Travel Programs

Polish Fest

Milwaukee, WI

Billed as the biggest festival of its kind in the country, Milwaukee’s Polish Fest is a family-friendly celebration of Polish culture, heritage and the city’s thriving Polish community. The festival offers up a slew of cultural attractions like cooking demonstrations, traditional folk art, forums with historians and more. Traditional and contemporary Polish music is showcased throughout the event, and guests are invited to dance along at the Non-Stop Polka Stage. The festival also offers attendees a taste of Polish cuisine from sausage to pierogi, and there are plenty of classic Wisconsin eats as well.

Registration Deadline:  June 1

Day/Date:       Friday, June 15
Departure:     9:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            7:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $56 (Fee includes motorcoach transportation and admission)

A Day At The Races – Arlington Park

Arlington, IL

Enjoy a day at the races at Arlington Park. Whether you’re there for the people watching, enjoying the flowers and colorful dress of the horses and jockeys, or a race enthusiast, this is certain to be a fun afternoon. The package includes your admission, racing guide, seat in the room, lunch in the Million Room Restaurant and 3-hour soft drink package.

Registration Deadline:  June 21

Day/Date:       Thursday, July 12
Departure:     10:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            6:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $79 (Fee includes mini-coach transportation, admission, lunch and gratuity)

Heartbreak Hotel – Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place

Chicago, IL

HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his burgeoning career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months.  This brand new musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right Momma,” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.” This is where the story begins…”take a walk down lonely street.”   Following the show, you will have free time to get a bite to eat or go shopping at Water Tower or along Michigan Avenue.

Registration Deadline:  July 13 or until filled

Day/Date:       Saturday, July 28
Departure:     12:30 pm from Founders Community Center
Return:            7:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $87 (Fee includes mini motor coach transportation and ticket)

Custard Capital of the World

Milwaukee, WI

Did you know that Milwaukee was the custard capital of the world?  Join us for this fun tour and learn all about it!  Our day will begin with lunch at a classic Milwaukee diner complete with poodle skirts.  After lunch we’ll give two thumbs up while visiting the bronze Fonze along the Milwaukee Riverwalk…Ayyyyy!  Next, we delve into a “custard crawl” with stops at three historic custard stands.  This tour includes a narrated guided city tour throughout the day plus, we will enjoy a historical tour of the Village of Greendale, along with shopping time in this quaint village.  Don’t forget your camera! Please list any dietary restrictions at the time of registration.

Registration Deadline:  July 13

Day/Date:       Saturday, August 4
Departure:     8:15 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            6:30 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $109 (Fee includes mini motorcoach transportation, lunch, tour and tour guide gratuity)

Starved Rock – Nashville Connection

Utica, IL

Country music at its finest! Dave and Daphne, a Nashville duo, perform a high energy show with Classic Country music roots!  Dave is well known for his 10 years on the road as Barbara Mandrell’s lead guitarist. Daphne was Southern Gospel Music’s Female Vocalist of the Year. When she sings country music, she’s best described as a cross between Shania Twain and Patsy Cline. Together, they bring country legend favorites Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and so many more, to create an afternoon of Nashville fun!  We’ll also enjoy a lunch buffet!

Registration Deadline:  July 12

Day/Date:       Tuesday, August 14
Departure:     9:30 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            5:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $65 (Fee includes mini-coach transportation, show, and lunch buffet)

Chicago History Tour & Taste of Greektown

Chicago, IL

Join us as we embark on this highly unique “Urban Safari” designed to examine some of the historical wonders and architectural gems scattered across the city.  The tour route will showcase all the Chicago River and downtown ’Loop” has to offer.  On this highly unique tour our guests will hear captivating stories about the city’s rich history, view and learn about some of Chicago’s most iconic architecture and artwork, stroll the “Loop” while listening to heartrending stories of some of the city’s worse disasters and experience the newly expanded Chicago River Walk that opened in 2017.  Following the tour, we will head over to Greektown for the 29th annual Taste of Greektown.  Hellenic pride will take center stage with this acclaimed culinary fest on Halsted Street.  Taste of Greektown is a romantic weekend celebration for lovers of Mediterranean culture.  Blending Old World traditions with a 21st century freshness, the tantalizing food and spirits from neighborhood eateries will again be the main attraction.  Please note this is a walking tour.

Registration Deadline:  August 3

Day/Date:       Saturday, August 25
Departure:     8:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            4:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $79 (Fee includes mini motor coach transportation, snacks, tour and tour guide gratuity)

Chicago Botanic Gardens

Glenco, IL

Join us for an up-close, 35-minute narrated tram tour. There will be plenty of time to explore this 385-acre site and its exhibits, uniquely situated on nine islands surrounded by lakes. Relax amidst the beauty, and enjoy lunch on your own at the Garden Café.

Registration Deadline: August 2

Day/Date:       Tuesday, September 4
Departure:     8:30 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            5:00 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $39 (Fee includes mini-coach transportation, admission and tour)

University of Chicago Tour

Chicago, IL

Join us as we tour the University of Chicago campus and discover how beautiful landscape design and world-class architecture create an inspiring academic environment for one of the top universities in the world.  Some of the tour highlights include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House, the “Quad” and it’s Arboretum, Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library, the Oriental Institute, stunning interior architecture of Rockefeller Chapel, spectacular view from Logan Arts Terrace, and much more!  Following the tour, we will stop for lunch at Valois Restaurant (lunch is on your own), which is one of Barack Obama’s favorite restaurants.  This cafeteria style restaurant has been serving down-home cooking for almost a century.  Please note: this is a walking and bus tour combination.

Registration Deadline:  September 6

Day/Date:       Saturday, September 22
Departure:     9:00 am from Founders Community Center
Return:            2:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $65 (Fee includes mini motor coach transportation, tour and tour guide gratuity)

Door County – Autumn Splendor

Come discover the “New England of the Midwest” in charming Door County!  Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights as we tour one of the top ten destinations in the Midwest.  This trip includes motorcoach transportation, 3 nights lodging, 8 meals including 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners (including a Fish Boil), 1 full day guided tour of Door County, wine tasting,  a Theatre performance, ferry to Washington Island, tour of Washington Island, and much more!  On our way home, we will stop at the Mars Cheese Castle.  Please stop by the Park District office to pick-up a detailed itinerary or visit our website at

Registration Deadline/Final Payment: July 27

Day/Date:       Sunday – Wednesday, September 30 – October 3
Depart:            7:30 am Founders Community Center
Return:           7:15 pm (Approximately)
Fee:                   $849 per Person-Double Occupancy
$1,049 per Person-Single Occupancy

*$150 deposit due upon registration

Click Here to download the Door County Itinerary

Pacific Northwest By Rail – Mayflower Tours

Enjoy an adventure you will never forget! The itinerary is varied, exciting and fun, Travel cross country aboard the Amtrak’s California Zephyr to San Francisco and home from Seattle aboard the Empire Builder. Your adventure includes the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s wharf, wine tasting, and Redwood National Park. The excitement continues when you experience a Jet boat excursion on the Rouge River, enjoy the four wheel drive by dune buggy, through Oregon National recreational area. Visit the Oregon coast with stops at the Tillamook Cheese Factory and Yaquina Lighthouse, and enjoy a guided tour of Portland-Historic District. And International Rose Test Gardens. Then On to the Columbia River Gorge, Mt Rainer National Park and visit Mt St Helens visitor’s center and ride the Mt Rainer Scenic Railway, Your guided tour of Seattle including Pike Place Market and Seattle’s Museum of Flight. This will be a Trip of a Life Time and you will want to share your memories with family and friends.  Don’t forget Mayflower Tours offers FREE Home pick up and Special Savings for the Frankfort Park District!  Call for Details!

Dates:                    Departs July 7 – 19, 2018
Fee:                        $3,149 Double Occupancy
Single Occupancy add additional cost: add $889
$400 deposit due at time of registration, plus cancellation insurance.
Departure:           Mayflower Tours will pick up each individual from their home. Travelers will be notified of specific time 3 weeks before the trip.
Final Payment:  90 Days prior to departure.

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

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