21018
Key Largo
Intergenerational: Snorkeling the Coral Reef in Key Largo
Discover the Florida Keys, where you and your grandchild will snorkel one of the world’s largest reefs, visit a sea turtle hospital and learn from experts at a historic marine park.
Rating (5)
Program No. 21018RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Print All
Map details are not available for this location.
View Map
Expand All
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
Getting There
See travel details and required documents
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Tavernier/Key Largo
D
Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration& Orientation: 5:30 p.m. We will gather in our reserved room at the hotel to register with the program staff and receive welcome packets containing name-tags, the up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. 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. Travel and transfers will be via passenger van. Everyone who wishes to snorkel must be able to swim. When we go snorkeling, everyone will be provided with a safety vest that must be worn at all times (USCG requirement). We will also provide a mask, snorkel, and fins; or, you may use your own. Our days will be filled with fun adventures and activities, so we do not have scheduled evening programs. This is a great time for “grands” to spend time together, sharing what these experiences mean to each of us, and also to enjoy the resort’s amenities. 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.

Dinner: We will walk to a local restaurant and have plated meals with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, stroll along the boardwalk, then settle in and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
Mangrove Jungle Walk, Glass Bottom Boat, Aquarium, Snorkel
Tavernier/Key Largo
B,L,D
Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Activity note: Getting in/out of a passenger van. Walking approximately 1 mile in the state park; boardwalk and pathways. Snorkeling practice on the beach. Everyone who wishes to snorkel must be able to swim.

Breakfast: We will ride to a local restaurant and have plated meals with beverage choices of orange juice, coffee, tea, water. Breakfast will be here each morning.

Morning: We’ll hop into our van for a field trip to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. This was America’s very first undersea park, established in 1963 to protect and preserve the only living coral reef in the continental U.S. Together with the adjoining Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the park is about 25 miles long and reaches three miles into the Atlantic Ocean. It includes coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps with lots of marine life and many shore birds above the water. We’ll go on an expert-led walk through a mangrove habitat to learn about the importance of this dynamic living environment, why mangroves are essential to the reefs, and how the mangrove system is the second most productive bio-zone on the planet. Especially for kids: We’ll then hop aboard a 65-foot glass-bottom catamaran for a look into the undersea world. As we pass through the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, we’ll be able to see a number of shallow reefs teeming with wildlife.

Lunch: At the park we’ll have a picnic lunch where everyone can make their own sandwiches plus salads, juice, iced tea, water.

Afternoon: We’ll go next to the park’s Environmental Education and Visitor Center for a slide presentation on reef fish identification to help identify fish we may see later on the reefs. The living, fragile, shallow-water coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are vibrant with color and activity. One of the best ways to experience the reefs is by snorkeling, and we’ll have a supervised snorkeling practice session on the beach. If you’ve already had experience snorkeling, this will be a refresher. Everyone, regardless of age, who wishes to snorkel must be able to swim.

Dinner: We’ll ride to a local restaurant for a plated dinner with beverage choices of coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Talk over the day's experiences and enjoy what the resort has to offer.

DAY
3
Turtle Hospital, Curry Hammock State Park, Beach Walk
Tavernier/Key Largo
B,L,D
Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Activity note: Getting in/out of a passenger van. For state park field trip, wear water shoes or old sneakers; we will get wet wading through sea grass beds along the shore.

Breakfast: Local restaurant plated meal.

Morning: We’ll ride in our van for a field trip to the Turtle Hospital, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles. Its animal care professionals perform a variety of surgeries on different species and sizes of sea turtles with the goal of returning them to the ocean where they can live as live creatures. The hospital has successfully treated more than 1,000 sea turtles that have been taken to appropriate release points. We’ll begin with a staff presentation on sea turtles and what the hospital is doing to help them. Then, we’ll go behind the scenes to explore the facilities and rehabilitation areas. Note: Sea turtles are an endangered/threatened species and should not be touched or handled by anyone unless authorized by the Turtle Hospital. Especially for kids: At the conclusion of our exploration, we’ll have a chance to feed some of the permanent residents.

Lunch: At Curry Hammock State park, we’ll have a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Especially for kids: Our next field trip is to Curry Hammock State Park where a park ranger will lead a walk along the beach to discover what lives at the waters edge. We’ll wade through the shallow, near shore ecosystem with collection nets to gather and learn about small creatures that live within the sea grass beds, then put them back safely.

Dinner: Local restaurant plated meal.

Evening: At leisure. Our days are full of wonder, learning, and fun. Share experiences with one another and look forward to tomorrow.

DAY
4
Snorkeling the Coral Reef, Free Time
Tavernier/Key Largo
B,L,D
Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Activity note: Getting in/out of a passenger van. For snorkeling field trip, everyone will be provided with a safety vest that must be worn at all times (USCG requirement). We will also provide a mask, snorkel, and fins; or, you may use your own. Bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and maybe a change of dry clothes. Follow all rules and regulations to avoid harming sanctuary resources.

Breakfast: Local restaurant plated meal.

Morning: We’ll head to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary with for our first snorkeling field trip. This sanctuary protects the third-largest living coral barrier reef system in the world. With our Group Leader and boat staff supervising, we’ll go snorkeling in the shallow-water coral reefs, vibrant with color and activity, to appreciate more of the biology of corals and their importance and see the fish swimming around. We’ll follow all sanctuary rules and regulations to protect these resources and be good stewards of the environment. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Lunch: Local restaurant plated meal.

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: Local restaurant plated meal.

Evening: At leisure. Another set of great memories to add to your collection. Spend time with "grands" and new friends, and get some rest for our last full day of the program tomorrow.

DAY
5
Snorkeling Field Trip, Theater of the Sea
Tavernier/Key Largo
B,L,D
Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo

Activity note: Getting in/out of a passenger van. For snorkeling field trip, everyone will be provided with a safety vest that must be worn at all times (USCG requirement). We will also provide a mask, snorkel, and fins; or, you may use your own. Bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and maybe a change of dry clothes. Follow all rules and regulations to avoid harming sanctuary resources.

Breakfast: Local restaurant plated meal.

Morning: We’ll go on another snorkeling field trip, returning to the living, shallow-water coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to see and learn more. In addition to the colorful corals, fishes, and other “critters,” we’ll see a variety of seagrasses under water as well as birds and other wildlife above the water.

Lunch: On the hotel grounds, we’ll have a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Our last field trip will take us to Theater of the Sea that began more than 70 years ago — as a rock quarry! The quarry had provided material for an amazing engineering achievement, the Oversea Railroad in the early 1900s. It eventually filled with sea water and fish. An enterprising family of animal lovers saw the possibilities for a facility that would provide a home for marine mammals and other animals. They would also share them with the public to inspire awareness and sensitivity towards the animals, the environment, and conservation issues. Today, Theater of the Sea offers shows that exhibit animal behaviors and give people a chance to see them in action. Animals that live here include alligators, bottlenose dolphins, marine invertebrates, parrots, raptors, sea lions, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and many kinds of fish. They also rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been injured or can’t be released back into the wild for different reasons. Especially for kids: Depending on what’s going on at the park that day, we’ll have opportunities to see dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows that integrate anatomy, animal husbandry, conservation issues, and natural history.

Dinner: Local restaurant plated meal. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during at our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy our last evening together on the program with “grands” and new friends. Then prepare for check-out and departure after our closing session in the morning.

DAY
6
Wrap-up Session, Program Concludes
Tavernier/Key Largo
B

Activity note: Airport shuttle to Miami departs at 9:00 a.m. Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Local restaurant plated meal.

Morning: We’ll have an informal wrap-up session with our Group Leader to share what was most interesting, exciting, and enjoyable. 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!