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Activities and Entertainment Guide

{ North Jersey }

ATTRACTIONS

Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry from Liberty

State Park

Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305.

This site offers visitor center, a playground,

liberty walk, lookout point, and

nature trail.

Historic Sites & Monuments

Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal

Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ 07305

This historical site gives a glimpse into the grand

past of the Central New Jersey Railroad and its

influences and effects on the region.

Fort Lee Historic Park & Museum

Hudson Terrace, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

201-461-1776

33 acres atop the Palisades. Includes a visitor center and museum, reconstructed 18th century soldier hut and campsite, and reconstructed gun batteries. Open Wednesday- Sunday.

Hermitage

335 N. Franklin Tpke. Ho Ho Kus, NJ

201-445-0437

National Historic Landmark c. 1760 sandstone

house, remodeled in 1847 by noted architect

William H. Ranlett. Tours are offered

Wednesday- Sunday.

Liberty State Park

Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07302

201-915-3403

Located only 2,000 feet from the Statue of

Liberty, an enduring icon of America and freedom,

this park pays homage to and offers information

about the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island.

Military Park

Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07101, Between Rector

Street and Raymond Boulevard

This park was first designed as a training field for

soldiers when the city was planned in 1667.

Passaic County Historical Society-Lambert Castle

Valley Rd. Paterson, NJ 07503

973-247-0085

The Passaic County Historical Society was founded in 1926 to “cultivate interest among individuals in the community at large in the history of Passaic County.” In an effort to achieve this objective the PCHS, a private non-profit organization, maintains a library and museum housed in a unique castle in Garret Mountain Reservation, a county park, overlooking Paterson, NJ.

Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey

400 Fred Wehran Dr, Teterboro, NJ 07608

201-288-6344 Open Tues – Sun

Located at the Teterboro Airport, one of the busiest

facilities in the area. The museum is situated on the

east side of airport, next to the new control tower in

an independent facility where visitors can hear

directions for incoming and outgoing aircraft.

Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, NJ

(973) 655-2378 Wed – Sun

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center is a museum on the campus of Montclair State University. It serves to honor the career of Yogi Berra, who played for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The museum, which contains artifacts from Berra’s career, is adjacent to Yogi Berra Stadium.

Meadowlands Museum

91 Crane Ave. Rutherford, NJ

201-935-1175

Exhibits include antique toys, rocks and minerals, a pre-electric kitchen and 19th-century artifacts. Closed on Fridays.

Parks

Branch Brook Park

Heller Pkwy, City Subway, Newark, NJ 07104

973-643-1611

Designed by the Olmstead brothers, this park encompasses 360 acres and is about four miles long. Wandering paths, lake, and winding streams feature predominantly, but perhaps the crowning glory of Branch Brook Park is its cherry trees. Thousands flock to the park’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, held during peak bloom time in April. They also enjoy playgrounds, ballfields, tennis, a roller rink, and horseshoes.

Military Park

60 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102

973-733-9333

This six-acre downtown park was originally a training

site for Newark’s militia in the 17th century.

Dahnert’s Lake County Park

Midland Avenue, Garfield, NJ

Dahnert’s Lake County Park provides an oasis of recreational activities on 10 acres of land in a busy urban center. Please be advised that only street parking is available.

Pascack Brook County Park

Emerson Road, Westwood, NJ

Uncrowded and off the beaten path, Pascack Brook

County Park offers a number of activities within its

79 acres.

Riverside County Park

Lyndhurst and North Arlington

Riverside County Park stretches some 85 level acres

along the Passaic River in the municipalities

of Lyndhurst and North Arlington

Saddle River County Park

Saddle River Road, Saddle Brook, NJ

The park is divided into several areas, with picnic

areas, playing fields, bike path, fishing.

South Mountain Reservation

South Mountain Reservation is on the west branch of

the Rahway River

2,047 acres with zoo, trails, fishing, picnic areas.

Van Saun Park

216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ

Multi-use pathway/Bicycle – Pedestrian Path:

Winding through Van Saun County Park, this 1.5-mile trail takes you by the nationally accredited Bergen County Zoological Park, historic Washington Spring Garden, the Millennium Carousel (fee), miniature train ride, and Walden Pond.

Science & Technology

Liberty Science Center

251 Phillip Street, Jersey City, NJ 07305

201-200-1000

Bergen County Zoological Park

216 Forest Avenue Paramus, NJ 07652

201-262-3771

This great zoo, located in Van Saun County Park, is

home to a wide variety of wild and domestic animals,

living in recreated habitats natural to each

species.

Turtle Back Zoo and Education Center, Safari Mini Golf, Pirate’s Playground and Treetop Adventure Ropes Course

560 Northfield Ave. West Orange, NJ 07052

973-731-5800

Turtle Back Zoo is quickly becoming the pride of Essex County, earning a reputation as one of the recreational and educational jewels of the region as well as one of New Jersey’s prime zoological resources. Combining a park-like setting with amenities that cater to both visitor and animal comfort, Turtle Back Zoo is a destination that can truly be enjoyed by all. While you’re visiting, enjoy miniature golf at the adjacent Safari Mini Golf course, bring your children to the Pirate’s Playground, located around the corner on Pleasant Valley Way or challenge your family at the Treetop Adventure Ropes Course.

Great Falls

65 McBride Ave, Paterson, NJ 07501

973-279-9587

Start your visit here with a stop at the Great Falls

Visitor Center, where you’ll learn more about the

falls, and the long industrial history of the region.

 

{ Manhattan }

ATTRACTIONS

New York Skyride

350 5th Avenue & 33rd St. NY NY 10118

212-279-9777

A big-screen thrill ride of New York City located on the second floor of the Empire State Building. You’ll travel over, under, and even through some of New York’s most spectacular sights. It’s the most exciting way to experience the “Real New York.”

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

550 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022

212-833-8100

Visitors of all ages will enjoy these four floors of hands-on, multimedia exhibits on communication technology. Closed Sunday and Monday. Free admission!

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

Hudson River at West 46th St. and 12th Ave. Pier 86

NY NY

877-957-SHIP

This World War II aircraft carrier, now a National Historic Landmark, depicts WWII history, the modern Navy, outer space, deep-sea exploration and early aviation. Also open with guides are the submarine USS Growler, the destroyer USS Edison, the lightship Nantucket, destroyer Escort Slater, and research vessel Elizabeth M. Fisher. Among the more than 40 aircraft on display are the world’s fastest plane, A-12 Blackbird, and a MIG-21 jet.

American Girl Place

609 Fifth Ave. at 49th St. NY NY

Come spend a day you’ll never forget-at American Girl Place. It is much more than a store. It’s a place for magical experiences and memories you’ll cherish forever. Join for The American Girls terrific special events, including the Mother-Daughter Book Club and the Doll Hair Salon Spectacular.

The Roosevelt Island Tramway

591 Main St. Roosevelt Island NY 10044

212-832-4543

Manhattan terminal at E 60th St. and 2d Ave.

The Roosevelt Island Tramway was opened in 1976 as a means to shuttle residents to and from Manhattan. It was intended to reduce resident frustration with the New York City Transit Authority, who had made unsuccessful plans to provide subway service from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan and Queens. The Tram has provided over 20 million passengers with a breathtaking view of New York as they are quickly shuttled between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan. It holds 125 persons and is the only commuter cable car in North America. It travels a distance of 3,100 feet at an average speed of 16 mph in 4 1/2 minutes, at a maximum height of 250 feet and travels parallel and above Queensboro Bridge, linking Long Island City, Queens, and 59th Street in Manhattan.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Pier 83, W. 42nd St. at 12th Ave. NY, NY

212-563-3200

It’s best known for its comprehensive three-hour

tour that loops completely around Manhattan

accompanied by lively narration. There is also a

two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise as well as an evening

Harbor Lights Cruise. For something completely

different, grab a seat on the Beast, a 30-minute

speedboat ride.

Conservatory Garden

Central Park/Entrance at 105th St. &

Fifth Ave., NY, NY

212-360-2766

Six lush acres of New York City’s only formal

European-style garden, with the most varied collection

of floral in Manhattan.

Statue of Liberty

1-877-523-9849

The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States

in honor of the friendship established during the

French Revolution. The Statue of Liberty has

become an American symbol of freedom and welcome

to the immigrants who come to the USA looking

for a better life.

This grand lady has welcomed millions of foreigners

coming to seek freedom and opportunity in

America.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum,

Located in the NY Harbor

212-883-1986

Located just a few hundred yards north of the

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island stands as a constant

reminder of our nation’s immigrant heritage. See

the American Immigrant Wall of Honor, museum,

displays, and films when you take a tour.

Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Ave. at 36th St. NY NY 10016

212-685-0008

This library contains one of the world’s finest collections

of manuscripts, printed books, documents,

historical documents, prints and drawings.

NY Public Library

Fifth Ave. & 42nd St. NY NY

212-930-0730

Beautiful and majestic library offering hundreds of

specialized services with 85 neighborhood branches

and four research libraries available.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Library

Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. NY NY 10018

212-930-0830/869-8089

Six-million-volume library with extensive rare

book, manuscript, and archival collections.

Museum of Jewish Heritage -A

Living Memorial to the Holocaust

36 Battery Place in Battery Park City,

NY, NY 10004

1-646-437-4200

The 20th-century Jewish experience before, during,

and after the Holocaust as described through

personal accounts, artifacts, photos, and film. Audio

tours, gift shop. Subway Services: 1, 9 to Rector St;

4, 5 to Bowling Green; R, W to Whitehall Street.

Bus Services: M9, M20

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Ave. NY NY 10128

212-423-3200

Devoted to Jewish art and culture, this museum shows over 4,000 years of history through its ancient and modern exhibits and artifacts. Closed Weds.

Yeshiva University Museum

15 16th St. NY NY 10011

212-294-8330

Dramatic exhibitions and thought-provoking

programs exploring all aspects of

Jewish art, culture, and history are

available.

American Museum of

Natural History/Planetarium

Central Park West at 79th St.,

NY, NY 10024

212-769-5100

One of the largest and most innovative natural history museums in the world, this museum includes The Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, The Rose Center, and fascinating changing exhibits.

Children’s Museum of

Manhattan-The Tisch

Building

212 West 83rd St. between Broadway and

Amsterdam Ave., NY, NY 10024

212-721-1234

This is a fantastic “hands-on” museum with all sorts of activities, plus creative and well-designed exhibits. You also will find storytelling, workshops and other events going on during the day. Closed on Mondays.

NY City Fire Museum

278 Spring St. (between Varick and Hudson

Sts.). NY NY

212-691-1303

This renovated 1904 firehouse is the

home of the combined collection of the

Fire Department and the Home

Insurance Company. It is one of the

nation’s most comprehensive collections

of firefighting memorabilia. Closed on

Mondays.

Lower East Side

Tenement Museum

91 Orchard St. NY NY 10002

212-982-8420 Children under 6 not permitted

The historic gateway to America,

Manhattan’s Lower East Side is home to

the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

In the 19th century, millions of

European immigrants poured into New

York Harbor. A tour of the Tenement at

97 Orchard Street illustrates the way of

life for many of these new arrivals. All

tours begin at 90 Orchard Street.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Ave. at 103rd St. NY NY 10029

212-534-1672

The Museum of the City of New York

(MCNY) was established in 1923 with

the mission to collect, preserve and

present pieces related to the original

culture and history of New York City.

NYC Police Museum

100 Old Slip & South St. NY NY 10005

212-480-3100

The New York Police Museum is housed

in the historic building that contained

NYPD’s 1st Precinct.

New York Historical Society

170 Central Park West NY NY 10024

212-873-3400

Library and museum of New York history

featuring fine, decorative, and diverse

art plus one of the oldest research

libraries in the US. The museum also

features a landmark park-like auditorium.

Closed on Mondays.

South Street Seaport Museum

12 Fulton Street. NY NY

212-748-8786

This museum is actually an 11-squareblock

historic district in the South

Street Seaport area of Lower

Manhattan. Aside from the 18th- and

19th-century buildings, visitors can

explore old schooners, three galleries,

and a 19th-century style print shop.

Museum is open Open Tuesday-

Sunday 10-6

National Museum of the American Indian,

Smithsonian Institution

One Bowling Green NY NY

212-514-3700

Inside this beaux-arts building, which

once served as the U.S. Custom House,

is the largest collection of cultural artifacts

in the world dedicated to North,

Central, and South American Indians.

Included in the displays are works relating

to pottery, masks, jewelry, mosaics,

carvings, and textiles. Free admission!

The Museum of American Financial History

48 Wall St. NY NY 10004

212-908-4519

Founded in 1988 to bring alive America’s

financial history to students, policy

makers, the media, and the general public.

The Museum chronicles the role of

finance and the capital markets; and

preserves, research, and collects financial

artifacts. Closed on Sunday and

Monday.

International Center of Photography

1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street

NY NY

212-857-0000

This museum focuses on photography as

an aesthetic medium as well as how it

has been used in relation to history and

its effects on the social environment. It

is the only museum in New York exclusively

devoted to photography. Closed

Mondays.

The Skyscraper Museum

39 Battery Pl. NY NY

212-968-1961

The Skyscraper Museum is a non-profit,

educational institution dedicated to the

the study of high-rise buildings of the

past, present, and future. Focus is placed

upon local New York City architecture

and its historical aspects. Open

Wednesday- Sunday.

The American Numismatic Society

75 Varick Street, 11th floor. NY NY 10013

212-571-4470

The American Numismatic Society,

founded in 1858, is a non-profit international

center for the preservation and

study of coins, medals and paper money.

The ANS collection contains close to

one million objects and spans all periods

and geographic areas. These are combined

with the world’s finest numismatic

library. Both the collection and the

library are open to the public with

appointment.

Center For Jewish History

15 W. 16th St. NY NY 10011

212-294-8301

Embodies the unique partnership of 5

major institutions of Jewish scholarship,

history & art: American Jewish

Historical Society, American Sephardi

Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva

University Museum & YIVO Institute

for Jewish Research. Created as a central

repository for the cultural & historical

legacy of the Jewish people, the

Center houses an enormous collection

of archival documents, objects of art &

other materials.

Parks & Gardens

Battery Park

Battery Pl. to South St. / Broadway / Cross

Sts. At State St. NY NY 10004

212-360-3456

Named for the battery of cannons that

once guarded New York, Battery Park

dominates the southern tip of

Manhattan. The park is a good jumping on

point for tours of Ellis Island, Staten

Island and the Statue of Liberty, and it is

the best place to view the convergence

of the Hudson and East Rivers. Castle

Clinton, built as a fort in 1807, was later

redesigned as the first U.S. monument to

World War I veterans. The park is a

great place for an outdoor picnic or

walking tour.

Bryant Park

Bryant Park is situated behind the New

York Public Library in midtown Manhattan,

between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth

and Sixth Aves. NY, NY 10036

212-768-4242

This is the largest illuminated park in

the world and the site of the first World’s

Fair (1853-54). Midtown workers have

found this park, with its gravel paths and

movable green iron chairs, to be a great

lunch spot. The park draws thousands of

visitors daily during the warmer months.

Bowling Green

Bowling Green is a small public park in

Lower Manhattan at the foot of

Broadway next to the site of the original

Dutch fort.

It is the oldest existing public park in

New York City.

The park is a wedge-shaped plaza,

formed by the convergence of Whitehall

Street and Broadway, of which the park

forms the southern terminus. A portion

of the park is a fenced-in grassy area

with tables and chairs that are popular

lunchtime destinations for local workers

in the nearby Financial District.

Central Park

59th St to 110th St. Central Park W and 5th

Ave. between Central Park N & Central

Park S, NY NY 10022

212-360-3456

This famed 843-acre rectangular park

offers a variety of beautiful recreational

opportunities amid the bustle of

Gotham. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers

use the park daily. Kids young and

old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial

Carousel (near 65th Street), and the

Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street)

affords great views of the city.

The Central Park Wildlife Center (Zoo)

at 5th Avenue and East 64th Street 1-

212-861-6030 is open daily year-round.

A ticket from CPWC gets you in free to

the nearby Tisch Children’s Zoo. Race

mini-yachts or rent a boat of your own at

Conservatory Water (near 5th Avenue

and 74th Street).

Damrosch Park – Lincoln Center

62nd St. near Amsterdam Ave. NY NY

Damrosch Park is located at the southwest

corner of the Lincoln Center Plaza,

at 62nd Street near Amsterdam Avenue.

DeWitt Clinton Park

West 52nd-54th Sts. between 11th and 12th

Aves. NY,NY

De Witt Clinton Park is a truly family friendly

park. Because of 1996 improvements

to its Erie Canal Playground, one

can find play equipment, safety surfacing,

painted games, swings, benches,

drinking fountains, concrete play mules

(named Sal, Pal and Gal) and a frog

spray shower within the play area.

Fort Tryon Park

Riverside Dr to Hudson River NY, NY

10040

212-408-0100

Cross Streets Between W 192nd St and

Dyckman Street / Fort Washington Ave,

at Margaret Corbin Cir, NY NY 10040

The 60-plus acre park surrounding historic

Fort Tryon, one of the last strongholds

to resist the British invasion of

New York in 1776, offers spectacular

views of the Hudson River and the

George Washington Bridge. The park

itself is a beautiful landscape filled with

trees, lawns and rock gardens designed

by Frederick Law.

Gramercy Park

Lexington Ave. New York, NY 10003

Cross Streets Between 20th Street and

21st Street / Irving Pl.

A cast-iron fence completely surrounds

the tranquil grounds of Gramercy Park,

one of the only private parks still

remaining on Manhattan Island. The

two-acre park dates from 1831 and is

flanked by numerous grand homes.

Gantry Plaza State Park

49th Street and East River Drive NY NY

10031

718-786-6385

This park comprises four restored piers

which afford visitors a good view of the

Manhattan skyline, including the

Empire State Building and the United

Nations building. Basketball courts,

playgrounds and a fishing pier with

cleaning table are all provided for visitor

enjoyment.

Carl Schurz Park / Gracie Mansion

East 84 to East 90 St., East End Ave. to

East River, NY NY

212-570-4751

This 1799-built home has served as the

official residence for New York’s mayors

since 1942.

Hudson River Park

Gregory Farrell Hudson River to West Side

Hwy. NY, NY 10011

212-533-7275

Cross Streets Between Battery Park City

and 59th St. / Battery Pl and Harrison St.

Manhattan kids love to play in this park.

The park also houses playgrounds,

promenades and walkways. Downtown

residents frequent the park for great

views of both the harbor and The Statue

of Liberty. There are also several handball

and basketball courts for a quick

pick-up game.

Little Red Lighthouse-Fort Washington Park

178th St. at Hudson River NY NY 10034

212-304-2365 / 800-201-7275

Along the Hudson River, under the base

of the east tower of the George

Washington Bridge, lies the little Little

Red Lighthouse.

Built in 1880 in Sandy Hook, NJ, the

lighthouse was moved to its present site

in 1921. After the completion of the

George Washington Bridge, the lighthouse

was no longer needed and it was

decommissioned in 1932.

In 1951 when the City planned to demolish

the lighthouse, popular support

came to its rescue. The lighthouse was

restored with City funds in 1982.

Riverbank State Park

679 Riverside Drive NY NY 10031

212-694-3600

Two park entrance bridges span the

Henry Hudson Parkway from Riverside

Dr. and lead to the rooftop park. At West

145th St., stairs or an elevator provide

access to the park from the lower riverfront

level. This park provides a myriad

of activities and recreation in the heart

of NYC.

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park

Between Battery Pl and the Hudson River,

NY NY 10280

212-267-9700

Operated by the Battery Park City Parks

Conservancy, Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park

is part of the series of parks that stretches

from Historic Battery Park to the

World Financial Center. This park also

features the Museum of Jewish

Heritage. Visitors can spend hours walking

along the beautifully manicured

lawns and gardens.

Union Square Park

Park Ave. at Broadway / 14th St to 17th St.

NY NY 10003

Union Square is an important and historic

intersection in New York City.

Union Square was located where

Broadway and the Bowery Lane came

together in the early 19th century. Today

it is bound by 14th St., Union Square

East, 17th St., and Union Square West.

Washington Square Park

Cross Sts. Between MacDougal St. and

University Place / Greenwich Village NY

NY One of the central attractions in

Greenwich Village, Washington Square

provides respite from the hustle of the

day. Within the park, the Washington

Arch can be found.

Sights & Activities

Staten Island Ferry

Whitehall St. NY, NY 10004

1-718-390-5253

Leaving Manhattan, you gaze at the most

enduring symbol of the city, the Statue of

Liberty, ahead on the right, with the sleek

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge dominating

the left. The magnificence of the Brooklyn

Bridge soon completes the view behind

you on the right. Once at the terminal on

the Staten Island side, just grab a departing

boat and enjoy the dramatic view in

reverse. The Ferry Terminal on Peter

Minuit Plaza is at the end of South and

State Streets. Vehicles are no longer

allowed on the ferry.

Grand Central Terminal

87 E 42nd St. at Park Ave. NY NY 10017

212-935-3960

Said to be “Manhattan’s only remaining

great gateway,” Grand Central Terminal

(not “station” as it is so often mistakenly

called) is a magnificent example of art

meeting functionality. Sixty integrated

railroad tracks act as a transport hub for

over 500,000 people daily, including commuters

from CT and NJ.

MTA Metro-North Railroad, which operates

the Terminal, has teamed up with

Orpheo USA, one of the world’s most

experienced producers of audio tours, to

give tourists, travelers and locals alike a

history of the terminal filled with interesting

details and insights.

Statue of Liberty / Ellis

Island Immigration Museum

NY Harbor, NY NY 10004

212-269-5755/-363-3200

These two sights represent freedom for millions of people, and the Statue of Liberty, a 450,000-pound gift from the people of France, is a must-see for anyone visiting the Big Apple. Access to the islands is via a Circle Lines ferry, and a (free) timed pass is required. Ranger-led tours detail the history and technical aspects of the statue. Inside the base of Lady Liberty you’ll find a number of exhibits and concessions, and from the observation deck the city and harbor views are unbeatable. Circle Lines recommends that guests arrive at least two hours in advance of their scheduled departure time.

Empire State Building

350 Fifth Ave. at 34th St. NY NY 10118

212-736-3100

One of the world’s most famous skyscrapers is easily recognized by its strong, slender ascent into the NY sky. The building opened in 1931 at a cost of $41 million after about a year of construction, making it the fastest development of any major skyscraper (4.5 stories per week). At 1,450 feet and currently the ninth-tallest building in the world, this landmark soars more than a quarter mile into the Manhattan atmosphere. Observation decks are on the 86th and 102nd floors. The lower deck is probably the better spot for the best views. On clear days, there can be an amazing 80-mile visibility. The upper deck is good too, just smaller and glassed in. Also available is a virtual trip around the city on the NY Skyride, an exciting thrill-ride simulated helicopter experience.

47th Street – Diamond District NY

The Diamond District is the world’s largest shopping district for all sizes and shapes of diamonds and fine jewelry at tremendous prices and value. The United States is the world’s largest consumer market for diamonds. Over 90 percent of the diamonds that enter this country go through NYC and most of them go through the Diamond District. More than 2,600 independent businesses are located in the Diamond District. Tours are every Wednesday morning. Duration: about 1 hour. Tour starts at: 2 West 47th St. (outside the National Jewelers Exchange). Reservation are required: Call 212-398-3087

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge Commentary

It is Roebling’s 1840 patent for the insitu

spinning of wire rope that has to

be recognized as one of the decisive

breakthroughs in modern suspension

bridge technology. Brooklyn Bridge,

whose construction ran through two

generations of Roeblings between 1869

and its completion in 1883.

Federal Reserve Bank of NY

33 Liberty Street. NY NY

212-720-6130/5000

Public tours include an overview of the

Federal Reserve system, a video of the

currency processing system and a tour

of the vault which holds one-fourth of

the world’s known monetary gold

reserves. Reservations are required.

Open Monday- Friday.

City Hall

Broadway (Chambers St. / Park Pl.) and

Park Row (downtown) NY NY 10007

212-788-9600

City Hall Park at Broadway and Murray Street has been the seat of New York’s Municipal Government since 1811. The domed building is an outstanding example of Federal period architecture.

Supreme Court of NY

60 Centre St. NY NY

212-374-4780

Learn about the legal system by participating

in a question and answer session

and witnessing an actual trial in

progress. Under the building’s dome,

the story of law is told via paintings

done by the Works Progress

Administration in the 1930s. Group

tours by appointment. Open Monday-

Friday.

Roosevelt Island

Borough of Manhattan, NYC SE NY in

East River opposite midtown Manhattan.

Isl. is 1.75 mi long and only 800 ft.

wide at its widest point; 147 acres in

area. In 19th and 20th centuries, as

city property, it housed a poorhouse, a

jail, and hospitals. In 1921, the prison

was moved to Rikers Island, and the

name was changed from Blackwell’s

Island to Welfare Isl. In 1971 the

State’s Urban Development Corp.

decided to convert the island to a high density

residential community; severe

fiscal and management problems

caused only 2,138 housing units to be

built. Yet, the result has been a pleasing,

successful project accessible by

subway, by car from Ravenswood,

Queens, via the Roosevelt Isl. Bridge

(built 1955), and by an aerial tramway

from a terminal at E 60th St. and 2d

Ave. in Manhattan.

Federal Hall National

Monument

Wall St and Nassau St. NY NY 10005

212-825-6888

Where the historic Customs House

(1834) now stands was once a building

that served as the setting for some of

the most significant events in our

country’s early history. The Federal

Hall was the site of the swearing-in of

George Washington as the country’s

first President on April 30, 1789.

Today, a statue commemorates the

place and date of this event. The first

Congress also met here until 1790 and

drafted the Bill of Rights. After the

capital moved to Philadelphia in 1790,

the building served as city hall until its

demolition in 1812.

United Nations

First Ave. between 42nd and 48th St. NY

NY

Established after World War II in an

effort to maintain world peace, this 18-

acre complex houses the world body of

nations and includes the 39-story

Secretariat Building, the domed

General Assembly, the Conference

Building, the U.N. Gardens and the

Dag Hammarskjold Library.

Winter Garden

Next to Ground Zero, by Battery Park,

NY NY

It is an indoor garden with very tall

palm trees (it’s 2 floors)

The ground floor of the World

Financial Center and portions of the

second floor include a mall featuring

the Winter Garden as its center point.

Visitors Information

Visitors Information Center

Downtown City Hall Park Visitor

Information Kiosk

Southern tip of City Hall Park on the

Broadway sidewalk at Park Row.

212-484-1222

As the visitor gateway to Lower

Manhattan, the new City Hall Park

Visitor Information. Kiosk will promote

downtown tourism, with a multi-lingual

staff distributing detailed visitor information

including directions, attraction

brochures, maps and more.

Midtown NY City’s Official Visitor Information Center

810 Seventh Ave. between 52nd & 53rd Sts.

NY NY

212-484-1222

NY City’s Official Visitor Information

Center is the city’s official source for

information on everything there is to do

and see in NY City including hotels,

sightseeing, attractions, tours, and

transportation. The Center features free

brochures, discount coupons to attractions,

multilingual visitor information

counselors, ATM, and MetroCard vending machine.

Tours

Apple Tours

800-876-9868/212-944-9200/-512-0555

Big Apple Greeters

212-669-8159

Double Decker Bus Tours

1040 Ave. of the Americas NY NY 10018

212-944-9200

Funaway Bus Tours

400 Tiffany St. Bronx, NY 10474

1-718-893-9400

Gray Line Tours

Eight Ave. & 42nd St. (at Port Authority)

NY, NY

212-397-2600/445-0848

Marvelous Manhattan

Tours

86-44 110th St.

Jamaica, NY 11418 718-846-9308

NY City Tours

400 West 50th St. NY, NY 10019

212-262-3505

Big Taxi Tours

718-706-TOUR

CitySights NY

212-812-2700

Carriage Tours

Central Park South & 59th Street

212-360-2727

Park Tours

Central Park

212-360-2727

Union Square Walking Tour

212-460-1200

Urban Park Rangers

1-866-692-4295

Bike Rentals

Central Park Bike Rentals

Loeb Boathouse – Central Park mid-east &

74th St. NY NY

212-861-4137

Big Apple’s

2 Columbus Circle / Corner of West 59th

St. and Broadway NY NY

212-541-8759

Bike and Roll

Pier 84, Hudson River Park at 44th St.

212-260-0400

Explore the city of New York and take

on the Hudson River Greenway to

explore sites like the Brooklyn Bridge,

Battery Park, and Riverside Park, or visit

famous landmarks and locations like

Central Park, Chinatown, and the Ellis

Island ferry. while avoiding the city traffic

with Bike and Roll New York City.

With more than 25 miles of off-street

trails in Manhattan, the opportunities

for your pedal powered adventures are

almost endless.

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Flight Services

Downtown Manhattan Heliport Pier 6 and

the East River, NY NY 10004

212-355-0801/888-WE-FLY-NY

Flights depart from the Downtown

Manhattan Heliport on weekdays, and

from the West 30th Street Heliport on

weekends.

For those hoping to see the city with

new eyes, Helicopter Flight Services has

just the ticket. Their twelve- to twentyone-

minute tours gives a breathtaking

view from the sky of NY Harbor, the

Statue of Liberty, and the Financial

District.

Liberty Helicopters, Inc.

Downtown Manhattan Heliport Pier 6 and

the East River, NY, NY 10004

212-967-6464

‘From Our Point of View, NY Is More

Than Spectacular!’ Fly with the winner

of the Helicopter Association’s Safety

Award past New York’s most famous

landmarks, day or night, year round.

Pilot narration available upon request.

Water Tours

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Pier 83, W. 42nd St. at 12th Ave.

212-563-3200

Is best known for its comprehensive

three-hour tour that loops completely

around Manhattan accompanied by lively

narration. There is also a two-hour

Semi-Circle Cruise as well as an evening

Harbor Lights Cruise. For something

completely different, grab a seat on The

Beast, a 30-minute speedboat ride.

Spirit of NY

Pier 62, Chelsea Piers, West 23rd St.,

NY NY 10011

212-727-2789

When looking for a great time with a different

point of view, look no further

than Spirit of New York. Step aboard one

of the magnificent Spirit ships for an

afternoon or evening of unparalleled

cruising fun. Trips leave from Chelsea

Piers in Manhattan or from the dock in

Weehawken, NJ.

The boat is located at Liberty Landing

Marina in Jersey City, just a ferry ride

away from the World Financial Center

and sailing in summer and winter.

Liberty Sailing Charters

Hudson River at Pier 63 NY NY

203-838-5230

Lets you experience the feeling of being

an America’s Cup sailor as you board

America II, a 12-meter yacht that sailed

in the 1987 race. If you are looking for a

unique, unforgettable outing with

clients, guests or friends, this is an ideal

experience.

NY Water Taxi

212-742-1969

Has a fleet of bright yellow 75-passenger

catamarans that have scheduled stops.

They’re a fun, convenient option for

traveling around the West Side, Lower

Manhattan, and Downtown Brooklyn

waterfronts without ever having to stop

for a traffic light.

NY Waterway

Pier 78, W. 38th St. at 12th Ave.

800-533-3779

Offers everything from two-hour tours

around Manhattan to full-day journeys

to the Hudson Valley to visit Kykuit, the

Rockefeller estate.

Classic Harbor Line

Pier 62, Chelsea Piers, W. 23rd St.

at 12th Ave. NY NY

646-336-5270

Has massive sails, a wooden hull, and a

low-to-the-water design for an incredible

perspective from which to view NYC

landmarks.

Staten Island Ferry

718-815-BOAT

Travels from Whitehall Street in Lower

Manhattan to St. George on Staten

Island, leaving approximately every half

hour. The 5.2-mile trip offers inspiring

view of the Statue of Liberty and the

Manhattan skyline.

Green Brook Falls

Palisades Interstate Park, north of

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Hard to view from the NJ side of the

Hudson River – but too far away to view

adequately from the NY side, Green

Brook Falls cascades about 200 feet

down the Palisades, almost in secret.

About 2.5 miles north of the Englewood

Boat Basin (the nearest access point to

the Henry Hudson Parkway), one can

take the Shore Trail for a better view or

catch sight of it when crossing the

bridge over Green Brook.

From the Jersey side of the George

Washington Bridge, take US-9W to E.

Palisade in Englewood Cliffs (about 1.9

miles) and turn right off E. Palisade.

Follow the signs to the Henry Hudson

Parkway and then head north on the

Parkway. Green Brook Falls is almost 3

miles north.

 

{ Greater Monsey, NY }

ATTRACTIONS

Bear Mountain State Park

Palisades Parkway or Route 9W North,

Bear Mountain, NY 10911

845-786-2701

Fishing, picnicking, boating, ball fields,

basketball courts, hiking paths, bike

trails (starting at Dunderberg Mountain

and traveling South), Trailside

Museum/Zoo, Lodge/Inn. Open dawn

to dusk. (Call 845-786-2701 for details)

Ferris Wheel / Carousel

(Palisades Center)

3rd Floor Food Court, Rte. 59, Palisades

Center Mall

West Nyack, NY 10994

845-348-1000

Ferris Wheel is famous for its handmade,

deep relief carvings, enormously

large animated animals and its historical

rounding boards that carry 40 cherubs,

19 pheasants and 24 bunnies, burros and

dogs around and around. It has chariots

that have a nationwide reputation as

being among the very best ever carved.

(Open mall hours.)

Minetto’s Stonehedge Farm

220 Spook Rock Road

Suffern, NY 10901

845-357-8887

Indoor arena, riding lessons, boarding,

training, horse lessons. Closed Mondays.

Children’s Park

11 Grotke Road

Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

845-357-6100

Trails for walking and jogging, paddle

ball and tennis courts, a little league ball

field, a basketball court, a play area for

children, picnic tables. Covers an area

of 35 acres.

Tallman Mountain State Park

Route 9W NY

845-359-0544

Tallman Mountain State Park comprises

wooded country on the easterly slope of

the Palisades uplands overlooking the

Hudson and Piermont Marsh, which lies

between the river and the slope. The

marsh is part of the Hudson River

National Estuarine Research Reserve.

The park operates as a day-use area,

offering a running track, tennis courts,

playfield, cross country skiing, a walking

trail, hiking and picnic areas.

Harriman State Park

Off the Palisades Parkway NY

845-786-2701

Harriman State Park, located in

Rockland and Orange counties, is the

second-largest park in the parks system,

with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles

of hiking trails, three beaches, two public

camping areas, miles of streams and

scenic roads, and scores of wildlife

species, vistas and vantage points.

Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain, NY 10911

845-786-2701

Bear Mountain State Park is situated in

rugged mountains rising from the west

bank of the Hudson River. The historic

Bear Mountain Inn overlooks Hessian

Lake and provides overnight accommodations.

The park features a large play

field, shaded picnic groves, a dock on the

Hudson for mooring small craft, lake

and river fishing access, a swimming

pool, a zoo, hiking and biking.

Blauvelt State Park

Bear Mountain NY

Blauvelt State Park is 590 acres of forest-

green space in Rockland County.

High Tor State Park

Bear Mountain NY

High Tor State Park, a day-use facility

for picnicking, and hiking, affords spectacular

views of the Hudson River.

Highland Lakes State Park

Orange County, NY

Highland Lakes State Park consists of

more than 3,000 acres of undeveloped

woods and lakes in Orange County.

Visitors use the park for fishing, hiking,

horseback riding.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

New Paltz NY

Minnewaska State Park is situated in

Ulster County on the dramatic

Shawangunk Mountain Ridge that rises

more than 2,000 feet above sea level.

Rockland Lake State Park

Rockland Lake State Park’s lake is located

on a ridge of Hook Mountain above

the west bank of the Hudson River.

Sterling Forest® State Park

116 Old Forge Road

Tuxedo NY

Sterling Forest® State Park comprises

17,953 acres of nearly pristine natural

refuge amidst of one of the nation’s most

densely populated areas.

Storm King State Park

Bear Mountain NY

Storm King State Park offers unsurpassed

views of the Catskills and the

Hudson Valley. Hikers and hunters

enjoy this undisturbed green space.

Cherry Brook Park

Madison Avenue,

Pearl River, NY 10965

845-359-6503

Cherry Brook Park is on Madison Avenue in Pearl River, adjacent to Franklin Avenue Elementary School. Open dawn to dusk the 3.5-acre site was acquired in 1971 and dedicated as a park in 1974 The park includes four tennis courts, a walking path, a children’s play area, four handball-paddleball courts and a volleyball area.

Clark Recreation Center

Campbell Ave. & Cragmere Rd.

Airmont, NY 10901

845-357-6100

Picnicking, gardens, nature trails, playground,

basketball, shuffleboard, and

tennis.

Open dawn to dusk.

Dawn Lane Park

Dawn Lane

Airmont, NY 10952

845-357-6100

Walking path, natural area,

small neighborhood

playground. Open dawn to

dusk.

Emeline Park

End of Main St.

Haverstraw, NY 10927

845-429-0300

Waterfront access, paved walks, picnic

tables, track for walking or jogging,

fenced-in play area with dome climber,

slide, space module, spring animals and sprinkler

during the Summer. Open dawn to dusk.

Greenbush Center

Greenbush Road,

Orangeburg, NY 10962

845-359-6503

Playground and open playfield. Open dawn to dusk.

Grotke Park

11 Grotke Road

Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

845-357-6100

Basketball courts, tennis courts, pond, ball fields,

playground, walking paths open until dusk.

Haverstraw Bay Park

21 Gagan Road

Haverstraw, NY 10927

845-268-3020

Located on the Hudson Riverfront with an open-air pavilion, covered and uncovered picnic tables, paved walking trails, 3 fishing piers in fresh water pond, pedestrian footbridge, double-wide trailed boat launch, large children’s playground, Rockland County’s September 11th Memorial and Patriot Garden. Covering an area of 27 acres, it is the county’s first waterfront park. All facilities, including restrooms, are completely handicapped accessible.

Independence Park

Independence Avenue

Orangeburg, NY 10962

845-359-6503

Lighted tennis and basketball courts, playground

and paths. Open dawn to dusk.

Kings Park

Kings Highway

Congers, NY 10920

845-639-6200

Playground, 2 ponds, ball fields, basketball courts,

exercise trail. Open dawn to dusk.

Lorna Lane Park

Lorna Lane

Airmont, NY 10901

845-357-6100

Basketball court, children’s playground.

Open dawn to dusk.

Manny Welder Park

Route 306 to Maple Ave.

Monsey, NY 10952

845-357-6100

Several tennis and handball courts,

ball fields, children’s

playground, nature area, biking path.

Open dawn to dusk.

Nelson Memorial Park

Foot of Jefferson

Haverstraw, NY 10927

845-429-0300

Small park for children and

teens with basketball

and handball courts, swings, play area.

Open dawn to dusk.

Nyack Memorial Park

Piermont & Depew Avenues

Nyack, NY 10960

845-358-0548

On the shores of the Hudson and within

walking distance from the downtown

Nyack area, with children’s

playground, gazebo, tennis courts, butterfly

garden, small watercraft launch.

Orchard Hills Park

Pilgrim Lane

Monsey, NY 10952

845-357-6100

Tennis and handball courts,

ball field, basketball

court, children’s playground.

Open dawn to dusk.

 

{ Cherry Hill, NJ }

ATTRACTIONS

Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild

Safari- Chol Hamoed Passover

Spectacular

1 Six Flags Boulevard

Jackson, NJ 08527

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday of Chol Hamoed

For more information please call 201-862-0250. NCSY

exclusive park entrance on Monday and Tuesday.

Barclay Farmstead Museum

209 Barclay Ln. Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

856-795-6225

At this historic homestead that is listed on both the

New Jersey and National Registers of Historic

Places, a farm that dates to 1684, one may take

advantage of a chance to look through a “window to

the past” by taking a tour of the house, the blacksmith

shop, the corn crib, and other interesting features

on the site. Tours arranged by appointment.

Adventure Aquarium

1 Aquarium Dr. Camden, NJ 08103

800-616-5297

Adventure Aquarium has nearly 200,000 square

feet of sea life and wildlife. Visitors can explore the

West African River Experience featuring hippopotamuses,

crocodiles, porcupines and more than 20

species of African birds in a free-flight aviary, be

surrounded by sharks in a suspended

40-foot walkthrough tunnel.

Discover the wonders of the deep sea in the Jules

Verne Gallery.

Historic Croft Farm

100 Borton Mill-Evans Mill Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

856-488-7868

This 80-acre site was once the site of a working

farm and mill and a stop on the Underground

Railroad, and now functions as a vibrant arts center;

the grounds are centered around a sixteen room

farmhouse, the original section of which was constructed

in 1753. The site is now home to the Cherry

Hill Arts Center.

Camden County Historical Society

/Pomona Hall Park

Park Blvd. & Euclid Ave., Camden, NJ 08103

856-964-3333

The Camden County Historical Society is comprised

of a research library for conducting genealogical

and historical research, Pomona Hall, the 18th century

home of Camden County’s founding family,

the Cooper Family and the Camden County

Museum of History.

Public tours of Pomona Hall are available Thurs.

and Sun. and group tours are available by advance

reservation. Closed Monday and Tuesdays.

Goodwin Holocaust Museum &

Education Center

1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

856-751-9500

This education center features exhibits, and a variety

of educational materials and programs to educate

the public about the horrors of the Holocaust

in memoriam of those who lost their lives or loved

ones in the event, as well as in the hope that through

learning from the horrific crimes and mistakes of

the past that they will not be repeated.

Garden State Discovery Museum

2040 Springdale Rd.,Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

856-424-1233

This museum present a variety of hands-on exhibits

and activities for children up to ten years of age that

make learning exciting and fun, as well as hosting

special events, group visits, and more.

Camden Children’s Garden

856-365-8733

3 Riverside Dr.

Camden, NJ 08103

The Camden Children’s Garden was

built in 1989 and is designed for children

and families.This 4.5-acre garden

features a variety of themed educational

exhibits for children’s creative

and imaginative play. There’s a Giant

Picnic Garden, Storybook Gardens,

Red Oak Run and Tree House,

Cityscapes Garden and more! Enjoy

great indoor attractions including the

Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons

Butterfly House, Plaza de Aibonito,

our Puerto Rican tropical greenhouse

exhibit and Benjamin Franklin’s Secret

Garden and Workshop. Enjoy the

carousel, Arrow River Express Train

Ride and Spring Butterfly Ride. The

Garden is closed Monday-Wednesdays.

 

{Bridgeport, CT / Fairfield,CT}

Connecticut Audubon Center at Fairfield

2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, CT 06824

203-259-6305

Natural history exhibits including compounds for

non-releasable animals, reference library, and gift

shop in the nature center.

Connecticut Yankee Balloons

120 Flax Road, Fairfield, CT 06430

1203-255-1929

Enjoy our Hot-air balloon flights over the Litchfield

Hills, central Connecticut and the Housatonic and

Naugatuck River valleys, weather permitting.

Fairfield Historical Society Museum

636 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824

1-203-259-1598

Collections spanning 350 years of Fairfield history

featuring changing and permanent exhibitions.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610

1-203-394-6565

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo provides a wonderfully

wild. Open year-round and exhibiting almost 300

animals – including several endangered species

such as tigers and bears – the Zoo is a great place to

spend the day.

Discovery Museum and Planetarium

The 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

203-372-3521

There are many activities for the family to enjoy

here including a learning center with computer simulated

space missions, special shows, various

educational programs, and a planetarium. Open

daily except for Mondays.

{Stamford, CT }

Historic sites

Hoyt-Barnum House

713 Bedford St Stamford CT USA 06091

1-203-329-1183

Built in 1699, the Hoyt-Barnum House is made out

of wood and was originally a blacksmith’s home.

The house features some of the most unusual building

materials, such as clay, animal hair and straw

binding mixtures. Visits by appointment only.

The Jewish Historical Society Of

Greater Stamford

1035 Newfield Ave, Stamford, CT

1-203-322-5830

The Jewish Historical Society

of Lower Fairfield County serves

the communities of Stamford,

Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien

and Pound Ridge. JHS serves as our

community’s resource for discovering,

explaining, preserving, generating

interest in and enjoying Jewish history,

and works on preserving

the past and the present for the future.

Stratford Historical Society

967 Academy Hill, Stratford, CT 06615

1-203-378-0630

Located in the Judson House this museum exhibits

local Indian artifacts, early town government, the

town’s participation in the French and Indian War.

Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum

295 West Ave. Norwalk, CT 06850

1-203-838 9799

This fabulous 19th century mansion is one of the

most beautiful buildings in the world. Four stories

high and featuring a magnificent octagonal rotunda

surrounded by fifty beautifully decorated rooms,

the mansion surpasses any house of its era in size,

scope, and craftsmanship.Tours are offered

Wednesdays through Sundays.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903

1-203-322-1646

This 118 acre complex offers an exciting array of

experiences for individuals, families, and groups in

the fields of history, nature, and the arts. The

grounds include the Heckscher Farm, an early New

England Farm with a restored 1750 barn and pastures.

Six nature trails wind over wooded, rocky

hillsides, past ponds and stream.

History Center of Stamford, Fairfield County

1508 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903

1-203-329-1183

Sites include the Governor Thomas Fitch Law

Office, Cemetery, Schoolhouse, and Town House

Museum. A donation is requested from visitors.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

303 West Ave. Norwalk, CT. 06850

1-203-899-0606

Award-winning interactive museum for children

ages 10 and under, with a variety of exhibits and

activities that inspire learning and discovery.

Explore tropical rain forests, report the weather, or

experiment with water.

Wilton Heritage Museum

249 Danbury Road Wilton, CT 06897

1-203-762-7257

This museum is set in a home built in 1756. The

exhibits cover changes in culture between 1750 and

1850. Artifacts on display include dolls, toys and

clothing. Open Tuesday – Friday.

Boothe Memorial Park & Museum

5800 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615

1-203-381-2046

Former Boothe homestead located on 30 acres with

unusual historical buildings including Boothe home

and carriage house, Americana Museum, blacksmith

shop, architecturally eccentric, flower gardens,

rose garden, picnicking, and playgrounds.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT 06854

203-852-0700

One of the few aquariums in the country to focus on

one body of water — Long Island Sound — the

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers a whole day’s

fun and Different tanks represent successive levels

of life in Long Island Sound.

Cove Island Park

Stamford, Connecticut

Cove Road and Weed Avenue.

Facilities include: beach with pavilion and concessions,

marina, tennis courts, softball fields, horseshoe

pits, playgrounds, picnic areas, and fishing.

Bartlett Arboretum

151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT

203-322-6971

Set on 63 acres. Visitors will find woodland and

swamp environments, as well as a pond. There are

several ecology trails, a swamp walk, library and

greenhouse.

John A. Minetto State Park

Route 272, Torrington, CT

Set on the site of the one of the first homes built in

the area, this park has fishing, as well as sports

fields, picnic areas and trails for hiking and cross country

skiing.

Seth Low Pierrepont State Park

Route 116, Ridgefield, CT

203-431-2577

State park with picnic areas, fishing, and hiking.

{Waterbury, CT}

Attractions

Larkin State Bridle Trail

Rte. 63, Naugatuck/Waterbury Line, CT 06010

1-203-729-8840

Trail begins at Hop Brook Lake Dam on Rte.

63,Waterbury/Naugatuck Line. It follows

abandoned railroad line through Naugatuck,

Middlebury, Oxford and Southbury for 10.7

miles. Horseback riding, mountain biking,

and hiking.

Historic Homes & Buildings

Mountains Unlimited Adventures

336 Lakewood Rd., Waterbury, CT 06010

203-756-8218/1-888-240-6976

Raft and inflatable kayak rentals on the

scenic Housatonic, Naugatuck &

Farmington Rivers. Guided Whitewater

Trips on Bulls Bridge Gorge and Upper

Farmington Rivers – Class IV-V rapids.

Rock & Ice Climbing – instructions year

round in Northwestern Connecticut.

Naugatuck Historical Society Museum

195 Water St., Naugatuck, CT 06010

1-203-729-9039

Naugatuck is the home of architectural

treasures designed by Sanford White,

Henry Bacon and Theodate Pope

Riddle. The museum, located in the former

train station, is open 20 hours a

week, and has collections that illustrate

the industrial, educational, and family

life of the town. Of particular interest is

the history of the rubber industry.

Timexpo Museum

175 Union Street, Waterbury, CT 06706

203-755-8463

Features exhibits telling the story of

Timex and its heritage dating back to

the 1850s. Attractions include a time

tunnel that leads to ancient mysteries,

magnificent timepieces, hands-on activities

and much more. Closed Sunday and

Monday. Open by appt.

White Memorial Conservation Center Museum

80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759

860-567-0857

Come enjoy their self-guiding nature

trail, special displays, nature and handson

exhibits, and so much more.

 

{ Lancaster, PA }

ATTRACTIONS

Hershey’s Chocolate World Visitor Center

100 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA

17033

717-534-4900

Located adjacent to Hershey Park is this

informative and entertaining tour

revealing the process of how chocolate is

made.

Indian Echo Caverns

368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, PA

17036

717-566-8131

Experience spectacular tours through

breathtaking caverns rich in history,

beauty, and excitement for the whole

family enjoy.

Adventure Sports

3010 Elizabethtown Road,

Hershey, PA 17033

717-533-7479

Family entertainment center featuring

go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats,

batting range, and driving range.

Adventures Aloft/Balloon High Sports

727 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543

717-626-8318

Challenging 18-hole miniature golf

course around waterfalls on hillside

overlooking beautiful Amish farms.

Choo Choo Barn – Traintown USA

Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579

800-450-2920/ 717-687-7911

See Lancaster County like you’ve never

seen it before – in miniature!

Our 1,700-square-foot hand-built train

display is home to over 150 animated

figures and 22 operating trains.

Demuth Museum and Garden

120 East King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

717-299-9940

Restored home and gardens of

renowned American artist Charles

Demuth. Closed on Mondays

Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 17572

717-687-7522

The Strasburg Rail Road showcases the

Golden Age of Railroads and the beauty

of Pennsylvania’s countryside. Known

for America’s oldest steam-engine

trains, the journey is about 10 miles

long. On the trip, passengers get to see

more than a dozen Amish farms. Guests

depart from a Victorian depot and experience

the comforts of a wooden coach

train, which includes a first-class parlor,

observation car, and dining car.

The Amish Farm and House

2395 Lincoln Highway East (U.S. Route 30),

Lancaster, PA 17602

717-394-6185

Sleighs, waterwheels, and old furnishings

illustrate how Pennsylvania’s Amish

lived during the 1800s. A tour through

the Amish Farm and House takes about

90 minutes and includes an in-depth

look at the life and culture of this group.

The house features authentic items that

span more than 250 years.

The Hershey Story

63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA

17033

717-534-3439

For well over 100 years, the word

“Hershey” has been synonymous with

the Great American Chocolate Bar.

Now, The Hershey Story takes visitors

on an inspirational journey through the

life of Milton S. Hershey, the man, his

chocolate company, the town that bears

his name, and his generous legacy. The

Hershey Story explores the rags to riches

accomplishments of an American

entrepreneur who used his personal

wealth to enrich the lives of others.From

the interactive Museum Experience and

its creative Apprentice Program to the

Chocolate Lab and the Museum Shop,

the sweet results of Mr. Hershey are

guaranteed to inspire all who enter The

Hershey Story.

National Civil War Museum

One Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park,

Harrisburg, PA 17103

717-260-1861

This is the only national museum dedicated

to the Civil War. Balanced exhibits

portray both sides of the war, with art

and artifacts, memorabilia, photographs,

dramatic reconstructions of battle

scenes, a field hospital, and a wartime

campsite.

Railroad Museum of PA

300 Gap Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579

717-687-8628

Located in Strasburg, this museum is

dedicated to preserving an important

component of the Quaker State’s past:

the railroad industry. Exhibits include

original steam and electric locomotives.

Plan to spend a few hours here; the

museum’s collection is quite extensive

and includes several interactive exhibits.

The National Watch and Clock Museum

514 Poplar St., Columbia, PA 17512

717-684-8261

Located about halfway between York and Lancaster, the National Watch and Clock Museum is one of the more unique museums in the area. You’ll find more than 10,000 timepieces representing periods from the 17th century to the present. Closed on Mondays

The National Toy Train Museum

Paradise Lane, Strasburg, PA 17579

717-687-8976

An extensive collection of toy trains from the mid-1800s to the present day. Five operating interactive train layouts, continuous toy train videos, research library, and a gift shop. Call for Spring schedule.

Manheim Fire Company Museum

83 South Main Street, Manheim, PA 17545

717-665-3661

Museum that holds two pieces of original

equipment, along with early fire

company minutes and other memorabilia

such as helmets, parade uniforms and

attire, and pictures.

Hands-On House Children’s Museum

721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA

17601

1-717-569-5437(KIDS)

There’s so much to explore at the

area’s only museum where playing and

learning go hand in hand. Not-for-profit

museum features shared educational

experiences that delight kids

and parents alike. Closed on Mondays.

State Museum of Pennsylvania

300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17108

717-787-4980

The State Museum of Pennsylvania is

located on North Street. Most of the

exhibits here focus on state and local

history. Features include a planetarium,

a fine-arts room, and interactive

exhibits geared toward children.

Heritage Center Museum

13 West King Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

717-299-6440

Owns and operates two museums, the

Lancaster Cultural History Museum

and the Lancaster Quilt and Textile

Museum.

Manheim Historical Society Railroad Station

210 South Charlotte Street, Manheim, PA

17545

717-664-3486

Visit the restored trolley car, which is

among the items displayed at the borough’s

1881 station. A museum exhibit

features local history.

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum

2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601

717-569-0401

Collects, conserves, exhibits, and

interprets Pennsylvania German material,

culture, and heritage from 1740

through 1940. There are many workshops

and exhibits.

North Museum of Natural History and Science

400 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17604

717-291-3941

Close to downtown Lancaster, the

North Museum of Natural History &

Science opens the window to the

worlds of natural history and science.

Meet the residents of the Live Animal

Room, trace the history of the earliest

inhabitants along the Susquehanna

River, or travel to far reaching galaxies

and beyond in Central Pennsylvania’s

largest Planetarium.

Hershey Gardens

170 Hotel Road, Hershey, PA 17033

717-534-3492

At one time, this was Milton Hershey’s private rose garden. Today, the area has been expanded to include beautiful beds of chrysanthemums, annuals, and an award-winning rose garden. Enchanting themed gardens and butterfly house.

Zoo American

100 West Hershey Park Drive, Hershey, PA

17033

717-534-3900

Divided into five North American climate

zones, the 11-acre Zoo America

offers a fun way to learn about animal

habitats and ecosystems.

Reservoir Park

100 Concert Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17011

717-233-7403

The Arts Village, which opened in 1991,

offers visitors a chance to interact with

local artists and craftspeople, and the

Park Mansion, a restored 19th-century

home, is one of the city’s top art galleries.

Fort Hunter Mansion and Park

5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110

717-599-5751

Fort Hunter encompasses a 40-acre

park and plantation home first settled

in the early 1700s. The park, set on the

banks of the Susquehanna River, has

several picnic areas, as well as the

Centennial Barn. There are several

walking paths and access to the

Pennsylvania Canal Trail.

Science and Technology

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

222 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

717-214-ARTS

Located in a 20,000-square-foot facility,

the center offers over 200 interactive

exhibits that provide multi level

learning opportunities.

Hot-Air Ballooning by the

U.S. Hot-Air Balloon Team

2737 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand, PA

17505

1-800-763-5987

Come up, slow down. Experience the

flight of a lifetime over lush countryside

and Amish Farm Country.

Hershey Trolley Works

800 Park Blvd., Hershey, PA 17033

In front of Hershey’s Chocolate World

717-533-3000

Singing trolley conductors take you on a

fascinating journey. Get a glimpse of

Hershey and learn about its rich history.

AAA Buggy Ride

Located at Kitchen Kettle Village,Route 340, in Lancaster County, PA 17534. 717-989-2829. Their friendly drivers will entertain you with fascinating stories and information about the Amish lifestyle.

Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides

Plain & Fancy Farm, 3121 Old Philadelphia

Pike (Rt. 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

717-768-8828

Lancaster’s only ride through real working, noncommercial Amish farms on a private Amish lane with no cars. Start your ride through their covered bridge, rain or shine.

 

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