Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: Begins at 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar meeting room (usually the Crystal Suite) to register with program staff, get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in. 4:30 Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Program activities and schedules may need to change. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Scheduled free time is set aside for your personal independent exploration. We will pre-select entrées for several lunches and dinners at the hotel and restaurants during the program. Choices will include vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Dinner: In our Road Scholar meeting room, enjoy a plated meal with salad, choice of entrée, and dessert, plus your choice of coffee, tea, water; additional beverages available for purchase.
Evening: This evening our lecture Mark Garland will speak on "Crazy Birds and the Things They Do". Cape May is known for its outstanding bird watching location. Mark will focus on birds from around the world and maybe those in your backyard.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We’ll take a trolley with a local expert to Cape May Point State Park for a series of adventures. First, see a real World War II bunker. Bunkers are reinforced shelters used for protection during battles. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built this one where Navy gunnery crews kept on the look-out for enemy vessels. A submarine actually surrendered at the end of the war! Next is the 157-foot high Cape May Light (lighthouse). It was built in 1859 and still works to aid navigation. If you climb all 199 steps to the top, you’ll have spectacular views and might see dolphins playing beyond the surf We’ll move on to Sunset Beach. As you might guess, it got that name for beautiful sunsets, but there’s more: Cape May Diamonds! Okay, they’re not real diamonds, but pretty special anyway — quartz pebbles you can find in the sand and keep. The larger ones can be faceted and polished to look almost like diamonds. Where do they come from? Ancient gravel from up river that developed almost 3 million years ago! After the field trip, we’ll head into town.
Lunch: We’ll stop at a popular eatery for fish and chips plus your choice of soft drink, coffee, tea, water. After lunch, have dessert on your own. Will it be one of Cape May’s many ice cream stands or something else?
Afternoon: This afternoon we will do a Family Treasure Hunt. Our clue sheet will ask us to find witches' hats and fish scales sometimes hidden as architectural details in the Victorian Houses. Then there will be time to walk around the mall before our bus takes us back to the hotel for a swim.
Dinner: Dinner will be provided on the whale watching boat. It will be a light meal.
Evening: We take off on our Sunset Cruise to search for Whales and Dolphins, and at the same time learn about sea creatures that reside in the sea from our educator and the live tank demonstration. We will return to the hotel at 8:30 PM.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: It is off to the Cape May Zoo. Wildly acclaimed as one of the top "10 " small zoos in the country.
Lunch: We will enjoy a box lunch at the Zoo
Afternoon: We’ll take a short ride on a trolley to Historic Cold Spring Village for an interactive look at how New Jersey residents lived during the “Age of Homespun” two hundred years ago. Children can learn crafts from historically-costumed interpreters, try on clothing that children wore in the early 1800s, and ride through the 30-acre village in horse-drawn carriages.
Dinner: At a local restaurant on the Boardwalk.
Evening: Enjoy "The Magic Show" at the Cape May Convention Center. When it is over we will then walk the Boardwalk back to the hotel approx. 1 mile. Adults can take a taxi.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: With a local expert, we’ll explore the Nature Center of Cape May that was “adopted” by the New Jersey Audubon Society. This is a great place for kids and adults with hands-on learning experiences, a Children’s Garden, an observation deck and tower, and of course, lots of nature.
Lunch: Lunch on your own today when we arrive back at the hotel.
Afternoon: Free Afternoon. See and do more of what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. BTW, Cape May is New Jersey’s #1 dining destination.
Evening: An evening at leisure to enjoy a swim or relax.
Breakfast: At the hotel, our breakfast buffet offers hot and cold items such as eggs, breakfast meats, potatoes, biscuits, fruit, cheese blintzes, bread and rolls, pastries, juice, coffee, tea, water.
Morning: We’ll board our trolley for Wildwood Naval Air Museum, in a restored hangar at what once was a school for dive-bomber pilots. We’ll see real airplanes from World War II, and also modern jets, with the chance to sit in the cockpits of some of them. There’s even a restored control tower where we can try our hand at being an air traffic controller! Other exhibits include flight simulator games, and a restored 1940s-era radio room.
Lunch: We’ll stop at a popular eatery, The Lobster House - a variety of sandwiches are available to choose from.
Afternoon: After lunch, we will stay on the Wharf and our educator will explain the importance of fishing for substance as a business and for pleasure. As we head back to Cape May we’ll board a trolley with a local expert for a kid friendly “Welcome to Cape May” ride around the country’s first seaside resort.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: Our last night is something special. After dinner we will go to Sunset Beach for the lowering ceremony of the United States American Flag. Following that we are off to the cove to look for "ghost crabs" with our scientific educator.
Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 11:00 a.m.
Breakfast: At the hotel. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!