Monday, March 27, 2023

{ North Jersey }


Fun Force - see ad on page 61

551 Main Ave

Wallington, NJ 07057


NJ’s newest indoor Roller Skating Rink,

laser tag, bounce house, air blaster arena,

arcade and more….family destination.

Circle Line Statue of Liberty Ferry

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


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.


335 N. Franklin Tpke. Hohokus, NJ


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


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


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 Tuesday - Sunday

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.

American Labor Museum

83 Norwood St. Haledon, NJ 07508

973-595-7953. Exhibits are housed in the former home of

Pietro Botto, a silk-mill worker.

Hamilton House Museum

971 Valley Rd. 1073 Van Houten Ave.

Clifton, NJ 07013

1-973-744-5707 - only open Sundays

This 18th Century Dutch gambrel-roofed homestead,

was once the home of the Van Wagoner and

Hamilton families. The basic plan of the house does

not greatly differ from its Dutch antecedents. The

sturdy one-and-one-half-story cut sandstone structure,

flanked by a grainery, spring-house and gardens,

reflects almost 200 years of American history.

It brings back memories of an uncluttered horizon

with farms, orchards, fresh brooks, forests full of

game and filled with the scent of wildflowers. The

Museum is opened for tours on Sundays from 2-4 p.m.

The Paterson Museum

2 Market St. Paterson, NJ 07501

973-881-3874 - Tuesday - Friday

From its inception, the Paterson Museum has

stressed the educational aspects of its interpretive

exhibits. A major strength of the museum lies in its

varied collections, including local archaeology, history,

and mineralogy. Paterson has been a birthplace

and springboard to many innovators and inventors.

The museum relates to the .history of Paterson by

showing its evolution as a machinery and textile center,

the “Silk City,” locomotive manufacturing, Colt arms,

and the unique Holland submarines. Closed on Mondays.

Schoolhouse Museum

650 East Glen Ave. Ridgewood, NJ 07450


An 1873 schoolhouse museum, operated by the

Ridgewood Historical Society, is furnished as an

1870s school-house and includes exhibits of artifacts

pertaining to the area’s Dutch settlers, the

Colonial, Civil War and Victorian eras. The Civil

War Years: At Home and on the Battlefield exhibit

has opened to the public. The Museum is closed

Monday-Wednesday and Fridays.



Branch Brook Park

Heller Pkwy, City Subway, Newark, NJ 07104


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


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 levelacres

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 - closed Mondays.


Zoos & Reserves

Bergen County Zoological Park

216 Forest Avenue Paramus, NJ 07652

201-262-3771 - FREE in April

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

560 Northfield Ave. West Orange, NJ 07052

973-731-5800 - open 10:00am - 3:30pm

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.

Great Falls

65 McBride Ave, Paterson, NJ 07501


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.



{ Atlantic City }

Ripleys Believe it or Not! - see ad on page 61

1441 Boardwalk

Atlantic City, NJ 08401

(609) 347-2001

Experience our two unique attractions, including Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, a collection of strange and bizarre exhibits from around the world. Enjoy The Vault Laser Maze Challenge, a mysterious room Maze filled with laser beams, just like in the movies! The only place in Atlantic City that you can see a spider made from scissors and knives, a roulette table made of over 14,000 jellybeans, and the world’s smallest production car! These only scratches the surface of what’s behind the doors!


{ Manhattan }


New York Skyride

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


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 - reservations required

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.

FAO Schwartz

767 5th Avenue & E. 58th St.,(General Motors Bldg.)

NY NY 10153


Founded by Frederick August Otto Schwarz in 1862,

the first FAO Schwarz store opened in Baltimore,

Maryland. FAO Schwarz moved to New York in

1880 and the flagship store has been a landmark on

Fifth Avenue since 1931. The most famous name in

toys and collectibles, FAO Schwarz is the ultimate

toy store for toy lovers from all over the world.

Toys ’R’ Us Times Square

1514 Broadway & 44th St. NY NY

The Center of the Toy Universe™, is the new Toys

’R’ Us international flagship store, located in the

heart of New York City’s Times Square. The more

than 30 million visitors who visit Times Square

each year will discover that Toys ’R’ Us Times

Square is much more than a toy store. The 110,000-

square foot store is guaranteed to delight guests

with an unrivaled shopping experience, an unbelievable

array of toys, the best in customer service,  and one of the

most amazing retail presentations in the world.

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


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


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.

Botanical Gardens

Conservatory Garden

Central Park/Entrance at 105th St. &

Fifth Ave., NY, NY


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


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.

Merchant’s House Museum (c. 1832)

29 E. Fourth St., NY, NY 10003

212-277-1089 - Thurs - Monday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

A Greek Revival-style rowhouse filled with original

furniture, decorative arts, and family memorabilia.

Open Thursday-Monday.

Morgan Library & Museum

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

212-685-0008 - open Tuesday - Sunday

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


Beautiful and majestic library offering hundreds of

specialized services with 85 neighborhood branches

and four research libraries available.

Museum of Jewish Heritage -A

Living Memorial to the Holocaust

36 Battery Place in Battery Park City, NY, NY 10004


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


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


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


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


212 West 83rd St. between Broadway and

Amsterdam Ave., NY, NY 10024


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


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 fire-fighting memorabilia. Closed on


Lower East Side

Tenement Museum

91 Orchard St. NY NY 10002


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


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.

New York Historical Society

170 Central Park West NY NY 10024


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


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 Wednesday-Sunday 10-6

National Museum of the American Indian,

Smithsonian Institution

One Bowling Green NY NY

212-514-3700 - FREE admission

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


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


The Skyscraper Museum

39 Battery Pl. NY NY


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


The American Numismatic Society,

founded in 1858, is a non-profit


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


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


Named for the battery of cannons that

once guarded New York, Battery Park

dominates the southern tip of

Manhattan. The park is a good jumpingon

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


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


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 familyfriendly

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


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


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


Carl Schurz Park / Gracie Mansion

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

East River, NY NY


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


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


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


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 - FREE of charge

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Supreme Court of NY

60 Centre St. NY NY


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.

Must have Metro Card!

Federal Hall National Monument

Wall St and Nassau St. NY NY 10005


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 Phone: 866-512-6326

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,


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.


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,


brochures, maps and more.

Midtown NY City’s

Official Visitor

Information Center

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



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.



Apple Tours


Big Apple Greeters


Double Decker Bus Tours

1040 Ave. of the Americas NY NY 10018


Funaway Bus Tours

400 Tiffany St. Bronx, NY 10474


Gray Line Tours

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



Marvelous Manhattan


86-44 110th St.

Jamaica, NY 11418 718-846-9308

NY City Tours

400 West 50th St. NY, NY 10019


Big Taxi Tours


CitySights NY


Carriage Tours

Central Park South & 59th Street



Park Tours

Central Park


Union Square Walking Tour


Urban Park Rangers



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.


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 Tour

Helicopter Flight Services

Downtown Manhattan Heliport Pier 6 and

the East River , NY NY 10004


Flights depart from the Downtown

Manhattan Heliport on weekdays, and

from the West 30th Street Heliport on


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


Liberty Helicopters, Inc.

Downtown Manhattan Heliport

Pier 6 and

the East River, NY, NY 10004


‘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.


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


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


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


NY Water Taxi


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.


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


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


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.

Ride is FREE of charge

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 }


Bear Mountain State Park

Palisades Parkway or Route 9W North,

Bear Mountain, NY 10911


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


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.)

Children’s Park

11 Grotke Road

Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977


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.

Historic Homes & Buildings

Edward Hopper House Art

Center (c. 1858)

82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960

845-358-0774 - open Wed - Sun

The birthplace and childhood home of

artist Edward Hopper, this house now

serves as a museum with exhibits detailing

Hopper’s life and career, as well as

serving as a community cultural center

and exhibition space. Closed Mon-Wed.



Tallman Mountain State Park

Route 9W NY


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


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


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


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


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


Picnicking, gardens, nature trails, playground,

basketball, shuffleboard, and


Open dawn to dusk.

Dawn Lane Park

Dawn Lane

Airmont, NY 10952


Walking path, natural area, small neighborhood

playground. Open dawn to dusk.

Emeline Park

End of Main St.

Haverstraw, NY 10927


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


Playground and open playfield.

Open dawn to dusk.

Grotke Park

11 Grotke Road

Chesnut Ridge, NY 10977


Basketball courts, tennis courts, pond, ball fields,

playground, walking paths open until dusk.

Haverstraw Bay Park

21 Gagan Road

Haverstraw, NY 10927


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


Lighted tennis and basketball courts, playground

and paths. Open dawn to dusk.

Kings Park

Kings Highway

Congers, NY 10920


Playground, 2 ponds, ball fields,

basketball courts,

exercise trail. Open dawn to dusk.

Lorna Lane Park

Lorna Lane

Airmont, NY 10901


Basketball court, children’s playground. Open dawn

to dusk.

Manny Welder Park

Route 306 to Maple Ave.

Monsey, NY 10952


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


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


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


Tennis and handball courts, ball field, basketball

court, children’s playground. Open dawn to dusk.



{ Cherry Hill, NJ }


Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild

Safari- Chol Hamoed Passover


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 of Monday.

See ad for details.

Barclay Farmstead Museum

209 Barclay Ln. Cherry Hill, NJ 08034


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


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 Homes & Buildings

Historic Croft Farm

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


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


The Camden County Historical Society is comprised

of a research library for conducting genealogical

and historical research,

Pomona Hall, the 18thcentury

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.

Museums & Galleries

Goodwin Holocaust Museum &

Education Center

1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003


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


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


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


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


Enjoy our Hot-air balloon flights over the Litchfield

Hills, central Connecticut and the Housatonic and

Naugatuck River valleys, weather permitting.

Museums & Galleries

Fairfield Historical Society Museum

636 Old Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824


Collections spanning 350 years of Fairfield history

featuring changing and permanent exhibitions.

Parks, Gardens & Zoos

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610


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.

Science & Technology

Discovery Museum and Planetarium

The 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604


There are many activities for the family to enjoy here including a learning center with computersimulated 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


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 unsual building

materials, such as clay, animal hair and straw

binding mixtures. Visits by appointment only

Museums & Galleries

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT 06903


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.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

303 West Ave. Norwalk, CT. 06850


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.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

10 North Water St. Norwalk, CT 06854


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.


{ PA }


Crayola Experience - see ad on page 57

30 Centre Square

Easton, PA 18042

(610) 515-8000


Crayola Experience, located in the heart of downtown Easton, Pennsylvania, is the only place in the world where the magic of Crayola comes to life. Here, you’re always encouraged to let your creativity run free, to color outside the lines and to play, explore, and learn. This one-of-a-kind attraction is where color, chemistry, and technology magically combine to create a colorful adventure for a child’s imagination.

Pocono Whitewater - see ad on page 64

1519 State Route 903

Jim Thorpe, PA 18229



There’s something fun here at Pocono Whitewater for every level of adventurer! Choose your own pace…we have mild to wild dam release whitewater and family style whitewater rafting trips, over 30 miles of scenic, easy downhill rail-trail biking excursions and adrenaline-filled action in our Skirmish paintball games.  Grab some friends, come for a half day, full day, or make it a mini vacation…It is up to you!   We have whitewater rafting, biking, and Skirmish paintball trips available daily so give us a call today –  1.800.WHITEWATER (1-800-944-8392).

Hershey’s Chocolate

World Visitor Center

100 West Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA



Located adjacent to Hershey Park is this

informative and entertaining tour

revealing the process of how chocolate is


Indian Echo Caverns

368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036


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


Family entertainment center featuring

go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats,

batting range, and driving range.

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.

Historic Homes and Buildings

Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Road, Ronks, PA 17572


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.

James Buchanan’s Wheatland

230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603


Tour the elegant Victorian mansion of

former President James Buchanan.


Museums and Galleries

The Amish Farm and House

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

Lancaster, PA 17602


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



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


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


Railroad Museum of PA

300 Gap Rd., Strasburg, PA 17579


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


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

Hands-On House Children’s Museum

721 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA



There’s so much to explore at the

area’s only museum where playing and

learning go hand in hand. Not-forprofit

museum features shared educational

experiences that delight kids

and parents alike. Closed on Mondays.

State Museum of Pennsylvania

300 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17108


closed Mon & Tues

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.

North Museum of Natural History and Science

400 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17604


closed Mondays

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.

Parks, Gardens, and Zoos

Hershey Gardens

170 Hotel Road, Hershey, PA 17033


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



Divided into five North American climate

zones, the 11-acre ZooAmerica

offers a fun way to learn about animal

habitats and ecosystems.

Reservoir Park

100 Concert Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17011


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


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

Hershey Trolley Works

800 Park Blvd. , Hershey, PA 17033

In front of Hershey’s Chocolate World


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


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


Lancaster’s only ride through real working,

non-commercial Amish farms on a private Amish

lane with no cars. Start your ride through their

covered bridge, rain or shine.



{ Brooklyn, NY }


Adventureres Amusement Park

1824 Shore Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11214

718- 975-2748

This mid-size amusement park features

attractions and rides. See ad for details.

Luna Park

Coney Island, NY

Largest amusement park in NYC!

Discount passes at the Yeshivah booth

only. Limited availability. Come early to

avoid the lines.

For more information call 855-CHOLHAM(

oed). See ad for details.

Kids ’N’ Action

1149 McDonald Ave (Bet I & J) Brooklyn, NY


Kids ’N’ Action is NY’s premier family

entertainment center. Kids ’N’ Action

caters to your children’s needs. Kids

’N’ Action offers a safe, clean, and

friendly atmosphere for you and your

family enjoyment! Kids ’N’ Action is

designed to provide a one-level playground

with everything included.

NY Aquarium

Surf Ave and W 8th St. Brooklyn NY



NY Aquarium is on 42 acres and

exhibits 300 species of marine life.

Live sea lion shows and up-close

encounters of walruses are also part of

the aquarium experience. The New

York Aquarium’s “Ocean Wonders:

Sharks!” exhibit, scheduled to open in

spring 2015, will be a celebration of

the city’s maritime history and of

sharks, animals often misunderstood

and threatened worldwide by overfishing.

Brooklyn Borough Hall

(c. 1846-1851)

209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Brooklyn’s oldest public building, the

Greek Revival style Brooklyn Borough

Hall, is the original City Hall and houses

the offices of the Borough President.

Coney Island Lighthouse

(c. 1890)

Located at Norton Point, Brooklyn, NY 11210


Off the western tip of Brooklyn, the

white skeletal Coney Island Lighthouse,

which stands at 75 feet, features a red

light which flashes 24 hours a day and

can been see as far away as 14 miles.

Lefferts Historic House

95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215,

Located in Prospect Park


The circa-1783 replacement of the original

Lefferts home, built before the

American Revolution in the farming village

of Flatbush and burned down during

the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776, was

moved to its present location in 1918. A

NY City Landmark listed on the

National Register of Historic Places,

Lefferts Homestead brings early

American farm life alive. Events at

Lefferts Historic House are free for children.

A suggested admission is requested

of adults visiting the interior of the

House on weekends.

Pieter Claesen Wyckoff

House (c. 1652)

5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203


New York City’s first Landmark, the

Pieter Claesen Wyckoff House was

restored and opened to the public as a

museum dedicated to the City’s early

Dutch history. It would later become the

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum and

Education Center. April-October,

Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday.

Please note that the Museum can only

be seen by guided tour.

Museums & Galleries

Jewish Children’s Museum – see ad on page 56

792 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11213


The Jewish Children’s Museum provides

exhibitions and programs for all

children in an educational and entertaining

format. Through contemporary

technology and a hands-on approach to

learning, visitors experience Jewish history,

values and traditions in a manner

that inspires an increased interest in

Jewish culture.

The Living Torah Museum

1601 41st St Brooklyn, NY 11218


At the Living Torah Museum, you’ve

held artifacts from the time period of

the Beis Hamikdash, seen keilim mentioned

in the Gemara and more! Now, to

add to these invaluable hands-on learning

experiences, comes the newest

attraction: Torah Animal World, a rare

perspective of the animals from the

Torah. With guided tours, hands-onlearning

and Rabbinic explanations on each animal, you’re

sure to walk away with a newfound appreciation

and knowledge.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213


Founded in 1899, Brooklyn Children’s

Museum was the first museum created

for children. This museum features

many interactive exhibits on such subjects

as natural history, science, culture,

and technology. Be sure to check out the

new exhibit.

Museum is closed on Mondays.

Harbor Defense Museum of Fort Hamilton

230 Sheridan Loop, Brooklyn, NY 11252


FREE admission

The museum is dedicated to the history of New

York City’s harbor defenses, beginning with the

construction of the earliest earthen

forts and concluding

with the missile era. Free admission.

Closed on Sundays.

The Brooklyn Historical Society

128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn,

NY 11201, Located in

Downtown Brooklyn’s Historic District


open Wed - Sun

Housed in a four-story Queen Anne-style building

which was completed in 1881, the Brooklyn

Historical Society, founded in 1863 as the Long

Island Historical Society, has developed an urban

history center with exhibits, art, documents, artifacts,

and programs about the cultures which

make Brooklyn. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

NY Transit Museum

Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street,

Brooklyn, NY 11201


closed Mondays

Subway buffs, or anyone interested in NY’s underground

history, will want to make the trip out

here. The museum itself is set in the 1930s-40s

Court Street subway station. Inside are more than

90 years’ worth of transit photographs

and paraphernalia, such as old tokens, maps, and

turnstiles. It is also possible to board vintage subway

cars, all of which are still functional. Closed on



Parks, Gardens & Zoos

Brooklyn Bridge Park

334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Brooklyn Bridge Park is now a reality and the

beginnings have already become a treasured

urban oasis. Offering spectacular views of downtown

Manhattan and the New York Harbor, Pier

1, Pier 6, the Brooklyn Bridge Park “Main Street

lot,” and Empire-Fulton Ferry section of the park

have attracted thousands of visitors. These park

sections are the setting for our programs and

events, as well as picnics, ball play, daydreaming

and much more. Pier 1, Pier 6, Main Street and

Fulton Ferry Landing are open from 6 a.m. to 1

a.m. daily.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225


Over 12,000 kinds of plants from around the

world can be found at the Brooklyn Botanic

Garden, a 52-acre living museum. Closed on


Prospect Park

95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215


The 585-acre urban Prospect Park was designed

by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted

and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central

Park. Its features include a 60-acre lake, the

Prospect Park Zoo, a carousel, the Audubon

Center at the Boathouse, Lefferts Historic House,

Brooklyn’s only forest, the 90-acre Long Meadow,

and Wollman Rink.

Prospect Park Zoo

450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225


More than 350 animals of more than 80 species

can be found at Prospect Park Zoo. Exhibit areas,

The World of Animals, Animal Lifestyles, and

Animals in Our Lives, feature animals

in environments

mirroring their natural habitats. Sea lion

feedings are a popular attraction.

Jamaica Bay National Wildlife

Refuge - Gateway National

Recreation Area

Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY 11234


152-acre land and water expanse replete with

nature trails and prime bird watching. Spring is

on the way at Gateway! The mild winter makes

the arrival of spring earlier than usual. Come

explore the park and enjoy the

world of nature on

your own. Gateway has both indoor

and outdoor

programs through the spring.

Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park

26 New Dock St., Brooklyn, NY 11201


This is a nine-acre park along the shores of the

East River in Brooklyn, NY. A boardwalk allows

visitors to walk along the river in relative peace,

and there are picnic facilities

on-hand for guest use.

Fort Greene Park

Washington Park St. to St Edward St.

Brooklyn, NY 11205


Cross Streets: Between DeKalb and Myrtle Avenues

Fort Greene Park is a 30-acre municipal park in

Brooklyn. The park includes the high ground

where the Continental Army built Fort Putnam

during the Revolutionary War.

Owl’s Head Park / Bliss Park /

Millennium Skate Park

Colonial Road between 68th St. and

Wakeman Place

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY.

Owl’s Head Park is now one

of the premier parks in

Brooklyn. The vista remains unmatched

for watching ships enter and leave

New York Harbor. Owl’s

Head Park also boasts an extensive collection of

trees, including pines, locusts, oaks, maples, corks,

beeches, and one S-shaped tulip poplar that defies



Lakes & Marinas

Seagate Lighthouse

Brooklyn, NY

Seagate, a private community

at the western end of

Brooklyn NY

Travel Instructions: In Coney Island, take Surf

Avenue west to the gated community of Seagate.

Ask permission at the gate to see the Coney Island




{ Long Island, NY }



2245 Broad Hollow Road (Rte. 110)

Farmingdale NY 11735


Chol Hamoed Pesach, Monday, Tuesday,

and Wednesday, discount tickets at the

TAG table. For more information call 718-

471-8444. See ad for details.

Empire State Carousel

Holtsville Park

off Buckley Road, Long Island, NY 11751,

Located in Holtsville


This unique, hand carved, and operational

merry-go-round was designed

with New York State history, traditions,

and environment as its theme.

Fun 4 All

200 Wilson Street, Long Island, NY 11776,

Located at Port Jefferson Station


An indoor park and playground that

offers over a half acre of fun and

adventure for the whole family, and

includes tree houses, slides, tunnels,

and sports areas.

Fun Station USA

40 Rocklyn Ave.

Lynbrook, NY 11563


Fun Station USA is Long Island’s

Number One Family Entertainment

Center. They offer the latest attractions

including Lazer Tag, Bumper Cars,

Carousel, Multi-Level Play Maze.

Long Island Aquarium and

Exhibition Center

431 East Main Street, Long Island, NY

11901, Located in Riverhead


Many entertaining and educational

adventures are available at this aquarium,

where visitors can see seals and

many other forms of marine life.


Parks, Gardens & Zoos

Long Island Game

Farm Wildlife Park

Opens April 8th

Chapman Boulevard, Long Island, NY 11949,

Located in Manorville 631-878-6644

Located on 300 acres of pine forest in

the heart of Long Island, this wildlife

park is the largest zoo and family

amusement park on Long Island. It has

nature trails that lead to different collections

of animals, ranging from

domestic to exotic, including monkeys,

buffalo, parrots, alligators, ostriches, and

camels. An “Old MacDonald’s

Farmyard” is also on site offering a petting

zoo for children with ponies, ducks,

rabbits, chickens, and pigs.

Suffolk County Farm & Education Center

4600 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank NY 11980


A 140-year-old real working farm and

education facility that is open year

round to the public and includes a historic

hay barn, farm animals, and agriculture

practices and techniques. Fairs

are held here throughout the year and

many educational programs are offered.

Sweetbriar Nature Center

62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787

631-979 6344

This nature center is set on 54 acres,

riddled with nature trails that wind

through diverse environments including

wetlands, fields, and forests along the

Nissequogue River. There is also a moth

house on site, as well as a nature center

and picnic area.

Museums & Galleries

American Airpower Museum

1230 New Highway, Long Island, NY 11735,

Located in Farmingdale


Dedicated to the history of aviation,

especially as it relates to military history,

this museum features displays that

are located in old airport hangars and

include squadrons of World War II

fighters and bombers, some still in

working order, as well as other military

displays. Open Thursday- Sunday.

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY



The history of the whaling industry in

Long Island is showcased at this museum

that exhibits a 19th century whaling

boat, a scrimshaw collection, whaling

history exhibits and artifacts,

whale conservation

exhibits, films, and changing

exhibits. There is a family center on site

and the museum hosts special events.

Closed on Mondays from Labor Day

through Memorial Day.

Long Island Maritime Museum

86 West Avenue, West Sayville, NY 11796


Situated on 14 acres of beautiful land,

this museum contains five historic

buildings and an operational boat building

shop, and offers events, programs,

and exhibits that deal with the maritime

history of Long Island. A library and gift

shop are also on site.

Long Island Children’s Museum

11 Davis Avenue

Garden City, NY 11530

516-224-5800 closed Mondays

Long Island Children’s Museum invites

visitors of all ages, backgrounds and

abilities to explore freely, discover their

passions, and appreciate the communities

and world we share. Be sure to check out the new

exhibit, Feasts for Beasts!

Serpentarium-Reptile Museum

213 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901


Long Island’s only indoor reptile museum.

Encounter live frogs, lizards, alligators

and much more.

Sign up now!