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 email 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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  • dinner
  • an outstanding view
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  • mackinac island what a view
  • downtown view
  • sit and rock a spell at mackinac island
  • the grand hotel

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


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2018 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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


July 13-20............................................................. Historic Hotels of New England
Equinox and Omni Mount Washington Resorts, Boston, Stockbridge, Norman Rockwell Museum, Manchester, Vermont, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Portland Head Light, Kennebunkport; 8 days, 11 meals ($3,859 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).

September 17-21................................................... New York City
Check out the New York City Brochure for all the Highlights!

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) 

October 14-16............................................................................Michigan’s Jewel: Mackinac Island and the Grand Hotel Two nights at the historic 4-star Grand Hotel, round trip ferry, round trip horse-drawn taxi, carriage tour of island, day and evening activities; 5 gourmet meals ($690 double,
$840 single)

October 25-November 3 .......................................................... 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 ($5,749 double w/air fare)

August 4-15 ............................................................................. Alpine Explorer & Glacier Express Train With Oberammergau Passion Play
Only once every ten years do you get the opportunity to experience the Passion Play! Lago Maffiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhopp Palace, Fussen, Neuschwanstein Castle

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



Photos from a recent 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,
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Like to see Day Trips planned for the entire year? NOW AVAILABLE a list of 2018 Day Trips 

Broadway in Western Michigan Presents:
“The Lion King”

You will marvel at  the  breathtaking  spectacle of animals brought to life by an enormous company of international performers, whose detailed costumes, carved masks, and intri-  cate makeup will transport you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna. Now is the time to join the circle of life at Broadway’s award– winning Best Musical. A continental breakfast, rolls, juice and coffee will be served in route. A supper stop on your own will be made at Cul- vers in Battle Creek.

Code            Day Date Fee
275020-R1   Thu 4/12 $120
Departs 10:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns:  8:00 p.m.

Tulip Time Festival

Michigan blooms with hospitality as this charm- ing city welcomes us to its 88th Tulip Time Festival. Our day starts out with a Luncheon Buffet Cruise on the “Holland Princess.” Then, a short tour of the tulips lined streets as we pro- ceed toward Centennial Park where 200 juried exhibitors will be offering fine art and original crafts for sale. Check out the Downtown Shops bursting with spring deals before departure. A continental breakfast will be served in route and a supper stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

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

Saugatuck Shopping

Explore this quaint artist colony with its many opportunities for one of kind pieces. Whether your interests are antiques or collectibles, clothing and accessories, arts or gifts,  jew-  elry 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. A continental breakfast will be served in route, with a fast food stop (on your own) on the way home.

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

Broadway in Chicago Presents:

“Love Never Dies”

The love story continues! Andrew Lloyd Web- ber presents the sequel to “Phantom of the Opera,” reuniting the masked ghoul from the original with his one true love, Christine. Burst- ing with romance, horror and intrigue, “Love Never Dies” is another rapturous crowd pleaser with the action relocated from Paris to a maca- bre cabinet of curiosities in New York. Our  day starts off with lunch before the show at   the beautiful Mity Nice Grill (included) where American dishes are served family style. A sup- per stop will be made on the way home (on your own) at Culver’s in Valparaiso.

Code          Date Day Fee
275019-S1 3/3   Sa $145
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Perfect for families, gardening veterans and newbies, the 2018 Chicago Flower & Garden Show featuring 20+ life-sized gardens that you can walk through, daily seminars, DIY work- shops and a bustling marketplace will be filled with hands-on experiences and non-stop fun. This year’s theme is “FLOWERTALES” (because every garden has a story to tell). Upon arrival at Navy Pier, 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 cruise that includes a floral arrangement demonstration and incredible sky- line views! After docking, you will be directed to the second floor home of this year’s Flower and Garden Show where you will have the rest of the day to enjoy lush theme gardens, creative tablescapes, demonstrations by florists and chefs, gardening seminars and the popular mar- ketplace. The luncheon cruise and admission to the show are included. 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
275000-S1 3/17 Sa $105
Departs : 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd. Returns: 10:30 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 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
275005-S1 5/12  Sa   $55
Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, Parnell at E. State Blvd.
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Chicago Cubs Baseball

Join us as we head to Chicago’s historic Wrig- ley Field for another exciting season of Chicago Cubs baseball! Lower terrace, infield seats are reserved for each game to watch all your favor- ite players in action as they battle for another shot at the National League Championship. A box lunch and beverage (included) will be pro- vided en route to the ballpark. A fast food stop (on your own) will be made on the way home.

Code             Date Day Fee
Cubs vs. Phillies
375000-D3    6/7   Th    $125
Cubs vs. Dodgers
375000-D7    6/20 W     $125
Cubs vs. Reds
375000-C2   7/6     F     $125
Cubs vs. D- Backs 
375000-C6   7/25  W    $125
Cubs vs. Brewers  
375000-C4   8/14  T     $125
Cubs vs. Mets  
375000-D1   8/29  W    $125
Departs: 8:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell
Returns: 10:30 p.m.

Vectren Dayton Air Show

Featuring the Blue Angels
The air is charged with excitement today as we view the amazing Vectren Dayton Air Show from pavilion seating. Opening Ceremonies include a Flag Drop and the National Anthem followed by several exciting acts. A special demonstration by the Blue Angels will be the highlight of this afternoon. A continental breakfast of donuts, juice and coffee will be served in route. Conces- sions stands will be available for your luncheon choices and a fast food stop will be made (on your own) on the way home.

Code          Date Day Fee
375019-S1 6/23  Sa   $89
Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park, State & Parnell
Returns: 9:00 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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