadwork, basketry, and their distinctive patchwork. We will then depart for Flamingo Gardens.

Lunch: Light fare upon arrival at the Flamingo Gardens Café.

Afternoon: Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens in South Florida. We will explore the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary which is nestled in and around the gardens and is home to more than 90 species of Florida native birds and animals--most permanently injured or non-releasable--including alligators, bobcats, eagles, otter, panthers, peacocks and, of course, flamingos.

Dinner: Enjoy good company and good food during our farewell dinner with a select menu of appetizer, entrée, and dessert.

Evening: After dinner we will attend a lecture with a local historian about why Fort Lauderdale is the "Venice of America." Engage in conversation with new Road Scholar friends and prepare for departure in the morning.

DAY
6
Lecture, Farewells & Wrap Up
Riverside Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale
B

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

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, enjoy one final lecture with a local expert to enhance your expanded knowledge of Fort Lauderdale and South Florida before wrapping up the program. This concludes our program. We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other rewarding 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!






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