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Travel, Trips & Tours

Huntington Beach Council on Aging Trips

HBCOA Travel Coordinator
Ellen HopeKearns, PhD
e.hopekearns@hbcoa.org

Special 2022 Travel, Trips and Tours

As with everything in your lives these past months, the HBCOA travel program may look a little different from your previous excursions. Know that the health, well-being and enjoyment of our travel team and guests are our number one priority by having health and safety protocols and sanitation measures, which will continue to be observed as the state continues to progress to better health metrics. We will continue to follow CDC, state, and local guidelines and adjust our health and safety measures based on these guidelines and recent trends. The protocols in place are mandatory to participate with this program. Please understand that these measures are temporary until the current health crisis is mitigated to a manageable level, at which time they may be scaled back or eliminated entirely if possible. These safety measures include, but not limited to, require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID, pre-trip questionnaire at registration, required face masking aboard the bus (except when eating or drinking) and while in group settings along with other related health precautions. Together we can enjoy wonderful outings and explore unique Southern California destinations while still observing common sense safety and health policy guidelines.

To Book a Trip
The Travel and Resource Room at the Senior Center is open for in-person booking appointments. Call the Travel and Resource Room at (714) 374-1572 to ensure that the room is open and operating as it is dependent upon state health guidelines progressing to allow city recreation buildings to operate. The trips schedule and opening dates/times are subject to change without notice and are dependent upon state, county, and city health recommendations and guidelines.

Registrations are available most week days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call to verify a volunteer is available to help process your reservation.

The Travel and Trips team is very excited to welcome you for all the fun and adventure traveling. We can’t wait to get you traveling again! For questions about trips or scheduling please call the Travel and Resource Room at (714)374-1572.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as this program adapts to the new operation model.

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SoFi Stadium Tour With Included Ice Cream Treat Thursday, July 7, 2022

Here’s your opportunity to tour the new $5 billion Sofi Stadium – home of the L.A. Rams, L.A. Chargers and host of the 2022 Superbowl! Prepare yourself for bold designs on a monumental scale as you embark on a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of this magnificent new stadium and experience what it’s like to be a VIP fan, broadcaster, player and more! Walk down the player’s tunnel and onto the field, visit a luxury private suite, the press box, a locker room, and shop in the official team store offering stadium-exclusive merchandise and gear. Learn how the stadium was constructed below ground on land that was previously occupied by Hollywood Park. Learn about all the intricacies of operating this massive, technologically advanced venue that features the largest video scoreboard in sports history! Prior, we’ll visit The Point – the newest and hippest destination in the South Bay. Enjoy time at leisure in this welcoming outdoor space filled with plenty of patios and seating spaces, diverse shops, and a variety of eateries available for lunch on your own. welcoming space, filled with plenty of places to sit and enjoy the pretty, single-story, all-outdoor layout. We top off a memorable day with an included ice cream treat from a locals’ favorite that provides an elevated ice cream experience using only the freshest ingredients and locally sourced dairy and produce. This tour involves moderate walking. Stadium tour route and stops subject to change without notice. Member Price: $109; Non-Member Price: $119 • Depart HBCL: 11:00 a.m.• Return: 6:30 p.m.

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Tribute to Neil Diamond Private Concert Starring William Florian With Included Lunch at Pomona Valley Mining Co. Friday, July 29, 2022

William Florian takes the stage for this upbeat musical tribute to one of the most beloved singers and songwriters of our time, Neil Diamond. Former member of the Grammy-winning American folk music group, The New Christy Minstrels, Florian looked up to and admired Neil Diamond and today he pays tribute as he did during his memorable tribute show to John Denver in 2021. William Florian will weave together amusing stories, anecdotes, and humor as he honors the life, music and achievements of Neil Diamond. You’ll find yourself singing along with Florian as he performs Neil Diamond’s most celebrated songs such as “Song Sung Blue,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Play Me,” “Cherry Cherry,” “Holly Holy,” “Solitary Man,” and many more. Taking place one-day only, this private concert will take place at the Pomona Valley Mining Company, a unique restaurant set in the tradition of the ol’ mining days of Silverado Canyon and boasting spectacular panoramic views. Prior to the matinee performance, enjoy an included waiter-served lunch. Performed in an intimate setting, there’s time after the show to interact with the performer himself! We’ll also visit Cal Poly Pomona’s campus Farm Store with the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and other unique items. Member Price: $149; Non-Member Price: $159 • Depart HBCL: 9:45 a.m. • Return: 4:00 p.m.

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Big Bear Lake Escape Lake Cruise & Big Bear Village Thursday, August 18, 2022

Escape the heat and breathe in the fresh air today when we travel to Big Bear Lake, the charming mountain town nestled in the beautiful pine forests atop the San Bernardino Mountains (elevation 6,700 feet). All aboard the paddlewheel boat, Big Bear Queen, for a narrated cruise on Big Bear Lake. Your boat captain is a Big Bear native and life-long resident and provides extensive narration about Big Bear Valley’s history and folklore, including the solar observatory, Garstin Island, celebrity homes, the story of the Four Dams and more. This afternoon, we’ll enjoy ample time at leisure in the Bavarian-style Big Bear Village to browse the shops and enjoy lunch on your own at a variety of casual eateries. This tour involves moderate walking and driving on mountain roads. Member Price: $99; Non-Member Price: $109 • Depart HBCL: 7:30 a.m. • Return: 6:30 p.m.

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Pageant of the Masters at Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Enjoy an evening under the stars at this popular summer event acclaimed for its awe-inspiring theatrical celebration of tableaux vivants – “living pictures.” Celebrating its 88th year, Pageant of the Masters is the crown jewel of Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts and arguably one of the most unique productions in the world. You’ll be both amazed and enchanted by this theatrical masterpiece that features “art that lives and breathes” with live models coated in layers of body paint climbing into life-sized paintings and sculptures on the stage to recreate famous works of art. The “living artwork” becomes fully alive with sophisticated lighting, a full professional orchestra, live original narration, and multiple stages within the outdoor amphitheater. A kaleidoscope of international art becomes your passport to distant lands, cultural celebrations and fascinating history in the 2022 production, entitled Wonderful World. This year’s show showcases art from 17 countries in a love letter to our common humanity, and the countless ways in which artists have asked the eternal question: “Why are we here?” Enjoy time at leisure prior to the show browsing the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show. Eat prior to departure, bring a picnic, or purchase food available on-site. Binoculars are recommended and available for rent on-site to help see detail on stage. Main tier-level seating. Member Price: $129; Non-Member Price: $139 • Depart HBCL: 6:00 p.m. • Return: 11:30 p.m.

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The Del & The Cays of Coronado: The New Hotel Del Coronado Museum & Gondola Cruise through Coronado Cays Thursday, September 8, 2022

Today we escape to Coronado, the picturesque island located across the bay from downtown San Diego. This historic resort city is nicknamed The Crown City, since Coronado is Spanish for “crowned one.” Enjoy time at leisure for browsing and lunch on your own along Orange Avenue in the historic Coronado Village – three walkable blocks that feature a variety of shops, restaurants and casual eateries. We continue to the legendary Hotel Del Coronado, the National Historic Landmark and cultural icon that evokes the legacy and magic of two centuries. For 134 years, the Hotel del Coronado has captured the hearts and imaginations of all who have walked through its doors – and now the next chapter has begun with the completion of a $400 million renovation! Enjoy time at leisure to soak in its timeless charm, idyllic oceanfront setting, unique shops and the new Hotel del Coronado Museum located in the completely restored and renovated Ice House. This masonry structure to the south of the power plant once served as the ice-making center for the entire island. The museum features permanent exhibits and rotating displays highlighting The Del’s heritage, including a courtyard with reclaimed bricks from original 1910 Industrial Buildings. This afternoon we’ll indulge in all the magic and tradition of Venice without leaving Coronado as we glide through the enchanting canals of the Coronado Cays aboard a traditional gondola. Your charming gondolier will point out the spectacular sights including waterfront homes, boats and postcard-perfect scenery. Member Price: $119; Non-Member Price: $129 • Depart: HBCL 8:30 a.m. • Return: 7:30 p.m.

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Getty & Gladstones: The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades with Included Lunch at Malibu’s Gladstones Thursday, September 22, 2022

Escape to Malibu today to savor two of its most famous and legendary landmarks. We begin with an included brunch with choice of entrée and dessert at the legendary Gladstones. This historic beachside icon on the Malibu coast features a relaxed ambiance and consistently receives an “Editor’s Pick” from Sunset Magazine. Founded in 1972, Gladstones restaurant has been a symbol of Los Angeles and the Southern California lifestyle for nearly half a century. Owned by former L.A. Mayor Richard J. Riordan, this classic establishment has stood the test of time, outlived trends, and set the bar for quality and warmth. This afternoon, we continue to the Getty Villa Museum, the gorgeous estate built by oil magnate J. Paul Getty to resemble a Roman country house in Herculaneum, Italy. Step into the ancient world at this one-of-a-kind destination perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and offering ancient Greek and Roman art, tranquil gardens, and ocean breezes. The Getty Villa is home to an incredible collection of antiquities from the ancient world – here you can explore 4,000 years of ancient art, from the Stone Age to the final days of the Roman Empire. Enjoy approximately three hours at leisure to view up to 1,200 works on display in the newly refurbished and reimagined galleries and stroll through the garden featuring a reflecting pool, colonnaded walkways, and views of the Pacific Ocean. While guided tours are not currently available, prior to departure you may download the free GettyGuide app to your smartphone and bring your own earphones to enjoy a free audio tour of the galleries. Member Price: $129; Non-Member Price: $139  • Depart: HBCL 9:00 a.m. • Return: 6:30 p.m.

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High Tea In A High Town: In the “Apple Pie Town” of Julian Thursday, October 6, 2022

Escape for the day to the charming, gold-mining town of Julian – nestled among oak and pine forests in the beautiful Cuyamaca Mountains. This morning we’ll stop in Santa Ysabel at Dudley’s California Bakery, everyone’s favorite backcountry bakery offering 43 different types of freshly baked bread, pastries, cookies and pies available for purchase. We continue along the mountain roads to Julian, San Diego’s historic mountain town (elevation 4,200 feet) that could be described “as American as apple pie.” The entire town is a designated historic district, and the shops and restaurants are housed in Victorian-style buildings dating back to the 1870s. We’ll enjoy an included Apple Blossom Tea hosted by the Julian Woman’s Club. This beloved organization that was founded more than 100 years ago not only created the Julian Pioneer Museum, but hosts special, private events like this to attract visitors to this historic town and raise funds to support a variety of philanthropic projects including high school scholarships and programs for children. The English-style afternoon tea, set in their charming clubhouse, includes a variety of finger sandwiches, seasonal fruit, scones with jam, curd and whipped cream, desserts and tea. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon browsing Julian’s unique boutiques, and pie shops selling a variety of apple pies and apple ciders to take home. Member Price: $109; Non-Member Price: $119 • Depart: HBCL 8:00 a.m. • Return: 7:00 p.m.

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Griffith Park Gadabout: The Autry Museum, Griffith Observatory & Included Boxed Lunch Friday, October 28, 2022 

Today we’ll explore Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America and known as the “Central Park” of Los Angeles. After successful mining investments, Colonel Griffith J. Griffith purchased Rancho Los Feliz in 1882, and later donated over 3,000 acres to the city along with a trust fund for future improvements to the land. Discover the art, history, and cultures of the American West at the Autry Museum of the American West. This first-class museum features world-class galleries filled with Native American art and artifacts, film memorabilia, historic firearms, paintings, and special exhibitions. After an included boxed lunch picnic in Griffith Park, this afternoon we’ll visit the Griffith Observatory, one of L.A.’s most recognizable landmarks and Southern California’s gateway to the cosmos! Enjoy ample time at leisure to explore the many magnificent astronomical exhibits, browse the gift shop and marvel at the spectacular views of Los Angeles from the hilltop location! The free film, "The Once and Future Griffith Observatory” is narrated by Leonard Nimoy and focuses on the Observatory’s history and recent renovation. Planetarium shows are available on a first-come-first-served basis for an additional fee ($5 seniors/$7 adults) upon arrival at the Observatory. Member Price: $99; Non-Member Price: $109 • Depart: HBCL 8:15 a.m. • Return: 6:30 p.m.

HEALTH & WELLNESS 

• Required proof of full COVID-19 vaccination must be shown prior to boarding the motorcoach 

• Wellness Pledge to be turned into group leader on day of departure 

• Required face masks onboard the motorcoach (except when eating or drinking) and if required by the individual business or city/county in which the business exists

HUNTINGTON BEACH COUNCIL ON AGING / SENIOR CENTER IN CENTRAL PARK 

(714) 374-1572 - 18041 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 

WHAT’S INCLUDED 

  •  All tours are developed and operated by Good Times Travel (California Seller of Travel #2018390-40), a local, licensed and reputable tour operator that has been in business for 30 years 
  • Onboard the newer, deluxe, fully-equipped motorcoaches is a Senior Center representative, professional driver and bottled water 
  • Price includes transportation, sightseeing, admission and meals as indicated 

RESERVING SPACE 

  • In person tour registration is available Monday to Friday in the Travel & Resource Room at the Senior Center in Central Park
    Call (714) 374-1572 for travel related questions 
  •  Payment may be made in person (cash, check, Visa, Mastercard or Discover) 
  •  Make checks payable to HBCOA 

SEATING 

  • Seats on the motorcoach are assigned by an HBCOA Travel Program representative 
  • Please let us know if you need special accommodations 

GRATUITIES 

  • Prices do not include a customary driver gratuity for a job well done. We believe that by the end of the tour you’ll agree that the driver has earned it. A suggested gratuity is $3-$5 per passenger 

DEPARTURE/ RETURN INFORMATION 

  • Huntington Beach Central Library (HBCL): 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA 92648 

Catalina Island Getaway

Forty-two passengers took a short bus ride to San Pedro Harbor, where they boarded a high-speed catamaran for an approximately one-hour ride to Catalina Island. They arrived in the village of Avalon and enjoyed approximately six hours o of leisure time visiting quant shops and lovely eateries to enjoy lunch. Many passengers enjoyed special optional land and water tours including the Glass Bottom Boat Voyage, Bison Expedition, and the narrated bus tour through the streets of Avalon. The weather was perfect and a fun time was had by all.

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California Science Center

A group of seniors set off to Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia exhibit at the California Science Center at Los Angeles.While touring the Science Center, the group experienced the fun of science, math and technology, combined with the special exhibition focused on the mystery of a lost empire of Angkor,

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Huntington Library

Fifty-six seniors enjoyed a day at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens  on May 19. The weather was perfect for viewing the magnificent themed gardens, including the Rose Garden, Japanese Gardens, and Chinese Garden and Art Museum.

 

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Sofi Stadium

A full bus of seniors boarded the bus in Huntington Beach headed for a Sofi Stadium tour. The first stop was at the Point in El Segundo, where we enjoyed  leisure time for browsing and lunch at the Point, a beautiful open air mall with specialty shops and a variety of excellent restaurants. After lunch, we enjoyed a delicious  ice cream treat at Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream. We then made our way to Sofi Stadium for a one-hour guided walking tour of the magnificent stadium and after a glorious tour, we happily arrived home at 6:30pm.

 

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Mt. Wilson Obserbatory

A group of seniors visited Mt. Wilson Observatory on April 28. They enjoyed a docent-led two-hour guided walking tour of four observatories and learned about luminosity of stars, how one telescope floats in a bath of Mercury, and the Sun with its “sun spots”, among other astronomical information. The group then visited the historic Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain to have their famous root beer float.

 

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
A group of 54 seniors visited the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on April 7th. Upon arrival at the museum they went through security and were given wristbands after ID and Covid vaccination checks before entering the museum. The group enjoyed a two-hour on-site, self-guided tour of the magnificent installations and exhibits featured on four levels of the museum. The next stop was at the Original Farmers Market/the Grove where the group had leisure time for browsing around and have lunch. It was a delightful day and everyone had a great time.
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Joshua Tree National Park
The HBCOA Travel Program hosted a day tour at Joshua Tree National Park on March 26th. Passengers boarded the bus in Huntington Beach and were accompanied by a Geographic Guide who noted several points of interest such as river beds, homes, earthquake fault lines and dams along the way to Joshua Tree. The bus stopped first at Hadley’s Orchard for treats.  Once we arrived at the Park, the group learned about the Joshua trees and other desert trees, brushes, and rock formations from our Geographer. We then stopped to have a box lunch picnic at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center. It was a lovely warm day to enjoy the magnificent sites and nature in the Park.
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Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
The HBCOA Travel Program hosted a day tour on February 24th at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. A group of seniors boarded the bus in Huntington Beach and enjoyed the ride to Palm Desert.
Upon arrival at the venue the group enjoyed lunch and leisurely strolled by various habitats to watch stunning exotic animals and birds.
A good time was had by all.
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