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One America Heads to the “Sunshine State”

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Early in the morning on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 students and faculty as part of the annual One America trip departed from the chilly Bay Path campus and headed to sunny Tampa, Florida! It was the first stop on a whirlwind tour of the Sunshine State.

One America is an on-the-road learning experience with requirements that include pre-trip classroom study, a willingness to try new cuisine, an openness to art and culture, and an adventurous spirit to take in the diversity of America. In the past, Bay Path students and professors have visited such noteworthy American cities as Memphis, Tucson, St. Louis, and New Orleans as part of One America. And now there is Florida.

This year our travelers will be experiencing a much warmer January in sunny Florida where it was a comfortable 79 degrees when they arrived—a big difference compared to the wintery 30 degree weather when they departed from Massachusetts. The warm weather means more opportunities for the students to put on the sunblock and be outdoors to explore the great historical and modern culture of Florida. From Tampa to St. Petersburg to Miami, students will visit the Big Cat Rescue, where they will work with various rescued exotic felines and wild cats; challenge their taste buds with culinary food tours in each of the cities; put on their sneakers or flip flops for an urban mural walking tour that will showcase the Salvador Dali Museum; and finally, the ever popular Miami Seaquarium. And they’ll be doing much more!

But don’t just take our word for it—see what our adventurers are up to by visiting their blog at Our travelers will be updating the blog with their stories and pictures from the trip that will be sure to delight readers and travelers alike.