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Chol Hamoed Travel Guide Please enjoy The Jewish Link’s updated guide to help you enjoy Chol Hamoed to its fullest.

New Jersey

Turtle Back Zoo

See animals from all over the world, including giraffes, kangaroos, penguins, Komodo dragons, ostriches, bald eagles and sea lions. Included in the price of admission is a dinosaur-themed playground, and other attractions include pony rides and an endangered-species carousel, both $2. Next door to the zoo are the TreeTop Adventure Course, with a world-class aerial obstacle course and a zip line for older kids and adults, and Mini Golf Safari, with an African-themed mini-golf course.

Address: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange,

NJ 07052

Phone: 973-731-5800

Email: [email protected]

Website: turtlebackzoo.com

Six Flags Great Adventure

An amusement park for the whole family to enjoy! Experience the thrill of roller coasters, including Kingda Ka, the tallest coaster in the world. There is a variety of rides, from family friendly to kid friendly to thrill-seeking. Included with admission is the Safari Off-Road Adventure, which includes a tour of over 1,200 animals observed from an open-air truck.

NCSY will be at Great Adventure on Thursday, October 17. For further information about busing and all prepaid ticketing arrangements contact NCSY at 201-862-0250 or www.ncsygreatadventure.com.

Address: 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson,

NJ 08527





Paterson Great Falls

A new addition to the National Park Service, Paterson Great Falls includes the Great Falls of the Passaic River, raceways built in the late 18th century and the Paterson Museum. See the waterfall that powered an industrial city dating back to the 18th century, established by Alexander Hamilton. Guided tours are led daily by the National Park Service. You may also choose to visit the nearby Paterson Museum, which contains a variety of exhibits relating to the history of Paterson.

Address: 72 McBride Ave,

Paterson, NJ 07501

Phone: 973-523-2210

Website: www.nps.gov/pagr 

Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry From Liberty State Park

Located only 2,000 feet from the Statue of Liberty. Information available about the statue and Ellis Island. Take advantage of play ground, liberty walk, lookout point and nature trail.

Address: Morris Pesin Drive, Jersey City

Phone: 201-915-3403

Van Saun Park and Bergen County Zoo

Within its 146 acres, Van Saun County Park offers a wide range of activities that is sure to please the entire family. Some of its popular attractions include the nationally accredited Bergen County Zoological Park, the historic Washington Spring Garden, train, carousel, pony rides, several age-appropriate playgrounds and picnic and fishing areas.

Address: 216 Forest Ave, Paramus

Liberty Science Center

Check out the LSC’s calendar on their website for daily events and shows. http://lsc.org/see-whats-happening/events-calendar/.

Address: 222 Jersey City Boulevard,

Jersey City, NJ 07305

Phone: 201-200-1000

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure

Safe, fun, affordable activities for the entire family.

Address: 69 Wesley Street, Hackensack

Phone: 201-212-6454.

High Exposure

Obstacles high off the ground as well as right at your feet. Rock climbing, wall climbing etc.

Address: 266 Union Street, Northvale

Phone: 201-768-8600

Sunshine Pottery

Address: 260 Grand Ave, Englewood

Phone: 201-541-5559

Escape Room New Jersey

Solve the mystery and have loads

of fun doing it!

Address: 157 A Main Street, Hackensack

Phone: 201-815-1784

Catch Air Indoor Playground

Address: 224 Rte 4 E at Forest, Paramus,

lower level of ShopRite

Phone: 201-620-2125

New York

Turtle Boo (MONSEY)

Address: 175 East Central Avenue,

Spring Valley, NY 10977

Phone: 845-746-2100

Website: www.turtleboo.com 

Call to see if reservations are necessary. Totally kosher facility, snack bar, something to eat for everyone.

Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

National Historic Landmark depicts World War II history, the modern Navy, outer space, deep sea exploration and early aviation.

Address: Hudson River at W 46th St.

and 12th Ave. Pier 86

Phone: 212-245-0072

Ellis Island and Liberty Island Boat Tour

Visit the former immigration center of Ellis Island and learn about our nation’s history in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, then venture to Liberty Island and climb to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Additionally, get a boat tour of  Harbor.

Ferry addresses: Castle Clinton in Battery Park, Manhattan, or Liberty State Park, 200 Morris St., Jersey City, NJ 07305

Phone: 877-523-9849

Email: [email protected]



Escape the Room NYC

Gather family and friends for the ultimate team-building exercise—get locked in a puzzle room and solve the clues to escape together! Escape the Room, located in both downtown and midtown NYC, offers several different themed rooms. No skills are required, just curiosity and a desire to unlock the door before 60 minutes are up.

Address: 24 West 25th St., , NY 10010,

107 Suffolk, , NY 10002

Phone: 347-954-9160

Email: [email protected]



Bronx Zoo

Visit the largest urban zoo in the country to see wondrous animal exhibits including Madagascar!, Congo Gorilla Forest, Tiger Mountain and African Plains. Witness penguin and sea lion feedings. Ride the zoo shuttle, watch a movie in the 4D theater and ride the bug carousel (each $6, shuttle is weekends only).

Address: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx,  10460

Phone: 718-220-5100

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.bronxzoo.com 

NY Tenement Museum

Learn about the lives of residents of  City’s Lower East Side tenement apartments in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the residents were immigrants, and many were Jewish. Tour the actual tenement buildings that have been restored to look just as they did a century ago. The museum recommends both a guided tour of the buildings and a walking tour of the neighborhood to gain the best grasp of the immigrant experience.

Address: 103 Orchard Street, , NY 10002

Phone: 877-975-3786,

Email: [email protected]

Website: tenement.org

American Museum of Natural History

Explore the incredible and educational exhibitions at the Museum of Natural History. Take tours and learn about dinosaurs, mummies, ancient cultures, the planets and much more. Before you go, make sure to watch the movie “Night at the Museum” because it’ll be fun to see what you can recognize from the movie!

Address: Central Park West & 79th St, , NY 10024

Phone: 212-769-5100

Website: http://www.amnh.org

Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Have you ever wondered about the height of the tallest man ever, hoped to see an authentic albino giraffe or wanted to witness the portrait of Albert Einstein made from toast? Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a museum in which children and adults can immerse themselves into the world of the unbelievable. It is home to various exhibits portraying unusual and out-of-the-ordinary people, animals and artifacts. The experience is exciting, interesting and entertaining to kids and adults alike.

Address: 234 West 42nd Street, , NY 10036

Phone: 212-398-3133

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ripleysnewyork.com 

Gulliver’s Gate

Leave the Land of Large and enter an amazing new experience, located at the crossroads of the world, Times Square. A full city block wide, Gulliver’s Gate is a technologically advanced, interactive and immersive world of miniatures that will ignite your imagination and challenge your perspective.

Contact [email protected] for groups of 15 or more.

Address: 216 West 44th Street, ,

NY 10036 (between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)

The Roosevelt Island Tramway

The tramway was opened in 1976 as a means to shuttle residents to and from Manhattan. The tram 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 ½ minutes, at a maximum height of 250 feet. Only MTA cards are accepted

Address: 591 Main St. Roosevelt Island, NY 10044; Manhattan Terminal at E 60th St. and 2nd Ave.

Phone: 212-832-4543

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Comprehensive three-hour tour that loops completely around Manhattan accompanied by lively narration. There is also a two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise. For something completely different, which kids love, try the Beast, a 30-minute speedboat ride.

Address: Pier 83, W 42nd St. at 12th Avenue

Phone: 212-563-3200

Statue of Liberty

Ferry available from Battery Park.

Phone: 212-363-3200

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Address: 36 Battery Park Pl.

Phone: 646-437-4200

Central Park

Lots of fun for the entire family—try the zoo!

Address: 59th St. to 110th St.

Phone: 212-360-3456

Bryant Park

New bathrooms have made the news. Fresh flowers and attendants enhance the look.

Address: Behind the NY Public Library between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Ave.

Phone: 212-768-4242

Battery Park

Free activities for kids.

Address: Battery St. to South St.

Phone: 212-360-3456

Grand Central Terminal

Built as a magnificent example of art. Sixty integrated railroad tracks act as a transport hub for over 500,000 people daily. Tours of the terminal are available.

Address: 87 E 42nd St. at Park Ave.

Phone: 212-935-3960

Empire State Building

One of the world’s most famous skyscrapers. Observation decks are found on the 86th and 102nd floors. On a clear day, visibility should be 80 miles.

Address: 350 5th Ave. at 34th St.

Phone: 212-736-3100.

 Water Taxi

Buy an all-day pass and spend the day on the water with stops wherever you choose.

Phone: 212-742-1969

Staten Island Ferry

Address: Whitehall Ferry Terminal in

Lower Manhattan

Phone: 718-815-BOAT

Legoland Discovery Center Westchester

Take your family to the “indoor LEGO playground” with two rides, several themed LEGO building areas and a 4D theater. See giant LEGO models, get a “factory tour” and learn from the best builders around in the Master Building Academy.

Address: 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers,

NY 10710

Phone: 866-243-0770

Website: https://westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Jewish Children’s Museum

Programs for all children in an educational and entertaining format.

Address: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

Phone: 718-467-0600


IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course

Visit the largest indoor ropes course in the world! Climb the 60’-high ropes course, jump off the 50’ free fall and go down a 200’ zip line. A separate Climb It attraction provides four additional climbing walls, each with its own challenge. Includes Little It for children under 48’’—a replica of the full-size course. Also featuring a Liquid Fireworks show! Adventure for the whole family.

Address: 40 Sargent Dr. Long Wharf,

New Haven, CT 06511

Phone: 203-812-998s course,

Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.jordans.com/attractions/it  

Maritime Aquarium

Visit the Maritime Aquarium to observe hundreds of sea creatures and learn about the ocean. Wander through the homes of octopuses, jellyfish, sharks and more along with some land dwellers, such as meerkats and poison dart frogs. Watch an IMAX movie in the largest theater in Connecticut! Admission includes the full aquarium and an IMAX movie. Activity sheets and a scavenger hunt can be found on the website for kids to enjoy.

Address: 10 North Water Street,

Norwalk, CT 06854

Phone: 203-852-0700

Website: www.maritimeaquarium.org 

Ready Set Go-Kart: Stamford, CT; Jersey City, NJ; Farmingdale, LI

Electric Karting/VR Arcade/Bowling plus more

15% off first race. Call for prices.

600 West Ave, Stamford 203-523-7273;

99 Caven Point Rd, Jersey City 201-333-7223;

40 Daniel Street, Farmingdale 631-752-7223.



Independence National Historical Park (INHP)

Known as “America’s Most Historic Square Mile,” INHP is home to several attractions that are key in the history of America. View the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed), the President’s House outdoor museum, the National Constitution Center and much more. If you are interested in history or are a proud American, INHP can’t be missed.

Address: 6th and Market Streets,

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Website: Varies by attraction

(visitphilly.com is a good place to start)

Longwood Gardens

Visit nearly 1,000 acres of beautiful gardens. Located mostly outdoors, there are also several indoor components, including a four-acre conservatory and the Pierre du Pont House. Tour the gardens with a guide, or just walk through at your own pace, appreciating the nature. Highlights include the Rose Garden, Waterlily Display and Chimes Tower and Waterfall.

Address: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square,

PA 19348

Phone: 610-388-1000,

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.longwoodgardens.org 

Mütter Museum

Known for being equally disturbing and informative, the Mütter Museum focuses on medical history and the human body. View Albert Einstein’s brain, the Hyrtl Skull Collection of 139 human skulls, Lisa Nilsson’s Connective Tissue paper art and an exhibit tracing the history of spinal medicine. The museum aims to give visitors an appreciation for the human body and medical treatments, while also seeing the beauty beneath.

Address: 19 S 22nd Street,

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-560-8564,

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.muttermuseum.org 

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Observe art from across the world in one of the country’s largest art museums. Over 240,000 pieces are included in the museum’s collection, with works that were hundreds of years and miles apart all brought together in one location. Highlights include the Sculpture Garden, Marcel Duchamp’s controversial “Fountain” and works by renowned artists such as Picasso and Monet.

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway,

Philadelphia, PA 19130

Phone: 215-763-8100

Website: www.philamuseum.org    

Pocono Biking

Easy downhill biking—beautiful waterfalls and scenery. Rates start at $10.99. Rentals available.

Poconos Biking Company. Jim Thorpe,


1800 Whitewater

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