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Adult Trips

Trips for adults wanting to get away, meet new friends or explore new leisure resources. Unless stated otherwise, transits or coach buses are used for day outings.


  • Day trips
  • Extended trips
  • Trip abroad
  • Tours

Registration policy

  • Payment must accompany registration
  • Make your check payable to the City of Brooklyn Park, or call 763-493-8333 to register with Visa, Mastercard or Discover and to check availability
  • Deadline dates for registration are listed on a space-permitting basis only
  • No refunds for nonrefundable costs due to weather beyond our control
  • No refunds given after deadline date.
  • Full refunds given (only) if trip is cancelled.
  • Pick up flyers and registration forms at the Community Activity Center.
  • Unless stated otherwise, buses pick up/return to the Community Activity Center, 5600 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park
  • Meet in the Senior Lounge to check in.
  • Return times are approximate due to weather/traffic.

Day trips


Old Log Theater

Join us on a fun musical ride through the 60s! This story is told from the perspective of six women who came of age in this complex decade, looking back on a host of issues ranging from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation, all accomplished by a vast array of the most celebrated and memorable songs of the era, like “It’s My Party,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Proud Mary” and more.


Make your meal choice when registering:

  1. Short ribs
  2. Tilapia
  3. Vegetarian pasta
  4. Pork chops

Event date

Wednesday, September 5, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


$63. Price includes transportation, the play, and your meal.


August 10, space permitting

Mississippi River cruise on the Treasure Island Spirit of the Water

We will enjoy a relaxing cruise down the scenic Mississippi River. The Spirit of the Water is an elegant 100-passenger yacht.

Water levels will determine the amount of walking required. Participants may need to walk about three blocks and may need to manage the narrow and possibly steep gang planks to board the boat.


A buffet lunch will be served on the yacht.  

Event date

Wednesday, September 12, 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.




August 13, space permitting

Redlin Art Center

Watertown, South Dakota

This tour is to the Redlin Art Center, which opened its doors June 1997. Once arriving at the center, we will be introduced to the Legacy of Terry Redlin in the auditorium. The film shares his process and techniques with never-before-seen footage of Terry Redlin painting at his easel. After the film, we will gather on the patio that overlooks a 30-acre park. The park was designed by Terry Redlin to attract wildlife and be inspired by nature’s canvas.  Following lunch, we will spend time at our own pace in the gallery; it houses more than 150 oil paintings and each one marks a specific time in Terry Redlin’s life. There are three floors of artwork to explore in this massive 52,000-square-foot brick building. There will be an opportunity to visit the gift shop before we leave the gallery.


Picnic lunch that comes in a special Redlin keepsake tin.

Event date

Wednesday, September 26, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.




August 27, space permitting

Celebrate Oktoberfest

Brookview Community Center (newly remodeled), Golden Valley

Don’t miss this celebration of good food and German-style fun. 

During the luncheon, entertainer ‘Squeezy’ Wes Miller will delight attendees with authentic polka and Oktoberfest accordion music. A seasoned accordion performer, ‘Squeezy’ will be walking through the crowd to entertain the audience and provide a fun Oktoberfest party atmosphere. Afterwards, dance or just sit back and listen to the Fridley City Band playing a variety of dance music, polkas and old time classics.

Trip partners

Robbinsdale Area Schools Community Education, cities of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Golden Valley, New Hope, Plymouth and Robbinsdale.


  • Authentic German-style soft pretzel sticks
  • Bratwurst (beef/chicken)
  • Sauerkraut
  • Traditional potato salad
  • Apple strudel
  • Water, coffee and root beer
  • Beer is available at a cash bar

Event date

Thursday, October 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


$12. Cost includes entertainment and lunch.


September 28, space permitting

Minnesota's finest fall fare

St Croix River cruise, St. Croix vineyards and shops in Stillwater

Experience the best part of what Minnesota's fall has to offer. Travel to the Aamodt's Apple Farm and St. Croix Vineyards. Taste as well as shop the variety of fall harvest goodies, such as apples, pies, local honey, cider donuts, fresh apple cider and other tasty products. An array of popular local wines are also available. Then onto our cruise on the St. Croix River aboard one of the modern vessels from the St. Croix Boat & Packet Company fleet; it is climate controlled and fully accessible. Table seating is available on the first floor. Relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the St. Croix River.

Following our boat cruise you will have time to check out the Northern Vineyards Winery or Maple Island Brewing on the main street in Stillwater, visit the shops or sit and enjoy the shoreline before we board our coach bus to Brooklyn Park.


About 11:45 a.m., a deli luncheon is served buffet style which will include a variety of meats and cheeses, salads and dessert bars, coffee and soft drinks.

Event date

Tuesday, October 9, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.




September 14, space permitting

Music Man

Mason City, Iowa

Start your adventure in Mason City with a guided tour of the Historic Park Inn. Built in 1910, the Historic Park Inn is the last designed and built Frank Lloyd Wright hotel in the world. Following the tour you will be served a buffet lunch in the hotel ballroom. The afternoon sites include The Music Man Square, home of the Meredith Wilson museum and a tour of Meredith Wilson’s boyhood home. This trip includes a comfort stop at the Trails Travel Center (on own) in Albert Lea. There are fast food options to choose from.


Lunch menu choices when registering:

  1. Club sandwich: turkey, bacon, pepper jack, bibb lettuce, tomato, red onion on a pretzel bun, chips and pickle spear
  2. Roast beef sandwich: roast beef, sharp cheddar cheese, red onion and horseradish mayonnaise on a pretzel bun, chips and a pickle spear
  3. Chicken and Gouda: sliced chicken breast, Gouda cheese, bibb lettuce, tomato and stone ground mustard on a pretzel bun, chips and a pickle spear

Event date

Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.




September 10, space permitting

Mni Sota

Remembering our people, our story 

Explore the history and culture of Native Americans in the Twin Cities. This is primarily a riding tour past some important Native American sites with a few stops along the way. We will have a step-on guide, who will share the ancient stories of the original peoples of this area called “Mni Sota”. The fabled story of Hiawatha, the beautiful mythical Indian princess who was inspired by Longfellow’s imagination from the beauty of this area. Listen to the sacred stories about the Dakota and the Ojibwa who have lived in this area for thousands of years. You will be guided back in history to learn about their customs, while driving to Mounds Park, ancient burial grounds, Ft. Snelling Park Interpretive Center, 1862 Conflict, Ancient Traders Market, Indian Gifts and Arts Center and Minnehaha, the beautiful water falls in Minneapolis.

There will be some walking so please wear durable shoes.  


We will have a Native American luncheon at The Gathering.  Please indicate your meal choice when registering:

  1. Red Lake Walleye cake melt: famous Red Lake Walleye mixed with vegetables, herbs, lettuce, tomato, roasted red pepper aioli with a cheese blend
  2. Veggie wrap: fresh mixed greens, tomato, wild rice, avocado, carrots, onions and mushrooms with ranch avocado aioli, side of wild rice, fresh fruit, pickle spear, beverage, and cookie

Event date

Wednesday, October 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.




September 24, space permitting

Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

Granite Falls, Minnesota

This Fagen Fighter WWII Museum is home to a pristine collection of fully operational, active aircraft and vehicles from World War II. Also featured are fine art, bronze sculptures, interactive multimedia displays, and an ever-growing library. The facility is designed as a self-guided
experience and gives a rare look into the lives and legacy of the “Greatest Generation”. We will take time to absorb the exhibits, watch the videos on interactive screens, peruse the library and tour the three buildings with planes. 


Lunch will be at the Granite Run Golf course. Soup and make your own sandwich buffet, beverage and chocolate fudge brownies.

Event date

Thursday, November 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.




October 1, space permitting

Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story

History Theater

In 1959, fifteen-year-old Bobby Velline performed at the Winter Dance Party in Moorhead, Minnesota on "the day the music died." Bobby went on to record his first hit single, Suzie Baby, in Minneapolis. He soon would become a teen idol appearing on American Bandstand with Dick Clark and an international star who thrilled audiences for more than a decade with Top 40 hits like "Devil or Angel," "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes," "Come Back When You Grow Up Girl" and many more.

Follow Bobby’s musical journey that includes fellow pop stars like Little Anthony & The Imperials, Ronnie & The Ronettes, Dion, and Del Shannon.


The trip includes lunch at approximately 1 p.m. at Tavern on Grand. Please make a meal choice when you register:

  1. Walleye basket: a walleye fillet, cut into pieces, battered, deep-fried and served with seasoned Tavern fries, cole slaw, beverage and ice cream
  2. Grilled chicken breast, seasoned tavern fries, cole slaw, beverage and ice cream

Event date

Thursday, November 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.




October 29, space permitting

Holiday Inn

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Holiday Inn, the new Irving Berlin musical performance at the Chanhassen, tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn't the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim's luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim's best friend Ted tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?

Event date

Wednesday, December 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


$79. Coach transportation, dinner and play ticket is included in the price. Please indicate mobility restrictions at the time of your registration.


November 19, space permitting

Extended trips

Charming French Canada


  • Montreal
  • Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
  • Quebec City
  • Charlevoix
  • Whale watching
  • Montmorency Falls

Event date

September 14 to 21, 2018


$3,899 per person based on triple occupancy

$3,949 per person based on double occupancy

$5,049 per person based on single occupancy

Cost includes

  • Airfare
  • 8 days lodging
  • 11 meals (7 breakfasts and 4 dinners)


March 14, 2018

Special travel presentation

You are invited to a special travel presentation about the Charming French Canada trip on Thursday, March 8, 2018, 11 a.m. at the Community Activity Center.

Christmas Train to Milwaukee


Travel on the Amtrak Empire Builder Train to Milwaukee. Stay at Milwaukee's Landmark Art Deco Ambassador Hotel. Enjoy dinner at Mader's Restaurant and a guided lights tour of downtown areas. Tour the Pabst Mansion, shop and dine in the historic district, Cedarburg. That evening, check into Holiday Inn Express in Fort Atkinson. Enjoy the Thursday evening signature buffet and theatre play Elf the Musical. On our way home, we will visit Wisconsin Dells for lunch at Trappers Turn Restaurant.

Event date

December 12 to 14, 2018


$615 per person based on double occupancy

$775 per person based on single occupancy

Cost includes

  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • 2 days lodging
  • Meals and gratuities
  • Attractions

Registration for extended trips

For complete details, contact Pat Busch with your name and address and a full brochure will be mailed to you, including details on how to register.

Phone and email

Pat Busch
Email Pat Busch

Upcoming extended trips

In partnership with Landmark Tours

All trip includes:

  • Round trip airfare from MSP and an airport greeting
  • Quality accommodations in great locations
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • Professional tour manager and local guides
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • Daily breakfast and many quality meals

Tournament of Roses

Tournament of Roses with the Rose Parade and Catalina Island. December 29, 2018 to January 2, 2019.

Islands of Hawaii

Four-island cruise and tour. January 31 to February 10, 2019.

New Orleans

The Big Easy. March 24 to 28, 2019.

New York City

The Big Apple. May and September 2019.

Costa Rica

Topical adventure. March 15 to 22, 2019


Land and sea expedition. August 18 to 30, 2019


Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. June 2019.

European river cruise

Rhine River and Danube River. May and September 2019.


The Emerald Isle. May and September 2019.

New England fall foliage

Adventure. October 2019.


Land of fire and ice. October 2019.

Nova Scotia and The Maritimes

With Cape Breton. September 2019.

Contact us

Community Activity Center (Recreation and Parks Department)

5600 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55443
View map and directions to the Community Activity Center

September through May office hours

Sunday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

June through August office hours

Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, closed unless we have a scheduled event or activity.

Hours may vary based on events, activities and holidays.


Phone and email

Pat Busch
Email Pat Busch

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