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The Active Adult Program is working on the 2024 trips now. Register for the 2024 Yearly Trip Registration so you don't miss out on our trips.


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We have changed our trip registration process to make it a little easier for everyone. We no longer require a paper registration form for our day trips. Registration for day trips are now available on RecLink.

Patrons are required to register for the Yearly Trip Registration for the respective year, prior to signing up for any of the Active Adult Program Trips. Once a patron is registered, future trip information will be sent as it becomes available.  

To Register for the Yearly Trip Registration:

  1. RecLink Registration
  2. Mail in - Print off the Account and Registration Form

    Walnut Terrace Center

    1256 McCauley Street Suit 126

    Raleigh, NC 27601
  3. In person at any of the Active Adult Centers

Frequently Asked Questions

One-Day Trips

Please note that there are no dates or costs for our trips on this list. Once a trip is ready for registration a detailed trip flier will be added to the trip description. To receive the trip fliers automatically when the trips are available for registration, sign up for the Yearly Trip Registration.

February – Raleigh, NC: Black History Month

Celebrate Raleigh’s black history on a special tour of several unique locations:  Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope House is the only African American house museum in the state of North Carolina, Shaw University, the first historically Black institution of higher education in the South and among the oldest in the nation. 
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April – Stanford, NC: Temple Theatre 

Million Dollar Quartet: On December 4, 1956, an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. That legendary December night comes to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Hound Dog.”
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May – Raleigh, NC: Gardens and History

Tour some of Raleigh’s hidden garden gems. Stroll through Juniper Level Botanic Garden that was established in 1986, and now is 28-acre garden is filled with more than 27,000 species of plants. 
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May – Danville, VA: Caesars Casino

Try your luck at Virginias’ new casino with over 800 slot machines and 33 classic table games.
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May – Durham, NC: Duke Lemur Center 

Visit the Duke Lemur Center a non-invasive research center housing over 200 lemurs and bush babies across 13 species. Learn about the research studies, and why they are important, as well as tour the grounds as you learn all about the lemurs.
Trip Information and Registration are Coming Soon!

June – Raleigh, NC: NC State University

Take a behind-the-scenes tour as you learn the history of some of the unique facilities and programs that the university has to offer like the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Memorial Belltower, and the Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery just to name a few.
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September – Halifax, NC: Sylvan Heights Brid Park

Enjoy an unforgettable up-close experience with over 2,000 waterfowl, parrots, toucans, flamingos, and other exotic birds from around the world.  This 28-acre facility features spacious, walk-through aviaries, tranquil gardens, and lush natural areas.
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October – Spencer, NC: N.C. Transportation Museum

Once the home to Southern Railway’s largest steam locomotive repair facility in the southeast. Now home to many historical structures including Barber Junction Depot, an authentic train station built in 1898 and the Bob Julian Roundhouse is the largest remaining roundhouse in North America.  This museum features all types of transportation history – railroading, automotive, aviation, and more.
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November – Fayetteville, NC: Honor Our Veterans

Honor our soldiers with a visit to Fort Liberty (formally Fort Bragg.) Visit the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum, dedicated to telling the history of the 82nd Airborne Division from 1917 to the present. Tour the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum that spotlights the proud history of the US Army Special Forces “Green Berets”, US Army Psychological Operations, and the US Army Civil Affairs. 
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December – Bear Creek, NC: Southern Supreme 

Tour, taste, and shop the Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory. Watch as the delicious nutty fruitcakes are made and packaged on-site.  Shop for homemade candies, peanut brittle and so many more goodies for yourself or as gifts. 
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Overnight Trips

Alaska by Land and Sea
September 6-16, 2024

Grab your passport and travel to breathtaking Alaska by land and sea. Enjoy 2 nights in Fairbanks, 1 night in Denali and 7 Nights Alaska Cruise aboard the Norwegian Jewel. Trip highlights include: Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler, Fairbanks City Tour, Alaska Railroad to Denali, Denali National Park tour, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Anchorage City Tour, Hubbard Glacier, Icy Strait Point, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and the Inside Passage.

Trip cost per person is based on the cabin selection and can be found on the trip flier. Cabin spaces are limited for this trip, so register quickly. After spaces are filled or Jan. 15, 2024, this trip will be on a as space is available basis. For trip questions contact Carmen at 919-996-4734 or

Alaska by Land and Sea - Details and Registration

Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Western Frontiers
NEW * June 19-27, 2024
July 24 – August 1, 2024

This trip will fly into South Dakota, travel through Wyoming and fly home from Utah. This amazing 9-day trip visits several National Parks, monuments, and exciting locations. Travel to Yellowstone, Badlands, and the Grand Tetons, Mount Rushmore, Devil’s Tower, Crazy Horse Memorial, Jackson Hole Valley, Deadwood, Salt Lake City just to name a few. 

Find out all about the trip and get your questions answered at the Trip Informational Meeting on Monday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

For trip questions contact Carmen at 919-996-4734 or

Highlights of the Douro with Spain Cruise
November 4-12, 2024

Enjoy a relaxing 7-night cruise on the Douro River through Portugal and Spain. Visit several cities and ports aboard the MS Amalia Rodrigues. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, Vila Real is known for its variety of religious buildings and architecture, Salamanca is a city of dazzling beauty with extraordinary architectural treasures rich traditions, Lamego is a small picturesque old town rich in history and charm and Guimaraes a university town listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Asheville, NC & Biltmore Estate for the Holidays
December 2024

This overnight trip is sure to get you into the holiday season with a majestic candlelight tour through Biltmore. Enjoy the self-guided tour as thousands of ornaments reflect the soft glow of candlelight, fireplaces, and sparkling lights followed by more holiday spirits outside at the Antler Hill Village.  This trip will also include a guided tour of Ashville as well as a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Trip Information and Registration are Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our trip? Check out the FAQ flyer to get your questions answered. 

Read and Go/Watch Programs

A group of active adults posing with a book recently read as part of a program

The Read and Go trips are related to a book that was read and discussed within the Read and Go program. These trips are open to everyone however, individuals registered in the Read and Go program have the first opportunity to register.

Are you interested in going on a trip full of adventure, intrigue, love or sorrow without leaving the comforts of your chair? The Read and Watch program will center on reading a book that has been made into a movie. We will have a book discussion and then enjoy watching the movie!

2024 Read and Go
2024 Read and Watch
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Read and Go Trip – Indigo Field 

Embark on a captivating journey with author Marjorie Hudson.  Enjoy exploration, intrigue, and the rich tapestry of Southern life as we traverse the landscapes that inspired the pages of "Indio Fields." While reading the book beforehand is optional, it certainly enhances the experience.

Our adventure begins amidst the charm of Fearrington Village, where you can marvel at the endearing sight of fainting goats and belted cows. Fuel up with a cup of coffee and explore the quaint offerings at The Belted Cow or peruse the treasures at the local bookstore.

Next, we'll journey to Bynum, a historical cotton mill village steeped in rich heritage. Step back in time at the Bynum General Store, a cherished establishment dating back to 1936. Indulge in a delightful lunch at Virlie's, savoring the flavors of the South at your leisure, before meandering through the small shops that line the streets.
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Reservation Policy

Trip reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with payment and completed registration form. Note: Spaces are only reserved when a deposit/payment has been received.

Cancellation Policy

To withdraw from a trip, it must be submitted in writing via letter or email to the Active Adults Program Manager. All day trips follow the Raleigh Parks Refund Policy unless money is incurred by the department. Full or partial refunds are subject to non-refundable expenses incurred by the Department. Multi-Day trip withdrawals follow the tour operator’s cancellation policy. Note: "No shows" for trips will receive no refund.


Deposit and balance due dates for trips will be indicated on each trip itinerary. Registration can be made online thru RecLink, in person or mail in with check or credit card. One-day trips require full payment with reservation. No reservations are held without payment, and "early" registration is not allowed.


Charter motor coach or a Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department bus or van. Type of vehicle will be noted on trip itineraries. Smoking/Vaping is not allowed on charter buses or Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources vehicles. Rest stops are made periodically during trips.

Departure Site

All trips will depart from the Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults, 1901 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh 27608, unless otherwise noted.  Cars may be parked here overnight.


We are unable to reserve seats on vehicles for special needs, such as motion sickness. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the trip. Seat rotation may be used on multi-day trips.


A full or part-time Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department employee escorts all trips.

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Allie Crawford | Active Adult Program Director
Five Points Center for Active Adults
2000 Noble Road

Carmen Rayfield | Active Adult Program Manager
Walnut Terrace Neighborhood Center
1256 McCauley Street, Suite 126

Brian Philpot | Director, Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults
1901 Spring Forest Road

Vacant | Director, Five Points Center for Active Adults
2000 Noble Road

Jimmie Overton | Assistant Director, Five Points Center for Active Adults
2000 Noble Rd.

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