Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Walking approximately 2 miles; city sidewalks.
Program Registration. After 4:00 p.m., come to the hotel's boardroom located on the lower level to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously). If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: 5:00 p.m. 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 questions. This is a Road Scholar Grandparent program. Grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Group Leaders on our programs are highly trained and knowledgeable about many aspects of the city. We will also have the benefit of local experts who will provide information and commentary on areas of particular interest. 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.
We will walk to a neighborhood restaurant and have a plated meal with beverage choices of soft drinks, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll walk over to one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks: The Empire State Building. Completed in 1929, this was the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years and has its own zip code. We’ll visit the observation deck on the 86th Floor. If you want to attend an event independently such as a Broadway show or a performance at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, etc., you may want to order tickets in advance. Same-day tickets for many performances are available at 20% to 50% off regular prices at the TKTS Discount Booth. The Group Leader will be happy to give advice on how to make it go as smoothly as possible. See www.tdf.org for details.