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Spaceships & Surfboards: Cocoa Beach With Your Grandchild

Hang ten and blast off as you take surfing lessons, explore the Indian River Lagoon, strap into a space shuttle experience and have lunch with a real-live astronaut on the Space Coast.
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Program No. 22825RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499 / ADULT
1,099 / CHILD
Florida

Spaceships & Surfboards: Cocoa Beach With Your Grandchild

Hang ten and blast off as you take surfing lessons, explore the Indian River Lagoon, strap into a space shuttle experience and have lunch with a real-live astronaut on the Space Coast.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499 / ADULT
1,099 / CHILD
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,499 / ADULT
1,099 / CHILD
Program No. 22825RJ

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At a Glance

Hang ten and blast off to Florida’s Space Coast. On this extraordinary adventure, you and your grandchild will learn to ride the waves together in one of the best surf spots in the East — Cocoa Beach, home to the legendary Ron Jon Surf Shop. Then head to Kennedy Space Center for an out-of-this-world experience. Come face-to-face with rockets and shuttles, watch larger-than-life 3D IMAX® films and strap into a shuttle experience designed by astronauts. From Florida’s lagoons and sparkling coast to the exciting new frontiers of outer space, explore three very different habitats with your grandchild by your side.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day, two-hour surf lesson and kayaking 3-4 miles for 3 hours.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • At the Kennedy Space Center, have lunch with an astronaut and learn about life in space from someone who has been there firsthand!
  • Take a surfing lesson with your grandchild from one of Florida’s best surfing schools.
  • Kayak together around the harbor islands as you watch for wildlife like manatees, and see some wildlife up close during a live animal show.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Anne Peery
Anne Peery is a Mississippi native and Tallahassee resident with experience in the Florida executive branch and cabinet staff positions; executive leadership of a statewide historic preservation non-profit; conservation real estate project management with a national non-profit organization; private sector real estate brokerage and land use consulting; and numerous state and community service activities. She was the first executive director of the Florida Communities Trust and director of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, responsible for producing major educational conferences across Florida.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Anne Peery is a Mississippi native and Tallahassee resident with experience in the Florida executive branch and cabinet staff positions; executive leadership of a statewide historic preservation non-profit; conservation real estate project management with a national non-profit organization; private sector real estate brokerage and land use consulting; and numerous state and community service activities. She was the first executive director of the Florida Communities Trust and director of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, responsible for producing major educational conferences across Florida.
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Anita Allen grew up in Indiana and now lives in Coral Springs, Florida. She earned her BA in zoology and MAs in environmental science and geography. She worked for many years in environmental protection and water management along with assisting with sports specialty travel groups around the world. Anita now leads groups for Road Scholar in Florida. When not leading groups, she enjoys running, kayaking and taking photographs.
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Cocoa Beach, Florida (Then and Now Series)
by Wade Arnold
Cocoa Beach welcomes millions of visitors every year, but the city has always managed to keep a small town atmosphere. In 1940, it was a cozy little waterfront town with less than 50 people. A few years after World War II, America's space race began, and the city was never the same.
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Cocoa Beach, FL
D
Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral

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

Afternoon: Program Registration. 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to meet the Group Leader and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. Don't forget to bring your name tags which are included with this information packet! If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone 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. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent 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. Periods in the 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: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, relax, settle in, get a good night’s rest for the day ahead, and have fun!

DAY
2
Kennedy Space Center, Chat With An Astronaut
Cocoa Beach, FL
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 40 miles roundtrip; about 1.5 hours total. Walking dependent on personal preference at the Kennedy Space Center; seating areas to rest throughout facility.

Breakfast: At the hotel each morning, we’ll gather in the main breakfast room for a delicious buffet breakfast including choices like an egg dish, breakfast meats and potatoes, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, assorted breads and pastries, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: After transferring via motorcoach, we’ll start off our exciting adventures with an independent exploration of Kennedy Space Center. Be sure to check out the Heroes & Legends exhibit, which is an amazing new addition to Kennedy Space Center that celebrates pioneers of NASA's early space programs. Before we fully explore the Center, we'll join a group of fellow space enthusiasts for a "chat" with an astronaut. During the experience, an astronaut will offer tales of their experiences in space and working with NASA. There is a different astronaut each time so you never know which one will be joining us, but they are all terrific and very interesting. Snacks, soft drinks, and water included. There will be a photo opportunity afterward.

Lunch: At Kennedy Space Center to enjoy what you'd like with vouchers.

Afternoon: Our Kennedy Space Center field trip will continue with more self-led exploration. If you have not been yet, a trip to the Apollo/Saturn V Center is in order to explore the exhibits surrounding these two series of missions. Most notably, the giant F1 thruster engines of the Saturn V moon rockets that took the first humans to the moon in the 1960s and 1970s are showcased here along with command modules from Apollo XIV, space suits, and even real lunar samples that you can touch. Also on site to view is the monumental 363-foot rocket, which was launched 13 times from the Kennedy Space Center.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy plated meals with soft drinks and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Enjoy a group activity with your fellow Road Scholars, use the pool, which will be open until 11:00 p.m., or just relax. Please remember, a grandparent must be with their grandchild at all times.

DAY
3
Surf Lessons, Free Time
Cocoa Beach, FL
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral

Activity note: Surfing lesson will be approximately 2 hours and will include swimming and paddling. Be sure to bring your own water and sun protection. Surfing activity waiver is required for participation; please sign it and return it to Road Scholar prior to the start of the program.

Breakfast: At the hotel each morning, we’ll gather in the main breakfast room for a delicious buffet breakfast including choices like an egg dish, breakfast meats and potatoes, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, assorted breads and pastries, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Grab your swimwear and we’ll walk across the street to meet on the beach for our group surf lesson. Our instructors will provide a water safety lesson before we learn the basics of surfing. By the end you will be amazed at how well you are doing. Grandparents are welcome to join the grandchildren in this activity if they would like to participate, or you may just wish to take pictures of your loved ones learning while relaxing in the Florida sun.

Lunch: On the beach, we’ll have boxed lunches featuring a sandwich, chips, fruit, and water.

Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to continue practicing your surfing skills. Grandparents must supervise children wishing to continue practicing surfing.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Gathering at the hotel with our fellow Road Scholar surfers, we’ll hear from our expert instructors through an exclusive presentation about their experiences riding the waves and tales of hanging ten.

DAY
4
Kennedy Space Center
Cocoa Beach, FL
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 81 miles throughout the day; about 2 hours total with stops. Walking at space center is dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: At the hotel each morning, we’ll gather in the main breakfast room for a delicious buffet breakfast including choices like an egg dish, breakfast meats and potatoes, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, assorted breads and pastries, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Boarding our motorcoach, we'll return to Kennedy Space Center with our multi-day passes to experience the things we might have missed last time. During independent exploration, you may want to catch the IMAX movies, try out the Shuttle Launch Experience, and pilot the Astronaut Training Simulators if you haven't already.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy plated meals with soft drinks and water included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll return to the hotel. Take some time to enjoy the downtime on your own to do what you like. You may want to take advantage of the stretch of Cocoa Beach across from the hotel, enjoy the beach or pool, or just relax until dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Back at the hotel, we’ll spend the evening with our fellow participants and show off all of our newfound space knowledge with a trivia game about outer space.

DAY
5
Kayaking, Sams House, Live Animal Show, Mini Golf
Cocoa Beach, FL
B,L,D
Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach/Cape Canaveral

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 65 miles throughout the day; about 2 hours total, with stops for field trips. Walking up to 2 miles total throughout the day; up to 2 hours during mini golf activity. Getting in/out of tandem kayaks; paddling about 2 miles; approx. 2 hours; all grandchildren ride tandem with a grandparent. Be sure to bring a towel, bug spray, water, and sun protection.

Breakfast: At the hotel each morning, we’ll gather in the main breakfast room for a delicious buffet breakfast including choices like an egg dish, breakfast meats and potatoes, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, assorted breads and pastries, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Boarding our shuttle, we will head to our launch point and set out on a morning kayaking field trip around the harbor islands. Upon arrival, our kayaking leaders will provide a presentation on safety and proper technique before we grab paddles. Aboard tandem kayaks with your grandchild, we’ll have the opportunity to hopefully see wildlife like manatees and various species of birds! Our expert kayaking leaders will do their best at adjusting course to give us the best experience. After our paddle, we'll reboard our motorcoach and head over to Sams House at the nearby Pine Island Conservation Area. During our interactive field trip, we'll learn more about the plants and animals that call this protected land and the adjacent Indian River Lagoon home. We'll also have time for a look inside Sams House, home of the pioneer Sams family and the oldest standing house in Brevard County, FL. Bring bug spray and water with you as we'll be spending periods of time outdoors in the Conservation Area. Afterward, we'll return to the hotel.

Lunch: At Sams House, we'll enjoy a boxed lunch in a covered area.

Afternoon: After a brief rest at the hotel, we’ll rendezvous at a predetermined time and place for transfer from the hotel to Golf N Gator. In a private space, we'll get up close to a selection of animals introduced to us by a local expert in our own private show. We’ll learn about the particular characteristics of each species including many that are native to central Florida. After our animal encounter, we'll enjoy our last evening with our new friends as we wind down with 18 holes of mini golf. Fore!

Dinner: After Golf N Gator, we'll board our motorcoach and head to a local restaurant overlooking Port Canaveral for a Farewell Dinner. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: We’ll return to the hotel afterwards for the remainder of the evening at leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Cocoa Beach, FL
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel each morning, we’ll gather in the main breakfast room for a delicious buffet breakfast including choices like an egg dish, breakfast meats and potatoes, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, assorted breads and pastries, and fresh fruit, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We’ll say goodbye to our fellow participants and prepare for independent departures. Be sure to get your certificate of completion at the end of the program and have a safe trip home! This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.