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You'll rarely have a better time than one of the SOAR excursions to the performing arts, regional festivals, historic sites, guided tours, biking and skiing, shopping venues and ballgames, among others. Many of these trips sell out very quickly. One time we had to bring in the police dogs to push back the crown, but the dogs were on the seniors' side. They brought treats. Crafty.
SOAR Information

All Montgomery County Recreation trips will depart from the Olney Manor Park . Participants park near field #1. Busses will load near the skate park and field #1.

SOAR is Montgomery County Recreation's "Senior Outdoor Adventures in Recreation" program. It is a program designed for active adults, age 55 and over. Each activity or trip requires a substantial amount of walking and/or physical exertion. Program participants should be in good physical condition and consult with their physician if they have any concerns before registering or participating in an activity.

Also, since these programs are held rain or shine, participants should plan to dress accordingly. Every effort will be made to accommodate individuals with disabilities on each trip. However, due to the historic nature and outdoor adventure components of many trips, this might not always be possible. Please call the SOAR trip coordinator at 240-777-4926 to discuss your individual needs and concerns.


Senior Trips - SOAR

Our Senior Trips - SOAR are listed below. Want to browse all of our Trips & Tours? Want to search by location, keyword, or day of the week! Ready to register? Go to RecWeb to register!




Soar Baseball

Upper deck reserved seat behind 1st or 3rd base and home plate. Chartered motorcoach transportation. Walking and steps are involved in all games. All trips return immediately after the games.


Walk the decks of the Tall Ship of Delaware, look up at her eight miles of rigging, hear her cannons roar, let your imagination carry you back in time and out to sea! Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel, a full scale reproduction of a 17th century Tall Ship that carried the Swedes to Wilmington, DE in 1628. Experience life on board the ship as it was in the 17th Century. Tour the Swedes Colony founded in 1638, which was the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley. The Old Swedes Historic Site is located near the landing site of the first Swedish settlers. We will tour the Old Swedes Church, the Burial Grounds, and the historic Hendrickson House Museum. See what life was like in the Delaware Colony in the years leading up to the American Revolution, and how it became the first State. Lunch, included, at a local restaurant.


We'll begin our trip with a tour of the SB Bison Ranch in Hurlock, MD on the Eastern Shore. See a herd of about 70 bison. Learn about how they are raised and get a closer look at them from a tractor driven wagon. Bring your cameras. We will then board the paddle wheeler for a two-hour cruise that includes a crab cake and chicken lunch with dessert, and a non-alcoholic beverage. Our guide on board will relate tales of the old "steamboating" days on the river.


Take a two-hour sail on a sloop-rigged skipjack which is used as an oyster dredger during the oyster season. Enjoy the Bay's wild beauty, experience an oyster dredging demonstration, listen to the Captain discuss the Bay's ecology and the culture of the waterman. All this, aboard a Coast Guard Certified wooden sailing ship whose type has been designated as the official Maryland State boat. Lunch, (on own) and sightsee in St. Michael's when not sailing. Wear sneakers, or boat shoes (no slippery soled shoes, please!)


Guided by a Park Naturalist, take a 2-3 hour canoe tour through this 500 acre wildlife sanctuary bordering the Patuxent River in Anne Arundel County. The naturalist will make commentaries on the waterfowl and plant life of the wetlands as we canoe. For experienced, or less experienced canoeists. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the peace and solitude of this lovely area. Travel by air-conditioned van.


We’ll begin in historic Oxford, the first port of entry in the Tidewater area, with a tour of this charming town and a visit to the Oxford Museum. Next is a crab cake lunch (included) at the Masthead which was used in the film Failure to Launch. Then board the Express Royale for a delightful and narrated cruise on the Tred Avon River to Easton. Enjoy the many historical and cultural points of interest in Easton during a riding tour, including the Third Haven Friends Meeting House built in 1682. Experience a snapshot of colonial life in the 18th and 19th centuries during a visit to the Historical Society of Talbot County.


A New Tour! Re-live the experience of the Johnstown, PA flood of 1869! See where ten inches of rain in 24 hours resulted in 20 million tons of water to surge into Johnstown, sweeping away 2209 lives, and the entire town of 30,000 people. We will visit the National Park Service's Johnstown Flood National Memorial on the site of Unger's Farm where the flood started. Also on the itinerary is the Johnstown Flood Museum containing three floors of displays, photographs, and drawings that chillingly depict the flood and its aftermath. Lunch, included, at Hoss's Steak House.


A walking tour of the White House decorated in its Christmas splendor! Also take a guided tour of the exhibits in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and lunch (on own) at Union Station. Date of trip, departure and return times, will be announced at the end of November when the White House sets the date and time. Subject to SOAR’s request for a group tour being accepted. Photo ID is required for admission. Early registration needed to meet White House requirements.


Travel to Hoopers Island, MD, where an experienced local Eastern Shore guide will board us for a one-hour narrated cruise to observe the Watermen pull in crabs on their trot line. Enjoy an Eastern Shore traditional lunch (included) featuring homemade pie for dessert at Historic Old Salty's Restaurant. End the day with a guided tour of the Phillips Crab Processing plant, where you will experience hands-on crab industry techniques that include shelling hard shell crabs.


Enjoy a leisurely drive to Crisfield, MD on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Then board the super cruise ship, the Steven Thomas, for a relaxing one-hour-and-fifteen minute trip to historic Tangier Island, which was discovered by Captain John Smith. Tangier is an unspoiled fishing village with quaint narrow streets and is the "soft shell crab capital" of the United States. A family style seafood lunch, featuring crab cakes, clam fritters, Virginia Ham, corn pudding, vegetables, homemade rolls and pound cake, and coffee/tea, at the famous Chesapeake House is included. Afterwards, take a stroll through the narrow streets of this unique and picturesque island.


Experience the Wyeth History! Be guided through the Andrew Wyeth Studio, a 19th Century school house where the artist lived from 1940 until 1961 and continued to work until he died. The studio opened to the public in 2012 for the first time since his death in 2009. Andrew was known as "America's Artist because of his prodigious work for seven decades. We'll also tour the house and studio of N.C. Wyeth, the great illustrator who died in 1945 when he and a grandchild were struck by a train. A visit to the Brandywine Museum which houses a permanent collection of Wyeth's works is also part of the tour. Lunch at the Brandywine River Museum restaurant is included.


Enjoy a sumptuous crab feast (included) aboard the Black-Eyed Susan paddlewheel riverboat as we take a two-and-a-half hour narrated cruise around the historic sights of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Enjoy crab soup, a cubed cheese display, and warm spinach and artichoke dip with French baguettes upon boarding. A buffet of roast beef, fried chicken, corn on the cob, garden salad, and rolls is next. World famous Maryland style spicy steamed hard shell crabs (US #1) will be served family style. Dessert will be seasonal fresh fruit. Iced tea, lemonade, and fresh brewed Columbian coffee is included.