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
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. Trip has been postponed and will be rescheduled in the fall of 2018.
November 9 - Smith Mountain Lake and Bedford, VA - Cruise aboard the Virginia Dare and see the sites at Smith Mountain Lake with heavy hors d'oeurves and tea/coffee. Then travel along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and visit the National D-Day Memorial. A walking tour with a guide will be included in the visit. Download the Smith Mountain Lake / Bedford trip flyer.
November 13 - Cameron: Aloha Safari Zoo - Travel to the Aloha Safari Zoo and stroll the paths while viewing tigers, wolves, monkeys, a bear and more. You can also feed animals such as bison, zebra, ostrich, antelope, donkeys, llamas, water buffalo, camerl and more. Download the Cameron: Aloha Safari Zoo trip flyer.
November 27 - Cary: Chinese Lantern Festival - Travel to the Booth Amphitheatre in Cary for the 4th annual North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival. Download the Chinese Lantern Festival trip flyer.
November - Lake Norman: Site Seeing Cruise
December - Youngsville: Festival Lights at Hill Ridge Farm
2018 Multi-Day Trips
August - 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. Now with two trip dates. Download the Colorado trip flier.
December - New York City Holiday* - See the Rockettes Holiday Show, Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory, the 9/11 Memorial, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Central Park, a Broadway show and more. Download the New York City Holiday trip flier.
October 2019 - Iceland - A Land of Fire and Ice - Highlights of this incredible trip include a Reykjavik tour, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle tour, Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss ("Golden Falls"), Hot Spring Bread Experience, Thingvellir National Park, Skogar Folk Museum, Viking Ship Museum, Lake Kleifarvatn, a South Coast Tour, and more!
Two informational meetings are scheduled to learn more about the trip. A Premier World Discovery representative will be on hand with a slide show and to answer questions. Both meetings will be held at 4:00pm at the Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults, 1901 Spring Forest Rd. Download the Iceland trip flier.
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.
Upcoming Day Trips in 2018
Indoor Skydiving- TBA
Upcoming 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- Murder in Mayberry: True Crime in America's Hometown Mount Airy, NC by Donna G. Smith
Trip- Thursday, September 27- Download the Murder in Mayberry... trip flyer
Book- Cold Heart by Karen Pullen
Trip- Wednesday, October 10- Download the Cold Heart trip flyer
Book- What the Dog Knows by Cat Warren
Trip- Wednesday, November 7- Download the What the Dog Knows trip flyer
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.