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The Elmhurst Park District offers a host of trip options year-round, and the best part is that you can leave the driving to us.  So gather up a group of friends, or fly solo and make some new ones and join us on our next adventure. 

Refunds are made only if the space can be filled. If enrollment is low or if trips are cancelled, participants are notified and all money is refunded. All trips depart from Centennial Recreation Center (155 E. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst), unless indicated otherwise. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in and receive any materials needed for the day. Staff reserves the right to change the type of bus used on the trips. Trip start times are bus departure times. Return times are approximate. 

Winter 2023 Trips

Into the Woods at Paramount Theatre - Wednesday, February 15, Noon-5 pm

A red cape, a strand of yellow hair, a golden shoe and a white cow. It’s these four items that send a baker and his barren wife through the woods on a magical journey to reverse a spell cast by an evil witch. Throw in Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella and you have one of the most astounding and original fairytale retellings the stage has ever seen. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Winner of Best Score, you won’t want to miss Into the Woods at Paramount Theatre. Fee includes transportation and main floor seating. This is a cooperative trip with Glen Ellyn Park District and we will be using their bus. Registration deadline is January 13. Minimal Walking.

Rivers Casino - Thursday, March 9, 10:30 am-2:30 pm

Looking for a way to beat the winter blues? Well leave the driving to us and try your luck at Rivers Casino. Home to Chicago's hottest gaming action, Rivers Casino boasts the most slot jackpots and the biggest payouts on table games. This is a cooperative trip with the Glen Ellyn Park District and we will be using their bus for transportation. Please note that the trip fee includes transportation only. Any gambling or food purchases are on your own. Be sure to bring a valid driver's license (not expired) or state ID with you on the day of the trip. Registration deadline is February 20. Minimal Walking.

School of Rock at Paramount Theatre - Wednesday, April 19, Noon-5 pm

From the genius mind of Andrew Lloyd Webber comes a rousing, feel good and inspirational story of kids at a prestigious prep school. Wannabe rocker, Dewey Finn, has just been kicked out of his band, he can’t pay rent and his life is falling apart. He scams his way into a teaching job meant for his roommate and turns a class of straight-A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. Dewey’s love of music and rock soon inspires the kids to pursue what they love. Fee includes transportation and main floor seating at Paramount Theatre. This is a cooperative trip with Glen Ellyn Park District and we will be using their bus. Registration deadline is March 17. Minimal Walking.

Spring 2023 Trips (Registration opens March 11)

Tacos & Tequila - Thursday, April 6, 9:15 am-4 pm

This Tacos and Tequila tour is designed to showcase the truly hidden gems of Milwaukee's Latino community! On this three hour, narrated bus tour, we will visit 3 restaurants for entrees such as tacos, sopas, enchiladas and more! Each location will be paired with a half-sized margarita or tequila-infused drink. And, be sure to save room for dessert - churros from a woman owned, local Hispanic bakery! This trip will involve getting on and off the bus multiple times and there will be some steps at some of the locations. Fee includes transportation, step on guide, guide gratuity, substantial food portions, 3 half-sized margaritas, and dessert. Registration deadline is March 21. Moderate Walking

Fitzgerald's Fish Boil - Wednesday, May 24, 3:30-8:30 pm

The Door County tradition of a "Fish Boil" lives on with the Fitzgerald family in Genoa City, Wisconsin. Join us for this unique dining experience which includes your choice of North Atlantic Cod (from the fish boil) or chicken, boiled potatoes and onions, homemade coleslaw, rye bread, coffee or soft drink and dessert. On our way home, we'll make a quick stop at the International House of Wine and Cheese where you'll have some time to stock up on all your wine and cheese needs. Fee includes transportation and dinner at Fitzgerald's. Registration deadline is May 5. Some Walking