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Extended Trips and Tours



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.

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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.

Photo highlights from the Mackinac Island Trip October 2011l!
Thanks to Scott Short for providing these wonderful photos.

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 We are offering the Mackinac Island trip in 2014!  Download the Brochure today!



2014 Extended Trips and Tours

June 29-July 1         French Lick Springs Hotel: Via motorcoach, features two nights at French Springs Resort & Casino, activities including winery tour, Patoka Lake cruise and French Lick Springs Railroad excursion;3 days, 5 meals ($585 double) French Lick Springs Hotel 1-French Lick





Sept 2-14                       Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise:Fairbanks, Sternwheeler Discovery, Denali National Park, Music of Denali Dinner Theater, McKinley, Luxury Domed Rail, Whittier, Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan, Inside Passage; 13 days, 22 meals, ($5,081 double w/air fare)

Sept  7-14               The Best of Eastern Canada : Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, 1000 Islands, Toronto, Niagara Falls; 8 days, 11 meals ($3,299 double w/air fare)

Sept 16-24              Rhine River Cruise: Amsterdam Canal Cruise, MS Gerard Schmitter, Volendam, Zaanse Schans, Cologne, Rhine Valley & Vinyards, Rudesheim, Lorelei Rock, Heidelberg Castle, Strasbourg, 9 days, 19 meals ($4,849 double w/air fare)

Sept 20-28                Trains of the Colorado Rockies…Highlights … Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Georgetown Loop, Grand Junction, Durango & Silverton, Mesa Verde National Park, Royal Gorge Railroad, Pike’s Peak Cog Railway; 12 meals ($2,659 – Double includes air fare) 

Sept 26-Oct 5           Alpine Lakes and Scenic TrainsHighlights …Lake Zurich Cruise, Golden Pass Train, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Bernina Pass Train, Ferry Ride on Lake Como, Como, Lucerne; 12 meals ($4,269-Double includes air fare). 

Oct 4-9                      Albuquerque Balloon Festival  Highlights...Santa Fe, Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe School of Cooking, Turquoise Trail, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, Nuclear Science & History Museum, Indian Cultural Museum. 6 days, 8 meals ($2,279-Double includes air fare).

Oct 6-16                    Imperial Cities – Highlights … Prague, Hradcany Castle, Prague Diner’s Choice, Vienna, Schoenbrunn Palace, Grinzing Evening, Danube River Cruise, Bratislava, Budapest, Matthias Church, Fisherman’s Bastion, Szentendre, Renaissance Dinner; 14 meals ($3849-Double includes air fare)

Oct 9-15       Autumn in New England: 7 days ($2,399 double w/air fare) Boston, Salem, House of Seven Gables, Norman Rockwell Museum, Apple Orchard, Southern Vermont, Bennington, Vermont Farm, Vermont Country Store, Wolfeboro, Portland Head Light, Kennebunkport, Lobster Dinner; 7 Days, 9 meals ($2,399 double w/air fare)

Oct 12-14                  Michigan’s Jewel – Mackinac Island Via motorcoach, 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 meals ($590 double) Grand Hotel1-GrandHotel Page 1





Dec 1-5                      New York City Holiday  Highlights...Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Statue of Liberty, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Broadway Show.  5 Days, 5 Meals, ($2749-Double includes air fare







 Left to right:Ernie Young, Judy Erhardt, Alyssa
Grawcock, Esther Grawcock, Judy Young and Art



Day Trips

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Photos from a recent trip to Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan!

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

2014 Chicago Auto Show

Join us as we travel to McCormick Place for the exciting 2014 Auto Show. You’ll see one- of- a-kind concepts and high end cars as you browse through the exciting new models. Photos are allowed, so be sure to bring your camera. If you want to leave the show and come back in, be sure to get your hand stamped. A continental breakfast, rolls, coffee and juice will be served en route. A box lunch will be provided for you to take into the show (included). A fast food stop at Culvers (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code                        Date             Day               Fee
175007-S1               2/15             Sa                 $75

Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and E. State Blvd.

Returns 9:30 p.m. 

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Spring is just around the corner and the Chicago Flower and Garden Show will again blossom along Chicagos lakefront. After arriving at Navy Piers popular festival marketplace, you have an hour to sample the specialty shops before we board our 700-passenger ship, Spirit of Chicago for a 2-hour luncheon buffet, floral arrangement demonstration . . . and incredible skyline views! After docking, you can stroll through the corridor filled with beautiful stained glass windows on your way to the Flower and Garden Show. You will enjoy lush theme gardens, creative tablescapes, demon- strations by florists and chefs, gardening seminars and the popular marketplace. Whether you are a beginning gardener, a seasoned pro or a horticultural aficionado seeking whats new and trendy, you will find Chicagos first blush with spring to be invigorating. Continental breakfast is served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code                       Date             Day               Fee
175000-S1              3/15             Sa                 $99

Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.

Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Broadway in Chicago presents “Motown - The Musical”
It began as one man’s story and became every- one’s music. “Motown - The Musical” is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from  featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our  lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now experience it live on stage with us as we travel to Chicago for an evening at the theatre. An early supper at “The Mity Nice Grill” in Water Tower will start our evening off as we sit down for a delicious family style dinner. Then it’s a short ride to the Oriental Theatre where we will be seated center stage in the first four rows of the Loge. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served en route.
Code             Date Day  Fee
275013-W1   4/23 W    $175
Departs:  1:00 p.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 2:00 a.m.

Tulip Time Festival
Holland, Michigan  blooms with hospitality  as this charming city welcomes us to its 85th  Tulip Time Festival. Our day begins with a visit to Neils’ Dutch Village where we’ll learn to make a delicious Dutch treat called a Blanket. Then we’ll sit down for an authentic Dutch buffet and a tour of the Village. A short ride past colorful tulip lanes takes us to Centennial Park where 200 juried exhibitors will be showing fine art and original crafts for sale. A continental break- fast 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 5/3 Sa $89
Departs: 7:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns:  9:30 p.m.

Springtime Visit to Chicago
Celebrate springtime with a day in Chicago! Browse the shops along the Magnificent Mile or the stores in the Loop; meander through muse- ums; stroll through Millennium Park; visit Navy Pier or ride a river cruise or a sightseeing bus! The choice is yours today! The coach will drop off and pick up at a central location between Grand Avenue and Illinois Street near Michi- gan Avenue and the Chicago River. Maps will be provided to help you locate your favorite spots! Continental breakfast will be served en route. Lunch in Chicago and a fast food stop on the way home are on your own.

Code             Date Day Fee
275005-S1    5/17 Sa $55
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs Baseball
Calling all die-hard Cubs fans! It’s the long awaited baseball season and four motorcoach trips are heading to Chicago’s historic Wrigley Field. Lower terrace seats are reserved for each game to watch all your favorite players in action as they battle National League teams! A box lunch and beverage (included) is provided en route to the ballpark. A fast food stop (on your own) is made on the way home.
Code Date Day Fee
Cubs vs. Pirates
375000-C8  6/20              F                   $79
Cubs vs. Rockies
375000-D4  7/31              Th                 $79
Cubs vs. Brewers
375000-C4  8/14              Th                 $79
Cubs vs. Orioles
375000-D5  8/22              F                   $79

Departs:  8:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Festival of Arts in Grand Rapids
Join us for a day of fun at the 45th Festival of Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Downtown Grand Rapids comes alive with art, entertain- ment, food and fun activities for the entire family. All festival performances, exhibits and activities are free! There will be six indoor or outdoor stages with music of all types, plus dance, theatre, films, poetry  and  storytell- ing for your enjoyment. The Festival Regional Art Exhibition is a juried show, featuring the works of West Michigan’s  finest  artists.  You can satisfy your appetite with the  dozens  of food booths located throughout the Festival featuring many ethnic specialties. A continental breakfast of rolls, juice and coffee will be served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way hone.
Code             Date              Day               Fee
375011-S1    6/7                Sa                 $65
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 9:30 p.m.

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Saugatuck Shopping
Come with us as we explore this quaint art- ist colony with its many opportunities for one of kind pieces. Whether your interests are antiques or collectibles, clothing and accesso- ries, arts or gifts, jewelry or fine sportswear you’ll enjoy browsing through the specialty shops. For lunch enjoy one of the unique eat- eries 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                Fee
375002-S1   6/21              Sa                  $65
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 9:30 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.

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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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