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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 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
 

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)
 
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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 22-June 4....................................................... America’s National Parks & Denver
Scottsdale, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Salt Lake City, Jackson Hole, Grand Teton & Yellowstone National Parks, Old Faithful, Sheridan, Bighorn Mountains, Mount Rushmore,  Crazy Horse Memorial, Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, 14 days; 20 meals ($4,969 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)
 
June 7-14............................................................... Islands of New England
Providence, Newport, Boston, Cranberry Bog, Plymouth Plantation, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Lobster Dinner, Provincetown, Choices on Tour, Hyannis,  Nantucket; 8 days; 11 meals ($2,929 double w/air fare)


June 24-July 1........................................................ Pacific Northwest:  Washington, Oregon and California
8 days, 10 meals ($3,369 double w/air fare)


August  25-September 3.......................................... Shades of Ireland
Dublin, Irish Evening, Kilkenny, Waterford, Choices on Tour, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Farm Visit, Jaunting Car Ride, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Castle Stay; 10 days, 13 meals ($3,749 double w/air fare)


September 14-21.................................................... Discover New England’s Fall Charm 
Highlights:  Providence, Boston, Stockbridge, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Green Mountains, Billings Farm and Museum, Woodstock, White Mountains, Kennebunkport, Portsmouth, Lobster Dinner;
8 Days, 11 Meals  ($2,949 Double – includes air fare).

October 3-9.......................................................... Spotlight on South Dakota:  The Black Hills & The Badlands
Mount Rushmore, Deadwood, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Black Hills Gold, Badlands National Park, Wall Drug, Needles Highway, Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial; 7 days, 9 meals ($2,479 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 


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.
 

Southern Indiana Shopping

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.


Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

Indiana’s largest festival brings together all communities in Parke County as they showcase the 31 historic covered bridges that have made this county the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. This year, we will visit five of the bridges as we move through the countryside stopping off at some of the small towns to sample their wares.  The area is transformed into a shopper’s paradise with food, arts and crafts, clothing, holiday gifts and baked goods.  A continental breakfast will be served en route. Lunch in Parke County and a fast food stop on the way home are on your own.

Code          Date      Day Fee
475018-S1 10/21    Sa   $65

Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.       
Returns: 10:00 p.m.

Purdue Christmas Show

Board our “sleigh” for a trip to West Lafayette and a matinee performance of Purdue University’s 83rd 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. A supper stop on your own will be made on the way home.

Code          Date Day Fee
475003-S1 12/2 Sa $105
Departs: 9:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 7:30 p.m.


Chicago Shopping

Catch the Holiday Spirit! Join 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 in the city during the holiday season. 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 December 9. 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. 

Code           Date    Day  Fee
475005-W1 12/6    W     $55
475005-S1  12/9    Sa    $55
475005-S2   12/16 Sa    $55

Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell 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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