Trips 'N' Tours

Gain new insights and fresh perspectives with the Appleton Museum of Art's popular Trips 'N' Tours program. Trips 'N' Tours provides members and non-members exciting opportunities to visit other museum and historic destinations throughout Florida and beyond. For more information contact group coordinators, Dodie Jerz or Bonnie Janssen or call 352-291-4456 ext. 4456.


Calendar Notes

Kennedy Space Center

Thursday, December 3-Saturday, December 5

High Museum of Art & Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta, GA

Travel to Atlanta via coach and enjoy a movie about royalty en route in preparation for the exhibition at the High Museum of Art. Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections showcases masterworks and rare objects from the collection of the Habsburg Dynasty – the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire as well as many other superpowers of Europe who commissioned extraordinary artworks now in the collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The Habsburg dynasty ruled for 600 years from the Middle Ages to its end in the 20th Century at the conclusion of World War I. There will be paintings by such masters as Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian and Velázquez. The 90 works of art include Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages, decorative-art objects and other acquisitions. This is a thrilling exhibition that provides a glimpse into the life of royalty.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will host the Cirque de la Symphonie Holiday Spectacular that promises to be a fun, unique and exciting performance. Set to an impressive score of classical hits, this show includes jugglers, clowns and acrobats flying high above the Orchestra.



Wednesday, January 13

Cross Creek and Micanopy, FL

The Cross Creek, Florida home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings reveals the persona behind this author, who won the Pulitzer Prize for the biographical novel, “The Yearling.” She was a complicated person who entertained Hollywood stars, ran an orange orchard and turned mixing bowls into lamp shades! The staff and volunteers at this Historic State Park dress in period costume and bring to life Marjorie and her life in Cross Creek. Continue the day with lunch at the top-rated Yearling Restaurant, which features traditional Cracker fare. After lunch, visit the charming historic town of Micanopy, known for antiques and shopping, where we will have a surprise awaiting you.

$75 for members, $85 for nonmembers.

Tampa Bay Downs

Wednesday, February 17

Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs is the preeminent thoroughbred race track on the west coast of Florida and will be a fun, relaxing day.  Enjoy the private air-conditioned party suite located on the finish line, with a very fine buffet luncheon.  We also have seats available in the grandstands, private bathrooms, as well as our own wagering window – winnings are paid right in the party suite! Our friend Tom will give us a tutorial on how to place a winning wager!  Arthur I. Appleton had two passions in life: fine art, thus the founding of the Appleton Museum of Art, and the Thoroughbred. Learn more about the art of the horse Tampa Bay Downs and watch these magnificent animals in action. 

$65 for members, $75 for nonmembers.


Wednesday, February 17

University of South Florida, Tampa

University of South Florida in Tampa is known for its fine art department. Visit the USF Contemporary Art Museum to view a showcase of established and emerging Brazilian artists. These works are all rooted in reflecting the country’s complicated past, present and vast geographical, racial and cultural wealth and diversity.  We will visit another culture as we travel to Ybor City to dine in the oldest restaurant in Florida and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world, The Columbia. Established in 1905, this restaurant is akin to visiting a museum and their gift shop is full of treasures. We have arranged for a very special treat that we know you will enjoy.  After lunch, enjoy a driving tour of Ybor City and take a step onto Cuban soil at the Jose Marti Park. 

$80 for members, $90 for nonmembers.

Hemmingway house

Early April

Key West, FL

Key West has an allure and panache unlike any other place – come with us to try and uncover that secret. Relax on a drive to Ft. Myers, where you’ll enjoy waterside dining and stay the night. In the morning, take the Key West Express for a quick ride across the Gulf of Mexico to begin the first day in historic Key West. We will stay in Key West for two nights, with The Key West Trolley available to see the best the key has to offer for 2 ½ days.    

Price to be determined..