Trips and Travel

Day Trips

Advance registration is required. No walk-ins can be accepted. OLLI-USF day trips are free unless otherwise noted and are open to current OLLI-USF members and their guests. See each trip for registration information. Call Don Clark at 813-985-4859 for more information.

Cracker Country at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
Wednesday, May 9, afternoon

Find out how Floridians lived in the early 1900s by visiting the many authentic buildings assembled to form Cracker Country. Join us for a walking tour with a guide who will explain all the old buildings at the location. An $8.00 fee, cash only, will be collected at the entrance to Cracker Country. The fairgrounds' address is 4800 U.S. 301, Tampa. Enter the fairgrounds from Orient road, near the I-4 exit, at the big yellow duck, and follow signs. There is ample free parking. Tell the guard you are going on the Cracker Country tour and follow his directions. Call Don Clark 813-985-4859 for information and to make your reservation.

Betty Walker Gardens, Seffner
Thursday, May 10, morning
Join us for a free tour of The Betty Walker Gardens at The Hillsborough County
Extension Service. at 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, south off I-4. on Thursday May 10th. We will visit six themed gardens in one large courtyard. The address is 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, which can be reached by going south on I-4, exiting onto County Road 579 and going south. Group limit is 25 people. Stay for a Dutch lunch at Cracker Barrel after the tour. Call Don Clark 813-985-4859 for information and to make your reservation.

Waste Management Recycling Plant, Tampa
Tuesday, May 15, morning
Find out what happens to your recyclable goods after they are picked at up your home. We will take a free tour of the plant and see the big machines in action, as we learn how recyclables are are separated into various bins. The guide will teach us what materials can be recycled at our local plant and what ones cannot, and he or she will answer our questions about recycling. The plant's address is 3518 E. 4th Avenue, Tampa, at the corner of 36th street and 4th avenue, just east of Ybor City. Call Don Clark 813-985-4859 for information and to make your reservation.

Port of Tampa Boat Tour
Wednesday, June 6, morning
The Port of Tampa looks different from a boat! Enjoy a free boat ride with a narrated tour, courtesy of the Port of Tampa. Meet at the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive. The best parking is the street at the city parking garage. This is a narrated tour courtesy of The Port of Tampa. Call Don Clark 813-985-4859 for information and to make your reservation.


Travel Opportunities

OLLI's Travel Opportunities committee has assembled a series of U.S. trips for 2018. It's fun to travel with a group of friends, or soon-to-become-friends. Great fun at at great value! Click on each trip name to view details.

Southern Grandeur Mississippi River Cruise - May 6-14, 2018

Fall Colors & Lighthouses of the Great Lakes - Sep. 27-Oct. 5, 2018

New Orleans Holiday - Dec. 2-6, 2018


USF World Travel Opportunities

Looking for a more in-depth experience abroad? Join USF students for month-long immersion programs!

OLLI goes to London in 2018 alongside USF Honors College undergrads and faculty. Spend a month (Jun. 24-Jul. 21, 2018) in the heart of London. This program includes accommodations, tuition for two classes, field trips, tours, passes for traveling in London. Contact Dr. Peter Stiling,, or 813-974-5558 for more information. View detailed information here. 


Join USF in Paris for study with the Art and Art History Department. June 1- June 30, 2018. Contact Dr. Lou Marcus at or 813-974-2360 for more information. View detailed information here.