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.


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Spend a day on the beautiful island of Sanibel!

 Come with us to the Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, a view into Sanibel’s pioneer heritage from the 1880s to the 1940s. Enjoy a two hour docent-led tour through eight authentic, historically restored buildings moved from their original sites on Sanibel to the Village. We will visit a typical Florida “Cracker” style home, a fully stocked general store from the early 1900s, a 1925 cottage ordered from the Sears Roebuck catalog, a tiny post office, the one room school, garden and more. Learn about the hardships of early coastal living in Florida before air conditioning and OFF!

Lunch will be at Cip’s Place Island Restaurant where you can choose from a variety of offerings.

We will then enjoy a docent-led tour of the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, the only museum in the U.S. that is solely devoted to shells and the mollusks that make them. This natural history museum exhibits beautiful shells from around the globe, shells native to Sanibel-Captiva and world record-size shells in more than 30 permanent exhibits. A world-renowned malacologist (a person who studies mollusks), two Marine Biologists and highly educated docents offer a wealth of knowledge, surprising facts, and rare insights into the lesser-known complexities of shells. Discover the scientific, cultural, historical, medicinal and culinary facets of shells.

Activity level for this trip is easy (slow paced walking, a few steps or use a ramp).

Bus departs at 7:45 AM; return is approximately at 5:00 PM.

Price includes transportation, 2 guided tours and lunch.

Individual FRIEND Member: $75.00           

Single/Family Patron Member: $65.00        

Non Member: $90.00                                     



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Come join us on our 2nd trip of the year and get into the Holiday spirit!

Our trip begins with a tasteful lunch at the 3 Fishermen Seafood Restaurant overlooking the lovely Caloosahatchee River. Then on to Edison & Ford Winter Estates for a 1-1/2 hour docent led tour which includes the Edison’s main house (Seminole Lodge), guest and caretaker’s houses, the Ford’s home (The Mangoes), and Edison’s laboratory and museum which have an impressive collection of inventions and artifacts. The docent will entertain with stories about Thomas Alva Edison and Henry Ford and their families. As you walk through the estate, enjoy the 1929 historic landscape and the award-winning “Moonlight Garden” and experience the “old Florida.”

After the tour there is time to enjoy the grounds, browse through the buildings, museum and store, lab, garden shop, and concession booth (sandwiches, snacks and drinks available for purchase).

The “Edison Holiday Night Lights” one hour tour, led by a docent, will entertain with details of holiday traditions and historic decorations of the 1900’s.   The over one million sparkling lights and nightly entertainment will add a wonderful touch to your holidays.

Bus departs at 1:00 PM; return is approximately at 7:30 PM.

Price includes lunch, 2 guided tours, transportation and tips. (Prices subject to change.)

Individual FRIEND Member: $69.00           

Single/Family Patron Member: $59.00       

Non Member: $84.00                                       



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                                        

Please click here for a map of the FSW Charlotte Campus.