20929
Palm Beach
Passport to Palm Beach
Find out what makes Palm Beach such a unique city as you discuss its sublime architecture, vibrant history, welcoming culture and opulent gardens with experts and local historians.
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Program No. 20929RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
West Palm Beach
D
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown

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 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.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a welcome dinner with your new companions. Available beverages will include coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: 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. During this program, we will walk up to 1 mile per day on uneven terrain, including grass and sand. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Loggerhead Center, Lighthouse, Loxahatchee Battlefield
West Palm Beach
B,L,D
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown

Activity note: Walk along uneven beach surfaces at the Loggerhead Marine Center. Optional: Climb 105 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we will have a buffet featuring a variety of hot and cold items, plus coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Depart the hotel via motorcoach for the Loggerhead Marine Center, home to a variety of educational exhibits, and a rehabilitation hospital for sea turtles and other marine creatures. With a center employee, walk along the beach and learn about the coastal environment that is teeming with life. Returning to the motorcoach, we will ride to the restaurant for lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, enjoy a plated meal, plus non-alcoholic beverages.

Afternoon: Walking from the lunch restaurant, our next field trip brings us to Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, where we will be joined by a museum employee. Built in 1860, the Jupiter Lighthouse and exhibits in the waterfront History Museum are part of the first designated Outstanding Natural Area in the National Landscape Conservation System. The museum occupies a restored WWII Navy building and presents exhibits telling diverse stories of over 5,000 years of human habitation. The handsome red sentinel lighthouse sits upon an ancient Indian mound, making the breathtaking view from the top the most stunning in all of Palm Beach County. Those who would like an extra challenge can climb the stairs to the top of the 108-foot tall lighthouse. Boarding the motor coach, we will head to the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park – a site of some of the battles from the Seminole War – to learn about the sights history with a local expert. In January 1838, two battles took place over a period of ten days between the United States forces and the Seminole Indians during the Second Seminole War.

Dinner: Walk to a local restaurant near the hotel for a plated meal, plus non-alcoholic beverages.

Evening: At leisure. You are free to explore more of the area on your own or return to the hotel.

DAY
3
Local Architecture, Flagler Museum, Worth Avenue
West Palm Beach
B,L,D
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown

Activity note: Walking up to 1 hour through a historic mansion at the Flagler Museum. Walking up to 1 mile on uneven terrain down historic Worth Avenue.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Aboard our motorcoach, learn about some of the history and architecture we are about to encounter from a local expert as we ride to the Flagler Museum, also known as Whitehall. Upon our arrival, we will explore the grandeur of Henry Flagler’s Whitehall, the railroad baron’s love-inspired, 55-room, 60,000 square foot wedding gift to his wife. This opulent landmark was singularly responsible for establishing the “Palm Beach Season” for the wealthy of the Gilded Era and every era since.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will have a plated meal, plus non-alcoholic beverages.

Afternoon: We’ll stroll through Old Palm Beach on Worth Avenue on an expert led historical walk. Enchanted by the wealth coming into the area, merchants moved to what is now Worth Avenue and quickly became known for high-quality merchandise. As we walk down the avenue, we will learn about Addison Mizner, Henry Flagler, and other influential people.

Dinner: Walk to a local restaurant near the hotel for a plated meal, plus non-alcoholic beverages.

Evening: At leisure. You are free to explore more of the area on your own or return to the hotel.

DAY
4
Turtles & Ecology, Mounts Botanical Garden, Free Time
West Palm Beach
B,L
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown

Activity note: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours at the botanical garden.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll start the day with an expert-led lecture on turtles and ecology from a local naturalist. At the hotel, we will discuss the fascinating world of turtles in the Palm Beach area and how the local ecology affects these animals. Afterwards, depart the hotel via motorcoach for the Mounts Botanical Garden to visit the area's oldest and largest public garden. See and learn about the 2,000 different species that are housed here including plants native to West Palm Beach and others from six different continents. Departing from the garden, we will return to the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch with the group at a local restaurant.

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 and give directions.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Norton Art Museum, Kennedy Bunker, Maritime History
West Palm Beach
B,L,D
Hyatt Place West Palm Beach/Downtown

Activity note: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours at the museums. Getting on and off a ferry.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Depart the hotel walking to the Norton Museum of Art to explore its permanent collections. Included in it’s collections of over 7,000 works are paintings by artists such as Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Hopper, O’Keefe, and Pollock. We will visit the American Art collection, which held significant interest to Ralph Norton, the founder of the museum. Through this collection, Norton preserved pieces of American art from his era in the early 20th century, and demonstrated the history of American Art from the 18th century onward. Departing the Norton Museum via motor coach, we'll head to the marina where we'll board a ferry to Peanut Island.

Lunch: On Peanut Island, enjoy a boxed lunch.

Afternoon: Our next field trip brings us to the Kennedy Bunker for a visit with a local expert. During the Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis, President John F. Kennedy recommended all Americans build a fallout shelter as quickly as possible. In 1961, a secret bomb shelter was built for the President near his family's winter estate in Palm Beach. Although the bomb shelter was never needed, it is a sobering example of how real the threat of mutually assured destruction was throughout the Cold War Era. We'll also visit the Palm Beach Maritime History Museum in the company of a expert. See the artifacts throughout the museum while learning about the local marine environment and personalities that make the history of Palm Beach maritime life storied and unique. At the end of our visit, enjoy some free time on Peanut Island, to explore at your own pace. We will return to the mainland via ferry.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy our last meal as a group together and share your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for departure following our closing session in the morning.

DAY
6
AM Lecture, Program Concludes
West Palm Beach
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: With a local expert at the hotel, continue to learn about Palm Beach with a fascinating lecture. 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!






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