Looking for a fun way to spend time with an older friend or family member? Or maybe a group that offers fun affordable trips around the local area and beyond? Senior Services for South Sound Trips & Tours program hosts a variety of fun outings that are designed with seniors in mind. And any adult in the community is invited to join them, although some trips are reserved for adults 21-years-old and older. “They are a great way to spend some time with a senior in your life,” says Sky Myers, travel and retail director. “Our trips are also a very popular way for people to get introduced to the many offerings of the Senior Center.”
Senior Services for South Sound offers a variety of trips and tours to suit every interest and activity level. “We take day trips to sporting and cultural events, concerts, theater, festivals, and all sorts of things around the region,” says Myers. Trips & Tours also offers four to six overnight tours a year with one or two overnight stays. Partnered with a few major tour companies, Senior Services is able to help book longer domestic and international trips as well.
“Some of our most popular tours recently have been cannabis education tours,” says Myers. “We also do a couple of tours every year to do glassblowing, where trip-goers will make their own glass piece.” Trips are designed for every activity level—from wheelchair accessible and moderate-paced, perfect for those with walkers, to high activity like the popular hiking series Step into Nature, which involves a one and a half to four-mile hike.
All local trips make use of Senior Services for South Sound’s 24-passenger van, where trip-goers can relax in air-conditioned comfort all the way to their destination. Rest stops are planned into each trip with breaks at least every hour and a half. Departures are scheduled from both the Olympia and Lacey Senior Centers.
Every other month, Myers hosts a Trips & Tours Traveler’s Tea. The tea is a great opportunity to take a look at upcoming trips and meet or reacquaint with other travelers. Plus, attendees get a discount off of any trip they sign up for at the tea. Find out when the next Trips & Tours Traveler’s Tea will happen or check out the upcoming trips on the Trips & Tours section of the Senior Services for South Sound website.
Tours can be booked online, over the phone at 360.586.6181, ext. 126 or at the Olympia or Lacey Senior Center. Senior Center members also receive a discount off the price of each trip. If space is available, you don’t even need to be a senior, or be travelling with a senior, to join the group on a fun adventure!