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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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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.

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Walk on the Wild Side: Forever Wild Animal Sanctuary, Gibbon Conservation Center & Charlie Brown Farms, Thursday November 10, 2022

 We begin our walk on the wild side at the Gibbon Conservation Center, the only organization in the world devoted to the conservation, study and care of gibbons – a small, endangered ape. These animals are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia and considered to be among the world’s greatest acrobats – leaping distances of 50 feet and traveling up to 35 miles per hour 200 feet above the ground! On this guided, educational tour, we’ll learn about the preservation efforts here and meet several species of gibbons who are ready to entertain you with their crazy antics! We continue to Charlie Brown Farms, a unique, roadside destination known as “Antelope Valley’s Largest Gift Shop!” What started out as a fruit stand in 1929 has grown to six acres and features everything from fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, butters and honey, dried fruits and nuts, exotic and smoked meats, date shakes and malts, original Pennsylvania Dutch funnel cakes, mini donuts and much more! Enjoy time at leisure to browse the House of Dolls, Land of Dinosaurs, Village of Gnomes, World of Betty Boop, movie memorabilia, the Soda Pop Shop and the thousands of nostalgic candy and toys including a huge selection of sugar-free candies, brittles and fudge that is made fresh on site daily. Enjoy lunch on your own here (with outdoor dining) where they serve real Texas-style barbecue including ribs, chicken, tri-tip and more along with all the sides. We continue along Pearblossom Highway to the inspiring and engaging Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary. After co-founders Joel and Chemaine realized that thousands of exotic animals were being put to sleep after being abandoned, abused or illegally obtained, they wanted to make a difference and provide them a home and a chance to live a healthy life. Forever Wild was born out of the hope to provide the animals with resources to rehabilitate, while also providing education on what we can do to protect these animals’ lands and lives from becoming extinct. During this educational experience, we’ll not only get up-close to a variety of wildlife including reptiles, birds, monkeys, alligator, bear, lion, tiger and black panther, but you’ll experience a feeding demonstration. This tour involves minimal walking over uneven terrain. Member Price: $99; Non-Member Price: $109 = Depart: HBCL 8:30 a.m. = Return: 6:30 p.m. 

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The Magic Castle: Live Magic Shows & Included Brunch, Saturday November 19, 2022

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to visit this exclusive club that is only open to its members and their invited guests! Since 1963, this 116-year-old Victorian mansion that overlooks Hollywood has been a members-only magician clubhouse and sort-of-secretive home base for the Academy of Magical Arts. Magicians all over the world consider the Magic Castle to be the virtual ‘center’ of the magician’s universe and a premier location to showcase their craft. Step inside and enjoy an all-you-can-eat brunch (served at approximately 12:00 p.m.), along with live magical performances in the Parlour of Prestidigitation or the Palace of Mystery. Enjoy time at leisure prior to brunch exploring this amazing and secretive venue that is full of surprises, like hidden performance parlors, secret doors and mysterious illusions. The gift shop features hundreds of items, straight from the Academy of Magical Arts, such as apparel, playing cards, books and mementos. The Magic Castle has a “country club attire” dress code, thus the following clothing is not permitted: excessively revealing attire and casual clothing including athletic wear, denim, shorts, skorts, rompers, t-shirts, tank tops, outdoor jackets, sneakers, work boots, or flip flops. All guests must walk up a steep driveway and a flight of stairs to access this historic building. Member Price: $199; Non-Member Price: $209 = Depart: HBCL 9:30 a.m. = Return: 5:00 p.m. 

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Sparkles & Treasures: Mission Inn Festival of Lights With Old Spaghetti Factory Dinner, Thursday December 8, 2022

Join us for this beloved Southern California holiday tradition when we travel to Riverside to admire the Mission Inn during its nationally recognized annual Festival of Lights. Recently named “Best Public Holiday Lights Display in the Nation” by USA Today, this magical holiday experience in the heart of downtown Riverside features the fabulous Mission Inn decked out in millions of holiday lights and elaborate decorations. An included docent-guided walking tour of the Mission Inn will highlight the art, architecture and history of this world-renowned hotel. For over a century, the grandeur of the Mission Inn has drawn everyone from U.S. Presidents to Hollywood royalty to experience the timeless beauty of this National Historic Landmark. The stunning Spanish Mission-style architecture of this veritable castle features flying buttresses, magnificent archways, secluded garden oases and soaring towers. See the famed Court of Birds, President Lounge, Glenwood Tavern, St. Francis’ Chapel’s Tiffany glass and the spectacular five-story, open-air rotunda with its circular wrought-iron staircase. Following an included three-course dinner with choice of entree and dessert at the Old Spaghetti Factory, we’ll top off a memorable evening with a drive through an award-winning Rancho Cucamonga neighborhood that goes all out during the holiday season. This tour involves moderate walking. Member Price: $119; Non-Member Price: $129 = Depart: HBCL 2:00 p.m. = Return: 10:45 p.m. 

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L.A. Master Chorale’s Festival of Carols: At the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Saturday December 17, 2022

Ring in the holiday season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as the Los Angeles Master Chorale brings Christmas to life with traditional Christmas carols and festive folksongs from around the world from today and yesteryear sung by one of the greatest choirs in the world! Hear first-hand why the Chorale has gained international prominence over the past decade. The fantastic 115-member L.A. Master Chorale will be joined by the Disney Hall’s mighty pipe organ for a festive concert featuring traditional favorites sprinkled with new arrangements. Designed by architect Frank Gehry to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, being inside the Disney Concert Hall is an experience unto itself providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience. Enjoy time at leisure for lunch on your own at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Café or a nearby eatery prior to the matinee performance. Terrace-level seating. Member Price: $149; Non-Member Price: $159 = Depart: HBCL 11:00 a.m. = Return: 5:30 p.m. 

Multi-Day Excursions (Limited Space)

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AMERICA’S MUSIC CITIES: Nashville - Memphis - Branson - Graceland - Grand Ole Opry - 3 Live Shows - Johnny Cash’s Hideaway Farm, October 14, 2022 7-Day Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

Enjoy a two-night stay in Nashville with sightseeing to include a city tour with a local guide, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium – the Opry’s original home – and reserved seats for a performance of the Grand Ole Opry 

Tour Storytellers Hideaway Farm & Museum, Johnny Cash’s escape for more than 30 years that he called “the center of my universe” 

Enjoy a two-night stay at The Guest House at Graceland, an extraordinary AAA Four Diamond resort hotel in the heart of Elvis Presley’s Graceland with VIP access to Graceland to tour Elvis’ mansion, his custom jets, his cars and final resting place 

Visit Memphis’ Beale Street with an included dinner with Blues music at a Blues club 

Stay two nights at an upscale Branson hotel and enjoy two high-energy and patriotic shows, along with a panoramic tour of the Branson area with a local guide 

TOUR INCLUSIONS 

6 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations 

Nashville, TN (2) – The Inn at Opryland 

Memphis, TN (2) – The Guest House at Graceland 

Branson, MO (2) – Hilton Convention Center 

10 Meals – 4 dinners, 6 breakfasts 

Services of a professional GTT tour director 

Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides 

Admissions per itinerary 

Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach 

Airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air) 

Luggage handling throughout the tour 

LAND TOUR PRICE 

Double Occupancy: $2,499 per person 

Single Occupancy (no roommate): Add $800 

Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p. 

Deposit: $250 per person 

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LAND OF GIANTS – SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON Sequoias & Kings Canyon National Parks - Single-Hotel Stay in Sequoia National Park - Local Guide, 4-Day Tour, October 23, 2022 4-Day Tour 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

Enjoy a three-night, leisurely stay at the rustic, yet modern Wuksachi Lodge – the signature lodge in Sequoia National Park, it is a striking stone-and-cedar mountain lodge located in the heart of the national park at 7,200 feet in elevation and surrounded by a giant sequoia forest and soaring Sierra peaks 

Extensive sightseeing with a local guide in Sequoia National Park along Generals Highway including a leisurely stroll through the aptly-named Giant Forest Grove, home to majestic, 3,000-year-old giant sequoias including the General Sherman Tree – the largest tree on Earth! 

In-depth sightseeing with a local guide in Kings Canyon National Park – featuring deep valleys, sky-scraping trees, and distinctive rock outcroppings, Kings Canyon National Park is the place that John Muir once called “a rival to Yosemite” – we’ll visit Grant Grove (home to the largest remaining grove of sequoia trees in the world) and then continue on Kings Canyon Scenic Byway into one of the deepest canyons in North America 

TOUR INCLUSIONS 

3 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations Sequoia National Park, CA (3) – Wuksachi Lodge 

4 Meals – 1 lunch, 3 breakfasts 

Services of a professional GTT tour director 

Comprehensive sightseeing with a local guide 

Admissions per itinerary 

Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach 

Luggage handling throughout the tour 

TOUR PRICE 

Double Occupancy: $1,199 per person 

Single Occupancy (no roommate): Add $500 

Deposit: $150 per person 

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FLORIDA’S EAST COAST & EVERGLADES: Everglades National Park - Miami - Kennedy Space Center - Palm Beach - St. Augustine - Daytona, November 2, 2022 7-Day Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

In St. Augustine, join a local guide for a city tour, a visit to the Lightner Museum and a tour of Flagler College showcasing the architecture and history of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon 

Go on the track for a tour of the Daytona International Speedway 

Enjoy a guided bus tour of the Kennedy Space Center and ample time to explore the the Visitor Center complex featuring the Apollo/ Saturn V Center, the Shuttle Lunch Experience, the Rocket Garden, the Astronaut Memorial and Space Shuttle Atlantis 

Enjoy a guided tour of Whitehall Mansion – Henry Morrison Flagler’s Gilded Age estate in Palm Beach 

Enjoy a 3-night stay in Miami with sightseeing to include a tour of Miami with a local guide, a boat cruise on Biscayne Bay and a guided tram tour at Flamingo Botanical Gardens and Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary 

Visit Everglades National Park with an included tram tour at Shark Valley and a thrilling airboat ride into Everglades National Park’s “river of grass” at Everglades Safari Park 

TOUR INCLUSIONS 

6 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations 

St. Augustine, FL (2) – Hampton Inn 

Vilano Beach 

Cocoa Beach, FL (1) – Courtyard by Marriott 

Miami, FL (3) – DoubleTree Biscayne Bay 

10 Meals – 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 6 breakfasts 

Services of a professional GTT tour director 

Comprehensive sightseeing with local guides 

Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach 

Airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air) 

Luggage handling throughout the tour 

LAND TOUR PRICE 

Double Occupancy: $2,199 per person 

Single Occupancy (no roommate): Add $700 

Roundtrip group airfare available from $695 p.p. 

Deposit: $250 per person 

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ARIZONA’S VALLEY OF THE SUN Single-Hotel Stay - Saguaro Nat’l Park - Phoenix - Scottsdale - Tucson - Taliesin West - No Flying Required, November 13, 2022, 5-Day Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

Enjoy a single-hotel stay at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, a premier AAA Four Diamond, smoke-free resort featuring recently remodeled rooms, a 100,000 square foot casino and multiple restaurants and bars 

Docent-guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, the National Historic Land- mark and UNESCO World Heritage site that was Wright’s beloved winter home 

Enjoy an included lunch at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, the legendary Phoenix landmark hotel known for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture 

Travel to Tucson and visit Saguaro National Park and Pima Air & Space Museum 

Visit three museums in the Phoenix area including the Musical Instrument Museum, the Heard Museum showcasing traditional and contemporary American Indian art, and Butterfly Wonderland – a conservatory with thousands of fluttering butterflies 

Visit The General George Patton Museum focused on the life of General George Patton 

TOUR INCLUSIONS 

4 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations Chandler, AZ (4) – Wild Horse Pass 

Hotel & Casino 

5 Meals – 1 lunch, 4 breakfasts 

Services of a professional GTT tour director 

Comprehensive sightseeing 

Admissions per itinerary 

Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach 

Luggage handling throughout the tour 

TOUR PRICE 

Double Occupancy: $1,399 per person 

Single Occupancy (no roommate): Add $500 

Deposit: $150 per person 

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A TEXAS CHRISTMAS Single-Hotel Stay - Grapevine - Dallas - Fort Worth - The Magnolia Trail in Waco - Southfork Ranch, November 25, 2022, 5-Day Tour 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

Enjoy a 4-night, single-hotel stay at an upscale, lakeside resort in Grapevine 

Join a local guide for a tour of Dallas includ- ing Pioneer Plaza, Chapel of Thanksgiving, Dealy Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum 

Enjoy an included dinner and guided tour at Southfork Ranch, made famous by Dallas 

Extensive sightseeing and experiences in the official “Christmas Capital of Texas,” Grape- vine, including a “Victorian Christmas” at Nash Farm, the City Hall Light Show Spec- tacular, Hometown Christmas and historic Main Street all decked out for the season! 

Visit the famous Fort Worth Stock Yards and see the Long Horn Cattle Drive 

Explore Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Waco includ- ing Magnolia Market, The Silos and a driving tour of homes from HGTV’s Fixer Upper 

Visit the Gaylord Texan resort, to experience Ice!, a magical world of ice sculptures 

Tour the George W. Bush Presidential Museum and the Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium 

TOUR INCLUSIONS 

4 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations 

Grapevine, TX (4) – Hilton DFW Lakes 

8 Meals – 4 dinners, 4 breakfasts 

Services of a professional GTT tour director 

Comprehensive sightseeing with a local guide 

Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach 

Airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air) 

Luggage handling throughout the tour 

LAND TOUR PRICE 

Double Occupancy: $1,499 per person 

Single Occupancy (no roommate): Add $400 

Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p. 

Deposit: $250 per person 

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 

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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