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Day & Extended Travel


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!
Thanks to Scott Short for providing these wonderful photos. 

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2015 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 .

October 2-7, 2015 .................................................... Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Santa Fe, Santa Fe School of Cooking, Turquoise Trail, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Old Town Albuquerque, Nuclear Science & History Museum, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; 6 days, 8 meals ($2,379 double w/air fare)

October 3-10, 2015.................................................. Colors of New England: Boston, Woodstock, Quechee Gorge, Stowe, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, Rocks Estate, North  Conway, Lake Winnipesaukee Cruise, Kancamagus Highway, Boothby Harbor, Lobster Dinner; 8 days, 10 meals   ($3,329 double w/airfare)

October 18-20, 2015.................................................27th Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island Tour, Double $620, Single $780, Deposit $250, Code # 475103-S1
Via motor coach, two nights at historic 4-star Grand Hotel, round trip ferry, round trip horsedrawn taxi, carriage tour of island, day and evening activities; 5 gourmet meals ($620 double,$580 triple, $780 single)

Please note: Online registration is not available for the Mackinac trip. Please call 427-6017 with questions or to request a detailed brochure. To register please call 427-6000.

October 17-28.......................................................... Discover Croatia Lake Bled, The Dalmatian Coast and Dubrovnik, Opatija, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Dubrovnik, Family-Style Dinner in Cilipi, Split, Diocletian’s Palace, Ljubjana, Lake Bled, Pletna Boat Ride, Wine Tasting; 12 days, 15 meals ($3,949 double w/air fare)

November 5-14.........................................................Hawaiian Adventure:  Oahu, Kauai and Maui, Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor, Oahu’s North Shore, Kilohana Plantation, Waimea Canyon, Kauai Coffee Company, Iao Valley Monument, Lahaiana, Polnesian; 10 days, 13 meals ($4,799 double w/air fare)

December 13-18........................................................Southern Charm Holiday, Historic Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation, Beaufort, Savannah, Factors Walk, and Jekyll Island;6 days, 8 meals ($2,369 double w/air fare)


March 8-17..................................................................Discover Tuscany, Rome, Assisi, Basilica of St Francis, Montecatini Terme, Lucca, Gothic Line, San Gimignanao,Winery Tour, Florence; 10 days, 13 meals ($3,399 double w/air fare)

March 15-29............................................................... South Pacific Wonders  Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Christchurch, Mount Cook National Park, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Arrowtown; 15 days, 20 meals ($7,099 double w/air fare)

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




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?  View the Upcoming Trips in 2015/2016 today!

Saugatuck Shopping
Come explore this quant artist colony with its many  opportunities  for  one-of-a-kind  treasures. 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      6/20  Sa   $65
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 9:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs Baseball
Cubs fans, the long awaited baseball season is here and we’ve planned four motorcoach trips 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 ball- park. A fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Cubs vs. Rockies    375000-D4       7/29  W   $79
Cubs vs. Braves     375000-C1        8/21  F    $79
Cubs vs. Reds        375000-D6        9/2   W    $79

Departs:  8:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:30 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 gallery! Over 1200 prominent and emerging artists and craftspeople come together to sell their wares. Explore booths filled with unique paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, fabrics, toys, glass, wood or metal creations; watch artist demonstrations and live entertainment, too! Lunch (on your own) is available at air-conditioned cafes or outdoor vendors.

A Continental breakfast will be served en-route with a fast food stop (on your own) on the way home.

Code           Date   Day     Fee
375001-S1  7/18   Sa       $60
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State
Returns: 10:00 p.m.

Scenic Saugatuck

Spend a relaxing day on the picturesque Michigan coast in the charming village of Saugatuck! The Star of Saugatuck, an authentic sternwheeler with enclosed lower deck, takes us on a 1½-hour scenic cruise down the Kalamazoo River; through the harbor and out onto Lake Michigan. A box luncheon and beverage (included) is served on board by the crew. After docking, stroll through shops brimming with unique art, antiques, jewelry . . . t-shirts and toys, too! Then, its time for an exciting ride along the famous dunes with an experienced schooner driver!

A continental breakfast is served en route and a meal stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code            Date  Day  Fee
375002-S2   7/25  Sa    $105
375002-S3   8/15  Sa    $105

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

Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad

Railfans join us for a day of romancing the rails as we board the Huckleberry Railroad for an exciting trip on its historic railcars. Visit the one-of-a-kind train shop and enjoy many different railway exhibits as rail groups throughout Michigan and Ohio set up different scale model train displays. Learn about the Village’s 110 year-old steam locomotive 464, one of the last two surviving Denver and Rio Grande K-27 engines. Each featured railcar on display this weekend is rich with rail history and can only be seen at Crossroads Village.

Code          Date Day Fee
375015-S1 8/1   Sa    $70
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Shop Nashville!

Join us for a day in beautiful Brown County and browse through the quant shops of Nashville. Enjoy such delights as watercolor paintings, sculpture, toys from yesterday, stained glass art, solid wood furniture, wood carvings, metal art, pewter, hand-blown glass, custom jewelry, wind chimes and even custom bird lodgings. Check out the women’s boutiques and enjoy a mouth-watering lunch in one of the local restaurants. 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 9/5    Sa   $60
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Naperville, Illinois Riverwalk Art Show and Festival

Located just 30 miles west of Chicago in affluent DuPage County, visitors travel from far and near to enjoy the splendor of the Riverwalk and the quaint restaurants and shops in downtown Naperville. Come spend a delightful fall day with us browsing through the many booths located along the Riverwalk Way, shopping in the quaint shops or enjoying lunch at one of the local restaurants. A continental breakfast will be served en route and a supper stop (on your own) at Culver’s in Valparaiso will be made on the way home.

Code          Date  Day Fee
475010-F1 9/19   Sa   $65
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH

The pages of your Country Living Magazine come alive at the 10th Annual Country Living Fair at Ohio Village in Columbus, Ohio. See more than 200 of your favorite antique dealers, crafters and artisans for a day of great shopping, free seminars, demonstrations and fantastic food. Be sure to stop by the Country Living General Store and photo booth sometime during your visit to say hi and meet the staff. A fast food stop will be made on the way home (on your own).

Code           Date   Day Fee
475014-S1  9/18   Fri    $65
Departs: 7:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State
Returns: 10:30 p.m. 


Join us on Saturday, September 12th as we take in the sights and sounds of Chicago.  There a lot going on today in the Windy City.  You might want to stop at the Wine Festival at Buckingham Fountain where you will be able to sample over 300 different wines.  Or experience the World Music Festival at different venues in Chicago (free), or perhaps the Windy City BBQ Classic featuring all you can eat BBQ rib tasting, craft beer, live blues music and cooking demonstrations at the South Lot at Soldier Field, or perhaps the Berghoff Octoberfest at Dearborn and S. Adams is the spot for bratwurst, sauerkraut, chicken, pretzels and apple strudel plus German music. 

Or just browse the shops along the Magnificent Mile or the stores in the Loop; meander through museums; 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 Michigan 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
475020-S1                  9/12                     Sa                   $55               

Departs 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell Ave. at E. State Blvd.    Returns 10:30 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.

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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