20929
Florida
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
Length
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
Marriott West Palm Beach

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. 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.

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: At leisure. Take the rest of the evening to settle in and rest up for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Loggerhead Center, Lighthouse, Loxahatchee Battlefield
West Palm Beach
B,L,D
Marriott West Palm Beach

Activity note: Walking along uneven beach surfaces at the Loggerhead Marine Center; you may elect to 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: We will 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 a local restaurant for lunch.

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

Afternoon: Walking from our lunch destination, our next field trip will be at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum, where we will be joined by a museum employee. Built in 1860, the Jupiter Lighthouse and the 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 features 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 motorcoach, we will head to the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park – a site of some of the battles from the Seminole War – to learn about the site's 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
Marriott West Palm Beach

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, we will 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, which 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
Marriott West Palm Beach

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. Afterward, we will depart the hotel via motorcoach for the Mounts Botanical Garden to visit the area's oldest and largest public garden. We will see and learn about the 2,000 different species that are housed here including plants native to West Palm Beach and other species from six different continents. Departing from the garden, we will return to the hotel.

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, Jonathan Dickinson State Park
West Palm Beach
B,L,D
Marriott West Palm Beach

Activity note: Walking and standing for up to 2 hours at the museum; getting on and off a boat.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, we will depart the hotel and walk over to the Norton Museum of Art to explore its permanent collections. Included in its 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 motorcoach, we will head over to Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

Lunch: At Jonathan Dickinson State Park, we will enjoy a boxed lunch.

Afternoon: Our next field trip will bring us to Jonathan Dickinson State Park along the Loxahatchee River, Florida's first federally designated Wild and Scenic River. Enjoy a nature boat ride along the river, while your captain provides commentary on the surrounding wildlife and environment. Along the way, learn about the history of the park, which was previously Camp Murphy, a top-secret Army base during World War II, and a classic Florida roadside attraction run by Trapper Nelson, a legendary animal trapper known to locals as the 'Wildman of Loxahatchee'.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will enjoy our last meal as a group together and share our 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, we will 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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