Go on an adventure with Trips 'N' Tours
Expand your horizons with the Appleton Museum of Art's popular Trips 'N' Tours travel program. Trips 'N' Tours provides museum members, as well as nonmembers, exciting opportunities to visit other museum, cultural venues and historic places of interest throughout Florida and beyond.
Upcoming Adventures in 2016
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.
Tuesday, February 23 & Wednesday, March 2
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.
Tuesday, April 5-Friday, April 8
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.
$975 per person for double occupancy
Thursday, June 9
Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg
The Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg is a stunning permanent collection of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly’s artwork. Begin the day with a morning visit to the Morean Glass Studio and Hot Shop for a unique, live glass- blowing demonstration. We will then have a docent-led tour of the Chihuly Collection. Both locations offer unique one-of-a-kind gift shops for your shopping pleasure. After lunch at an elegant Beach Drive restaurant, complete the day with a visit to the ever popular Mazzarro’s Italian Market, where you will be able to peruse their vast selection of desserts, cheeses, wines, homemade pasta, sauces and pastries.