In the spring of 2017 LIFE  sponsored a series of group field trips for our members.  This first series included three trips to local attractions in the Orlando area.  This was a successful test program and the LIFE board has agreed to continue the program into the fall 2017 semester.   A tentative Fall 2017 schedule is shown below.  Sign Ups will start at the first fall class August 22, 2017

If you are interested in helping out with this new program contact Marie Ruckstuhl at



For all events sign-up and payment will be via PayPal.  Tour prices are for contracted special group rates. This may result in minimum and maximum tour group size.  Tours must be paid for when signing up.  Fees are non-refundable  unless the member or coordinator can find a replacement and member notifies the coordinator at least 3 days before the event.   We must enter as a group in order to get the group rate.  So please arrive 10-15 minutes before scheduled time for visit.  

1.     Orlando Science Center Docent Tour 

Date: Monday , September 11, 2017  10 AM

Orlando Science Center, 777 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803

Minimum of 15, Maximum of 25 people for tour

Parking: on your own.  Parking available in covered parking garage for $5 per vehicle, paid individually at garage.

There is a covered walkway to Science Center on Level 2.  Elevator is available if you park on another level.

This is a docent led tour through the Science Center, approximately 1-1.5 hours.  After the tour you may have lunch on your own at the Subway on ground floor in the Science Center and then resume your visit of the Science Center on your own.  Movies / shows are offered throughout the day.  You may want to check the web site in advance for offerings that day.  The building is ADA friendly, there are elevators as well as seating in theaters available.  You may want to bring a sweater or light jacket for the shows.

Costs for docent led tour for LIFE member is $20 and includes Tip.


2.   Orlando Shakespeare Theater Docent Tour

and Matinee Show “Man from La Mancha”

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

12:30PM for tour (approximately 1 hr), 2PM for Matinee

 Orlando Shakespeare Theater,  812 E. Rollins Street, Orlando 32803

Minimum 15, Maximum of 30 people

Parking: free, on your own, in front of the building.

At 12:30 PM there is a behind the scenes tour of backstage which includes the costume shop, separate areas of the stage, seam shot (sets).  This will take about an hour.  At 2PM we should be seated for the matinee show of “Man of La Mancha.” Seating will be “in the round” and we will have seats in rows J and K.

Costs for docent led backstage tour, tip and matinee show is $31 per LIFE member.




3.    Leu Gardens and House Tour

Date: Monday, November 13, 2017

Docent led tour 10AM, (takes about 1.5-2 hours)


Leu Gardens and House, 1920 N. Forest Avenue, Orlando, 32803

Minimum 20, Maximum 40 people

Parking: free

Tour is a docent led walk through the gardens and house. House tour is optional. The house is two story with no elevator.  15 visitors can go through the house at a time. Tours are every 30 minutes. Food is not allowed on the grounds.

Note: Please wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes.  There are vending machines, but no on-site food venues.  Bring your own picnic lunch and eat at the table and chairs on the patio.

Costs for docent led garden tour, including tip, is $15 per LIFE member.




Potential Road Scholar Sponsored 5 day trip to St Augustine, Florida

20 members are needed to schedule this trip.  Sign ups start on August 22,2017

More details to follow.


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