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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Summer Solstice Day of Fun & the Sun:  Historic Cocoa Village, Astronaut Memorial Planetarium, Florida Solar Energy Center, Grimaldi Chocolate Factory

Historic Cocoa Village where we will have lunch & browse the shops. Following lunch, we will head over to Eastern Florida State College to visit the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium where will see an intriguing IMAX film about the Sun: SOLAR MAX followed with a Summer Sky Star Show. We will leave the Planetarium and take a short ride to other side of the college campus where the University of Central Florida has its Florida Solar Energy Research Center.

Cost: $85 pp includes transportation, admission to planetarium and shows and a visit to the Florida Solar Energy Center. On the way back to Vero, we will make a brief stop at the Grimaldi Chocolate Factory in Rockledge—home of the famous chocolate covered potato chip!


 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Solomon’s Castle
Ona, Florida

“A one-of-a-kind attraction” Located in the “quieter” part of Florida

After reading 10 pages of positive reviews, Day Trippin’ with Patti & Vicky decided to “take the plunge” (no pun intended) and organize a trip to one of Florida’s MOST unique attractions. Artist, Howard Solomon, began building his “dream castle” in 1974 out of aluminum printing plates that were being discarded by the local newspaper. He even made his own stained-glass windows! Years later, the ever-evolving, gleaming 3-story castle covers 12,000 sq. ft. including the courtyard filled with sculptures made from discarded automotive parts and a 60-ft. replica of a 16th century Portuguese galleon that serves as the Boat-on-the-Moat restaurant (which I hear serves very good food). Solomon was known for his ever ongoing puns during this tours; he has since passed away, but the tour guides still use his script. Decorated with more than 80 interpretive stained glass windows and countless metal sculptures, Solomon’s Castle is a day long delight hidden away in the lush Florida woodlands.

Cost: $100 pp includes full day at the Castle.


 

Friday, July 28, 2017
It’s Peak Season for Caladiums!

25th Annual Caladium Festival
Lake Placid, FL

Caladiums are grown in the large fields in Lake Placid, Florida, the nation’s Caladium Capital and have been compared to the tulip fields in Holland for their beauty. The 40+ varieties of red, white,  pink and all combinations of the colors are truly works of art! The annual Caladium Festival celebrates this beautiful plant with guided caladium field tours, art competitions and vendors, bulb and plant sale and more! Our group will be given a morning bus tour of the caladium fields so that we can enjoy lunch and the festivities downtown. You will also be able to see some of the town’s famous murals on this day trip. We will be taking a bus so that you can bring back plants and bulbs to Vero.

Cost : $80 pp—includes bus transportation, caladium field tour & festival. Lunch will be on your own in one of Lake Placid’s charming eateries. We will have snacks and cold bottled water on the bus.


 

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Live at the Gardens!  Z-Street Speakeasy Band 
Bok Tower Gardens
Lake Wales, FL

It’s Live at the Gardens again for the day trippers! We’ve seen the Big Chill from the ‘60’s and the Irish Lift Band—now we’re going to hear some Swing and Jazz with a little Great Gatsby and right–up-to-the-present sounds—Rock, Pop and R & B. Concert starts at 7:30 pm. We will depart Vero Beach at 2:30 pm so that we can arrive at Bok Tower in time for you to walk through the gardens, tour the Visitors Center’s exhibits, visit the museum gift shop and enjoy a casual but quality dinner in the Blue Palmetto Café.

Cost: $100 pp includes transportation & admission to Bok Tower Gardens and Concert. Food and beverages are not included in the $100.

 


 

November 3 - 5, 2017
Overnight Trip  to St. Simons  Island - The Golden Isles of  Georgia

Located on the southern part of Georgia's scenic coastline and only four hours driving time  from Vero Beach, St. Simons Island is rich in beauty and culture.  St. Simons Island is the  largest barrier island in the Golden Isles and was made famous by poet Sidney Lanier and  novelist Eugenia Price.  We will spend two nights and three days in the Village of St. Simons which offers a view of the waterfront with ships passing by, a tour of the beautiful lighthouse, quaint shops along tree-lined streets and restaurants that offer a variety of culinary delights including fresh seafood. We will stay in the Village's oldest hotel - the Village Inn and Pub, winner of the 2003 Coastal Living Award and is walking distance to the entire village area; We will venture outside the village for a few hours when we take a guided tour of other  historical sites in and around St. Simon's Island - i.e., Christ Church, Fort Frederica, the old  Coast Guard Station and Museum, eateries, etc.

Cost:  Double accommodations: $450 pp; Single:  $550 pp.  Cost includes:  bus transportation aboard large bus; two nights stay at the Village Inn; wine and cheese reception; breakfast each morning at the Village Inn; admission to the Lighthouse; guided tour of St. Simon’s Island & snacks aboard bus.