Afternoon: Check-in at hotel at 4:00PM. Road Scholar orientation session in the hotel conference room at 4:30PM. Start your family's experience with an informative overview of the week to come, and a chance to meet our staff and your fellow participants. Pick up your folder which contains the updated schedule of program activities, meals, suggested sites to visit during your stay, your name badge, and a map of the Galveston area. The coordinator will provide contact names and phone numbers of program leaders, define responsibilities of the hotel, and mention safety guidelines and emergency procedures. The coordinator will orient you to the hotel location on maps, and discuss program details. Breakfast is at the hotel each day, lunch at restaurants near attractions and dinners at restaurants around town and at the resort hotel. Meet the teacher who will be with us all week, who will lead some fun get-acquainted activities for you and your grandchild to get to know others in the group.
Dinner: Get to know the other participants over a catered dinner in the hotel, followed by a gathering by the pool.
Activity note: Stand and walk for 2-3 hours in museum.
Breakfast: Hot breakfast served at hotel daily.
Morning: Your week of discovery begins with an all-day experience at Moody Gardens. Encounter rare Saki Monkeys, beautiful macaws and other animals and plants in the tropical rainforest pyramid. Uncover the mysteries of the sea in the aquarium pyramid, where you’ll visit penguins, seals, sharks, eels, and more tropical fish than you can count. An educational presentation from a staff member will enhance your experience.
Lunch: Savor a delicious buffet meal with a view of the water at Moody Gardens.
Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Moody Gardens. You’ll have some time to explore the exhibits on your own. You may want to take a ride in the harbor on a paddlewheel boat. Or, head outside to the Garden’s Palm Beach, a water attraction where you can float in a lazy river, relax in a wave pool or head down a slide for a refreshing afternoon cool-down. There are several 3D movies offered during the afternoon and other indoor exhibits.
Dinner: Enjoy a variety of entree choices at a local restaurant near the resort.
Evening: Learn more about the US space program in preparation for your visit to the Johnson Space Center.
Activity note: Board private motor coach and tram. Stand and walk at museum for up to 2-3 hours.
Breakfast: Hot breakfast served at hotel each day.
Morning: Spend a fun-filled day learning about the conquest of space. A visit to Space Center Houston will get you an up-close and personal visit with a space shuttle, and a Saturn rocket, used to launch the first Americans into space in the 1960s. A tram ride takes you through the Space Center complex to discover the past, present and future of space travel. See the original mission control, used by NASA to oversee and control the first space flight and the Apollo moon landings.
Lunch: Lunch at Space Center Houston.
Afternoon: Get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA operations with a trip into the Johnson Space Center and a visit to the Neutral Buoyancy Lab. You'll marvel at the size of the 6 million gallon pool used to train astronauts how to work in space by simulating a weightless environment. You'll also enjoy a special treat when our group meets with an astronaut who has been on the International Space Station will talk to us about her experiences there. She'll tell us about her training, and her experience working with Russian astronauts, as she was launched from Russia to begin her time in the Space Station. She'll provide a unique opportunity to learn about living in space for an extended period of time!
Dinner: Enjoy a seafood meal on Galveston Island.
Activity note: Walk several blocks, stand in the lab for up to one hour
Breakfast: Hot breakfast served at hotel each day.
Morning: We'll begin with a lesson from the teacher who works with our group all week about sea turtles and coral reefs. Then, we'll tour of the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Sea Turtle Lab. View turtles of all sizes as you learn about the loggerhead turtle captive rearing program. Contemplate the impact of pollution and other environmental hazards to endangered species of turtles and other sea mammals. Find out about the latest developments in equipment and fishing methods to try to protect endangered animals in the fishing industry and see the results of satellite telemetry studies to track the location and nesting habits of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles.
Lunch: Discover why Texans love Tex-Mex food with a visit to a popular local Mexican food restaurant for lunch.
Afternoon: The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the island. You may choose to go to the beach, the Pleasure Pier with its assortment of amusement park rides, the Lone Star Flight Museum, a railroad museum, or Schlitterbahn, a unique Texas-based water park. Galveston is also proud of its new Bryan Museum, with a large collection of artifacts, art and documents from the American Southwest.
Dinner: Unscheduled dinner to explore a variety of local restaurants.
Activity note: Board a motor coach, stand for 1-2 hours
Breakfast: Hot breakfast served at the hotel daily.
Morning: Conservationists will enjoy seeing the results of a local salvage effort during a tour of Galveston's tree sculptures. See how local citizens converted trees damaged by 2008's Hurricane Ike into symbols of rejuvenation by creating sculptures from uprooted trees. Your visit to the historic neighborhoods of Galveston with the tree sculptures will be followed by a visit to a floating National Historic Landmark. Experience the power of a tropical hurricane as you watch the movie, “The Great Storm,” which chronicles the destruction of Galveston in 1900, an event which forever changed its history.
Lunch: Choose your lunch from one of the many interesting restaurants in Galveston's Strand District- there's something for every taste!
Afternoon: Learn all about sharks in a presentation from Sea Camp staff at Texas A & M University at Galveston's marine biology staff. You'll learn the differences between sharks, rays and bony fishes. You'll be able to distinguish between different species of sharks and get to dissect a dogfish shark and examine the stomach contents and heart. During the shark presentation, those who choose to do so may visit historic buildings and homes with an expert in local history instead of the lab activity. At the end of the day, everyone can get out on the water on the Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry and try to spot dolphins racing the boat.
Dinner: Celebrate your week of fun and learning at a festive farewell dinner at a well-known local restaurant.
Breakfast: Full breakfast served at hotel daily.
Morning: Did you know there were pirates in Galveston? A member of the Jean Lafitte Society will tell you about the pirate colony that existed on the island almost 200 years ago. Complete thank-you keepsake for grandparents from a trip to remember.