Travel Programs



Joliet, IL

Join us for a historical walking tour of the Old Joliet Prison lead by docents and trained tour guides from the Joliet Area Historical Museum. This tour talks about the general history of the prison from when it was first opened in 1858 to present day. These historic tours are a great introduction to the site and its history. This tour is a 90-minute walking tour (approx. 1 mile) that that will be both indoors and outdoors. Due to the historic nature of the site, at the current time, tours are not ADA approved. 70% of the tour is accessible for all patrons. Following the tour you will enjoy lunch on your own at Merichka’s restaurant in Crest Hill. Merichka’s has been family owned and operated since 1933. They are known for their World Famous “Poorboys,” but they also have a fine dining selection at reasonable prices.

Registration Deadline:  April 5

Day/Date:    Thursday, May 5
Depart:          9:45 am Founders Community Center
Return:          3:15 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                 $69 (Fee includes mini-coach transportation, tour and gratuity)
Max:                12


This is the trip you have been waiting for! Board your spacious motor coach for 6 nights of lodging including four consecutive nights in South Dakota, 10 meals: 6 breakfast and 4 dinners. You will visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial, tour the Wildlife Loop Road at Custer State Park, Receive a guided tour of Deadwood, plus Gaming at Deadwood Casino. You will also visit the unique Journey Museum, Amazing Crazy Horse Memorial and don’t forget the spectacular Badlands National Park and much more. Trip insurance prices vary depending on occupancy – contact the Park District for pricing.  Please write a separate check payable to “Travel Insured International, Inc.” or pay it online at Limited space available; don’t wait to register!

Registration Deadline/Final Payment: March 8

Day/Date:   Sunday, May 15 – 21
Depart:        8:00 am from the Founders Community Center
Return:        In the evening on May 22 (TBA)
$719/person – double occupancy
$925/person – single occupancy
$699/person – triple occupancy
* $75 due upon signing
Max:              20

CLICK HERE to download a flyer, insurance information & a Diamond Tours COVID waiver.


Genesee Depot, WI

Join us as we will travel to Genoa, WI and enjoy a “Door County” Fish Boil at Fitzgerald’s. Fitzgerald’s Genoa City Junction serves all-you-can-eat North Atlantic Cod boiled in traditional outdoor kettles year-round for that one of a kind mouthwatering taste. Following lunch, we head to Genesee, WI to Ten Chimneys – the estate lovingly created by theatre legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Those who visit, like guests of the Lunts, are welcomed into the Lunts’ extraordinary home without the fuss of ropes or barriers. Tours of Ten Chimneys not only celebrate the one-of-a-kind collection the Lunts amassed during their lifetimes, but also honor the values found in every corner of the Lunts’ lives, both on the stage and in the house they called home for more than half a century.  Tours run, rain or shine. Guests should be comfortable standing, walking, and climbing stairs for the duration of their tour.

Registration Deadline:  April 20

Day/Date:    Thursday, May 26
Depart:          9:15 am Founders Community Center
Return:          8:00 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                 $105 (Fee includes mini-coach transportation, lunch, tour and gratuity)
Max:                18


Wheaton, IL   

Put on your walking shoes today as we set out for a lovely day. The bus will drop you off at the historic Visitor’s Center where you can enjoy a 12-minute orientation film highlighting all of Cantigny’s attractions. Afterwards, you’ll have plenty of time to visit what interests you, including 29 acres of stunning gardens, the newly renovated First Division Museum, Tank Park, and the gift shop. Enjoy lunch on your own at Bertie’s Bistro or at the Le Jardin restaurant.

Registration deadline: May 6

Day/Date:    Thursday, June 2
Depart:          9:15 am Founders Community Center
Return:          3:45 pm (Approx.)
Fee:                 $29 (Fee includes transportation and admission to the park)
Max:                10


Hyde Park

The 57th Street Art Fair, the Midwest’s oldest juried art fair, will mark its 75th anniversary with an in-person celebration featuring nearly 200 artists, live music presented by Buddy Guy’s Legends, and a Food Court presented by the Ray School PTA. The 57th St Art Fair is held on the streets of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood and offers art lovers a fantastic opportunity to view and shop original works of art from around the country. Whether you are looking for original works of art in glass, jewelry, leather, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, wood, ceramics, or fiber art – you are sure to find something handmade special and one of a kind at the 57th St Art Fair

Registration Deadline: May16

Day/Date:      Saturday, June 4
Depart:           12:30 pm from Founders Community Center
Return:           5:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $45 (Fee includes motor coach transportation only)
Max:                11


Lake Geneva, WI

Enjoy a 2.25 hour narrated historical tour of the entire lake and a sit-down plated meal. Lunch will consist of Pier 290 Signature Chopped Steak, served with Chef’s choice of vegetable, and mashed potatoes, fresh rolls, dessert, coffee or tea. The boat features upper and lower climate enclosed decks, bathrooms on both floors and a cash bar. We will have some time to visit the nearby shops after the tour.

Registration Deadline: June 10

Day/Date:      Tuesday, July 12
Depart:           7:30 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           5:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $119 (Fee includes boat ticket, lunch, gratuity, and motor coach transportation)
Max:                10



This iconic event is one of the most ethnically unique outdoor events in Chicago and the Midwest. Attracting more than 40,000 people from throughout the region, Chinatown Summer Fair is a true celebration of Far East beauty and culture including food, art and music located on Wentworth Avenue from Cermak Avenue to 24th Place in Chicago.  This neighborhood street festival will open with a lion dance procession, a welcome on the main stage, followed by Asian performances, kung fu demonstrations, samplings from Chinatown’s restaurants, and unique gift shops, arts & crafts exhibits, street vendors with an array of merchandise, and a children’s area.

Registration Deadline: June 30

Day/Date:      Saturday, July 30
Depart:           10:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           4:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $45 (Fee includes motor coach transportation only)
Max:                15


St. Joseph, Michigan

Enjoy a beautiful day in St. Joe’s! You can spend your day finding hidden treasures along Lake Bluff Park at the Antiques on the Bluff show that overlooks Lake Michigan. This antique event features over 50 vendors. Afterwards, head over to Broad Street in downtown St. Joe during the Chalk the Block! festival and enjoy the completed chalk masterpieces created by artists. This family-friendly festival showcases regional, national and international artists, using the quaint lakeside town as their backdrop. Just steps away are shops and restaurants that the line the quaint streets of downtown St. Joseph. Enjoy an afternoon of shopping and lunch with friends.

Registration Deadline:  July 7

Day/Date:      Sunday, August 7
Depart:           8:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           4:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $55 (Fee includes motor coach transportation only)
Max:                15


Crest Hill, IL

Prairie Bluff Golf Course welcomes The Flat Cats band. They play a range of vintage and modern music rooted in the hottest swinging jazz and blues, contemporary classics, and timeless standards. Whether you choose to listen, tap your foot, or cut a rug on the dance floor, you are sure to be entertained. A three-course plated lunch will be served. Your choice of entrée will be available at the time of registration.

Registration Deadline: August 12

Day/Date:      Thursday, August 25
Depart:           10:45 am from Founders Community Center
Return:           3:45 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                  $50 (Fee includes your transportation, ticket, and lunch)
Max:                10


Oakbrook, IL

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The next morning, an American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on famed detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer before they strike again. The play adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous murder mystery first premiered in 2017, and the 1974 film adaptation received six Academy Award nominations, including one win. Lunch will be served in the Drury Lane restaurant and will include the chef’s selection of dessert.

Registration Deadline: August 25

Day/Date:     Wednesday, September 14
Depart:          10:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:          5:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                 $119 (Fee includes transportation, lunch, show, and gratuity)
Max:               10


Enjoy a dinner cruise along beautiful Lake Champlain. Tour Morse Farm Sugar Works to see how real Vermont Maple Syrup is made. Witness a 600-foot-deep quarry at Rock of Ages Granite Quarry. See the ice cream making process at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory and visit Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Admission to the Shelburne Museum is included along with a visit to Stowe Village! This trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, six nights lodging and 10 meals. Trip insurance prices vary depending on occupancy ($69 double & triple and $94 single per person) Please write a separate check payable to “Travel Insured International, Inc.” or pay it online at Limited space available; don’t wait to register!

Final payment and registration deadline: August 5

Day/Date:     Sunday, October 16 – 22
Depart:          8:30 am from the Founders Community Center
Return:          In the evening on October 22 (TBA)
$919/person – double occupancy
$1,254/person – single occupancy
$899/person – triple occupancy
* $75 due upon signing
Max:                20


Cooperative Programming

To ensure the success of our bus trips, we work in cooperation with the New Lenox & Manhattan Park Districts. The number of spots listed, is the maximum number of registrations the Frankfort Park District can take. If a bus trip is full, we will call the other agencies to see if spots are available or you may be added to a waitlist.

Pick-up/Drop-off times

Pick-up/drop off location is at the Founders Community Center unless otherwise noted.  Departure times are set and abided by.  If changes occur, participants will be notified by phone.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.  Return times may vary depending on traffic or weather conditions; we make every attempt to return by the designated time.


Refunds are given under the following circumstances:

  • The trip is cancelled by the Frankfort Park District.  If we have not met our registration minimum by the deadline date, the trip will be cancelled and a full refund will be issued.
  • There is a waitlist and we are able to fill your spot.  Please see refund policy.
  • The person asking for the refund finds a replacement for the trip.

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Please call the Park District office at 815-469-9400 for more information!

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