22969
Florida
Great American Get-Together in Miami
Celebrate learning during a gala event as you explore the diverse and vibrant neighborhoods of Miami, from Little Havana to the Art Deco District.
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Program No. 22969RJ
Length
8 days
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8 days
7 nights
15 meals
7 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Program Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Miami
D
Hyatt Regency Miami

Activity note: In the information packet sent from Road Scholar, please be sure to review the details about the airport shuttles organized by Road Scholar for those who have booked their air with Road Scholar. Hotel check-in is from 4:00 p.m., but you will have an opportunity to register with program staff from 3:00 p.m. If you arrive early, the hotel will hold your luggage for you so that you may go out to explore the surrounding area.

Afternoon: 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. After you check-in and registration, you will have orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. 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: At the hotel, we’ll have a 3-course plated meal with a choice of several non-alcoholic beverages; other beverages available for purchase.

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

DAY
2
Educational City Walk, Miami History, Cuban Exiles
Miami
B,L,D
Hyatt Regency Miami

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; paved sidewalks.

Breakfast: At the hotel, choose what you like from the buffet featuring a selection of hot and cold items and coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will start our morning with an explorative walk around downtown Miami with our Group Leaders. While viewing some of its most interesting and unique buildings and getting oriented with the neighborhood, we’ll learn about the history of Miami and how it came to be the city that it is today.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Setting out again on foot, we’ll head to the Miami Dade Cultural Center, also known as History Miami, to explore with a museum expert. Presenting the history of Miami and South Florida as an American crossroads, the museum offers various collections and exhibitions to connect its rich past with the ever-evolving future of the region and its diverse inhabitants.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At the hotel, a local expert on Cuban exiles will join us to give a lecture about the history of Cuban exiles, as well as the connection between Cuba and Miami, in preparation for our Cuban themed activities the following day.

DAY
3
Little Havana, Wynwood
Miami
B,L
Hyatt Regency Miami

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; city streets, some uneven terrain. Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: This morning, we’ll join local experts on a walking field trip through Little Havana. Many cultures have characteristic games and in Little Havana, it's dominoes. We’ll begin at Máximo Gómez Park, popularly known as Domino Park, where locals gather to play the national game of Cuba, dominoes. The park is named for the military commander of that country's war of independence. As we learn about the history, culture, and people of Little Havana during our walk, we will stop along the way for Cuban coffee and other delights.

Lunch: At a restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood, we’ll share a family-style meal with non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will explore the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami. During our field trip, we’ll see how an area once suffering from urban blight, race riots, and gang violence has transformed into a incubator for artists and creative entrepreneurs. We'll visit a private collection to gain a better understanding of the neighborhood and view some of its famous art. We'll also spend some time afterward exploring the large scale murals made by thriving street artists that has made Wynwood one of the most renowned creative neighborhoods in the world.

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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Exploring Miami Neighborhoods, Little Haiti, Freedom Tower
Miami
B,L
Hyatt Regency Miami

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; city streets, some uneven terrain. Getting on/off a motorcoach.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: One of city's leading historians will join us at the hotel to accompany us on a motorcoach field trip throughout the city. As we go, we’ll see and learn about some of Miami's famous neighborhoods such as Coconut Grove and Coral Gables

Lunch: At a local restaurant en route to Little Haiti.

Afternoon: Next, we'll board the motorcoach and head over to the Little Haiti Cultural Complex where we will explore Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood on foot and learn from a local expert about its history and its inhabitants. We will then finish the afternoon with a visit to the Freedom Tower to explore the art galleries within. With a museum expert, we’ll view some contemporary art exhibits including Cuban art depicting their exile and journey to freedom.

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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Anhinga Trail, Farm-to-Table Meal, Fairchild Botanic Gardens
Miami
B,L
Hyatt Regency Miami

Activity note: Walking about 2.5 miles throughout the day; uneven dirt trails and boardwalks.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After transferring via motorcoach to the famous Anhinga Trail at the Royal Palm area of Everglades National Park, we’ll go on a pleasant walk following the trails and boardwalks to get close-up views of wildlife, perhaps including gators, turtles, Roseate Spoonbills, abounding varieties of wading birds and other aquatic species. The Anhinga Trail was so beautiful and indicative of the Everglades that a group of women petitioned for its protection as a state park in the early 20th Century. This state park was the genesis of Everglades National Park, dedicated in 1947.

Lunch: In the second story tiki dining room at a local organic farm, we’ll be treated to a meal made of ingredients sourced directly from the farm; non-alcoholic beverages included.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll transfer via motorcoach to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens where we’ll enjoy a tram ride narrated by the driver through the carefully organized gardens that seamlessly blend art and science. Designed in 1938, its founders sailed around the world collecting diverse tropical plants before being forced to return to the United States due to the outbreak of World War II. Afterwards, take some time independently to explore the gardens on your own, watch the birds, or sit back and relax. We’ll then rendezvous at a predetermined time and place for transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
South Beach, Art Deco District, Wolfsonian
Miami
B,D
Hyatt Regency Miami

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles throughout the day; city sidewalks and uneven terrain.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: To start the day, we'll hear from a local Art Deco expert at the hotel to learn more about this pervasive architectural and decorative style seen in Miami. Then, aboard our motorcoach, we’ll ride down South Beach and learn from our expert about the various booms and busts that have taken place in the area over the years. The first area of Miami to be developed, South Beach was, for instance, completely destroyed by the 1926 hurricane and has since been shaped by the overall growth of Miami. Having gained popularity in the interwar period, the style is notable for strong colors, geometric patterns, and over-the-top decorations. We’ll then go on an expert-led walking field trip focusing on the architecture of the world-famous Art Deco District. The first 20th century neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it contains some 800 historically significant structures. These vibrantly colored buildings represent an era when Miami Beach was heavily promoted and developed as a "tropical playground."

Lunch: On you own in South Beach. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: After rendezvousing at a predetermined time and place, we’ll walk over to the Wolfsonian–Florida International University to view their impressive collection of pieces that illustrate the persuasive power of art and design. Lead by an expert, we will explore the two most prominent collections that highlight the Industrial Revolution and the Second World War while learning more about these two significant historical events. We’ll then gather for transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: At a local restaurant with the group, we’ll have plated meals with non-alcoholic beverages included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Return to the hotel for a private Flamenco performance from a Miami local. Watch, listen and enjoy the musicians and dancers perform this very traditional and unique style.

DAY
7
Conservation Round Table Discussion, Boat Ride
Miami
B,D
Hyatt Regency Miami

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile throughout the day; city streets. Getting on/off a boat and ramp; the ride is approx. 2 hours.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will begin the day with a round table discussion to further our understanding of Miami as a whole by exploring the future of Miami and the precariousness inherent to its scenic location. Being positioned right on the water makes for a beautiful, picturesque city, but with erratic weather and rising sea levels, there is a fear that this thriving city is in peril. Experts specializing in the weather and storm surges will join us at the hotel to present on this topic before opening up to questions in order to engage our fellow participants in conversation about the city, its culture and local people

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: We’ll meet back up with the group at the hotel before experiencing Miami and Miami Beach from the water. Upon arrival at the dock, we’ll board a boat and spend the morning traveling around the waterways off of Miami and South Beach while learning about the local area from an expert.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a delicious plated farewell dinner with non-alcoholic included; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
8
Program Concludes, Departures
Miami
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 11:00 a.m. Shuttles to the airport for those who booked air with Road Scholar will begin departing early morning and continue throughout the day.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: 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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