Older Adults (55+) Bus Trips

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The John Denver Story
55 and up

Day Date Time Cost Activity Number
Monday July 15, 2019 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM Resident: $92
Nonresident: $101
33318

An upbeat musical tribute to one of the most beloved singer songwriters of all time, John Denver. William Florian, former lead singer with the New Christy Minstrels weaves together music and stories in this tribute on a private stage at Lawry's Prime Rib Restaurant. Trip includes a choice of entree from Lawry's delicious options. Pick-up and drop-off will be at both JCC and MHP.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Horse Races
55 and up

Day Date Time Cost Activity Number
Thursday August 22, 2019 10:15 AM to 8:15 PM Resident: $48
Nonresident: $53
32943

Come to where the "surf meets the turf" at exciting Del Mar Race Track! A day at the races is top-of-the-line. Enjoy reserved seats in the Clubhouse area of the track with plenty of time for wagering, lunch on your own at any of the restaurants or concession stands and enjoying the beautiful setting. Pick-up and drop-off will be at both JCC and 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. Payment for all Mini Bus Trips are due at reservation. In the event you are unable to attend the trip, 24 hour advance notice is required and your payment will be returned only if a replacement can be found prior to departure.

Mini Bus Trip Whale Watching

Date Time Cost Pick-up/Drop-Off Location Destination Reservation
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM $25 ticket price (due at time of reservation)$2 for Dial-A-Ride Pick-up and drop-off will be at Joslyn Community Center
1601 North Valley Drive

Harbor Breeze Cruises
100 Aquarium Way Dock #2
Long Beach, CA

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

We are going to the top destination of whale watching. We are joining the Harbor Breeze Cruises on a an exciting California whale watching journey to view some of the largest mammals on the planet. Our experienced Long Beach crew and knowledgeable Aquarium of the Pacific educators will guide you on our voyage as we search for all types of awe-inspiring marine life. We will top by for brunch at Long Beach Cafe before whale watching time. Brunch is at your own cost.

Cindy's Mini Bus Trip: Little Tokyo

Date Time Cost Pick-up/Drop-Off Location Destination Reservation
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM $8 (due at reservation time) Pick-up and drop-off will be at Joslyn Community Center
1601 North Valley Drive
Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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

Join Cindy on her Los Angeles adventures! You will go to Little Tokyo and visit the Japanese American National Museum after lunch. Lunch is on your own and please no open-toe-shoes.

Little Tokyo

Descanso Gardens and Meditation

Date Time Cost Pick-up/Drop-Off Location Destination Reservation
July 24th 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM $35.00 (due at reservation time) Includes admission, tour, boxed lunch, and transportation Pick-up and drop-off will be at Joslyn Community Center
1601 North Valley Drive

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Reservations are required. Call (310) 802-5430 to reserve your spot today.

We will experience the Gardens with a Descanso docent on this 45 minute walking tour. Be introduced to the magic and historyDescano Gardens of the Gardens with an eye to seasonal surprises. Principal collections include: California natives, oak woodlands, and one of the largest collections of camellias in the Western Hemisphere plus a rose garden, lilacs, maple and cherry trees, and iris'. Descanso Gardens is a story that has unfolded over three centuries. From the tribal people who relied on the plentiful oaks for food to the 20th century entrepreneur who sowed the seeds of a cultural botanical institution from his passion for plants. Walking tours are rain or shine so dress appropriately.

El Camino College Discovery World Travel Adventure Series

Date Movie Time Cost Pick-up/Drop-Off Location Destination Reservation
Monday, September 9, 2019 Global Degree: How to Visit Every Country on Earth 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM $10 (due at time of reservation) and $2 for Dial-A-Ride Pick-up and drop-off will be at Joslyn Community Center
1601 North Valley Drive
Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90506
Reservations are required. Please contact Dial-A-Ride at (310) 802-5430 to reserve your spot today.
Monday, September 23, 2019 Portugal and Spain

GLOBAL DEGREE: How to Visit Every Country on Earth: Michael Graziano is attempting to be the youngest Canadian to visit every UN nation in the world, graduating with a “Global Degree”. Michael has journeyed to over 140 nations through the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Join Michael as he shares his amazing experiences and lends valuable insight.

Portugal and Spain: An inspired journey through many of the unique and charming cities of Portugal & Spain. We start in Lisbon, and then visit the most fascinating region in Spain – Andalusia. We marvel at the incomparable beauty of the Alhambra and end our journey in Barcelona, a city that sizzles with creativity and inspiring sites.

About El Camino College Center for the Arts Discovery World Travel Adventure Series
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. This  is family entertainment at its best!


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 alternating Fridays).  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 but less than 13 (operated through the REC Summer Camp, Afterschool REC, or REC Camps)
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 Thursday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Fridays from 7:30 AM to 4:30 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

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

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