This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! Next Travel Club Meeting Mar. 1 @ 10 am
Satellite Beach Pelican Park Clubhouse at 1495 A1A Monday Travel Desk is open Mondays from 11am
to noon at the Freedom 7 Cocoa Beach Country Club and on the first Thursday of the month at the
Satellite Beach Schechter Center from 11:30am to 12 pm Club benefit: free door to door transportation
with vacations or cruises of 7 days or longer booked through the club! Free travel consulting by CTC
(Certified Travel Counselor) and Cruise, Tour and Vacation Discounts available to club members!
Transportation is by Van or Motorcoach according to group size! Groups of 10 to 12 can order their
own pick up spot or even their own Van tour departure. Handicapped and Impaired Travelers are
with browsing time on the Worlds most famous Beach area. A stop at the South Beach welcome center at Loomis Park to view the History of the area and it=s resurgence or an optional visit to the Wolfsonian Museum which is one of the Premier Art Deco museums in the Country. We will also take a cruise from Bayside to the area known as AMillionaires Row@ past the homes of Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and the former Al Capone home. Bayside is the two story Rouse Company project which has a Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gumps and some authentic Cuban Cuisine overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. Cost $65 members $70 guests includes transportation, boat ride and tour.
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s 8:15am and Walmart Palm Bay Blvd. Murphy’s 8:35am Return apx. 9:30 pm
The Daytona Museum of Art is loaded with a variety of things to see including the largest collection of Cuban Art outside of Cuba. American Art and Antiques, Planetarium, Art Deco Streamline Trains, Florida History from the Mastodon to the present and the Root Museum of Coca Cola bottles, dolls and bear collection. $70 includes guide, show, lunch and transportation. Leaves Walmart Viera at 8:30am and returns around 5:30pm.
Highlights of the Jupiter Island Cruise and Tour:
The Endangered Turtle Center-The Center is a non-profit education, research and rehabilitation facility for endangered and protected sea turtles. The Center monitors one of the most active sea turtle nesting beaches in the world as well as providing educational field trips to over 20,000 students per year. A new 12,000 square foot facility opening in the future will provide classroom space for 150 students, a wet lab, complete sea turtle hospital, increased exhibit and aquarium. Here you can now see huge Turtles swimming eating and being cared for by specialists who are knowledgeable in their specialized field. There are very few facilities of this kind available for touring.Boatride of the rich and famous-Tour the Intracoastal Waterway and Loxahatchee River. The Jupiter Island Tour is where you’ll see the single largest concentration of wealth in America. Cruise around Jupiter Island on the Manatee Queen past the home of Burt Reynolds and the late Perry Como. The average property value of this incredible Island is $6 million and one large estate and property is valued in access of $200 million. The viewing from the water side is unique in an up close and personal way that the driving tour simply can’t replicate. Also see where Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet filmed the video for the hit song, “its 5 o’clock somewhere.” Jupiter Highlights include Boat ride, Jupiter Lighthouse, Turtle Refuge and lunch on own at the Crab House. Leave CB 7:30a SB 8a and Suntree 8:15 returning around 6:30pm. Members $70 Guests $75
A quaint Southern downtown area with antique shops, decorative homes, Florida’s oldest diner, an Antebellum home, town azalea parade along the banks of the St. John’s River. Further Azalea viewing will follow the downtown festival with a drive through the Ravine State Park which looks down at the WPA project that planted the azaleas there and can be viewed from scenic outposts or an old fashioned swinging rope bridge. Members $49 Guests $55 Leave Suntree 7:30am SB 7:45a & CB 8:15a Return around 5-6p.
Plant City Strawberry Festival. All the attractions; Bluegrass, Racing Pigs, Comedy, Magic and Country stars of one of the World’s largest Strawberry Festivals plus a short driving tour of the Southern style homes in the historic district. Sea Lion Splash Show Come and be greeted by our friendly sea lions who possess personality plus. One look in their eyes and it's love at first sight. The only traveling, self-contained sea lion show in the United States. See close up how sea lions react in a natural setting. Learn how they act in the wild and how we can preserve them. The last stop is for flats of strawberry’s and the best strawberry shake in the World at the Giant Parkside Market and Nursery. Today’s concert lineup includes Ronnie McDowell Wish Farms Soundstage Performing at 10:30 am. The Walker Brothers are nationally acclaimed musicians who have performed nationally and internationally at many great venues including several shows on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Cory and Jarrod Walker have been featured on CBS and ABC television specials with Keith Urban, Ricky Skaggs, Earl Scruggs and Kix Brooks. Located in the Sweetbay Supermarket Showcase Tent. $60 Leave Ascension Catholic Church at 7:15am apx. 7p.
The Winter Park Art Festival
Winter Park is one of Florida’s most beautiful cities and they have one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious art festivals. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied to attend this event.
On Friday, 16 March, MOAACC has a bus trip to this festival. You will have two options for this trip: 1). spend six hours at the art festival; or 2) split the six hours and have a three hour guided tour of Winter Park (Rollins College, Azalea Park, Winter Park Village, viewing the beautiful homes and lakes and a Dutch treat lunch at the acclaimed Tolla’s Restaurant) and then three hours at the festival.
The famous Morse Gallery museum, which boasts housing the world’s largest collection of Tiffany glass, is on Park Avenue (site of the festival).
Departure on Friday, 16 March, will be: 1). at 8 AM from The Tides’ South parking lot, Patrick AFB; and 2). at 8:30 AM from the At Ease Club at the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC). The bus is scheduled to arrive in Winter Park at 9:45 AM. Departure from Winter Park will be at 3:45 PM, arriving home around 5 PM. All times are approximate. We are fortunate to have our favorite tour guide, Lee.
Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park.
ART CATEGORIES-There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Watercolor and Wood. Leave PAB 8am IRCC 8:30am
Members $40 Guests $45 includes transportation and tour
In its 33st year, Hatsume Fair features three stages of continuous entertainment including taiko drumming, martial art demonstrations, children's activities, and Japanese Folk Tales and more!
Also included are avenues of artisan booths, plant sales, anime dealers, Asian and American food vendors and Garden!
Members $50 Guests $55 includes admissions, tour and transportation Leave CB 7:45am, SB
8:15am and Suntree 8:30am returning around 8pm
After arriving late morning, you will have time to stroll the downtown area with its more than 80 shops along cobbled lanes shaded by moss-draped oaks. Scattered throughout blocks of historic landmarks, you may discover eclectic offerings from specialty gifts such as handmade candles, woven goods, wood crafts and more. Lunch today is at the famous Columbia Restaurant in the historic district. After lunch, we will go on a sightseeing tour that will take you back to America’s Gilded Age in the collection of collections known as the Lightner Museum. It features costumes, furnishings, mechanized musical instruments and other artifacts of 19th century life, along with cut glass, Victorian art glass and Tiffany stained glass. We will visit the high ceiling Venetian architecture church which is home to Flagler’s tomb and the largest pipe organ in the Southeast.
$70 includes tour, lunch and transportation. Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station Return around 7 – 7:30 p.m.
A natural landmark attraction for many years is the Devil’s Millhopper which is sometimes called the upside salad bowl because of its’ abundant greenery. This includes a nature walk down a number of steps with many lookout points along the way. Lunch will be at Satchel’s Nationally renown Pizzeria with Subs, salads and Pastas. Believe or not this was a former junkyard (excuse me antique collectors depot) which gained National attention during the weekly CBS broadcast of the Gators on SEC Saturdays when an a sports announcer couldn’t stop raving about Satchels. The University Museum of natural History is the best in the State with wonderful exhibits and dioramas of our past and the Harn Art Museum in the same complex has several art collections and an original Monet. Option-If you’re into butterfly’s today is the day for a release of several exotic species in the Amazon Butterfly Garden at the same cultural complex. Leave Suntree 7am SB 7:15am and CB 7:45am with a return around 9-10pm.
Members $65 Guests $70 includes museums, Nature park entrance, tour and transportation.
You can come along on this day trip and be part of the creative team to investigate a potential Spa Weekend in Tampa. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is Florida’s only natural mineral springs resort spa. We will lunch here and tour the spa facilities along with the nearby Indian Mound and Museum of History. Another interesting stop on this tour is the Tampa College which features a history of Henry Plant and his opulent furniture and collections from what was once the largest hotel in the World.
Members $55 Guests $60 Includes Entrances, Tour and Transportation Leave Suntree 7:45a SB 8am and CB 8:30am
The Dade City Pioneer Village is one of the most authentic and entertaining Pioneer Replications of its kind. The old wooden school house, antique tractor equipment, the moonshine still, the railroad history, and the beautiful setting. Here you can tour the facilities and enjoy the entertainment. We will also include a tour of the town known for its’ unique restaurants, antique shops and old fashioned southern courthouse. $49 Members $55 guests includes admission, transportation and tour. Leave Suntree 8am, SB 8:15am & CB 8:45am return around 7pm.
This trip is a Florida Treasure of Foliage and Waterfalls and Springs, Oh My. The Ivy House covered in Ivy is a reasonable version of the best Southern Cuisine found in Savannah or Charleston in a special setting. The Raspberry Ice Tea and the Pecan Crusted Chicken and the Sunday fixins melt in your mouth. Rainbow Springs is arguably the most beautiful park in Florida for Natural Scenery. Members $49 Guests $55 includes transportation and entrance fee! Leave Suntree 7:45a SB 8am and CB 8:30am Return around 8pm.
*Waitlist Only-April 18th High Tea at the Grand Floridian
In conjunction with MOAA Military Group
Tuesday, 24 April 2012, we have a great bus trip to: 1). the Navy SEAL Museum in Ft. Pierce; 2). a luxurious lunch at Mangrove Matties, overlooking the Ft. Pierce Inlet and jetty rock formations directly across from the WW-II SEAL training site; and 3). the Smithsonian Marine and Aquarium in Ft. Pierce. Lee will be our tour guide
In 2007 we took a trip to the SEAL Museum. Since then the museum has nearly doubled in size and has added many new exhibits. One addition is the 10,000 pound fiberglass lifeboat on which the Somalia pirates held the Maersk Alabama Captain hostage for four days in 2009 before the Navy SEALs shot and killed the pirates.
At the Mangrove Matties restaurant you will have a lunch choice of fish, chicken or a beef entrée. The Smithsonian Aquarium visitors can explore six different Florida marine habitats. The largest aquarium is a model of a Caribbean coral reef. Other displays include living models of sea-grass, mangrove, estuarine and near shore habitants, as well as a deep water Ocarina coral reef. There are several smaller aquarium displays and a touch tank where you can meet some of our local sea creatures. The cost for this trip is $70 per person, which includes transportation, admissions, escort and wine & crackers on the return trip. You can board the bus at 8 AM at the South parking lot of the Tides, Patrick AFB, or at 8:30 AM at the Indian River Colony Club (IRCC). Our return is scheduled for 5 PM.
Historic District of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island ‑
Fernandina moved from Old Town to its present location to become the terminus of Florida=s first cross‑state railroad, constructed 1856‑61 from Fernandina to Cedar Key. In 1973, a 30‑block area of Fernandina was named a Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places because of the amazing preservation of late Victorian architecture. In 1987 the District was expanded to include 50 blocks. Today, we will enjoy a driving and walking tour, stopping to visit the most impressive of the 44 incredible buildings. Fernandina Beach is a slice of Victorian Decor. The B&B’s are the showcase for that industry. The town’s history includes rulers of eight different flags including some colorful Pirate characters. The extensive Amelia Island Plantation sits in a landscaped and wooded setting next to two State Parks. Another State Park is Fort Clinch which has Canon Demonstrations, outfits and civil war history. Touring the fort’s medical facilities from that time period is fascinating although painful even to look at. The fort sits directly over the water from Georgia. The festival entertainment includes musical acts directly overlooking the harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. The festival booths extend for several blocks in two directions with buildings to browse through including Florida’s oldest pub and the courthouse. The driving tour includes some scenic buildings and homes of the Victorian Style. Members $65 Guests $70 Leave Suntree 7:45a SB 8am and CB 8:30am return around 9-10pm.
In the Planning stages: Blueberry Festival in Cross Creek Micanopy in May, Fall Foliage Sights along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Long Drive trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon with stops at New Orleans and San Antonio on route.
December 1, 2012- 10 Night MSC Cruise to the Islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Colombia and Panama-see separate flyer
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