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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Welcome to Florida!
  • Arrive in Miami, FL Meet your WorldStrides representative
  • Travel to Key Largo and check into your hotel.
  • Dinner
  • Orientation Meet your Course Leader on the hotel's pool deck for an orientation of your upcoming Florida adventures. Learn about some of the topics you'll cover throughout the week by participating in an exciting team-building activity.
  • Overnight in Key Largo
Day 2 Explore Key Largo's Natural World
  • Breakfast
  • Beach Snorkel Your first snorkeling experience of the week! Your Course Leader will cover all of the tips you need to know for a safe and successful snorkel. Once you get the hang of it, practice using your underwater camera to snap photos.
  • Picnic lunch
  • Pennekamp State Park Navigate the trails and boardwalks with your Course Leader through the fascinating tropical hammock and mangrove swamps of Pennekamp State Park. Catch a glimpse of the wildlife, including herons, egrets, cormorants, and woodland birds.
  • Dolphin Experience Your encounter with these beautiful mammals is sure to be an experience you will never forget. Get in the water to swim with these playful creatures while observing dolphin behavior and anatomy. Learn what it takes to land an exciting and rewarding career as a dolphin trainer.
  • Dinner
  • Island Dolphin Care Center Roll up your sleeves and explore an expansive touch tank inhabited by sea stars, sea cucumbers, crabs, conchs, and rare sea creatures! Head over to the center’s laboratory for a squid dissection before sampling a local culinary treat.
  • Overnight in Key Largo
Day 3 Continue to Discover Marathon
  • Breakfast
  • Turtle Hospital Meet the veterinarians, researchers, and staff who have helped to rehabilitate more than 1,000 sick and injured sea turtles at this world-class sea turtle hospital. See an operating room, where turtles are treated for a range of ailments; observe turtles recovering from surgery in the rehabilitation facility; and learn about conservation efforts of rescued sea turtles.
  • Lunch
  • Curry Hammock State Park Venture south to a more remote area of the Keys and explore seagrass in an area that is exclusive to your group. Get your feet wet in the seagrass beds while dipnetting for a diverse array of species, and then conduct water sampling to evaluate the health of the seagrass beds. Compare findings with your peers and discuss the overall health of Florida’s ecosystems.
  • Dinner
  • Coral Reef Fish Identification During this role-playing exercise, you'll learn how to identify where fish live in the marine shelf based on their adaptations.
  • Overnight in Key Largo
Day 4 Examine Key Largo!
  • Breakfast and hotel check-out
  • Garden Cove Kayak Trip Learn the importance of teamwork as you work in pairs to kayak in and out of different habitats, including mangrove tunnels and coastal areas.
  • Lunch
  • Reef Snorkel Trip Ride a boat to one of Florida’s spectacular offshore coral reefs at Pennekamp State Park, the first underwater park in the United States. Slip into the water to snorkel amid thousands of vibrant tropical fish and coral.
  • Visit a local fruit stand (time permitting)
  • Depart the Keys for the Florida Everglades.
  • Everglades National Park Take an evening hike through the only subtropical preserve in North America. Hear the sounds of thousands of birds, insects, and frogs as you hike beneath the spectacular starry sky in the Everglades. While crossing the boardwalk hovering over the dark marshes, try to catch a glimpse of the alligators lurking below.
  • Hotel check-in and dinner
  • Overnight in the Everglades
Day 5 Shark Valley and Beyond
  • Breakfast and hotel check-out
  • Shark Valley Tram Tour A park ranger will lead you on a tram tour to see alligators, snakes, and countless birds. Learn to properly use binoculars as you observe these animals in their natural habitat.
  • Lunch
  • Depart Miami for home. *This itinerary may be modified and inclusions and airports substituted depending on your travel dates, arrival and departure times, national holidays, hours of operation, and events beyond WorldStrides’ control.

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