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
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  • 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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2017/2018 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.. 


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
Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge, Newport, Bandon State Natural Area, Redwood National Park, Eureka, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco;  8 days; 10 meals ($3,369 double w/air fare)

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).

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.



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 

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.


Broadway in Chicago presents “Hamilton”

Based on the life of the United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury, the musical Hamilton gives a modern spin to the story of one of the country’s most prominent founding fathers. This innovative musical tells of Alexander Hamilton’s rise to political power through a contemporary blend of hip-hop, rap and R&B. Since its premiere in 2015, Hamilton has inspired theater lovers across the country with adored songs like “My Shot,” “Satisfied,” and “The Schuyler Sisters.” Our motor coach stops first at the Mity Nice Grill at Water Tower Place where we will enjoy a variety of American dishes served family-style (included) before heading to the Private Bank Theatre for a matinee performance.  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 Cost
175010-W1  2/14 W   $195
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park,
Parnell at E. State Blvd. 
Returns:  10:30 p.m.


Broadway in Chicago presents “Love Never Dies”

Andrew Lloyd Webber presents the sequel to “Phantom of the Opera.”  Reuniting the masked ghoul from the original with his one true love Christine, this is yet another rapturous crowd pleaser, with action relocated from Paris to a macabre cabinet of curiosities in New York.  This show is bursting with romance, horror and intrigue. Our day starts off with lunch before the show at the beautiful Mity Nice Grill (included) where American dishes are served family-style. A supper 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

“Flowertales” is the theme of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show this year.  After arriving in Chicago, you will have about an hour to sample the specialty shops at Navy Pier before we board the 700-passenger “Spirit of Chicago” for a 2-hour Lake Michigan cruise featuring a 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, demonstrations by florists and chefs, gardening seminars and the popular marketplace. Whether you are a beginning gardener needing the basics, a seasoned pro wanting to take things to the next level or a horticultural aficionado seeking what’s new and trendy, you will find Chicago’s first blush with spring to be invigorating. Luncheon cruise and entry to the Flower and Garden show is 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 
275018-S1 3/17     Sa $105
Departs : 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park,
Parnell at E. State Blvd. 
Returns:  10:30 p.m.


2018 Detroit Auto Show

Experience the next generation of transportation! The Detroit Auto Show, North American’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase, displays more than 500 vehicles 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 will be served en-route. Show admission and a boxed lunch which you can take inside the show is included. A supper stop (on your own) will be made at Culvers in Jackson, MI on the way home.

Code          Date     Day  Fee
175007-S1 1/20     Sa    $80
Departs: 7:30 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park,
Parnell and E. State Blvd. 
Returns 9:30 p.m.


Dayton National Museum of the US Air Force

Where Imagination Takes Flight!

Experience more than 100 years of aviation history when you join us on our trip to the Air Force Museum. See aviation come to life on the large museum theatre, test your skills at air to air combat on the flight simulators, board one or all of the  four presidential planes, have lunch in the Valkyrie Café or enjoy a quick snack and drink in the Refueling Café with one of the best views in the Museum.

Code Date Day Fee
175011-S1 2/17 Sa $60
Departs: 8:00 a.m. from Bob Arnold Park,
Parnell at E. State Blvd. 

Returns:  6:00 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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