Older Adults (55+) Bus Trips

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Selfie at the Rose ParadeDole float in the Rose Parade, "Soaring Over Paradise"

The trips described below are only for Older Adults age 55+ (unless otherwise noted).  For a list of other bus trips open to everyone, please visit the Family Fun Bus Trips webpage.

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade
55 and up
Day Date Time Cost Activity Number
Friday December 15, 2017
3:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Residents: $68
Nonresidents: $75
29003

Started in 1907, the Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach is hailed as one of the Top 10 Holiday Happenings in the Nation by the New York Times. Dozens of boats are decorated with thousands of lights and displays, and the waterfront homes are decked out for the holidays. Prior to the parade, dinner will be at Bubba Gump's with a choice from several entrées. Pick up and drop off will be at both Joslyn Community Center (JCC) and Manhattan Heights Park (MHP)

Rose Parade 2018
55 and up
Day Date Time Cost Activity Number
Monday January 1, 2018
5:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Residents: $113
Nonresidents: $124
28782

Each New Year's Day the world focuses its attention on the City of Pasadena, home of the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl game. It's a celebration more than a century old, a festival of flowers, music and sports unequaled anywhere. We will have grandstand seats on Colorado Boulevard for up-close viewing. And, we should be back in time to see the Rose Bowl game on television. Pick up and drop off will be at both Joslyn Community Center (JCC) and Manhattan Heights Park (MHP)


Mini Bus Trips
Mini Bus Trip registration is done directly through the Older Adults Program. If you are interested in registering for the Mini Bus Trips, please contact the Older Adults Program at (310) 802-5430.

Mini Bus Trip: Holiday Festival
Date Time Cost Location reservation
November 29th
9:30 AM to 2:00 PM
$10 and $2 for Dial-A-Ride

Pick-up and drop-off will be at Joslyn Community Center

1601 North Valley Drive

Reservations are required. Please contact Dial-A-Ride at (310) 802-5430 to reserve your spot today.

Join us for a tour of the beautifully decorated holiday trees, boutique, food court, and local entertainment at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Cindy's Mini Bus Trip: Wildlife Learning Center
Date Time Cost Location reservation
November 15th
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
$8 refundable deposit and $2 for Dial-A-Ride

Pick-up and drop-off will be at Joslyn Community Center

1601 North Valley Drive

Reservations are required. Please contact Dial-A-Ride at (310) 802-5430 to reserve your spot today.

Cindy is taking us to the Wildlife Learning and Rescue Center. Bring your lunch money and we'll have lunch at the Fashion Square Mall in Sherman Oaks.


2017-2018 Discovery World Travel Adventure Series

How to Travel the World for Free
Date Time Cost Location reservation
November 6th
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
$9 admission fee and $2 for Dial-A-Ride

Pick-up and drop-off will be at Joslyn Community Center

1601 North Valley Drive

Reservations are required. Please contact Dial-A-Ride at (310) 802-5430 to reserve your spot today.

Guatemala: The Land of the Maya
Date Time Cost Location reservation
November 20th
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
$9 admission fee and $2 for Dial-A-Ride

Pick-up and drop-off will be at Joslyn Community Center

1601 North Valley Drive

Reservations are required. Please contact Dial-A-Ride at (310) 802-5430 to reserve your spot today.

Did you ever imagine you could travel the world by taking the short Dial-a-Ride trip to the Marsee Auditorium in nearby Torrance? The stage is set for high adventure as we prepare to travel the globe. As part of the El Camino College Discovery World Travel Adventure Series, you will meet adventurous filmmakers as they present their films that capture the beauty and majesty of many remote and exotic locations. You will feel the rhythm of distant lands; acquire a taste for exotic dishes; see and explore worlds of wonder right here at home!

Topics range from the enchantment of Eastern Europe at Christmastime and the sunny Caribbean, to New Zealand’s two remote and spectacular islands and the ancient mystery of the Nile, from Southern California’s hidden treasures to the lure of the New England Coastline, and many more. The Discovery World Travel Adventure Series is armchair adventuring at its best, captured by these renowned world travelers and cinematographers. Enjoy professional, full-color films with live commentary by the filmmakers. These films can be informative and educational for young people as well as adults. Take advantage of this inexpensive way to enjoy people and places from all over the globe. The programs start at 3:00 PM and are $9.00 per film for seniors. Please see the 2017-2018 Discovery World Travel Adventure Series schedule.


About Bus Trips
The Parks and Recreation Department plans many exciting and fun bus trips to various locations throughout the year that allow community members to economically visit some of the region's popular and unique destinations. Trips are designed for specific age and interest groups including youth ages 6 to 12 years old, teens ages 12 to 14 years old, adults and seniors. Most trips are to destinations that can be reached in two hours or less and each trip is led by one or two Parks and Recreation staff members and a trained volunteer who act as tour guides. Excursions are listed according to date with an indication if the trip is limited to a single age group. Click on a specific item to find out more information about the trip. Please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448 or email if you have questions after reviewing the trip descriptions, rules and regulations.

Registration for bus excursions can be done online or at the Parks and Recreation Department located at City Hall (1400 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach) Monday through Thursday 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM; alternate Fridays 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (City Hall is closed every other Friday starting April 1, 2016).  Registrations for certain trips such as "Mini-Bus Trips" are done directly through the Older Adults Program by calling (310) 802-5430 or stopping by the Older Adults office at the Joslyn Community Center, 1601 North Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

Types of Bus Trips

Type of Bus Trip Age
General For all ages with Parent/Guardian
Youth Ages at least 5½ but less than 13 (operated through the REC Summer Camp, Afterschool REC, or REC Vacation Days)
Teen Ages at least 11 but less than 18 (operated through the Teen Center)
Adult Ages 18 years and up (Unless specified)
Older Adults Ages 55 years and up


Registration Information

There are no assigned seats; there are two pick up locations. IF YOU RIDE THE BUS WITH US, THEN YOU RIDE BACK WITH US.  All participants must bring their bus trip receipt and photo identification on all bus excursions.

Ways to Register
There are 4 easy ways to register:

Online

In Person (Walk In)
Parks and Recreation Department
Manhattan Beach City Hall
1400 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We may be busy this time of year, we recommend filling out the Bus Trip Registration Form (PDF) in advance. You will be required to fill out a registration form regardless if you have registered previously.

Mail in 
City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department
ATTN: Registration 
1400 Highland Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Complete a Bus Trip Registration Form (PDF) with payment method. Please sign next to your name and the cardholder’s signature if you are using credit card.

Fax In
(310) 802-5401

Complete a Bus Trip Registration Form (PDF) with payment method. Please sign next to your name and cardholder’s signature.

We do not accept registrations over the phone.

Refund Policy
All refunds are subject to a $25 administration fee. Refunds after the trip deadline will be made only when your reservation can be filled from the waiting list or by a person designated by you. Replacement's name and waiver form must be in our office 24 hours prior to tour departure or in case of a Sunday/Monday departure no later than 12:00 PM on Wednesday. Due to insurance reasons there can be no passenger substitutions the day of the tour.

Departure/Return Locations
Depending on the tour, departure and return locations can vary.

  • Joslyn Community Center, 1601 Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach
  • Manhattan Heights Community Center, 1600 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach
  • Creative Arts Center, 1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE IT ON THE DAY OF THE TRIP, PLEASE CALL (310) 877-0517.

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