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Published on May 28th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Seniors Travel with the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of fun, day and overnight trips for adults age 50 and older through its 2017 Senior Trips Program.

Participants will travel to the following locations:

Cherokee Indian Casino
WHEN: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays: July 13 and November 2
FEE: $34 per person
INFO: This single-day trip includes charter bus transportation, gaming credit and a meal voucher.

Fruit Farms Tour
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: June 13 (blueberries) and July 11 (peaches)
FEE: $10 per person (does not include cost for purchasing fruit)
INFO: Participants will travel to local farms in the Columbia area to purchase fresh fruit.

Lake Murray Dinner Cruise
WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 8
FEE: $60 per person
INFO: Board the Spirit of Lake Murray for a two-hour dinner cruise on Lake Murray. Guests can enjoy watching the Purple Martins and a delicious Low-Country Shrimp Boil.

Apple picking in Hendersonville, NC
WHEN: Thursday, September 7
FEE: $34 (does not include cost of meal at local restaurant)
INFO: Pick apples in Hendersonville, NC, and visit the North Carolina State Farmer’s Market during this one-day trip.

Senior Beach Retreat (Sponsored by the S.C. Recreation and Parks Association)
WHEN: Monday, October 16 through Thursday, October 19
FEE: Based on room occupancy *$50 deposit required to reserve trip
INFO: Join us for four days of fellowship, fun and relaxation at the Springmaid Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach. The fee includes transportation, lodging, meals and activities.
Full payment due by Friday, July 28 (partial payments accepted).

Holiday Lights/Shopping Trip
WHEN: Monday, December 4
FEE: $24 (does not include cost of meal at local restaurant)
INFO: Travel to North Charleston (Tanger Outlets) for a day of shopping and drive through the Holiday Festival of Lights on James Island.

Key West and Cozumel Cruise
WHEN: Monday, December 11 through Friday, December 15
FEE: Based on room occupancy (inside: $468 per person/double occupancy; balcony: $593 per person/double occupancy) *$25 deposit required to reserve trip
INFO: Join us on this 4-day trip to Key West and Cozumel. Attendees will board the Carnival ship Victory in Miami, Florida. Full payment due by October 1.

The trip fee includes transportation and admission fees. Unless otherwise noted, meals are considered an extra fee and the responsibility of the participant. Full payment is required at the time of registration. Partial payments are accepted only for multi-day trips (Key West and Cozumel Cruise, and Beach Retreat). The charter bus departs from the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, Columbia, SC 29204, unless otherwise noted.

Registrations should be submitted no later than three weeks in advance of the day of the trip, unless otherwise noted. Early registration is advised.

To download a registration form, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s “Trips” page online. Registration forms are available at all City recreation centers and at the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office located at 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

Registrations can be made in person at any City recreation center (check or money order only) or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office (check, cash, debit/credit card or money order). Registrations can be mailed to the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Office. Please make checks payable to the City of Columbia.

For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100 or email


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