Trips

CHOOSE TO TRAVEL WITH THE JOHNSON CITY SENIOR CENTER

 

We use Hale Transportation as our travel partner given their friendly service and clean, comfortable buses. We've been using them for over five years.

Our trips are customized so they're unique and geared towards seniors.

Many of our trip ideas come from our trip patrons!

Easy, convenient, well-lit parking right at the Johnson City Senior Center.

Use of our building and clean restrooms while waiting before the bus departs.

We select nice, clean and comfortable hotels for our overnight trips.

Friendly and knowledgeable bus drivers.

Escorts from the Trip Committee to ensure everything goes smoothly.

We get great feedback from our trip patrons. Many return trip after trip and year after year.

Join us..... you'll be glad you did!


The 2024 Trip Newsletter - On the Road Again - is available at the Center or online. Trip details are also shown below for all our 2024 trips.

Click here to see the 2024 Trip Newsletter!!!

NOTE: there is a correction to the newsletter. The Lancaster trip will feature the show "Daniel" at the Sight & Sound Theater, not "David".


All our trips are open to the public so you don't have to be a member of the Johnson City Senior Center to join us! You also don't have to be a senior to join our trips. We've had children and grandchildren join us, depending on the trip.

If you are a member of our Center, you'll enjoy a $10 savings on any trip you're taking.

Please read our Trip Policies for additional information.

If you're interested in any of our trips, mail a deposit ($50 for day trips; $100 for overnight trips) to the Johnson City Senior Center (30 Brocton Street, Johnson City, NY 13790). Please be sure that your phone number is included on your check in case we have any questions.

If you have questions, please call us at 607-797-3145.


Trip Gift Certificates Raffle

Two $50 trip gift certificates will be raffled off separately (two winners). Raffle chances are $5 each and can be purchased at the Center or from your trip escort.

Drawing: Monday, 6/3/2024.

Must be applied to a trip by 12/31/2024.


Merry-Go-Round Theatre – Jersey Boys

Friday, June 14, 2024

Dorothy Blasko is your escort today for a fun day trip to Skaneateles and a Tribute to the Jersey Boys at the Merry-Go-Round Theatre.

Depart the Center at 9:00AM. After a brief stop, we’ll arrive in Skaneateles at approximately 11:00AM. Browse the shops and have lunch in one of the restaurants ($25 meal money included). Following lunch, we’ll board the bus at approximately 1:00PM, and travel to Auburn for the 2:00PM performance of “Jersey Boys”. Who can forget “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Sherry” and “Dawn"?

We’ll reboard the bus at the end of the show and return to the Center at approximately 7:30PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, lunch money and driver gratuity.

$190 Member       |       $200 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 5/20/24.


Alexandria Bay Scenic Cruise

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Back by popular demand – Boldt Castle and Alexandria Bay River Cruise. It’s worth repeating; and for those who haven’t been there, it’s really enjoyable….. the scenery is spectacular!

Beth Cunningham is your escort today for this fun day on the St. Lawrence River. Depart the Center at 8:00AM. After a brief stop, we’ll arrive in Alexandria Bay at approximately 11:00AM. You’ll have an hour to browse the shops before boarding the Uncle Sam for a buffet lunch which runs from 12:30 to 2:45PM. Enjoy lunch while cruising the St. Lawrence River. For those who wish, you can get off at Boldt Castle for a self-guided tour until 4:30PM. Be sure to catch the shuttle back to the Bay, the bus leaves at 5:00PM.

Our next stop is the Cracker Barrel in Watertown for dinner (on your own) then we’ll return to the Center at approximately 8:30PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, luncheon cruise and driver gratuity.

$194 Member       |       $204 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 5/20/24.

The Alexandria Bay trip entails a lot of walking.


Adirondack Train Ride to Old Forge

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Our train aficionado, Dorothy Blasko, is your escort today. We’ve done this before and it’s worth doing again, but with a twist. You’ll see; you’ll love it.

Depart the Center at 6:30AM and arrive in Utica to board the Adirondack Railroad train car for a round trip train ride to Old Forge. We’ll have first class seating in a private car where we’ll have breakfast sandwiches and a beverage. We’ll arrive at Thendara station at noon, take a shuttle to Old Forge, have lunch ($25 meal money included) and shop, before taking the shuttle back to the train at 4:00PM. Don’t be late, the train leaves at 4:30PM. Enjoy a beverage and Hors D’oeuvres on our return to Union Station in Utica. We’ll have dinner in a local restaurant (on your own), then return to the Center at approximately 10:00PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, round trip train with snacks mentioned above and driver gratuity.

$174 Member       |       $184 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 6/18/24.


Maine Lobster Festival

Wednesday, July 31 Saturday, August 3, 2024

Join your escort, Lucy Baker for a lobster-filled trip to Maine!

Day 1 – July 31: Depart from the Center at 6:00AM and travel north. After a fast-food stop, we’ll arrive in Freeport, Maine for lunch ($20 meal money included) and shopping.

We’ll continue to our hotel for the next three nights: the Brunswick Hotel. There is a welcome reception, then we’ll have time to relax before dinner at the hotel.

Day 2 – August 1: After our included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll enjoy a puffin and scenic nature cruise on Linekin Bay. Back at the hotel, we’ll have free time for lunch in the village ($20 meal money included). Later in the afternoon, we’ll tour the Pemaquid Lighthouse and Fisherman Museum. We’ll feast on a lobster dinner tonight at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel.

Day 3 – August 2: After our breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a short drive to Rockland, Maine for the World Famous Maine Lobster Festival. We have until mid-afternoon to enjoy the parade and all the festival has to offer. Lunch is on your own while we are here. Possibly a Lobster Roll?

We’ll depart mid-afternoon and visit Owls Head Transportation Museum. After the museum, we'll return to the hotel to freshen up before another choice lobster dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – August 3: Breakfast is at our hotel again this morning before we depart for home; but not before stopping at Stonewall Kitchens this morning. We’ll stop for our included lunch at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, then stop at Hebert’s Candies in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts for one more treat. We’ll have a fast-food stop before arriving back at the Center at approximately 9:00PM.

Price includes round-trip motor coach, accommodations for 3 nights, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and driver gratuity.

Price:  Double:           $1,576 per person Member   |   $1,586 per person Non-Member

            Triple:             $1,389 per person Member   |   $1,399 per person Non-Member

            Single:            $1,906 per person Member   |   $1,916 per person Non-Member

Deposit of $100 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 6/21/24.

The Maine trip entails a lot of walking.


Skaneateles Dinner Cruise

Thursday, August 15, 2024

What’s better than a relaxing dinner cruise on a hot summer night? Skaneateles has that answer!

Join Debbie Isaak on this memorable evening. Depart the Center at 2:00PM. After a brief stop, you’ll arrive in Skaneateles at approximately 4:00PM. Browse the shops for an hour before boarding the Judge Ben Niles Vessel for your cruise.

We just received dinner entree choices and they sound delicious! We'll start with Clam Chowder for our appetizer. Choose from Prime Rib au jus, Pan-Seared Salmon, or Tuscan Chicken with Herb Sauce for your entree. All come with Au Gratin Potatoes and a Veggie. Vegetable Lasagna is also available on request. Debbie will be calling you to verify your choice or give Rose a call and let her know.

The cruise runs from 6:00 to 8:30PM. After the cruise, we’ll reboard our bus and return to the Center at approximately 10:30PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, dinner cruise and driver gratuity.

$168 Member       |       $178 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment and lunch choice due to the Center by 7/10/24.



The Not-So-Mystery Tour

Thursday, August 29, 2024

Roxanne Anderson is escorting this fun, busy day. Pics will be posted soon!

We'll depart the Center at 8:00AM and travel to Cooperstown for a guided tour of Hyde Hall, famous for its neoclassical architecture and scenic view of Otsego Lake. This historic mansion was built for George Clark, a wealthy landowner, between 1817 and 1834. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Following the tour, we’ll travel to the Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown for a buffet lunch.

The highlight of the day is a trip on the Erie Canal in Herkimer, NY, an hour away. There will also be time for shopping at the “Gems Along the Mohawk” store at the dock area before heading back to the Center. We’ll stop for a quick fast food break and arrive back at the Center at approximately 8:00PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, admission to Hyde Hall, lunch at the Otesaga Resort, Erie Canal cruise and driver gratuity.

$189 Member       |       $199 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 7/20/24.

The Not-So-Mystery Tour trip entails a lot of walking.


Penn's Peak – Believe! The Cher Show

Tuesday, September 17, 2024

Debbie Isaak is your escort today for a trip down memory lane with Cher. Remember “If I Could Turn Back Time”, “Believe” and "After All”?

Depart the Center at 9:00AM. Once we arrive at Penn's Peak, we’ll have time to browse their gift shop before a family-style lunch is served. Then enjoy the show, sing and dance along. Following the show, we’ll board the bus and head to Bingham’s for dinner (on your own), then head back to the Center, arriving at approximately 7:00PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, lunch and driver gratuity.

$159 Member       |       $169 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 8/14/24.


Progressive Lunch

Thursday, September 26, 2024

Lucy Baker is your escort today.

We all had such a good time last year visiting different venues, we decided to do it again this year, but with a twist.

We’ll depart the Center at 7:30AM and travel to Waterloo to visit the Muranda Cheese Company. From there, we’ll travel to Canandaigua and board the Canandaigua Lady for our box lunch cruise. Choices are Chicken Caesar Wrap, Roast Beef Wrap, Turkey Wrap or Veggie Wrap. After the cruise, we’ll head to Skaneateles and Strawberry Fields Hydroponic Farm for a tour and refreshments. Afterwards, we can all pick a pint of strawberries to take home. Our last   stop – for even more dessert – is Purity Ice Cream in Ithaca.  We’ll head back to the Center, arriving at approximately 6:15PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, lunch cruise and driver gratuity.

$218 Member       |       $228 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 8/22/24.

The Progressive Lunch trip entails a lot of walking.


Yellow Brick Road Casino

Tuesday, October 1, 2024

So many asked for another casino trip this year, so here you are!

Dorothy Blasko will be your escort once again for this fun day.

Depart the Center at 9:00AM and travel to Chittenango, NY to the Yellow Brick Road Casino to try your luck for the day.

Arrive back at the Center at 5:00PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, $10 Free Play, $5 Food Credit and driver gratuity.

$74 Member       |       $84 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 9/1/24.


Longwood Gardens – Chrysanthemum Festival

Wednesday, October 9, 2024

Beth Cunningham is your escort today.

We all loved the gardens last year so we decided to do it again this year. Last year we saw Spring flowers, this year we’ll enjoy the Fall flowers and colors.

We’ll depart the Center at 7:00AM and travel to Kennett Square and Longwood Gardens. We’ll have all day to explore over 200 acres of flowers, the water fountain displays, the conservatory and more. Have lunch ($20 meal money included) and keep exploring. We’ll board the bus at 4:30PM, stop for dinner at a local restaurant ($20 meal money included) and continue home. Arrive back at the Center at approximately 9:00PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, admission to Longwood Gardens, meal money and driver gratuity.

$215 Member       |       $225 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 9/12/24.

The Longwood Gardens trip entails a lot of walking.


Plymouth, Massachusetts & Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular

Wednesday, October 16 – Friday, October 18, 2024

Join your escort, Lucy Baker, for two fun-filled, busy days in Massachusetts.

Day 1 – October 16: Depart the Center at 6:00AM and travel toward Plymouth. We’ll stop briefly at a rest area before arriving at the Plymouth Plantation for a traditional turkey dinner and tour of Pilgrim Village.

We’ll have a “photo op” at Plymouth Rock, then continue to Carver, Massachusetts and visit a Cranberry Bog to see how cranberries are harvested.

After the tour, we’ll continue to our hotel for the next two nights: the Courtyard by Marriott. You’ll have time to freshen up and relax before we reboard the bus to have dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 – October 17: After our included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll join our guide for a walking tour of Providence’s famous Italian Neighborhood. We’ll stop at an authentic Italian bakery for a beverage and sample dessert. We’ll have time for lunch ($20 meal money included) and shopping.

We’ll return to the hotel mid-afternoon for time to relax before going to the Providence Zoo for an included BBQ feast followed by a self-guided tour of the Zoo and hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns. Make sure your phone is charged; you’ll want to take lots of pictures.

Day 3 – October 18: After our breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel to Sutton, Massachusetts for a tour of Vaillancourt Folk Art Studio. We’ll reboard the bus and travel to Steaming Tender Restaurant located at the old train station in Palmer, Massachusetts on our way home.

After a brief rest stop, we’ll arrive at the Center at approximately 6:00PM.

Price includes round-trip motor coach, accommodations for two nights, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and gratuities for the bus driver and guide.

Price:  Double:         $1,043 per person Member   |   $1,053 per person Non-Member

            Triple:              $999 per person Member   |   $1,009 per person Non-Member               

            Quad:              $917 per person Member   |      $927 per person Non-Member

            Single:          $1,351 per person Member   |   $1,361 per person Non-Member

Deposit of $100 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 9/6/24.

The Plymouth, Mass. trip entails a lot of walking.


Penn's Peak – Three American Troubadours

Tuesday, October 29, 2024

Debbie Isaak is your escort today for another trip down memory lane with James Taylor, Carly Simon and Carol King. This show explores these musical icons through clever musical arrangements and lots of their popular songs.

Depart the Center at 9:00AM. Once we arrive at Penn's Peak, we’ll have time to browse their gift shop before a family-style lunch is served. Then enjoy the show, sing and dance along. Following the show, we’ll board the bus and head to Bingham’s for dinner (on your own), then head back to the Center, arriving at approximately 7:00PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, lunch and driver gratuity.

$152 Member       |       $162 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 9/23/24.


Amish Christmas in Lancaster

Tuesday, December 3 – Thursday, December 5, 2024

Join Lucy Baker for Christmas in Amish country, a special time of year to visit the Lancaster area.

Day 1 – December 3: Depart from the Center at 8:00AM. We’ll stop at a rest area along the way, before we have lunch at the Cocoa Diner in Hershey ($20 meal money included). After lunch, we’ll continue to Middletown, Pennsylvania and visit the National Christmas Center.

We’ll continue to our hotel for the next two nights: Best Western Eden Resort. We’ll have time to relax before going to the Dutch Apple Theater for a buffet dinner and performance of “White Christmas”.

Day 2 – December 4: After our included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll meet our local step-on guide and tour Amish farmlands, then stop at an Amish quilt and craft shop, as well as a mystery stop. We’ll stop at Kitchen Kettle Village where we can enjoy lunch ($20 meal money included) and browse the shops.

We’ll continue to the Sight & Sound Theater for the performance of “Daniel”. NOTE: this was incorrectly stated as "David" in the 2024 Trip Newsletter.

After the show, we’ll be treated to dinner in an Amish home, then return to our hotel for the evening.

Day 3 – December 5: After our included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll visit the Bird-in-Hand Farmers Market before going to the American Music Theater in Lancaster for their morning performance of “Joy to the World”. Following the show, we’ll have a smorgasbord lunch at Miller’s Restaurant then head for home. We’ll stop for a fast-food dinner and arrive back at the Center at approximately 7:30PM.

Price includes round-trip motor coach, accommodations for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and gratuities for the bus driver and step-on guide.

Price:  Double:              $933 per person Member   |      $943 per person Non-Member

            Triple:                $886 per person Member   |      $896 per person Non-Member

            Quad:                 $859 per person Member   |      $869 per person Non-Member

            Single:            $1,075 per person Member   |   $1,085 per person Non-Member

Deposit of $100 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 10/25/24.

The Lancaster trip entails a lot of walking.


Pennsylvania Christmas Shopping

Saturday, December 7, 2024

Attention shoppers!!! Join Beth Cunningham for some great Christmas shopping as we visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. It features over 800 vendors and exhibitors. It’s a chance to buy those one-of-a-kind gifts, stocking stuffers and maybe a little something for yourself!

Depart the Center at 6:30AM. We’ll stop at a rest area en route to Harrisburg for a full day of shopping. A buffet lunch, which is included, begins at 11:00AM and runs the entire afternoon. Shop in the morning, break for lunch, then shop some more! How fun is that?

We’ll leave at 4:00PM, stop for fast-food, and arrive back at the Center at approximately 8:00PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, lunch and driver gratuity.

$171 Member       |       $181 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 11/1/24.

The Pennsylvania Shoppig trip entails a lot of walking.


Koziar's Christmas Village

Wednesday, December 11, 2024

Lucy Baker is your escort today to Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville, Pennsylvania.

Depart the Center at 1:30PM. We’ll stop briefly at a rest area, then continue to Shartlesville, Pennsylvania for dinner at a local restaurant (TBA); $25 meal money included.

After dinner, we’ll continue to Koziar’s Christmas Village and have time to explore and see the holiday lights. Dress warm, it'll be cold. We’ll return to the Center at approximately 11:00PM.

Price includes round trip motor coach, dinner, admission to Koziar’s and driver gratuity.

$152 Member       |       $162 Non-Member

Deposit of $50 pp is required.

Final payment due to the Center by 11/11/24.

The Koziar's Christmas Village trip entails a lot of walking.


Savannah & the Golden Isles

March 2025

This 8-day, 7-night trip will take us to St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Savannah, Georgia. We haven’t confirmed the details yet but this will be our longest and most upscale trip yet. Our tentative itinerary is packed full of exciting things: we’ll see both islands, visit Okefenokee Swamp and enjoy all the southern charm of Savannah.

Price will be announced with the full itinerary later this year. Pictures are not foreshadowing the itinerary; they're the work of a imaginative webmaster!

A $100 deposit will hold your spot and is refundable up until final payment date.