HBCOA 714.374.1524 • SENIOR CENTER IN CENTRAL PARK 714.536.5600 •  HOAG HEALTH & WELLNESS PAVILION 714.374.1578 • TRANSPORTATION 714.374.1742

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.

Trip registration is available Monday- Friday in the Travel and Resource Room at the Senior Center in Central Park. Unless otherwise noted trips depart from the Huntington Beach Central Library Theater parking lot on Goldenwest and Talbert next to the Central Library. All trips will require proof of     vaccination at time of registration and during the trip until further notice.  For any travel and trips  related questions please contact the 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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Welcome to the Jungle!

Amazônia Exhibition & Amazon Adventure 3D IMAX

At the California Science Center With Included Boxed Lunch

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Venture into the world’s largest rainforest and discover the hidden wonders of one of the most mysterious places on earth at the California Science Center, hosting the North American premiere of the international touring exhibition, Amazônia. Combining more than 200 photographs of the Amazon's indigenous peoples and large-scale rich landscapes with a breathtakingly immersive soundscape, the exhibit provides an opportunity to experience the Amazon rainforest like never before. This afternoon we’ll meet some of the region's most captivating animals while watching the newest IMAX film, Amazon Adventure 3D on a 7-story screen. Filmed on location in the lush Amazon region, Amazon Adventure 3D is a compelling detective story of peril, perseverance and, ultimately, success. The film tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Walter Bates' fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850's. Join Henry Bates as he unearths clues leading to his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry – the act of certain animals adopting the appearance and characteristics of other animals or inanimate objects to deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive. Enjoy an included boxed lunch and time at leisure to browse the Science Center’s permanent exhibits including the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Member Price: $96; Non-Member Price: $106 • Depart: 9:00 a.m. • Return: 4:00 p.m.

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Hollyhock House & H.M.S. Bounty

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House & Included Lunch at H.M.S. Bounty

Friday, February 24, 2023

Our exploration of two historic L.A. treasures begins at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, a harbinger of California Modernism and now Los Angeles’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a $4.3 million interior renovation in 2015 and more recent renovations to the outdoor spaces, visitors now have unprecedented access to this incredible architectural masterpiece. Stand in the sunken living room to admire the massive couch Wright designed to curve around the fireplace. In the dining room you can appreciate the kitchen’s mahogany counters and cabinets. While in the conservatory/breakfast room you can admire the astounding wall of windows. Access the restored outdoor spaces, showcasing new aspects of Wright’s self-proclaimed “garden house.” An example of Mayan Revival architectural with modern trimmings, Hollyhock House was built in 1919 as a residence for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall – it takes its name from her favorite flower, the hollyhock, symbolized in some of the style and décor of the house. As you tour the home and gardens, docents are available to answer your questions and describe the architectural details. This afternoon we’ll enjoy an included lunch with choice of entrée and yummy apple pie at H.M.S. Bounty, the iconic, nautically themed, British-style restaurant on Wilshire Blvd that is known for serving up ‘Food & Grog for the Weary Sailor.’ Founded in 1948, this watering hole has a vast history and longtime celebrity clientele and even features plaques above the booths with the names of the legends who once ate there. Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 • Depart: 8:30 a.m • Return: 4:30 p.m.

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Santa Barbara Orchid Festival

With Downtown Santa Barbara

Friday, March 10, 2023

Get away for the day to Santa Barbara, the popular beach city known as “America’s Riviera.” Characterized by unique shopping, great food and distinctive architecture, downtown Santa Barbara offers palm-lined thoroughfares where you’ll be surrounded by charming shops and boutiques, tantalizing eateries and beautiful buildings. The State Street Promenade is a newly created pedestrian mall where multiple blocks of State Street are closed to vehicle traffic allowing restaurants and other businesses to expand onto sidewalks and into Santa Barbara’s main boulevard, infusing a sense of energy and vitality. Paseo Nuevo is Santa Barbara’s Mediterranean-style, outdoor shopping center that features a variety of name brand stores. Enjoy time at your leisure for lunch on your own here and along State Street. This afternoon enjoy time at leisure to explore the 75th annual International Orchid Show – one of the most prestigious horticulture events in the world. Featuring over a half-acre of orchids, the festival provides a rare opportunity to see and buy an unprecedented variety of orchids in peak bloom. Hundreds of orchid varieties from all over the world are displayed in beautiful settings and arrangements, along with ongoing orchid demonstrations, exhibitors and an opportunity to purchase these exotic flowers. Member Price: $116; Non-Member Price: $126 • Depart: 8:00 a.m. • Return 8:00 p.m.

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Mystery Tour

With Included Lunch & Sweet Treat

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Mystery tours are always a fun adventure as it features new experiences that you have never encountered most likely, you may not even know of their existence – but you’ll assuredly be pleasantly surprised! Let the guessing begin as three destinations will remain unknown and will only be revealed just prior to our arrivals. As part of this mystery adventure, enjoy an included, delicious mystery lunch with choice of entrée and wine with an included yummy sweet treat to top off the day!This tour involves moderate walking over uneven terrain. Member Price: $136; Non-Member Price: $146 • Depart: 8:30 a.m. • Return 5:30 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 

Travel, Trips & Tours Photo Gallery

On the chilly January 2nd morning, seniors sat in the grandstand watching in awe the majesty of the 134th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena.

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On December 17, an excited group of seniors enjoyed Terrace-level seating at a matinee performance by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It was a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season!

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Seniors enjoyed an evening at the Mission Inn Festival of Lights on December 8. The group started with a docent - led tour of the exquisite Mission Inn. The Inn’s Christmas displays were spectacular, with both the Inn's inside and outside twinkling and colorful lights.

After exploring many sights at the Inn, they enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Spaghetti Factory.

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Tour guests were delighted and entertained with pre-brunch unique magic shows and explored various levels of the 1908 mansion. Guests also enjoyed a delicious, included brunch, followed by three wonderful magic acts in the Palace of Mystery.

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Seniors enjoyed a visit to the Autry Museum of the American West, and Griffith Observatory tour, followed by and picnic lunch on October 28.

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High Tea In A High Town: In the “Apple Pie Town” of Julian

On October 6, a group of seniors enjoyed excellent homemade backed goods at Dudley’s Bakery and High Tea during a day trip in the quaint town of Julian. High Tea  was hosted by  Julian Woman’s Club.
After Tea, the group spent some leisure time browsing around town, before boarding the bus back to Huntington Beach.

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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

A group of seniors enjoyed the ride over the bridge to Coronado Island was stunning with views of downtown San Diego and the bay. Upon arrival at Coronado Village, the group enjoyed leisure time to shop, stroll, and enjoy lunch. They then visited the Hotel Del Coronado. After the Del visit, the group was treated to a gondola ride on the canals of Coronado Cays.

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Pageant of the Masters on Wednesday, August 24, 2022

A group of 56 seniors attended the August 24th Pageant of the Masters theatrical production “Wonderful World” of tableaux vivants- “living pictures.” The group was enthralled watching live models coated with body paint climb into life-sized paintings and sculptures recreating famous works of art- a must see for art enthusiasts.

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Big Bear tour on Thursday, August 18, 2022

A group of seniors boarded the bus in Huntington Beach for a trip to Big Bear Lake. Upon arrival, they embarked on the Big Bear Queen paddlewheel boat for a fascinating narrated cruise on Big Bear Lake. After the cruise, the passengers enjoyed leisure time to browse around Big Bear Village for shopping and lunch.

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Tribute to Neil Diamond Tour

A group of seniors shopped for fresh produce and specialty gifts at the Cal Poly Pomona Farm Stand and then enjoyed a Tribute to Neil Diamond concert at the Pomona Valley Mining Company performance by

William Florian, a former member of the Christy Minstrels. Florian weaved together amusing stories and humor as he honored the life, music, and achievements of Neil Diamond. A good time was had by all!

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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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