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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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2015/2016 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 .


January 17-23
Winter in Yellowstone,
Jackson Hole, Sleigh Ride in Elk Refuge, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful, Fountain Painted Pots, Lamar Valley;
7 days, 12 meals ($3,899 double w/air fare)

February  4-16
Treasures  of  the  Nile,
Deluxe 7-Night Nile River Cruise;
13 days, 26 meals ($4,299 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 8-17 
Israel: A Journey to the Holy Land,
Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Tiberias, Nazareth, Galilee Boat Museum, Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada, Bethlehem, Church of the Nativity, Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Mt. Zion, Wailing Wall, Mahane Yehuda Market;
10 days, 15 meals ($4349 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)

April 22-May 1
Gardens of American History,
New York City, New York Botanical Gardens, High Line Garden, Chanticleer Gardens, Philadelphia, Brandywine Valley, Longwood Gardens, Ladew Topiary Gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Monticello, Hillwood Estate & Gardens, Washington, DC, United States Botanic Garden;
10 days, 14 meals   ($4,049 double w/air fare)

June 12-19
Pacific Northwest: California, Oregon, Washington
Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitors Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Portland Spirit Cruise, Newport, Brandon State Natural Area, Redwood National Park, Eureka, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco, Choice of San Francisco Bay or City Tour of San Francisco; 8 days, 10 meals  ($3,099 double w/air fare – less $100 if booked before December 4, 2015)

June 16-24
Canyon Country featuring Arizona & Utah,
Scottsdale, Oak Creek Canyon, Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Choice of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park or Canyon Adventure Cruise, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas; 
9 days, 11 meals ($2949 double w/air fare)

July 14-16
Tall Ships Celebration 
Via motor coach, two nights in Bay City, Michigan, luncheon cruise, historical home tour, Birch Run Outlet shopping, Tall Ships Celebration, tour of Frankenmuth, Bonner’s Christmas Store, German wine tasting, Saginaw River cruise; 3 days, 4 meals ($464 double, $570 single) 
Hailfax, Peggy’s Cove, Cape Breton Island, Cabot Trail, Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables House, Hoppewell Rocks, Fundy Trail, Lumenburg; 11 days, 17 meals ($3,949 double w/air fare, less $100 if booked before February 8)

September 4-18 

Exploring Greece and Its Islands,
Classical Greece, Mykonos & Santorin;
15 days, 22 meals ($5,069 double w/air fare) 

October 10-17
Providence, Newport, Boston, Cranberry Bog, Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Plantation, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Hyannis, Provincetown, Whale Watch or Sand Dunes, Lobster Dinner; 8 days, 11 meals ($2,799 double w/air fare)
Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Statue of Liberty, Broadway Show; 5 days, 5 meals ($3,129 double w/air fare, less $100 if booked before July 5)

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!


Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, IL

Kick off your holiday shopping with a trip to Northwest Chicago’s Woodfield Mall, nationally known as an outstanding shopping destination. You’ll be greeted at the door with a shopping bag and a book of coupons good at most of the stores in the mall. With over 300 stores to browse, many of them specialty shops, you’re sure to find that perfect gift for that important someone in your life. A connecting trolley to Lego and Ikea is available. A continental break- fast will be served en route and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home

Code           Date  Day Fee
475013-S1 11/7   Sa   $65

Departs: 7:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State
Returns:  10:30 p.m.

“Christmas Dinner” at Blue Gate Theatre

We’re off  to Shipshewana  and  the Blue  Gate Theatre for “Christmas Dinner,” the hilarious new musical about family tradition, holiday expectations, unexpected guests and the REAL meaning of Christmas (football?!?). A continental breakfast will be served en route and a family style lunch is included after the show. We’ll spend some time after lunch visiting the shops in Shipshewana.

Code           Date Day Fee
475022-S1 11/21 Sa   $92

Departs: 8:00 a.m from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State
Returns: 6:30 p.m.

White Christmas: The Musical

Celebrate the holiday season with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” the merry and bright stage production  based  on  the  classic  silver  screen romantic  comedy  packed  with  Irving  Berlin favorites like Blue Skies, Count your Blessings, I Love a Piano and of course White Christmas. Our destination is the Drury Theatre in Chi- cago. Continental breakfast will be served en route. Lunch before the show is included and a fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code             Date  Day Fee
475023-R1   12/10 Th   $99

Departs: 7:30 am from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State
Returns: 9:00 p.m.

Chicago Shopping

Catch the Holiday Spirit!  Join one of our “shop till you drop” trips to festively decorated stores in downtown Chicago, or attend any one of the number of special Christmas activities going on during the holiday season in the city. Don’t miss “The Christkindlemart” taking place throughout the Christmas Season on Daley Plaza or the “One of a Kind Show” at the Merchandise Mart with our own local artist Dawn DeSanto from “Hand Jive” on the 5th of December.  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. A continental breakfast will be served en route.  Lunch in Chicago and a fast-food stop on the way home are on your own. A map and list of Chicago Christmas activities will be passed out on the bus.

Code             Date   Day Fee
475005-W1   12/2    W    $55
475005-S1    12/5    Sa   $55
475005-S2    12/12  Sa   $55

Departs:        7:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E State Blvd.   
Returns:        10:30 p.m. 
Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Chicago is in bloom during the annual Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier! Don’t miss this first blush of spring! Upon our arrival in Chicago, you will have about an hour to sample the specialty shops before we board the 700-passenger “Spirit of Chicago” for a 2-hour luncheon buffet cruise, floral arrangement demonstration . . . and incredible Chicago skyline views! Returning to the dock, you can stroll through the corridor filled with beautiful stained glass windows on your way to the Flower and Garden Show where you can enjoy lush theme gardens, creative tablescapes, demonstrations by florists and chefs, gardening seminars and the popular marketplace. Whether you are a beginning gardener, a seasoned pro or a horticultural aficionado seeking what’s new and trendy, you will find just what you are looking for at the Flower and Garden Show. The trip includes the luncheon cruise and entry to the show. A 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
175000-S1   3/12       Sa       $99
Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.  
Returns: 10:30 p.m.
2016 Detroit Auto Show

Experience the next generation of transportation at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase. There will be more than 500 vehicles on display representing the most innovative designs in the world. You’ll see one-of- a-kind concepts and high end cars as you browse through the exciting new models. Photos are allowed, so bring your camera. A continental breakfast of rolls, coffee and juice will be served en route. Your admission ticket and a boxed lunch (which you can take into the show) is included. A supper stop (on your own) will be made at Old Country Buffet in Jackson, MI on the way home. 

Code            Date    Day Fee
175007-S1   1/16    Sa    $79

Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and E. State Blvd.    Returns 9:30 p.m.  
Purdue Christmas Show

Board our “sleigh” for a trip to West Lafayette and a matinee performance of Purdue University’s 82nd Anniversary Christmas Show! This popular musical extravaganza with its innovative staging, choreography and costuming promises to put you in the holiday mood. As always the inspirational Cantata is a fitting tribute to the blessed season. An elegant luncheon will be served just for us at the historic Honeywell House in Wabash on the way. A guided tour of this beautiful mansion, filled with unique furniture and objects of art, will precede our meal. In spirit, Mrs. Honeywell’s renowned reputation as a hostess continues. A supper stop on your own will be made on the way home.

Code            Date     Day    Fee
475003-S1   12/5      Sa     $105
Departs:  9:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and E. State Blvd.  
Returns:  10:00 p.m.
Zehnders Snowfest in Frankenmuth, MI

Bundle up and join us for a delightful winter day in Frankenmuth to watch professional carvers from around the world dazzle and excite us at the 25th Zehnder’s Snowfest. Our day will start off at the famous Zehnder’s Restaurant with a delicious chicken dinner served with mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, cabbage salad, freshly baked breads and ice cream and your choice of beverage.  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 home.   

Code            Date      Day   Fee
175093-S    11/30     Sa     $85
Departs:  8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell and 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.

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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