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Day Trips: See the Sights!

Enjoy discovering West Michigan’s popular destinations by taking a day trip with your Forest Hills friends and neighbors! Our trips include comfortable round trip transportation provided by Great Lakes Motorcoach with a friendly host and guide.

Spring Day Trip!

Recycling Center Tour
and Lunch at Bistro Bella Vita

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kent County Recycling and Education Center

Bistro Bella Vita Restaurant

Registrations Required by Thursday, April 4

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When the Kent County Recycling and Education Center opened in 2010, it drastically improved West Michigan’s recycling abilities. This facility processes residential home materials collected from curbside bins and drop-off recycling locations.

During the tour, watch as a combination of conveyors, shakers, blowers, magnets and optical scanners sort papers, plastics, metals, and glass. A portion of the tour includes sitting in a classroom while learning more about the recycling process, including how items are sold to processors and end-users.

In 2017 alone, nearly 58 million pounds of recyclables were delivered to the facility! These materials were converted into new products like cereal boxes, toys, park benches and more. Even though it’s a clean and safe environment, they ask that closed-toe shoes be worn.

After the tour, we will take our bus to our lunch destination, Bistro Bella Vita in downtown Grand Rapids. Choose from the following lunch options: beef brisket sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, margherita pizza, or house salad with chicken. Your meal comes with either coffee, tea, or soda.


The Details

Please arrive at the Forest Hills Community, Aquatic, and Senior Center, 660 Forest Hill Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, by 9:45 a.m. to board the bus to the recycling center. After lunch, the bus returns back to Center by 2:00 p.m.

When registering, please indicate your preference for one of these lunch options: “beef” sandwich, or “chicken” sandwich, “pizza,” or “salad.”

Day trip cost: $34 per person ($36 for non-residents). Price includes school bus transportation, tour, lunch and beverage, restaurant gratuities, and the trip guide. Tipping is optional for trip guide, Karen Horrigan.

We’re sorry, but there are no refunds after registration deadline, unless we can find a replacement for you. Note: transportation is on a school bus so seats do not have as much leg room as a motorcoach.

Summer Day Trip to Ludington!

Historic White Pine Village
and Maritime Museum

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lunch at Jamesport Brewing Company

Registrations Required by Thursday, June 27

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Visit the Historic White Pine Village for a tour of a late nineteenth- to early twentieth-century pioneer village, complete with 30 historic buildings. Docents are in character as they interact and share history with you. View authentic artifacts depicting the rich lumbering and agricultural history of the Ludington area. 

After the tour, enjoy lunch at Jamesport Brewing Company. Choose from a grilled chicken sandwich, bacon cheeseburger, veggie pesto panini, club wrap, or harvest salad. Coffee, tea, or soda is included.

To complete your Ludington tour, learn about the region’s nautical history when visiting the Maritime Museum, located in the former U.S. Coast Guard Station. This lovely three-story museum overlooks the Lake Michigan shoreline, the historic car ferry SS Badger, and the iconic North Pier Light.


The Details

Please arrive at the Forest Hills Community, Aquatic, and Senior Center, 660 Forest Hill Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, by 8:15 a.m. to board the motorcoach to Ludington. After visiting the Maritime Museum, the bus returns back to the Center by 4:00 p.m.

When registering, please indicate your preference for one of these lunch options: “chicken,” “burger,” “panini,” “club,” or “salad.”

Day trip cost: $76 per person ($78 for non-residents). Price includes motorcoach, lunch, gratuities, admission to the historic village and museum, snack, and guide fee. Tipping is optional for the trip guide, Karen Horrigan, and the driver.

We’re sorry, but there are no refunds after registration deadline, unless we can find a replacement for you.

 

 

 


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