Bus Trips

The Parks & Recreation Department offers an array of bus trips throughout the year to many destinations throughout greater New England and beyond.  For further information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at  (860) 291-7160.  All trips require payment in full at the time of registration. Names of guests must be included with registrations. All bus trips depart from and return to the East Hartford Commuter Lot located at Route 5 @ Main Street (Route 15 Exit 30). Just south of the intersection of Silver Lane and Main Street.  Registration is accepted in person or by mail at the Parks and Recreation office located at the Community Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford, CT  06108.  Checks are to be made payable to THE TOWN OF EAST HARTFORD. The Parks and Recreation Department will issue NO REFUNDS unless a trip is cancelled.  Smoking is prohibited on the motorcoaches.  No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the motorcoaches. Note: Trips are shared with other groups requiring two or more pick-ups enroute to the destination.

BOSTON FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW - Saturday, March 14, 2020
Kick off the season at the inspirational gathering place for those who love flowers and plants, as well as garden and landscape design.  Enjoy leisure time for shopping at Quincy Market, Newbury Street, Copley Place and Downtown Crossing and Haymarket Square.
Fee:  $99 per person
Activity # 33031-1

With over 600 vendors from more than 8 states, there is always something for everyone here.  Shoppers delight in discovering bargains, treasures and antiques at this Hudson Valley tradition.
Fee:  $89
Activity # 33031-2

THE BRONX ZOO - Saturday, May 9, 2020
Come visit the Bronx Zoo, the largest metropolitan zoo in the world, with over 6,000 animals representing 650 species from around the world.  Total Experience Ticket (TEX) includes the best special exhibits and attractions that the zoo offers, including Congo Gorilla Forest, Butterfly Zone, Children’s Zoo and Bengali Express Monorail.
Fee:  $99 adults, $85 children ages 3-12
Activity # 33031-3

Experience a 2 hour brunch cruise - New York City Style!  Includes brunch with unlimited mimosas and live jazz music followed by a DJ for dancing.  Following the cruise, enjoy leisure time in Times Square.
Fee:  $129 per person
Activity # 33031-4

MARTHA’S VINEYARD - Saturday, July 11, 2020
Martha’s Vineyard is a tiny and picturesque island - one of New England’s most popular destinations.  Includes RT Island Queen Sailing from Falmouth to Oak Bluff, island tour with a local guide and leisure time for lunch and shopping.
*Note:  this cruise has a pre-dawn departure to give maximum time to experience everything the island has to offer.  
Fee: $149 per person
Activity # 33031-5

NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE LOBSTERFEST - Monday, August 10, 2020 - New Date!
Enjoy a great buffet, a wonderful play and a fun-filled cabaret!  Includes a magnificent lobsterfest buffet, “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson, the love story of a long married couple, and an after-theater caberet where the dining room is transformed with delight and company members entertain you with songs and laughter.  
Fee:  $169 per person
Activity # 33031-6

RI LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE - Saturday, September 19, 2020
The 90 minute lighthouse cruise onboard the Millennium, a luxurious catamaran with three viewing levels, will highlight some of Rhode Island’s most beautiful lighthouses.  Includes lunch at the Quonset Officers Club.
Fee:  $149 per person
Activity # 33031-7

PHILADELPHIA FOOD TOUR - Saturday, October 24, 2020
Have lunch on your own at the 115 year old Reading Terminal Market, walk to the colorful 40-food Chinese Friendship Gate and visit Philadelphia’s 9th Street Market. Includes a full day Philadelphia food tour with a local guide.
Fee:  $125 per person
Activity # 33031-8

HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN KITTERY, MAINE - Saturday, November 14, 2020
With over 120 outlets along a one mile stretch of Route 1, Kittery, Maine is well known for being one of the best outlet shopping destinations in New England. Enjoy a full day of holiday shopping and a stop at When Pigs Fly bakery.
Fee: $89 per person
Activity # 33031-9-1

MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE - Thursday, November 26, 2020
Kick off the Holiday Season at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. See famous balloons, floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus. Coach will drop off at 5th Ave. between 58th & 59th streets then you’ll walk across Central Park by the Plaza Hotel.  Home in time for Thanksgiving Dinner!  *Note: this trip has an early departure time.  
Fee: $87 per person
Activity # 33031-10-1

All aboard!  Enjoy a 2.5 hour luncheon journey aboard the Christmas Carol Train, with an interactive retelling of the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” by the Marley Bridges Theatre Company.  Performance will be held in the custom theatre passenger car with two person tables facing the stage.  Following the train ride, enjoy leisure time for shopping at Bowen’s wharf.   
Fee:  $165 per person
Activity # 33031-11