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The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Travel Service has planned a variety of tours just for you.
To receive a free brochure on a trip that interests you, or for more information, please call Travel
Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Trip brochures including pricing information are also now available on-line. Please click on the trip
of interest to see the brochure.
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Photo highlights from the Mackinac Island Trip!
Thanks to Scott Short for providing these wonderful photos. 

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2017 Extended Trips and Tours

To request a brochure or for more information about extended trips and tours, please call Travel Specialist Sharon Dosen at (260) 427-6017 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 

Louisville Weekend
October 7 & 8

Louisville Weekend Brochure NOW available

Join us for an exciting weekend getaway to beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. You’ll visit Churchill Downs and the Derby Museum, eat lunch at the Derby Café, enjoy a dinner show at the Derby Dinner Play House, stay overnight at the Sheraton Riverside Hotel and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing for the St. James Court Art Fair.

Trip Code #: 475104-A1
Double $295, Single $395, Deposit $100

Grand Hotel/Mackinac Island
October 15-17 

Grand Hotel/Mackinac Island Brochure NOW available
 

Join us for our annual Grand Hotel weekend on Mackinac Island. In honor of the hotel’s 50th Anniversary each guest will receive a special gift in addition to two nights at the Beautiful Grand Hotel, 5 gourmet meals, round trip ferry, round trip horse drawn taxi, carriage tour of Mackinac Island, afternoon tea, and day and evening activities.

Trip  Code #:  475103-S1
Double $690, Single $830, Deposit $250

Make your reservation today by calling 427-6000.

 

2017

October 7 & 8...............................................................
Louisville Weekend Brochure 

October 13-20.............................................................. Colors of New England
Boston, Woodstock, Quechee Gorge, Stowe, North Conway, Lake Winnipesaukee; 8 days, 10 meals ($3,529 double w/air fare)


October 14-22 ........................................................................... Tropical Costa Rica
San Jose, Coffee Plantation, Guanacaste, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Hanging Bridges Tour, Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal Cruise, Cooking Demonstration, Cano Negro Refude, Zarcerco, National Theatre; 9 days, 13 meals ($2,799 double w/air fare)

October 15-17 ............................................................. Grand Hotel/Mackinac Island Brochure 
Michigan’s Jewel – Mackinac Island:  Via motorcoach featuring two nights at historic 4-star Grand Hotel, round trip ferry, round trip horse-drawn taxi, carriage tour of island, day and evening activities; 5 gourmet meal s ($680 – Double, $840 Single) 

Make your reservation today by calling 427-6000.
Code #: 475103-S1 Double $690, Single  $830, Deposit $250
 

November 1-12........................................................................... Dubai, Oman and Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, Falcon Hospital, Old Muscat, Wahiba Tribe, Sultanate of Oman, Camel Ride, Al Ain, Dubai, Desert Safari, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding; 12 days, 19 meals ($6,299 double w/air fare)

November 2-13........................................................................... Highlights of Morocco
Casablanca, Fes, Monkey Watch, Sahara Desert, Camel Ride, High Atlas Mountains, Marrakech; 12 days, 18 meals, ($4,099 double w/air fare)
 
November 2-11................................................................ Hawaiian Adventure: Oahu, Kauai and Maui
Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Oahu’s North Shore, Waimea Canyon, Kauai Coffee Estate, Fern Grotto, Iao Valley, Lahaina Polynesian Luau; 10 days, 13 meals ($5,549 double w/air fare)  

December 11-15..........................................................................Spotlight on New York City Holiday
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, 9/11 Museum or One World Observatory, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Broadway Show; 5 days, 5 meals ($3,049 double w/air fare)
 
2018          
February 18-28.......................................................................... Costa Rica:  A World of Nature
Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano & Manuel Antonio National Park; 11 days, 20 meals ($3,849 double w/air fare)

March 22-27..........................................................Spotlight on Washington, DC:  Exploring America’s  Capital
U. S. Capital Tour, World War II Memorial, White House Visitor Center, Smithsonian Institute, Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon; 6 days, 8 meals ($2,299 double w/air fare)

May 26-June 3............................................................. The Colorado Rockies with Historic Trains
Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, Pikes Cog Railway; 9 days, 12 meals ($3179 double w/air fare)

October 11-16.......................................................................... Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Balloon Fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Turquoise Trail, Santa Fe, Santa Fe School of Cooking;  6 days, 8 meals ($2,749 double w/air fare)

Questions: 427-6017 or sharon.dosen@cityoffortwayne.

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Photos from the 2014 Mackinac Island Trip 

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Day Trips 

 
Many popular Day Trips are planned throughout the year. To see a complete list or to register,
go to: Register now
 

Like to see Day Trips planned for the entire year? NOW AVAILABLE a list of 2017 Day Trips 

Tulip Time Festival

Michigan blooms with hospitality as this charming city welcomes us to its 87th Tulip Time Festival. Our day starts out with a Luncheon Buffet Cruise on the “Holland Princess.”  Then, a short tour of the tulip lined streets as we proceed toward Centennial Park where 200 juried exhibitors will be showing fine art and original crafts for sale. Be sure to check out the Downtown Shops bursting with spring deals before departure. A Continental breakfast will be served en-route and a supper stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code          Date Day Fee
275007-S1  5/6  Sa   $89
Departs:  8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. 
Returns:  10:30 p.m.

Saugatuck Shopping

Come explore this quant artist colony with its many opportunities for one-of-a-kind pieces. Whether your interests are antiques or collectibles, clothing and accessories, arts or gifts, jewelry or fine sportswear you’ll enjoy browsing through the specialty shops.  For lunch enjoy one of the unique eateries located throughout the town or the soda shop at the local drug store.  Whatever you choose this little town will be sure to please. A continental breakfast will be served en-route, with a fast food stop (on your own) on the way home.

Code          Date  Day  Cost
375002-S1 6/10   Sa   $65
Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell
Returns: 9:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor Art Fair!

Spend a delightful day in Michigan at the Ann Arbor Art Fair. For four days each summer, Ann Arbor is transformed into an impressive outdoor art gallery! Over 1,200 prominent and emerging artists and craftspeople come together to sell their wares and speak to your senses with innovation and beauty. Explore booths filled with unique paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, fabrics, toys, glass, wood or metal creations.  Watch artist demonstrations and enjoy live entertainment, too! A continental breakfast will be served en route and a supper stop (included) will be made on the way home at Schuler’s Restaurant in Marshall, Michigan.

Code          Date Day Fee
375001-S1 7/22 Sa   $80
Departs 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell
Returns: 10:00 p.m.
 

Chinatown and the Oriental Museum

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of China in Chicago’s famous Chinatown. This bustling century-old neighborhood offers endless dining and shopping options; the Chinatown Marketplace, full of narrow alleys packed with shops and restaurants will make you feel like you have hopped a flight for a faraway destination. Lunch today is on your own, but no matter which spot you choose you will be sure to have a rich cultural experience. We’ll top our day with a stop at the Oriental Museum before we depart the Windy City. Continental breakfast will be served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code          Date  Day   Fee
375016-S1 8/19  Sa     $65
Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell 
Returns:  9:30 p.m.
 

Shop Nashville and the Edinburgh Premium Outlets 

Join us for a day of shopping in southern Indiana. In Nashville enjoy such delights as watercolor paintings, sculpture, toys from yesterday, stained glass art, custom jewelry, and even custom bird lodgings. Check out the women’s boutiques and enjoy a mouth-watering lunch in one of the local restaurants. In the afternoon, we are off to the Outlets where you will receive a shopping bag and  valuable coupons upon arrival for your shopping adventure. A continental breakfast is served en route with a fast-food supper stop (on your own) on the way home.

Code          Date Day Fee
475016-S1 9/16 Sa   $60
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.      
Returns:  10:30 p.m.
 

A Day at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village

Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan is our destination for the day. Step back into the past as we tour the 80 acre community of old buildings and memorabilia. You will be enchanted as the Village comes alive with the unforgettable sights, sounds and settings of America’s past. Try out one of the delicious restaurants for lunch. An all-day Ride Pass is included for use on the old-time transportation. A continental breakfast is served on the way and a fast food supper stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.  

Code          Date Day Fee
375018-S1 9/9   Sa   $99
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns:  10:30 p.m.

The Dodges and the Fords: Motor City’s Auto Pioneers

Our day starts off with a tour of the beautiful Meadow Brook Hall, historic home of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge. We’ll learn the important role that John and Horace Dodge played in shaping Detroit’s early auto industry. A delicious lunch (included) will follow our tour of the manor. After lunch you are free to stroll the gardens and visit the museum store. We will finish our day at the estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, which sets on 87 acres of lakefront property on Lake St. Clair. The estate was built in 1926 to resemble a cluster of English Cotswold village cottages. A fast food supper stop will be made (on your own) on the way home.

Code          Date Day Fee
375017-S1 7/8   Sa   $99
Departs 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell
Returns: 10:00 p.m.
 

Cancellation Information

All Cancellations on day trips are subject to a $5 or 10% (whichever is greater) per person cancellation fee. Cancellations made within one week of departure will be refunded only if replacements can  be  found.  There  are no refunds for NO-SHOWS. All day trips include the service of a Travel Service escort, motorcoach transportation and all necessary gratuities, including those to the escort and motorcoach driver. All trips feature NO SMOKING on the motorcoaches. 

Day Trip Testimonials

My travel friends (Beckie, Tonda, and Leah) and I would like to say THANK YOU for such a wonderful Chicago Shopping Trip on Saturday, December 1st. Our group had a wonderful time. The price for the trip was unbeatable. The organization of the trip was flawless. Donna was a wonderful hostess who made sure everyone's needs were met. Bob, the bus driver from excursion travel, was the best driver we have ever had and we have been on quite a few bus trips in the past.

We will definitely recommend future bus trips sponsored by Parks and Recreation to our friends and families. We would certainly be interested in taking future bus trips through the Parks and Recreation. This was our first time and I sure it will not be our last.  

Thanks again for such a wonderful time last Saturday.

Michelle V.

Traveler Testimonials:

I want to comment about the trip to Branson. It was a wonderful and well organized event.
Sue and the bus driver were outstanding. Thank you for your attention to all the details that
made up such a nice trip. - Sylvia C. 
   

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