Day, Overnight, SOAR, and Read and Go
The Adult Program plans many one-day and overnight trips each year including cruises and international travel.
The Adult Program Trip Brochure for 2018 is now available. This brochure provides a general schedule of trips, but does not include specific dates or costs. Approximately three months prior to each trip, a trip flier will be available. This flier will include trip details, including itinerary, dates and cost.
New for 2018 trips- Complete a 2018 Adult Program Yearly Trip Registration Form, either found below or on the last page of the 2018 Trip Brochure. Patrons that complete and submit this form will not have to complete the entire trip registration for each trip in 2018 and will be registered to receive detailed trip information as it becomes available. Frequent trip goers, or anyone interested in trips for 2018, are highly encouraged to complete and submit these forms as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss out on any trip information.
2018 One-Day Trips
March - Charlotte: Billy Graham's Library - Learn about Billy Graham and his ministry by visiting his 40,000 sq. foot library and discover the life and legacy of America's Pastor. Trip has been rescheduled to May 16. Download the Charlotte/Graham Library trip flier.
April - Raleigh: Raleigh Occupied 1865 - Take a trip back in time through Raleigh and the Civil War by visiting sites, touring by trolley and listening to Ted Kunstling, President of the Raleigh Civil War Round Table. Download the Raleigh Occupied trip flier.
May - Jordan Lake: Eco Boat Tour - Enjoy a guided pontoon boat tour and the wildlife of beautiful Jordan Lake followed by a nature and historical educational session along the lake's shores. Download the Jordan Lake trip flier.
June - Kernersville: Körner’s Folly - Visit an architectural wonder and home of the artist and designer, Jule Gilmer Körner, grandson of the town's namesame, Joseph Kerner. Enjoy a guided tour of this 22 room house museum with unique doorways and windows and 15 decorated fireplaces. Download the Kernersville trip flier.
August - Salisbury: Fading D Farm
September - Cameron: Aloha Safari Zoo
October - Charlotte: Chinese Lantern Festival
November - Lake Norman: Site Seeing Cruise
December - Youngsville: Festival Lights at Hill Ridge Farm
2018 Multi-Day Trips
February 2018 - Costa Rica - Explore the natural wonders this tropical paradise is known for; rain forests, golden brown beaches and active volcano craters. Get closer than imagined to monkeys, sloths, birds and other wildlife. Trip has already occured.
August 2018 - Colorado Rockies, Historic Rails and Western National Parks* - Visit five national parks, a state park, the US Air Force Academy, a dinner and stage show, enjoy three train experiences, and more on this trip to the majestic Rocky Mountains. Download the Colorado trip flier.
*Learn more about the Colorado trip at the upcoming informational meeting on Friday, April 13 at 3:45 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults, 2000 Spring Forest Rd.
TBA - New York City for the Winter Holiday
TBA in 2019 - Iceland - A Land of Fire and Ice
2018 SOAR (Senior Outdoor Adventure Recreation) Trips
Looking for a group of adults to go on adventure trips with, well look no further. The Adult Program has teamed up with the Adventure Program to provide several fun and exciting adventure trips. This group is for individuals who are interested in doing indoor/outdoor adventure activities with other adults.
This group is not for the extreme sports person. The trips that are planned are geared towards, but not limited to, older adults who have an interest in more than the everyday trips. Each trip is escorted by at least two staff members; full or part-time staff from the Adult Program and/or Adventure Program.
Transportation will be on Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department bus or van unless otherwise noted. Smoking is not allowed on vehicles. Rest stops are made periodically during trips.
Day Trips in 2018
April - Canoeing and Trails: Forest Ridge / Falls Lake - The SOAR program returns with a local trip. This trip, a collaborative effort with the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Adventure Program, will provide the equipment and instuction you need to set out in a canoe and enjoy the water. After canoeing, enjoy the guided tour of the features that Forest Ridge Park at Falls Lake offers and enjoy a gentle hike. Download the Falls Lake trip flier.
Indoor Skydiving- TBA
Multi-Day trips in 2018
Whitewater Rafting and Hiking- Bryson City- TBA
2018 Read and Go / Read and Watch Programs
The Read and Go trips are related to a book that was read and discussed within the Read and Go program. These trips are open to everyone however, individuals registered in the Read and Go program have first opportunity to register.
Are you interested in going on a trip full of adventure, intrigue, love or sorrow without leaving the comforts of your chair? The Read and Watch program will center on reading a book that has been made into a movie. We will have a book discussion and then enjoy watching the movie!
Book- "Legwork" by Katy Munger
Trip- February 23 - Trip already occurred.
Book- "A Bridge Apart" by Joey Jones
Trip- March 21 - Download the Bridge Apart flier for details.
Book- "Miss Julia Paints the Town" by Ann B. Ross
Trip- May 22-23 - Download the Miss Julia Paints the Town flier for details.
"Besieged" by A.J. Tata
"Miss Julia Paints the Town" by Ann B. Ross
"Lies and Other Acts of Love" by Kristy Woodson Harvey
"Sweet Southern Hearts" by Susan Schild
"Murder in Mayberry: True Crime in America's Hometown Mount Airy, NC" by Donna G. Smith
"Cold Heart" by Karen Pullen
"What the Dog Knows" by Cat Warren
Trip reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with payment and completed registration form. Note: Spaces are only reserved when a deposit/payment has been received.
Deposit and balance due dates for trips will be indicated on each trip itinerary. Payments can be made via check or credit cards. One-day trips require full payment with reservation! No reservations are held without payment, and "early" registration is not allowed.
Charter motor coach or a Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department bus or van. Type of vehicle will be noted on trip itineraries. Smoking is not allowed on charter buses or Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources vehicles. Rest stops are made periodically during trips.
All trips will depart from the Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults, 1901 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh 27608, unless otherwise noted. Cars may be parked here overnight.
We are unable to reserve seats on vehicles for special needs, such as motion sickness. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the trip. Seat rotation may be used on multi-day trips.
A full or part-time Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department employee escorts all trips.
Cancellations must be made at least 14 days prior to trip departure date to receive a refund, and must be requested in writing. Full or partial refunds will be made only if a replacement can be found, and are subject to non-refundable expenses incurred by the Department. If the Department cancels a trip, a full refund will be given.
Note: "No shows" for trips will receive no refund.