Welcome to the 2023 Adult Bus Trip Season!
Here at the Y, our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, and we do our best to provide programming and an atmosphere that reflects these values. Our objective in offering these trips is to provide an enriching, educational and fun experience for our members and the community.
Trips are developed by the ForeverWell Department and are designed for a wide range of interests, ages, activity and mobility levels. Two-tiered pricing for one-day trips reflects a discount that is given to our YMCA of the Fox Cities members. There are many more benefits to being a member of the Y! Check with the Y branch nearest you to learn all about becoming a member.
Transportation for most trips (unless otherwise noted) is a deluxe motorcoach. These buses come with the following amenities:
- Climate control
- Reading lamps
- Extra head and leg room
- Passenger windows offer a panoramic view
- Plush-covered, reclining seats
- High-capacity cargo bays
- Above-head storage space
Here are the answers to the most popular questions asked by our participants.
A paid registration is necessary to secure a seat for any trip. Trips may fill quickly, so register early. Please confirm that the Y has your current address, phone number and e-mail contact information.
REGISTRATION FOR ONE DAY TRIPS
Registration begins March 13 for all one-day trips. Detailed information for each registered trip will be emailed out in the form of a confirmation letter prior to the trip date. You can register:
- In-person with cash, check or credit card at any YMCA of the Fox Cities location.
- Online anytime at ymcafoxcities.org with a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover).
REGISTRATION FOR OVERNIGHT TRIPS
All registration for overnight, flight-based trips are continuous and are done directly through Jana Greenfield with Bon Voyage Boutique Travel. You may reach her by phone at 920.725.2880 or by email at email@example.com. Jana can take your payment over the phone, or in-person at Bon Voyage Boutique Travel, 202 W. Wisconsin Ave, Neenah.
Prior to the trip, a mandatory pre-trip meeting will take place at a YMCA branch, to go over final details.
FOR ONE DAY TRIPS
UP TO 2 WEEKS BEFORE TRIP DATE
- Refund for most/all monies paid*
LESS THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE TRIP DATE
- No refund given
ILLNESS OR INJURY (MEDICAL)
- Refund issued as a System Credit** for most/all monies paid* with a summited signed doctor’s note
- No refunds if the bus is able to travel and the attractions are not closed
- If the transportation company determines that it is unsafe to transport passengers the trip may be rescheduled and/or a credit will be issued
*Charges pre-paid by the Y, such as, but not limited to, theater tickets or cruise tickets are non-refundable and will not be included in the refund.
**System Credit can be used for all future Y programming or trips.
FOR OVERNIGHT TRIPS
Detailed information for each trip's cancellation policy will vary. Contact Jana Greenfield for more detailed information at 920.725.2880 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
GATHER AT THE TERRACE & GARDENS
Wednesday, May 17
Your day will start out at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison and feature an educational tour sharing the 60-year story of Frank Lloyd Wright’s “long-awaited dream of a wedding between the city and beautiful Lake Monona.” This beautiful architectural structure is a true testament to Wright’s design style! Enjoy lake views out on the large terrace and some free time in the gift shop. Next, dine at the Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co., where you’ll have several delicious entrees to choose from! Then, spend the afternoon at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. We will start by taking a guided tour of the outside gardens and enjoying the May flowers. Then, we will escape to the tropics in Bolz Conservatory – a unique glass pyramid housing 650 tropical plants, along with fin and feathered wildlife. Travel home thinking of all you saw and did.
CRUISE LAKE GENEVA
Wednesday, June 7
Kick off your summer by dedicating a day to exploring Lake Geneva and its beautiful surroundings. When you arrive, you will have one-hour of free time to acclimate yourself to the quaint downtown area. Stop in the visitor center, explore Riviera Beach and Library Park, take a peek in the many shops and coffee houses, or spend time exploring a segment of the famous Lake Geneva Shore Path. Meet for lunch at Popeye’s on Lake Geneva, a staple since 1972. Not the franchise you may be familiar with, here they serve their famous rotisserie chicken, and it has become a ‘must visit’ for many who make return trips to the area. Next, you’ll board the Lake Geneva Cruise Lines. On this relaxing 2-hour boat ride, you will see the entire 20-mile shoreline of Lake Geneva and hear all the history that has made this area famous. Learn about how many wealthy Chicagoans made this area their summer retreat in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and see how many of those mansions and estates remain. The tour includes all the famous sights that gave the area the name “Newport of the West”. Join us for a true Lake Geneva experience!
CHARTER FISHING ON LAKE MICHIGAN
Wednesday, June 21
For the best chance to have a spot on this adventure, please don’t wait to register. Space is limited! We’re heading to Lake Michigan for an afternoon of Great Lakes Trout and Salmon fishing. Take an adventure and make memories on a professionally equipped charter boat with an experienced captain and crew, out of the port of Algoma. This is the time of year when you will see the amazing steelheads (rainbow trout) do their famous tail dancing, and you can expect to catch some salmon. All fishing equipment is provided, and all catch is cleaned and packed. Please bring a cooler partially filled with ice (for your fish), weather-appropriate clothing, rain gear, personal lunch/snacks and refreshments, soft-soled shoes, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and a valid Wisconsin Fishing License with Great Lakes trout and salmon stamp. If this is a one-time fishing occasion for you, it will be less expensive to purchase the two-day license that includes the special stamp. Before heading home, we’ll stop for a reasonably priced Dutch treat supper at Moe’s Corner!
EXPLORE WASHINGTON ISLAND
Wednesday, July 19
Welcome to Washington Island! Door County’s only year-round island community and the largest of thirty islands with over 35 beautiful square miles to explore and enjoy. Your journey begins as we drive the coach onto the Washington Island Ferry to cross Death’s Door passage to the beloved Island. Our tour guide will join us for a full day adventure to all the “must see” stops. We will start our day on the Island at the Stavkirke (Norwegian) Church. Next, we will visit Schoolhouse Beach. This protected harbor is the Island’s original shipping port. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a picnic at this scenic spot. After lunch, we will visit the Farm Museum and Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum. Once we are back on the mainland, you will have time to shop at the Island Lavender Farm and Market in Ephraim. On our way home, we will stop at Culver’s for a Dutch Treat. Register today and discover all that Washington Island has to offer!
PENINSULA PLAYERS - BLITHE SPIRIT
Sunday, July 23
Spend the morning in Fish Creek; while enjoying shopping, dining and arts in the heart of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula! There is a unique variety of locally-owned-and-operated stores throughout this walkable, charming town. Lunch is on your own with countless dining options from gourmet to simple. Next, you’ll enjoy a matinee show at Peninsula Players Theater, presenting a Broadway-quality performance of Blithe Spirit. In this smash hit, the main character, Charles Condomine, invites an eccentric medium to perform a séance at his home. Things turn chaotic when the medium summons the ghost of Charles’ first wife, Elvira, who is full of mischief and turns the household upside down. Enjoy a truly unforgettable experience and delight in the Players renowned artistic company and picturesque shoreline location. Space is limited… sign up today!
LIONS, TIGERS AND DUCKS - OH MY!
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Travel to southwest Wisconsin where we’ll visit Big Cats Rescue and Education Center; a place of refuge for abused and mistreated big cats. Here you will learn about and see lions, tigers and leopards! You’ll receive a guided tour of the property and hear stories about each cat. Bring a bag lunch and eat at their designated picnic grounds. Next, we’ll head to Wisconsin Dells for an Original Wisconsin Duck® Tour. With the ideal combination of spectacular scenery, thrilling adventure, fascinating legends and history, these tours have been a favorite for over 70 years. Head back to the Fox Cities thinking about everything you’ve experienced today!
BEST OF DOOR COUNTY TROLLEY TOUR
Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Visit Door County’s most treasured lighthouses while enjoying the fall colors! Enjoy a 4.5-hour guided tour of three majestic landmarks, tucked away in the Peninsula’s hidden bays and coves. We will visit Eagle Bluff Lighthouse, North Pierhead Lighthouse and the Baileys Harbor Range Lights. Along the way, we will stop at Wood Orchard Market in Egg Harbor. During October, the market is full of fall treats! A made-to-order box lunch with a sandwich, chips and beverage is included in this tour! You’ll see why this is one of the most popular Door County Trolley Tours!
OLD-WORLD MARKET AND THE WREATH FACTORY
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Our first stop will be at a spectacular market event located in Elkhart Lake. Reminiscent of the centuries-old Christkindlesmarkt of Nüremberg, Germany, the annual Old-World Christmas Market offers the warmth and merriment of Old-World tradition. Enter a grand heated tent bedecked with fragrant boughs and tantalizing scents of roasted almonds as you browse for unique and specialty items among international and regional artisans. Lunch is on your own at the market; options include German fare like sauerbraten, dumplings, schnitzel, potato pancakes, red cabbage, pulled pork and apple strudel. Our next stop will be at the Wreath Factory at Otter Creek. Here you’ll shop and wander the aisles of trees, décor and wreaths. You will also be able to watch a wreath-making demonstration for some inspiration! Travel back home thinking about the spirit of the holiday!
FIRESIDE DINNER THEATER - SCROOGE THE MUSICAL
Thursday, December 14, 2023
Join us for this merry, sparkling, tuneful, boisterous Broadway musical version of the world’s most beloved Christmas story – Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Based on the popular musical movie starring Albert Finney, Scrooge The Musical tells this time-honored tale of redemption and love – with a beautiful and rousing musical score (including the well-known “Thank You Very Much”), breath-taking dancing, beautiful period costumes, uproarious comedy and heart-warming drama. Enjoy a delicious meal and a timeless holiday classic.