Day Trips

The Parks Department offers a wide variety of trips for older adults and seniors. We utilize luxury motor coaches (with a restroom onboard) for all trips. Included in the registration fee for each trip is bus transportation, tour guide, and entry fees; lunch is included only when specified.  Register NOW by calling  454-7941, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  You may also register on-line by clicking the program number (e.g. #13356).    

Cirque du Soleil presents “Luzia”

A Cirque du Soleil show is an audience experience unlike any other with stunning performances, incredible costumes and enchanting music.  Join us and see the ne:30west touring show Luzia.  The name fuses the sound of “luz” (light in Spanish) and “lluvia” (rain), two elements at the core of the show’s creation. The pageantry, artistry and graceful, physical feats of the performers are sure to delight your senses.  We will stop nearby for lunch on your own before the 1:30 p.m. show.  

Fee includes transportation and admission to show.  

Please note: we will return to Santa Cruz Co. after sunset.

San Jose - Age 7+
Sun   3/5/17   9:30AM-4:30PM   $110 / $121   #16944

Villa Montalvo Guided Tour & Downtown Los Gatos

Take a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the historic Montalvo Arts Center, also known as Villa Montalvo.  Learn about Senator James Duval Phelan’s favorite country home and former center of artistic, political and social life in Northern California.  Stroll through its stunning formal and informal gardens and discover how Montalvo has served the community as a hub for creativity for over 75 years. Before returning home, we’ll journey to Old Town Center in the heart of downtown Los Gatos for a unique and enjoyable shopping experience and lunch on your own.  

Dtwn. Sonora & Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys - Age 30+
Tu 4/25/17 8 AM–5 PM $45 / $50 #16237


Historic Downtown Sonora & Ironstone Vineyards Tour & Tasting

Experience Sonora’s historic charm in the heart of Gold Country, where shopping is an enjoyable experience of strolling through specialty and antique shops nestled into buildings dating back to the 1800s.  Enjoy a meal on your own in one of the many fine restaurants, bakeries and coffee shops. Take a self-guided walking tour and stop to explore the Veterans Memorial Military Museum and the Sonora Fire Museum & Senior Lounge. Next, board the bus and travel to Ironstone Vineyards, which boasts 14.5 acres of exquisitely landscaped gardens, a modern replica of an 1859 gold stamp mill, and a beautiful music room containing a magnificent Alhambra Pipe Organ. The on-site Heritage Museum exhibits artifacts from the gold rush era and the world’s largest specimen of Crystalline gold leaf, found just a few miles away. After a guided tour of the complex, you’ll be treated to wine tasting paired with a canapé.

Dtwn. Sonora & Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys - Age 30+
Th 5/18/17 7 AM–7 PM $80 / $88 #16402
Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901 •