Excursions
Recreation Excursions
 
 
 
 
May
 

Love Never Dies – Sequel to Phantom of the Opera

Thursday, May 3rd, 8am – Approx. 6pm, $73pp

 

Segerstrom Theater Presents… The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.  This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards.

LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance.  Don’t miss this magnificent continuation of one of the world’s greatest love stories.  Before the 1pm show, you will be turned loose at the South Coast Plaza for lunch (on your own).  Please see Ranae for a seating schematic.

 

Richard Nixon Library

Wednesday, May 16th, 8am – Approx. 4pm, $58pp Lunch Included

 

            Through unique exhibits and events, the Nixon Library helps visitors experience history through the eyes of Richard Nixon, and discover the influential accomplishments that continue to shape our country’s future.

            The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is located in Yorba Linda, California and houses Nixon Presidential Material (textual, photographs, sound and moving images), Nixon White House Tapes, Nixon pre and post presidential Materials, as well as the Museum and Birthplace.

            Over two years ago, on November 2, 2015, the Nixon Library closed its museum galleries to the public to complete a redesign of the permanent and temporary exhibition gallery space and associated improvements at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.  As most of you know, the galleries had not been substantially updated since their initial opening in 1990.  We are happy to announce the new permanent museum galleries opened to the public on October 14, 2016.

            The redesigned permanent galleries introduce the public to new and engaging displays that challenge visitors’ critical thinking with a historical perspective of President Nixon’s public and private life.  The new galleries are enhanced with exciting new interactive exhibitions and the latest in audiovisual technology.

            After the $15 million renovation project, the Recreation Department is excited to offer this wonderful docent led excursion.  Today, lunch will be served in one of the many beautiful rooms that the Nixon Library provided for us.  Food choices are listed below.  You may order when you arrive for lunch at the library.

Choice of

  • Golden baked ham on squaw bread w/swiss cheese
  • Turkey avocado w/swiss cheese
  • Albacore Tuna salad sandwich on butter croissant
  • Served with chips, cookie & water

 

3 Day/2 Night Laughlin Getaway

Departs Monday, May 21st at 8am, Returns Wednesday, May 23rd at 6pm

Single: $139pp, Double: $119pp

 

Stay and play along the banks of the Colorado River in exciting Laughlin, Nevada.  There are nine hotel/Casinos, 60 restaurants, two museums, a 34-lane bowling center, top-rated entertainment, an outlet shopping mall and a variety of boutiques, spas and salons.  Space is limited so reserve your seat early!

Price includes:

Accommodations for 2 nights at the Riverside, Baggage Handling, all taxes, Motorcoach Transportation, 2 breakfast buffets and 1 choice buffet.

 

Pechanga

Wednesday, May 30th, 9:30am – 5pm, $5pp

 

Spend a 5-hour stay at Pechanga resort and Casino.  A vast 200,000 square foot gaming floor makes Pechanga California’s biggest casino.  Designed with player comfort in mind, the casino is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and offers extensive non-smoking areas.  The casino’s well-planned layout allows guests to move easily among more than 3,000+ slot and video machines as well as over 130+ table games.  Cocktail service is available to guests on the gaming floor and several bars, lounges and restaurants can be found close to the casino action.  Dining options abound at Pechanga including quick service Mexican, Italian, Asian and American food court choices are available.

 
 
JUNE
 

King Tut – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Wednesday, June 20th, 7:30am – Approx. 5pm, $48pp

 

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center is proud to present the world premiere of King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, the largest King Tut exhibition ever toured!  Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb, many of which the boy king himself used in life and in death, including gold jewelry, gilded wood furniture, and ornate ritual objects – 60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now.  Come experience these priceless treasures before they return to Egypt forever.

            Travel 3,300 years back in time to join King Tut as he navigates the perilous underworld.  In a dramatic new presentation, dazzling multimedia complements rare artifacts to take guests on an immersive journey of the pharaoh’s quest for immortality.  Follow the boy king as he travels from the underworld through the twelve gates and to the afterlife.  Along the way, interactive displays reveal how exquisitely engraved burial objects such as the bow and arrow and boomerang were meant to protect Tut in his life-after-death journey.  Examine exquisite rings found on King Tut’s fingers, opulent jewelry that adorned his body, and the gold sandals placed on his feet upon burial.  Marvel at the gilded coffinette and lid from one of the alabaster containers that held the pharaoh’s mummified organs.

            Discover how the scientific analysis of King Tuts 3,300-year-old mummy has revealed new information about his health and lineage, as well as how cutting-edge technologies have played a role in discovering new tombs and analyzing existing ones in ways never before imagined.  After this exhibit all artifacts will go back to Egypt to remain there.  Lunch on own/on site.

           

Admission to Space Shuttle Endeavour is included in this excursion!

 

Pechanga

Wednesday, June 27th, 9:30am – 5pm, $5pp

 

Spend a 5-hour stay at Pechanga resort and Casino.  A vast 200,000 square foot gaming floor makes Pechanga California’s biggest casino.  Designed with player comfort in mind, the casino is equipped with a state-of-the-art air filtration system and offers extensive non-smoking areas.  The casino’s well-planned layout allows guests to move easily among more than 3,000+ slot and video machines as well as over 130+ table games.  Cocktail service is available to guests on the gaming floor and several bars, lounges and restaurants can be found close to the casino action.  Dining options abound at Pechanga including quick service Mexican, Italian, Asian and American food court choices are available.

 

Tour San Diego By Land and By Sea

Thursday, June 28th, 7:30am – Approx. 5pm, $65pp

 

Splash into San Diego’s most unique sightseeing adventure!  Both tour bus and boat, the San Diego SEAL Tour journeys through San Diego by sea and land.  The unique “Hydra-Terra” amphibious vehicles are Coat Guard approved, ensuring you a safe, one of a kind experience.  Your fully narrated tour will depart from San Diego’s Seaport Village and will tour the historic streets of San Diego before making its way into San Diego’s Big Bay.

            The exciting San Diego “SEAL TOURS” takes a fascinating turn and drives straight into the San Diego Bay for the second half of your adventure!  Gliding past resident San Diego Sea Lions, a few California Brown Pelicans and several other wildlife species that make the bay their home, the SEAL Tour becomes a San Diego Harbor tour - without you ever having left your seat! 

            Once in the water, the Seal takes you on a leisurely cruise where you can witness the magnificence of the water, various San Diego Attractions including Point Lona with its beautiful mansions lining the hillside, the North Island Naval Air Station – one of the largest repair facilities for fighter jets, Point Loma Submarine Base, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Marine Mammal Training Center, Shelter Island and much more.  Learn about San Diego’s interesting Maritime past and present including the tuna industry and the importance of the military in the city.

            You will also learn about the importance of the military in San Diego and other San Diego icons as you travel along the coast of the scenic Big Bay.  Once you splash into the Big Bay you will glide by Navy ships, tugboats and fishing vessels throughout the harbor as you listen to stories of early sailors.  Not only will you experience the history and picturesque scenery of “America’s Finest City”, you will also get an up-close encounter with San Diego’s California Sea Lion and other natural wildlife.

            Lunch will be on your own in Seaport Village after your tour, or you may choose to bring your own lunch and beverage (NO ALCOHOL) & have lunch onboard the SEAL during your tour.  NOTE: There are no restrooms on the SEAL but they are conveniently located next to the check-in booth.  You are bound to have a wonderful experience!

 

July

 

Angels vs. Dodgers

Sunday, July 8th , 10am – Approx. 6:30pm, $71pp

 

The Los Angeles Angels are an American professional baseball franchise based in Anaheim, California.  The Angels compete in the MLB as a member club of the American League West division.  The current Major League franchise was established as an expansion team in 1961 by Gene Autry.  The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based out of Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers compete in the MLB as a member club of the National League West division.  The team was orginally established in 1883, in Brooklyn, New York.  Come out and enjoy a great day at the ball park as these two rivals take on each other in what is bound to be an exciting game.  Seating will be in the Club Lodge 347/B-E.

 

Autry Museum

Thursday, July 19, 7:45am-4:45pm, $36pp

 

The Autry Museum of the American West is a museum in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to exploring an inclusive and comprehensive story and history of the American West.  Founded in 1988, the museum presents a wide range of exhibitions and public programs, including lectures, film, theater, festivals, family events, music, and performs scholarships, research, and educational outreach.  It has two sites and attracts about 150,000 visitors annually.

The Museum is located in Griffith Park.  The collection includes 21,000 paintings, sculptures, costumes, textiles, firearms, tools, toys, musical instruments, and other objects.  The museum presents contemporary and historical exhibitions, intellectual forums, and the Native Voices at the Autry performing arts series.

Farmers Market.  After touring the Autry Museum, we will take a short drive over to the “Farmers Market” which features more than 100 vendors, including ready-to-eat foods, grocers, and tourist shops.  Unlike most Farmers’ Markets, which are held only at intervals, the Farmers’ Market of Los Angeles is a permanent installation and is open seven days a week.  The vendors serve many kinds of food, both American Cusine from local farmers and local ethnic foods from the many immigrant communities of Los Angeles, with many Latin American and Asian cuisines well represented.  The market is a destination for foodies in search of the market’s ethnic cuisines, its specialty food markets, and its prepared-food stalls.  Lunch will be on your own at the Farmers Market.

 

Genghis Khan Exhibit at the Reagan Library

Tuesday, July 24th, 7:30am – Approx. 5pm, $52pp

 

What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common?  Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.  Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the West, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.

            As the exhibit strikingly portrays, Genghis’s reputation as the greatest conqueror is well-deserved – he dominated three times more land in his lifetime than either Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great, a conquest attested to by the formidable array of swords, bows, arrows, saddles and armor included on display in Genghis Khan.  In fact, the historic exhibition showcases hundreds of artifacts from Genghis’s 13th Century Empire, the largest such collection ever to tour.

            Enter the recreation of Karakorum, the walled city, which became the capital of the Mongolian Empire after Genghis Khan’s son inherited the kingdom.  See how life changed for Mongols once they had vanquished all of their enemies, and arts and diverse religions and cultures flourished as the need for was subsided.  The exhibition features loans by private collectors from Mongolia, Azerbaijian and the United States.  Lunch will be on own on site.

 

3 Days & 2 Nights in Yosemite National Park

Departs September 16th and Returns September 18th, 8am – 6:30pm, Double: $439pp; Single: Add $125.  Absolutely NO Refunds after July 10th.

 

Day 1: Travel by Motorcoach to the beautiful Pines Resort on Bass Lake, the gateway to Yosemite.  Overnight for 2 nights.

 

Day 2: Guided tour of the Valley Floor aboard an open-air tram with a park Ranger.  Lunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly the Ahwahnee).  Afternoon at your leisure to explore the park.  The park operates a free shuttle bus to the various points of interest.

 

Day 3: Morning at your leisure in the park, then travel home.  Stop at Bravo Farms for a no-host lunch on the way home.

 

Includes: All Breakfasts and 1 lunch

 

August

 

3 Days & 2 Nights in Downtown Vegas

Departs August 12th and Returns August 14th, 8am – 5:30pm, Double: $132pp; Single: Add $44.  NO REFUNDS after June 29th!

 

The Golden Nugget

With its Strip-style accommodations, shark-filled pool and popular restaurants, it is a hotel rich on comfort and fun in downtown Las Vegas.  Classic Vegas elegance, upscale but not out of reach, ample choices for everyone!  Located in the heart of downtown, the Golden Nugget resembles the kind of property you’d find on the Strip.  The Golden Nugget opened in 1946 and still nothing seems dated.  From the elegant marble lobby to a collection of contemporary restaurants capable of satisfying every craving, this resort offers everything you need in a great location where you can literally step outside and right into the eye-popping sights and rockin’ sounds of Fremont Street Experience.  Check out the biggest gold nugget in existence at the Golden Nugget.  You’ll discover the 61-pound Hand of Faith just off the casino floor near the room elevators.  It was discovered in Australia in 1980 and also has the honor of being the biggest nugget ever found with a metal detector.

The Casino

38,000 square feet.  There are approximately 1,200 slot and video poker machines and 50 table games including blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Keno, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Poker, Roulette, slots and Megabucks.  The casino also has a poker room and a four-table Baccarat pit.

Rooms: Carson Tower Double

The rooms measure 364 square feet and comes with two double beds and a sitting area.  The marble bathroom features a shower/tub combination, a vanity area with lighted makeup.

Restaurants

The Golden Nugget has the following dining options: The Buffet, Chart House, Cadillac Mexican Cantina & Tequila Bar, Claim Jumpers, Lillie’s Asian Cuisine, Vic & Anthony’s, Grotto Ristorante, Red Sushi, Starbucks, The Grille and snack bar.

           

 

Del Mar

Thursday, August 16th, 10am – Approx. 7:30pm, $39pp

 

Spend the day at Del Mar Racetrack, where Bing Crosby was there to greet the first fan through the gate as Del Mar opens, the famous Seabiscuit-Ligaroti match race was held on August 12, 1938 and it drew 20,000 to the track and a nationwide radio audience.  Also, a young rider out of Texas sets a Del Mar record of 52 wins, his name is William Lee Shoemaker, and his history and that of the track will become entwined thereafter. Come on down today, where the "Surf Meets The Turf" and enjoy a day of beautiful weather, good eats and fast horses! 

The gates open at 12pm and your admission today also includes clubhouse seating and a daily program.  Lunch will be on your own, and the first post starts at 2pm.  Try your luck at the Trifecta or just enjoy the day.  We will depart for home after the last race.  And Away We Go!

 

Clubhouse Seating

Located on the third level, just below the Turf Club, the Clubhouse offers superb viewing of Thoroughbred racing from shaded theater seating.  Its location is convenient to wagering windows, cocktail bars and food and beverage concessions, including but not limited to, burgers & fries, fresh carved sandwiches, fresh sausages, pizza and more.

 

ON YOUR FEET!

Saturday, August 25th, 9:45am-6:15pm, $75pp

 

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world.  But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.  From international superstardom to life-threating tragedy, ON YOUR FEET! Takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and ground-breaking couple, who in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.

            Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by American Award winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), ON YOUR FFET! Features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century – and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.  Before the 2pm showing, you will be dropped off at the South Coast Plaza (across from the Segerstrom) for lunch on your own.  This is going to be a great show, one you would not want to miss!

 

Pageant of the Masters

Thursday, August 30th, 3pm – 12am, $82pp

 

Seating will be in the Center Loge.  In the early years of the 20th century, a new generation of impressionists and air painters set up their easels outdoors and reveled in the natural beauty to be found as far as the eye could see.  In the 2018 show, UNDER THE SUN, theatrical magic, live music and light-hearted storytelling will honor Laguna’s own and other artistic pioneers from around the world who left their studios in search of new inspiration.

There’ll also be no shortage of fun and surprises as the Pageant acknowledges two local milestones: the 85th anniversary of “living pictures” at the Festival of Arts and the 100th anniversary of Laguna Art Museum.  You won’t want to miss this exciting salute to a world of “art that lives and breathes” beneath the stars in the Pageant’s beautiful amphitheater.

Dinner will be on own/on site.  You may choose from tons of restaurants from in and around Laguna Beach.  (A list of some restaurants will be provided).

            The Festival of Arts.  Your ticket also allows you access to the historic open-air art gallery which has been celebrated as California’s premier fine art show.  Featuring original works of art by 140 of Orange County’s most talented artists, it’s the perfect place to find the one-of-a-kind treasure for your home or business you’ve been looking for.  Also enjoy a variety of world-class special events, art workshops, live entertainment and much more!

Remember, your Pageant ticket entitles you to FREE unlimited admission to The Festival of Arts all season long.