This is a revised work in progress with constant additions!!! Next Travel Club Meeting May 3 @ 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. Travel 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
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. The Restaurant has several interesting craft shops on the second floor of the Old Florida Building. 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.
The World’s Largest Butterfly Exhibit Butterfly World, Festival Flea Market
Butterfly World is the result of one man’s hobby gone wild. Ten acres of aviaries and botanical gardens. Tropical Rain Forest, Butterfly Farm, Rose Garden, Hummingbirds, Lorikeets and a good sized gift shop. Next door to Butterfly World is a collection of bargain shops and a large food court at the Festival Indoor Flea Market which is an attraction in itself. On the return trip a drive by Caps place which used to require a short ferry ride to visit on an island frequented by Al Capone. Caps most famous guests arrived in January 1942, just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin D Roosevelt held war conferences at the Hillsboro Beach Estate of Secretary of State Edward R Stettinus, just a short walk from Cap’s Landing dock. It was natural for them to ferry over to Cap’s for a meal or two in the Yellow Room. Often in attendance were members of the Allied command. Members $65 guests $70 includes transportation and admissions. Leave SB 8am and Suntree 8:15 am Return around 7:30pm.
Butterfly Gardening Workshop
Learn How to Start Your Own Butterfly Garden!
(1) Learn how to identify and attract local butterflies to their own back yards.
(2) Learn about the plants best suited to start a butterfly garden.
(3) See nectar and larval host plants for butterflies which are available in South FL.
(4) Receive a FREE Photo Guide to help identify butterflies and host plants.
(5) Answer any questions you may have.
Workshops are held indoors, in our Grand Plaza. This workshop is Free with Paid Admission
*Waitlist Only-April 18th High Tea at the Grand Floridian
A visit to the Environmental Learning Center and Orange Groves on route to the Lunch at Key West Tropical Style Captain Hirams and the Cruise.
Sebastian River Jungle Cruise
The River Queen sails up the Indian River Lagoon, under the US1 bridges and up the beautiful
winding south fork of the pristine Sebastian River. We typically see Bottle Nose Dolphin,
Manatee, Alligators, turtles, and a variety of wild birds including Osprey and Bald Eagles. (Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours) Leave CB 8:am, SB 8:45a and Suntree 9am with a 5 to 6pm return.
Members $65 Guests $70 includes boat ride, transportation, tour and guide
Jonathon Dickinson State Park Nature Boat Ride and Blowing Rocks Preserve Mini Old Faithful!
The Loxahatchee Queen II takes visitors on a two-hour tour of the river, with a stop at the restored camp of Trapper Nelson, the "Wildman of the Loxahatchee." At the site, park staff lead visitors around the grounds and buildings of a true Florida original, who made his living off the land as a trapper and fur trader. Once fame caught up with Trapper, however, he evolved himself and his home into one of the area's first tourist attractions, "Trapper's Zoo and Jungle Gardens." Trapper's unsolved death in 1968 gives a fitting sense of mystery to the site. Trapper's is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday, and is accessible only by private canoe or boat or by the concession's tour boat. After 50 years of protecting Florida’s great places, The Nature Conservancy considers Blowing Rocks Preserve a top success story.This peaceful, barrier island sanctuary is a well known model for large-scale, native coastal habitat restoration. The carefully restored habitats found here are disappearing fast from many Florida islands! And, a number of endangered plants and animals call this special place home – including three rare sea turtle species. The preserve was named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline – the largest on the U.S. Atlantic coast. During extreme high tides and after winter storms, seas break against the rocks and force plumes of saltwater up to 50 feet skyward. It’s an impressive sight.
Leave CB 8:30am SB9a and Suntree 9:15am and Palm Bay 9:40am with a return around 5 to 5:30pm. Members $60 Guests $65 includes admissions, boat ride, tour, guide and transportation.
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, lunch, 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.
This tour includes many sights to view such as the Hebrew Academy, Historic Temple Emanuel, The Public Mikvah (Water Ritual), The Holocaust Memorial, The Cuban Hebrew Congregation and the Schul in Bal Harbor along with a visit to the Jewish Museum.
The JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA opened in 1995 in a former historic synagogue that housed the first congregation on Miami Beach. Built in 1936, the Henry Hohauser designed building that underwent a two-year restoration for $1.5 million, boasts Art Deco features, a copper dome and 80 stained glass windows. In 2007 the Museum expanded into the original 1929 synagogue next door after a one-year restoration for $1 million. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, the two buildings were connected via a skylighted Bistro. The Museum is much more than beautiful buildings. It is a place that presents its own and traveling exhibits; sponsors cultural and educational programs; houses a Collections & Research Center reflecting nearly 250 years of Florida Jewish history; and communicates Jewish history, art, culture and values to Jews and non-Jews alike in an informal mode. The Museum is also a place where Jews of all ages and stripes discover and reaffirm their rich heritage – thus helping to strengthen Jewish identity and continuity.
Where the traveling exhibit was the launch, the JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA further delves into the state’s rich Jewish history of yesterday and today – for the future. Whether your family has lived in Florida for eight generations, as some have, or just arrived – YOUR story is an important tile in the MOSAIC.
Leave Walmart Viera Murphy’s Gas Station 7:30am and Walmart Palm Bay Murphy’s Gas Station at 8am with a return around 9pm.
Members $60 Guests $65 includes admissions, tour, guide and transportation!
A visit and boat ride at Clearwater Marina home to Winter the Dolphin!
The Clearwater Marina is also home to Stingrays, Dolphins and Sea Turtles.
90 MINUTE SEA LIFE SAFARI BOAT TOUR Hit the high seas! One of the most popular things to do at CMA. Join us aboard the Sea Life Safari for a 90 minute trip into our beautiful intracoastal waters. Look for dolphins, sea birds and other marine life as our staff narrates the scenic ride to a shell island. You'll witness data collection in action as we perform our net pull and pass around sea critters before releasing them back to the bay. A hands-on experience unlike any other cruise!
Members: $70 Guests $75 includes boat ride, and combo ticket with admission to the aquarium, and transportation. *Based on a minimum of 10 participants!
Leave Suntree 7:30am SB 7:45am and CB 8:15am with a 7 to 8pm return.
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.
*** New Tour Saturday May 12 Back in Time-- A visit to Gamble’s Winter Retreat in Port Orange and the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast
Visitors to the museum can visit the five restored buildings from a 1930s Depression-Era citrus business, a 5,000 square foot dairy barn formerly belonging to Governor Millard Caldwell, a fully restored 1890s pioneer homestead, a turn of the last century Dry Goods Store and an archaeological site of John Hewitt's water powered sawmill.
All of these buildings were moved from their original locations and renovated with grant funds provided by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources. In addition to preserving Florida's agricultural past, the museum is also active in the conservation of heritage livestock including rare Florida Cracker Cattle and Horses.
Come visit us and walk with us through five restored buildings from a 1930s Depression-Era citrus business, and a 5,000 square foot dairy barn. Then off to the woods on a tractor pulled trailer to tour an 1890s farmhouse with hands-on activities as well as meeting the farm animals. Our journey continues to Florida’s Black Cowboy Museum then onto a turn of the last century Dry Goods Store where we’ll see how our ancestors shopped and discover the uses of many of the tools they used in their everyday life. Your tour will last from 1½ to 2 hours and is well worth the time spent. Wear comfortable walking shoes, remember you’re on a farm.
Guests to Gamble Place can step back in time to experience the same pristine environment that James N. Gamble (of Procter & Gamble) found so inviting during his first visit to the area in the late 1800's. This 175-acre property, included in the National Register of Historic Places features an historic home, cottage and Citrus Packing House. The "Florida cracker-style" house, named "Egwanulti" (a Native American word meaning "by the water"), was built in 1907, and was used as a winter retreat. The once privately-owned Citrus Packing House is the only one currently in existence in its original location In addition to the buildings, visitors can observe wildlife, ancient cypress trees and beautiful azalea blossoms.ion in Florida. This vanishing piece of history is significant to Florida and our visitors.
Members $49 Guests $55 includes admissions, tours and transportation Leave Suntree 7:30am SB 7:45am and CB 8:15am with a return around 5pm.
May 19th- The Blueberry Festival, Micanopy and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Cracker Home
One could make an argument that the two most influential authors who lived in Florida were Hemingway and Rawlings and their paths crossed. The author of the Yearling and Cross Creek had a homestead in pre-developed Florida and the slogan today is still “the town time forgot”. It is inspirational to see her old fashioned typewriter still on display on the enclosed porch area in the old thyme cracker home which was so vividly described in her writing. The creek which is the subject of a follow up book is right nearby on the present day State Park’s property. The whole area is a throwback in time. In fact, Micanopy which is filled with Oak Trees, boutiques and art galleries was the set for the Michael J Fox Movie, Doc Hollywood. Today you will have the opportunity to experience the Restaurant known as the Yearling named after the book and famous for its’ Southern Cuisine. The area also hosts a substantial collection of antiques available for viewing on this excursion. The Blueberry Festival had bluegrass music and other entertainment and booths on display on this day. $55 members and $59 guests includes tours, entrances, guide and transportation Leave Suntree 7:15am SB 7:30am and CB 8am with a return around 7:30pm.
Although this attraction is geared toward Children which you are welcome to bring along, some of the displays are fascinating for adults as well. Miniland USA features millions of Lego bricks from spectacular reproductions of American landmarks, including Las Vegas, New York City and Washington, D.C. There will also be Florida icons like the Kennedy Space Center and the Daytona Speedway.
Members $85 Guests $90 includes tickets and transportation
Leave CB 9am SB 9:30am and Suntree 9:45am Return around 7pm.
members $75 guests $79 includes transportation and admission to the annual State folk festival featuring five stages of entertainment ranging from Irish to Peruvian to Seminole Indian and an indoor story telling area. The Setting of the Park named after Stephen Foster includes a beautiful tower nestled among the Oaks along the Suwannee River. A craft fair is on hand, book sale and a complimentary transportation shuttle to ride around the large park for an overview of everything going on there.
Suntree 6:30am SB 6:45a and 7:15a CB with a return around 10-10:30pm pm
This dinner theater has a great reputation and is almost the last dinner theater of its kind in the State. It’s a three hour drive that we break up in Brooksville on route and Tarpon Springs on the return. Members $80 Guests $85 includes Show, Meal, Taxes, Transportation and Sightseeing Tours.
Leave Suntree 6:45am SB 7am and CB 7:30am with a return around 7pm
50’S AND 60’S REVUE
The return of a new and improved favorite!
Audiences young and old have loved our classic revues and the most popular of all those shows have been our spectacular jukebox shows. This season not only do we revisit the great music and dancing of the 1950’s but we continue our musical journey into perhaps the most creative period in our Nation’s history – the sizzling 60’s! This is an unforgettable bonanza of music, dancing, and laughter – jam-packed with the 50’s sounds of such greats as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Dave Brubeck, Ritchie Valens, Connie Francis, as well as the 60’s sounds of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and the Papas, Bob Dylan and much, much, much more. This revised and expanded version is a Show Palace premiere and is not to be missed.
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 renowned 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 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.
This private tour is limited to 7 passengers
Day 1: Depart 8:30 am from Groups location with three short shopping stops along the way or way back including the Sawgrass Mills (world’s largest outlet mall) the Rain Barrel Artisans colony, Key’s Souvenirs and Shell shop. We will make a stop in the Everglades National Park Visitors Center to learn more about the importance of this unique Ecosystem. Robert is here is the name of a major large fruit stand in the Nursery area of Homestead, Redland and Florida City. We will drive directly through the River of Grass known as the Everglades with its’ fierce Melelucas along the way. Drive along the Overseas Highway with the Atlantic Ocean on your left and the Gulf of Mexico on your right. Here you will learn about the history and importance of the Ecosystem, and every island over 42 bridges. Make sure you bring your camera for the scenic picture stop at Channel # 5 overlooking the bridge . Early Dinner on route at the Whale Harbor Restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This was voted by our tour participants as the best buffet they ever had on a tour bar none!!! This evening we check into the AAA Best Western directly on the Atlantic Ocean. Our dinners in the Keys include the gourmet dining at the Half Shell Raw Bar known for outstanding Crab Cakes . The ambiance here includes the Historic Seaport with all of the sailboats including the booze cruise, America’s Cup vessels, Fast Cat and the tall Schooner Masts.
Day 2: Today enjoy a fully narrated trolley ride including all of Key West’s major sights with a choice of guided tours of Hemingway House or the new Butterfly and Nature Conservatory or Key West Aquarium for those who have already seen Hemingways.. Browsing time will be allotted on Duval Street. An optional spectacular sunset cruise following or preceding dinner depending on the time of year will be made available. The trolley picks up at the Hotel.
Day 3: After Breakfast we will visit Truman’s little White House and do a walking tour of Hemingway hang outs. We will also visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritville restaurant and shop on Mallory Square near Fast Buck Freddys and the historic La Concha Hotel with the best Panoramic view of Key West from the Rooftop. After an afternoon at leisure at the hotel’s tropical pool and bar we will view the famous sunset at Mallory Square.
Day 4: After breakfast on route home a stop at a Marina will be made for an interactive experience feeding the largest Tarpons you will ever see. Early Dinner at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo known for award winning conch chowder, fish in tequila sauce and a Key Lime freeze or the Cauley Square Tea Room. The final attraction is the three-acre National Historic Site which features an amazing coral castle created by Latvian Ed Leedskalnin=s using nothing but homemade tools that he created from cast off parts, over the 20 years that it took to complete, not one witness has been found that saw construction in progress. Begun in 1920, the amazing structure, comprised of over 1,100 tons of coral rock, features a 9 ton gate and one-of-a-kind sundial. The story of the castle, seen by millions on television, is related for visitors at the site.
Members $800 per person double occupancy guests $810 Single Occ. Plus $270
Deposits $100 per person Balance due One Month prior to departure.
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In the Planning stages: 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.
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