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The Active Adult Program trips have returned!  We are so excited to return to traveling for both one day and overnight.


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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

February – Raleigh, NC: Black History Month

Discover the rich history of historical Oberlin Village. Originated as a freedman’s village, established by blacks after emancipation. Oberlin Village provided the opportunity to create a community of freedom and land ownership. It is one of the state's last known surviving freedmen's villages, and some people believe it is on the verge of extinction.
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March – Sanford, NC: Temple Theatre

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill - 1959 legendary jazz singer, Billie Holiday is about to take the stage at Emerson’s Bar & Grill for one of her final performances. Through songs and stories, Lady Day reveals her loneliness, inner fire, and spirit that refuses to break.
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April – Sanford, NC: Temple Theatre

All Shook Up - It’s 1955 and a guitar-playing young man rides into a square little town in a little square state and changes everything and everyone he meets. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy will have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes.
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May – Raleigh, NC: Gardens and History

Tour some of Raleigh’s hidden gems. Stroll through Joslin Garden a neighborhood treasure. This family 4.3 acres garden is a peaceful sanctuary of rare and native plants and so much more. Discover the history of Methodist Home for Children Orphanage now Fletcher Park, through the eyes and tales of some of the alumni.
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June – Goldsboro, NC: Wings of Wayne

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is excited to announce the airshow is back and headlined by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. The base is home to the 4th Fighter Wing of the Air Combat Command, one of the most storied in U.S. history, celebrating 78 years of service. Two Air Force Reserve units also reside here: the 916th Air Refueling Wing and the 414th Fighter Group.  This show is a reminder of how incredible our servicemen and women are who sacrifice so much to protect us.
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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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August – Winston-Salem, NC: Swan Creek Wine Trail

Tour several different wineries within 5 miles of each other. Sit back and relax as you enjoy the views framed by the mountain landscapes and rolling vineyards.
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October – Raleigh, NC: Haunted Tour

Do you believe in ghosts and creatures of the night? Whether you believe in ghosts and creatures of the night almost everyone enjoys a ghost story or an inexplicable tale of the unusual. Join us as we explore the spooky history of real people, real places and recorded events throughout Raleigh.
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November – Fayetteville, NC: Honor Our Veterans

Visit the U.S. Army’s Airborne and Special Operations Museum, considered one of the country’s most pristine military museums. Learn about the region and how the Cape Fear River played a role in southern North Carolina history with a visit to the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex.
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December – Rose Hill, NC: Winery, Dinner and Show

Deck the halls with a Down Home County Holiday Show and dinner at Duplin Winery. Sing along to your favorite Christmas songs as you enjoy a festive dinner with your friends.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Overnight Trips

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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 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!

2023 Read and Go List
2023 Read and Watch List
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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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Vacant| 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

Jennifer Tabery | 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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