Day Trips


Transportation in accordance to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulation is available upon request. In order to provide accommodations please have your request ready upon registration, 10 business days prior to scheduled trip date. Trip Fees are subject to change dependent upon venue and number of participants. All registrations are final one full week prior to the trip.


Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park—Hawthorne

We will have a docent led tour of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ cracker style restored home where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel The Yearling and other wonderful works of fiction.  Walk back in time to the 1930s farm life.  Afterwards we will have a Dutch treat lunch.     

  • Tuesday, January 21
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • $16 City Resident / $20 Nonresident

Shopping and Lunch—Mt. Dora

Spend your day shopping in this charming one-hundred plus year old historic village.  Lunch will be on your own at a time and restaurant of your choice.  Not a shopper, come along to watch the people as they move around the streets of Mt. Dora.

  • Tuesday, February 18
  • 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • $11 City Resident / $15 Nonresident

The Florida Strawberry Festival—Plant City

Crafts, booths, rides, vendors, music and your favorite carnival food!  Enjoy the famous Florida Strawberry Shortcake!  Lunch is on your own at the festival.  Trip cost includes transportation and festival admission.

  • Tuesday, March 3
  • 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • $19 City Resident / $23 Nonresident

Horse Country Carriage Co & Tours—Ocala

Take a scenic horse-drawn carriage ride through horse country! You will pass several large farms where famous horses have been trained or bred and hear the history of the farms and the area.  On this fully narrated tour you will see a variety of horse breeds along the way.  While at the farm we will have an opportunity to walk around the stables (bring carrots to feed the horses) and the training area plus enjoy a box lunch (included with the fee) and shopping in the gift shop.

  • Thursday, March 19
  • 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • $51 City Resident / $55 Nonresident

Black Hammock—Oviedo

Every airboat ride is different as the scenery and wildlife changes with every season.  We will tour Bird Island and can expect to encounter alligators, turtles and maybe a majestic Bald Eagle.  After the boat ride we will eat at the Black Hammock award-winning restaurant.  You will also have time to look around the small gift shop.  Dutch treat lunch.

  • Thursday, April 16
  • 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • $36 City Resident / $40 Nonresident

Shine and Dine—Winter Garden

The Winter Garden Parks & Recreation presents lunch and a matinee at the Historic Garden Theater. Come join us for this fun filled afternoon with friends. Meet at the fountain/gazebo on Plant Street at 11:45 am. Group lunch is Dutch treat at 12 pm, at a local restaurant, with the performance immediately following at 2 pm. Program cost includes theater ticket only. No transportation is available.


Years ago, a stray hatchet left its mark on Violet’s face. She has spent a decade struggling to find a doctor to heal her disfigurement, with no success. Violet is a powerful folk musical that tells the story of a young woman who travels cross-country with one last hope to be healed by a minister, and how she discovers the meaning of true beauty along the way.This show contains mature themes and limited use of strong language including racial slurs.

  • Sunday, February 23
  • $27 City Resident / $29 Nonresident

Ben Hur

What happens when an amateur theatre troupe tries to perform the epic story of Ben Hur? As the struggling actors rehearse the grand tale of the fictional Jewish prince and merchant, offstage rivalries and romances interfere with their chariot races and sea battles. Patrick Barlow’s new adaptation of Ben Hur is a light-hearted comedic take on the timeless story.This show contains limited use of vulgar language and is suitable for general audiences.

  • Sunday, March 8
  • $22 City Resident / $24 Nonresident

Ronald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Roald Dahl’s beloved story of an extraordinary young girl comes to life in Matilda the Musical. Unloved by her parents, tormented by Headmistress Trunchbull, and armed with a vivid imagination, five-year-old Matilda finds solace in stacks of library books. With the help of her caring teacher, Miss Honey, Matilda’s magic appears as she dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.

  • Sunday, May 17
  • $27 City Resident / $29 Nonresident