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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Ellis & Liberty Island, NJ

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, admission and ferry. More than 16 million immigrants began a new life in America at Ellis Island. As you visit the U.S. Immigration Center imagine the poignant story of their diverse experiences. Learn about the history of the Statue of Liberty. Meals are on your own. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall-depart 5 a.m., return 11 p.m.; Mason Government Center-depart 5:30 a.m., return 10:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter-depart 6 a.m., return 10 p.m.. Trip cancelation deadline: June 7, 2019. ~


Extreme Lancaster Dine Around Tour

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, admission and meal. Arrive at the Intercourse Pretzel Factory for a tour and sample. Witness Jacob’s struggles in “Jacob’s Choice” Film at the Amish Experience. Relish in “Amish Bizarre Foods” and a chicken luncheon at Plain & Fancy Farm. End the day with a creamy ice cream at the Turkey Hill Experience. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 6:30 a.m., return 8:30 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 7 a.m., return 8 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- 7:30 a.m., return 7:30 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: Aug. 2, 2019.


Getaway-Hershey Gardens & High Glen, Hershey, PA

(16-Adult) Includes motor coach, admission and lunch. Visit Hershey, Pennsylvania to explore Hershey Gardens. Enjoy the expansive rose garden, whimsical children’s garden, butterfly house and conifer collection. Then head to Frederick, Maryland to tour the private High Glen estate gardens. The cultivated perennial, annual and edible gardens including the Japanese garden, Mediterranean garden, English cottage garden and restored natural areas span 10 acres. From there we go to Surreybrooke to view the beautiful English-style display gardens and browse plants and garden items in the shop and nursery. Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Trip departs Green Spring Gar


Kutztown German Festival, Kutztown, PA

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach and admission. This festival is a celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch culture dating back to the late 1600s, when the first German immigrants arrived in the colonies. You will see teddy bears, blacksmithing, quilts, an ox roast and much more. Lunch is on your own. Bus pickup/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 7am, return 9pm; Mason Government Center- depart 7:30am, return 8:30pm; Lee District RECente - depart 8am, return 8pm. Trip cancellation deadline: June 14, 2019.


Law Enforcement Museum, Washington, DC

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach and admission. Tour this unique “walk in the shoes” of law enforcement experience. Visitors learn what it’s like be a law enforcement officer through innovative and engaging exhibits, artifact and programs. This museum introduces visitors to the proud history and many facets of American law enforcement. Meals on your own. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 10 a.m., return 4:00 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 10:30 a.m., return 3:30 p.m. Trip cancellation deadline: June 28, 2019.


Leesylvania State Park Reptile Search (16+)

(16-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-lead hike along the Potomac River shores in Leesylvania State Park. Learn how to identify native turtles, snakes and frogs and anything else we encounter. Wear hiking shoes, bring binoculars, a bag lunch and water. Van departs at 9am from Burke Lake Park near the ice cream parlor and returns at 2pm.


Mason Neck Reptile Search (16-Adult)

(16-Adult) Enjoy a naturalist-lead hike along the edges of the of Belmont Bay in Mason Neck State Park. Learn how to identify native turtles, snakes and frogs and anything else we bump into. Wear hiking shoes, bring binoculars, a bag lunch and water. Van departs at 9am from Burke Lake Park near the ice cream parlor and returns at 2pm.


Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, and admission. The Museum of the Bible documents the narrative, history and impact of the Bible. With 1,150 items from the museum’s permanent collection and 2,000 items on loan from other institutions and collections, the museum claims to have amassed one of the largest collections of biblical artifacts, and texts in the world through collaborations with private donors, institution and other museums. Meals on your own. Bus pick-up/return: Fair Oak Mall- depart 8 a.m., return 2 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 8:30 a.m., return 1:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 9 a.m., return 1 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: July 12, 2019.


Poe's Richmond, Richmond Discoveries

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, guide, and admission. Edgar Allen Poe considered himself a Virginian and spent most of his time in Richmond. Explore Poe’s macabre life with a guide touring Poe sites, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, St. John’s Church Cemetery, Monumental Church and more. Meals on your own. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8 a.m., return 7 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 8:30 a.m., return 6:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- 9 a.m., return 6 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: July 26, 2019.


Savor Solomons, Calvert County, MD

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, admissions and cruise. Visit the Calvert Marine Museum, which traces the maritime history and diversity of the Chesapeake Bay. Visit Drum Point Lighthouse, a restored screw pile, cottage-type lighthouse, Cove Point Lighthouse, the oldest continuously working lighthouse in Maryland and cruise around the island onboard the Wm. B Tennison. Back on shore, walk into the village for lunch, stroll the Riverwalk bordering Patuxent, wander through gift shops and galleries then stop at Annmarie Garden, a 30-acre sculpture park and art center. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 6 a.m., return 8 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 6:30 a.m., return 7:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- 7 a.m., return 7 p.m. Trip cancelation deadline: August 9, 2019.


St Michael's Cruise, MD

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach and cruise. Enjoy a relaxing day aboard the Patriot and cruise the Miles River. Upon disembarking, browse and shop in St. Michaels' boutiques and quaint shops. Meals on your own. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8:30am, return 8:30pm; Mason Government Center- depart 9am, return 8pm; Lee District RECenter- depart 9:30am, return 7:30pm. Trip cancellation deadline: June 21, 2019.


Washington by Water Monument Cruise

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach and boat admission. Get a new perspective of famous, Washington, DC monuments and landmarks via this narrated sightseeing cruise along the Potomac River. Sights include the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Washington Monument, Arlington Memorial Bridge, and more. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8 a.m., return 5 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 8:30 a.m., return 4:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 9:30 a.m., return 4 p.m. Trip cancellation deadline: July 5, 2019.


William Paca House, Gardens & Cruise

(5-Adult) Includes motor coach, admission, guide and cruise. Tour the beautifully restored, five-part Georgian home of William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Governor of Maryland. The house overlooks a restored two acre garden featuring five terraces, a fish-shaped pond and wilderness garden. After the house tour and garden stroll, enjoy lunch on your own. Reconvene at City Dock for a 40-minute cruise. Bus pick-up/return schedule: Fair Oaks Mall- depart 8 a.m., return 5 p.m.; Mason Government Center- depart 8:30 a.m., return 4:30 p.m.; Lee District RECenter- depart 9 a.m., return 4 p.m. Trip cancellation deadline: July 5 2019