Field Trips


See and experience new things — make new friends — renew “old” acquaintances —  leave the driving and parking to someone else  — come with us where . . . .


All LLI trips leave from the Charlotte campus of Florida SouthWestern State College at 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.  A free drawing for a free class will be held on the return portion of each trip using each person’s trip name badge as a drawing ticket.

You can print, complete and mail the registration form with your payment by clicking here or register and pay online by clicking below on the trip button of your choice.  Be sure to complete the Trip Liability Waiver Form and include with your registration form, one for each person taking the trip.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Join us for a fun and educational-filled day — a look at the past, the present and the future!

First is a presentation on the development and history of the water plant located on King’s Highway just east of Port Charlotte that is operated by the Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority. Then a Water Authority representative will board the bus and guide us around the plant to explain the various parts and processes of the plant — with all of its tanks, pipes and reservoirs. There will be ample time for questions and answers. Did you know that this plant supplies water to a four-county area?

By the end of the drive around the Water Plant, we’ll be ready for lunch at Mary Margaret’s Tea and Biscuit in nearby Arcadia. You’ll choose from a special menu and enjoy the unique surroundings of this very popular, restored old building. Carol Mahler, from the DeSoto Historical Society, will join us for lunch and then lead us on a three-block walk along Oak Street with tales from the past. We’ll meet up with our bus and ride to the nearby John Morgan Ingraham House and Museum for an additional tour of a Florida “Cracker House” and more tales of years “gone by.”

Bus departs campus at 9:00 AM; return is approximately at 4:00 PM.

Price includes bus transportation, lunch & tip, donation to DeSoto County Historical Society. (Prices subject to change.)

Individual FRIEND Member: $55.00            

Single/Family Patron Member: $45.00        

Non Member: $70.00                                        



March 29, 2016

Circus Museum and Ca’ d’Zan

  Learn the history of the American circus through beautifully carved parade wagons, performers’ wardrobes, posters, utility wagons, tent poles, and performing props. See the 44,000+ piece Howard Bros. Circus Model.  Walk through the sideshow exhibition.  View John Ringling’s private railroad car. The costumes, the clowns, the posters, the props and the wagons will make you want to run away and join the circus!

Visit the winter home of one of the biggest names in circus history. John and Mabel Ringling loved Venice and Ca’ d’Zan was inspired by and designed in the Venetian Gothic style of the palazzos that ring the Venice canals. It is filled with majestic furnishings, paintings and objects d’art. Enjoy the gardens and the breathtaking view of Sarasota Bay.

After the tours, you will have approximately one hour to enjoy the beautiful Bayfront gardens and/or visit the art museum.

Dine at Ringling.

Lunch is on your own at the Muse or the Banyan Café.

We drive, you enjoy

  Activity level for this trip is easy. You will need to be able to get on and off of the bus.   Terrain through the gardens may be uneven.

Price includes transportation and 2 guided tours.     Depart FSW campus 9:15 a.m. and return approximately 5:00 p.m.

Individual FRIEND Member: $69.00            

Single/Family Patron Member: $59.00        

Non Member: $84.00