COVID-19 ALERT: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DDANJ is not currently accepting new applications for assisted recreation events. In order to protect the safety of all participants, when the ARVTS program is resumed, all applicants will be required to provide proof of current vaccination to participate.

Please continue to review this site regularly for updates .



TEL: 732-636-6711                   

FAX: 732-636-5936


Click Here to Register Online!

 Greetings, Recreation and Vacation Traveler!

Assisted Recreation and Vacation Travel Services (ARVTS) is the recreation and vacation travel program of Developmental Disabilities Association of New Jersey, Inc. (D.D.A.N.J., Inc.), a private, not-for-profit corporation providing service to the developmentally disabled population since 1975 in New York and 1979 in New Jersey. We have now expanded our recreation and travel service programs to include all people who require assistance in making vacation and recreation travel a reality. 100% of All Donations Sent to ARVTS will be used to help cover the cost of our less fortunate traveling guests. 

Our recreation and vacation packages are all-inclusive within our transportation catchment area. We will be limiting our travel packages to small groups to maintain an appropriate and effective staff-to-guest ratio. Once your travel package has been paid, there will be no additional cost involved with the exception of optional personal souvenir purchases and for any unforeseen emergency expenses. At ARVTS, all-inclusive means that we will be providing:

- A qualified, experienced and courteous Recreation Coordinator available to help meet your vacation needs throughout    your recreation or travel vacation experience.
- Airfare and all ground transportation (where applicable).
- Accessible, quality hotel and rooming accommodations.
- All meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Door-to-door pick-up within our catchment area. Special arrangements may be made for pick-up outside our catchment area, so please contact us for our catchment area information.
- Admission to all attractions and events.

*Additional fees of $150.00-$200.00 per day will be required for one-on-one care and other specialized services. These additional fees are necessary to cover our cost for the additional staff member covering the one on one care. Please call for additional information regarding your specialized vacation requirements.

Any traveler who requires one-on-one special care and fails to alert us of their Special Needs Situation or requirements ( physical, medical or behavioral ) runs the risk of having their vacation or recreation package canceled prior to the departure date or being returned home early, without refund, and charged for any additional unanticipated expenses relating to early return. Please complete all required documentation accurately and thoroughly  to avoid any possible misunderstandings.

Careful review of our ARVTS tour packages will lead you to conclude that we create lifelong memories at reasonable rates, so to avoid any disappointment, please sign up early. Gift certificates are available in any denomination and will never expire. In addition, we can set up a travel account for those of you wishing to spend now and travel at a later date.

Please note that it is required that our vacation guests carry a photo ID with them on all vacation packages. As we know you are aware, the Air and Cruise lines now following heightened security guidelines, will no longer allow our vacationing guests to board an aircraft or cruise ship without having proper identification which will include a PASSPORT or government Photo I.D. which could include a State DMV Non-Drivers License.

For further information on any of our vacation or recreation travel packages, please call 1(732) 636-6711 and request additional information and availability on the tour package of your choice. A 50% deposit will hold your place on any vacation requiring an overnight stay. Vacation packages to all foreign destinations now require a passport so please begin the passport process NOW so as not to be disappointed!

We will have a wonderful time and we hope you will join us!

How to Register:

- Scroll down and review the itinerary below to find the ARVTS travel package(s) that interest you. 

- Register online here!

To request specific brochures or registration forms by mail or to find out if you are in our transportation catchment area and/or make alternative pick-up or drop-off arrangements, and for all further information, please call 732-636-6711 and ask to Speak to Chauna.




(Full package descriptions ARE listed below) 

( This site is CONTINUALLY Under Construction FOR additions and UPDATES)

Please note that some of these dates may be tentative depending upon 3rd-party agreements. Please call 1-732-636-6711 or check this web site for continuous updates.

Please Note: 2022 & 2023 events are listed below!



Jan. 31, 2019     Brooklyn Nets - Barklays Center 7:00PM ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY )



Feb. 1, 2020      New Jersey Devils 7:00PM - Prudential Center ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY )

Feb. 20, 2020    New Jersey Devils 7:00PM - Prudential Center ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY )

Feb. 22, 2020    New Jersey Devils 1:00PM - Prudential Center ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY ) 

Feb. 28-March 3, 2020   Our annual March Vacation to The Walt Disney World Theme Parks Adventure in Orlando Florida . Call for information. $ 2,600.00 ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY )                                                

MARCH : 2020

Mar 15, 2020  "The Temptations In Concert"  at the State Theater of NJ  8 PM

                                  ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY )  

Mar 29, 2020     New Jersey Devils 3:00PM  - Prudential Center ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY )        

April : 2022

April 1-3, 2022: Atlantic City Weekend

April 2, 2022: Abba at Resorts

April 1-4, 2022: Camelback Resort

April 18-22, 2022: Disney Cruise Line

April 22-26, 2022: Disney Cruise Line

April 22, 2022: St. George's Theatre: One Night of Queen ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY ) 


May : 2020

May  2, 2020    Atlantic City - Caesars ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY ) 

May 11-15th     Our annual May Vacation to The Walt Disney World Theme Parks                                        Adventure in Orlando FloridaCall for information & availability. We will                              be staying at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek.

                          $ 2,600.00  ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY )

JUNE: 2020

CALL WITH INTEREST : Our annual June Vacation to The Walt Disney World Theme Parks Adventure in Orlando Florida .  Dates are flexible. Call for information.     $ 2,600.00

                         If Our May Vacation Package to Florida is Sold Out ! 

June 23, 2020:  Bayonne Picnic with Activities and Prizes and souvenirs of the day.                                           $200.00    Sold Out in All Past Years.

June 18th - 22nd, 2020 Rocking Horse Ranch Adventure (Up State NY) (Sold Out)

June 16- 17, 2020:  Monmouth Battlefield Revolutionary War Re-enactment  

                                 (10 AM - 4:00PM   $200.00 )

June 11th - 15th, 2020 HERSHEY PARK & Surrounding Area. (Sold Out)

 JULY: 2022

July 28-31, 2022: Walpack Cabin Rental

 AUGUST: 2020

Aug. 3-10, 2020   North Brunswick Beach House Rental - 


Sept. 8, 2019         Frozen - St. James Theater 1:00PM

Sept. 14, 2019      Caesar's Casino - Atlantic City

Sept. 22-29, 2019 Norwegian - New England Cruise


CALL WITH INTEREST : Our annual September Vacation to Walt Disney & Universal Studios Theme Parks Adventure in Orlando Florida . Dates are flexible. Call for information.     $ 2,500.00 


Oct. 25, 2020     MJ (Michael Jackson on Broadway)- Neil Simon Theate

                          ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY )

Oct. 11, 2020      

Oct. 20-27, 2020 Somerset and North Arlington Cruise


Nov. 1, 2019     Medieval Times 7:30PM

Nov. 9, 2019     Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures Prudential Center 3:00PM

Nov. 10, 2019   Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures Prudential Center 3:00PM

Nov. 10, 2019   Christmas Spectacular - Madison Square Garden 2:00PM

Nov. 11, 2019   We Will Rock You - Hulu Theater  2:00PM

Nov. 17, 2019   Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat 2:00PM

Nov. 19, 2019   New Jersey Devils - Prudential Center 7:00PM (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Nov. 22, 2019   Brooklyn Nets Barklays Center 7:00PM   (LIMITED AVAILABILITY) 

Nov. 23, 2019   New Jersey Devils -  Prudential Center 7:00PM (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)


Dec. 1, 2019    A Christmas Carol - Lyceum Theater 3:00PM  ( LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Dec. 6, 2019    New Jersey Devils - Prudential Center 7:00PM (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Dec.14, 2019  Cirque T'was The Night Before Christmas  Hulu Theater 4:00PM 

                                 (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Dec.15, 2019  Cirque T'was The Night Before Christmas  Hulu Theater 12:00PM 

                                 (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Dec.15, 2019  Cirque T'was The Night Before Christmas  Hulu Theater 4:00PM 

                                 (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Dec.21, 2019  Siberian Orchestra - Prudential Center 3:00PM (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)

Dec.31, 2019  New Jersey Devils - Prudential Center 7:00PM  (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)



 *TBA: For information Please call 1-732-636-6711 or View the Web site for Updates.


PLEASE Check this site for updates!


 PACKAGE DESCRIPTIONS : Past, Present And Future:


Theater Show & Dinner !

Shen Yun

Presented by Shen Yun Performing Arts Various Venues throughout at the State of New Jersey & in New York City.

Shen Yun presents colorful and exhilarating performances of classical Chinese dance and music. A performance by Shen Yun is a presentation of traditional Chinese culture as it once was: a study in grace, wisdom, and the virtues distilled from the five millennial of Chinese civilization.

Every year, Shen Yun unveils an entirely new lineup of dances, songs, and musical scores. At the core of Shen Yun's performances is classical Chinese dance with China's numerous ethnic and folk dance styles rounding out the evening.

In a collection of short pieces, audiences travel from the Himalayas to tropical lake-filled regions; from the legends of the culture's creation over 5,000 years ago through to the story of Falun Dafa in China today; from the highest heavens down to the dusty plateaus of the middle Kingdom.    

Theater Show & Dinner !

How about a night on the town. Enjoy exciting New York City and the Theater district or some of New Jerseys Local Theater and come to see one of the city's fabulous Broadway plays. Laugh, sing, and dance as part of the amusement, followed by an awesome dinner!  We have previously seen :  The ABBA  Extravaganza  MAMA MIA! DISNEY'S’  MARY POPPINS;  THE LION KING, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and CIRQUE Du SOLEIL, STOMP, SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS, THE ILLUSIONIST  and many more !  For a fun day, join us at one of the many Theaters We frequent during the year. We do not have all of their schedules at this time but are looking forward to receiving them before and during the start of the new season. We have previously enjoyed  A variety  of Musical theater over the past years and additionally, Our Choice Musicals have also included: "Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ", "Godspell", "ELF", "All Shook Up", "Oklahoma", "The King & I", "Hello Dolly", Grease, "A Christmas Carol",  and many more. Enjoy the Show and then head off to dinner in one of the many restaurants in or around the theater district. This event has proven to be a very popular annual event and is usually limited to SIX (6) guests per play, so please don't be disappointed and reserve early. 

Broadway Productions and local theater will be added as they become available.                                 

DISCO 2015, 2016 & 2017 & 2020 DINNER  & DANCE !

A repeat favorite for many of our Recreation guests. Enjoy a great buffet dinner followed by: Disco 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2020  where you can dance the night away meeting & socializing with new and returning guests. This event usually takes place the third Saturday of the month (excluding June, July, August & December) with a few exceptions also pending the weather. Please Call for details and to confirm dates or continue to check the calendar of events above.

January, February, March, April, May, September, October ( December is our Holiday Party which  is scheduled on The first Friday of December Annually and takes the place of the December Disco event. )                                                                            


Spend 5 days and 4 nights in Orlando Florida and be part of the SEA WORLD & UNIVERSAL STUDIOS experience of Shows, Attractions & Rides. Swim with the dolphins if you wish (must list "swim with the dolphins" when you register, at an additional cost) ( The Water that you swim in with the Dolphins is very COLD). Enjoy swimming in our hotel's heated pool and shopping in the Downtown Disney  Springs Shops and the Orlando Premium Outlets. Dinner is always a favorite activity and we book the restaurants that are sure to please our vacationing guests. 

Call With Interest as we will schedule this once-a-year event around our interested guests availability.                                                                                                                                

Take Me out to the Ball Park!!!!   Minor & Major League BASEBALL 

See our local Team(s) The Somerset Patriots, Newark Bears (We may also consider going to see the Trenton Thunder & The Staten Island Yankees again this season) play against numerous other Minor League Baseball teams. With snacks & dinner at the stadium, this has proven to be a very popular annual event. Call for details, as we will begin to schedule games as their Baseball schedules becomes available. On Occasion, the NY YANKEES & NY Mets Major League games will be scheduled.

 (Call With Interest as we will continue to schedule games throughout the Baseball season.)                                                                    


Motor coach tour around the many Monuments & Highlights of our nation's capital. We will Board a motor coach that will take us around to the many Monuments where we will be able to get off , visit and re-board the coach throughout the day. We will also spend a day visiting many of the museums which comprise the Smithsonian Institute.  (Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guests  & availability)                                                                                                                     


Visit Graceland with us and explore Elvis Presley's 15,000 square foot mansion. In addition to the Mansion we will see the trophy room housing Elvis' many awards, gold and platinum records, mementos and costumes, visit his grave site, his private jet and his car collection. We will also spend the day on Beale Street, world famous for its live jazz and blues, with a visit also to Sun Studios where Elvis and other famous stars such as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lewis were all discovered. (Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guests' availability)    


Walt Disney theme parks in Orlando Florida, 4 nights 5 days in the Wonderful World of Disney. Delight to the ever-changing Magic Kingdom with it's amazing night time Electrical Parade ( Which Returned last year after a 7 year absence from the Magic Kingdom). During the Day we will venture off to see many of our favorite Attractions throughout the Magic Kingdom and then we will chose among : EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, The Animal Kingdom or The Kennedy Space Center ( Which is NOT part of Disney), (The Majority Wins on which other Parks we will attend). Enjoy swimming at our hotel pool, shopping in Downtown Disney Springs and the Orlando Premium Shopping Outlets and our Dinner engagements while enjoying  the Magic of Disney! This is a very popular Vacation option so please call or register early to voice your interest as there is limited availability per trip.                                                               

 NIAGARA FALLS (New York State SIDE of the Falls)

Destination Niagara Falls. Cruise the Maid of the Mist, past the base of the thundering American Falls and Horseshoe Falls, visit the aquarium of Niagara, tour the Niagara Power Project Visitor Center and visit the Old Fort Niagara exploring pre-revolution buildings and the only fortified French Castle in the United states. Stop at Artisans Alley and try your luck with a visit to the Casino Niagara.  (Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guests availability)


Choose from among the many Las Vegas attractions including games of chance at any one of the many Themed Casinos in Las Vegas. Ride the world famous roller coaster on top of the New York, New York Hotel & Casino. Enjoy Medieval Times at the Excalibur Casino. Rock'n'Roll at the many dance halls, stroll through many of the themed hotels shopping at many of the shops, visiting NYC, Paris, Venice and other cities of Italy and from around the world.  Experience some of the Las Vegas Shows  and enjoy poolside fun with new-found friends. (Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guests availability.                                                                                                                                                          


For those looking for a ride and safari adventure closer to home, look no further. Snacks,  lunch and park dinner included. 

 ( Call with interest for Future Dates, as we will schedule this event around our guests availability ). 


Visit Annapolis with its quiet waterfront restaurants, ice cream shops and water taxis. Then, take the one-hour trip over to Baltimore Inner Harbor. Here, you will take in a cruise, museum, shopping, perhaps one of the best aquarium in the world, and much more in this bustling town.(Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guests' availability)                                                                             


This event is Like having a picnic in the middle of making a Revolutionary War movie. More fun and exciting than we can describe. Drums, camps, music and old-fashioned shopping, horses, cannons and more. All narrated for easy understanding. Caution: Not for people who are afraid of loud noises.                      


A time in the past and a time in the future. Williamsburg is an entire city as it was in 1776. Period costumes, actors, and all. Then over to Busch Gardens Amusement Park for the latest in rides. 3 nights 4  days                                                                   


Visit the tall ships of yesteryear at the Living Village of Mystic Seaport and see the nearby Mystic Aquarium. Try your luck at the Foxwood Casino and enjoy the waterfront terrain which is breathtaking throughout this trip. Be sure to bring your camera!                                                                   


Enjoy all that Hershey Park has to offer. Experience first-hand how chocolate is made at the Hershey Chocolate Factory and Visit the Amish Country and Surrounding area. Take a horse & buggy ride. Relax at the pool after a fun-filled day.    (Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guests' availability)                                                                                                                                                                                     


Fast developing into one of the most popular New Jersey events. The Balloon Festival features top name bands, great entertainment, great food and yes, all sorts of giant balloons. Snacks and lunch included.                                                        

ARVTS ANNUAL PICNIC BUFFET ( This event is presently Cancelled)

Picnic with us at The Forest Lodge in Warren NJ. The daily events include swimming, basketball, soccer, ping pong. horseshoes, dancing and much more for a full day of excitement and entertainment. The Day long Buffet  is always a hit with all of our guests.

MYRTLE BEACH South Carolina

5 nights 6 days. One of our favorite places to go. Swim, fine dining, shop at Broadway on the Beach, take a boat ride, visit a zoo and an alligator farm. Laugh at the Dixie Stampede Dinner Theater, take in a show at the Alabama Theater to see Legends in Concert and much more.  (Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guests' availability)                                                                                                                                       


Meet the builder! What a magical world of thousands of mythical trains this man has created. For any train buff, this is A "Guinness Book" train display not to be missed. Short train ride and lunch included.                                                                         


Cruise to the Bahamas leaving from a New York City area port. Ports of Call may include Miami, Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. Visit South Beach, Cape Canaveral Space Center, Disney World and or try your luck at the Atlantis Hotel & Casino in Nassau or just spend a day in the sun. (A Day excursion to Disney World $150.00 extra and or swim with the Dolphins is $175.00 extra,  based  upon availability, so book early! Passport required .

 (Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guest availability)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


For those who would like to try their luck at a casino a little closer to home. Join us for Lunch, dinner, and $10.00 for gaming will be included.                                                                     


Travel to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania for a day with the Irish. Music, short stories, specialty shops and much more. Lunch, admission and snacks are included.                                                                      


Tour the newly-developed waterfront including a boat, submarine and museum. Dining at some of Philadelphias' best restaurants. Relax and swim at your hotels indoor pool. See classic sites including the Liberty Bell and the Philadeliphia Mint where there will be Time for souvenir shopping.  3 Days 2 Nights  (Call With Interest as we will schedule this once a year event around our interested participating guest availability)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

CAPE MAY New Jersey

Spend Columbus Day weekend or other dates and times throughout the year with us. Go to Atlantic City and try Lady Luck and the surprisingly fun Cape May Lima Bean Festival or other annual activities. Shop, enjoy a meal on the Cape May Ferry, after a day at the Cape May Zoo.                                                                    


For those looking for rides and Safari adventure closer to home, look no further. Picnic lunch and park dinner included. Halloween Fright Fest makes this even more exciting.                                                                      


You have never seen anything like this! Additionally, you will experience first-hand, Bourbon Street ( not for the faint of heart!)  the French Quarter, local Cajun foods, live Jazz music, a Mississippi boat ride, a visit to the casino, the zoo, aquarium and more...a vacation not to be missed!                                                        


Rides, a show at the Alabama Theater, Broadway at the Beach, indoor swimming, the Dixie Stampede and a home style turkey dinner await you in this beautiful oceanfront vacation package.

Nov TBA (Call With Interest) 5 Days 4 Nights                                       

 ARVTS  Annual HOLIDAY PARTY  Dinner & Dance

Join our agency as we pick you up in style for this formal event. Lunch at the Birchwood Manor, dance the day away to live DJ music. Bring your spare change and try your luck at the many raffle tables which will be available.                                                              


Disney at Christmas is a very special time of the Year.  Extra music, dazzling shows, decorations and more. 4 nights 5 days in the Wonderful World of Disney. Delight to the ever-changing Magic Kingdom and see Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom.  Choose from the Spectacle of Lights at MGM or the Candlelight Processional at Epcot .  (This event has Limited availability so please book early)                                                                                    



First Class transportation to NYC. Take in the famous Radio City Music Hall show with the World Famous  Rockettes. Stop at Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree on your way to fine dining.  This is a limited availability event.           

Please call for info: 1-732-636-6711 or continue to check the 

web-site for additional Vacation adventures. 

Note: All recreation and vacation packages are subject to change and/or cancellation. ARVTS is based in Central New Jersey. Van transportation pickup and drop-off apply only to our local region. Call (732)636-6711 to find out if you are in our transportation catchment area, or if you would like to be placed on our mailing or E-Mail list. (If you are not in our transportation catchment area, a pickup/drop off location may be provided WITHIN OUR PICK-UP AREA upon request.)




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