Adventure Tours


Tour cultural, historical and recreational attractions. Share special sites and memorable moments with friends and fellow “adventurers.” You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Tours leave from the Merrick Road Park Golf Course in Merrick, located one traffic light east of the Meadowbrook Parkway. For tour information call 292-9000, extension 7258.

Registration: MAIL-IN ONLY! Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a separate check or money order for each trip made out to: TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD and mail to Department of Parks and Recreation, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY 11550, Attn: Adventure Tours. Please include your phone number and the name of the trip on your check.

Reservations handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Buses are filled in the order we receive payments. Sorry, we cannot reserve bus seats. There are only two reservations per person. If you are paying for a guest you must include his or her name, phone number and address with your request. Sorry, no refunds. All tours are held rain or shine. Return times are approximate. We suggest wearing comfortable shoes on trips with considerable walking.


Thursday, May 23, 2019
Leaving: 8:00 a.m. to Estimated Return: 7:30 p.m.

Our NEWEST DAY TOUR takes us to 5th AVE .NYC and a stretch of former millionaire mansions that have become the famous “Museum Mile.” We drive past the opulent former millionaires home for a Bus eye view with our NYC tour guide’s narration of past and present. Then we pause. We make a very brief stop for a glimpse inside Central Park. Stretch your legs briefly and enjoy the view.  Then we move on to “Yonkers, the Gateway to the Lower Hudson Valley”.  We stop for lunch, on our own, at one of the new retro fitted centers developed from an old laboratory. This evolving lunch stop offers a bit of variety of prices and choices for you.  See how new ideas evolve from old ones!

After lunch we discover the highlight of the day. First, we tour The Historic Museum, which houses a permanent collection, presented on several floors. Take time to stroll the outdoors and see the beautiful awakening of spring on the Hudson River.   As an added feature, we have included a special program at the planetarium. This live and interactive astronomy/science program has been created just for you on this amazing Adventure Tour.  You will return, knowing you will never be Lost in Yonkers!

Fee: $81 per person


Thursday, June 20, 2019
Leaving: 8:30 a.m. -  Estimated Return: 6:15 p.m.

This is a LI day of discovery.  Our first stop takes us to view with great pride historic LI aviation planes that helped America win WW2. Guided tours, personal stories and hands on experience at the museum. Walk Indoor and outdoor with former pilots and aviation buffs, take a seat and a picture in original cockpit. You will want more but we move on to our next step.

Some have called the hamlet of Bay Shore “the heart of the South Shore... It is a hamlet rich in history, but history leaving mini traces.  An opera house becomes a park; an oyster house becomes a catering house, once a resort town, with a film studio making silent movies. Today, however we stop on Main Street. Shops and dining spots along the Main are for shopping or sipping or enjoying a lunch on you own. Free time here to learn and explore before going on to   another site on land but filled with sights meant for the air.

We head east to discover one of LI's best kept secrets. This is vintage aviation, Antique planes, grass landing strips and a museum listed on the National Register of Historic places.  So many antique planes to view, have your camera ready .We are led by the folks who volunteer to preserve the past. 1930s rare air bi planes and so much more.  Yes, LI truly is a birthplace of aviation and adventure and new discoveries uncovered.

Fee: $62 per person

TRAVEL DATE:  July 30, 2019
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (approx.)

Our First stop is in Connecticut, known as the “Nutmeg state”.  Here we meet one of the local Connecticut historians, who will step aboard our coach and travel with us narrating as we travel along the southern side of the state.

Then it's sip and savor time!  Off to a Connecticut Brewery with a water view. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch from one of the nearby “food trucks”.  A complimentary glass of beer is included. 

Next, we go on to board the shuttle bus that takes us to the sightseeing boat for a tour of the Thimble Islands. Look at the amazing water side homes, while narrated by a guide.

To end this full day of adventure and discovery, relax as we board a beautiful two deck boat, in Bridgeport, where you will sit and enjoy the 90 minute cruise back to Long Island.

Fee: $80 per person

DATE:  Wed. Aug. 21, 2019
Departure: 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (approx)

Meet our favorite Local storyteller/historian, as we begin exploring the “Cultural Hub” of the Moriches.  As we tour, by motor coach, hear stories about this Historic Gateway - both past and present.  Even Imelda Marcus loved the Moriches, and so will you.

We will stop at the 1790 tavern for some iced tea. Sit in the building that Madison and Jefferson visited before us, making this a national register listed site. Next, stroll through the LARGEST Book Barn on Long Island.

Back on board we head straight into what was once an outstanding whaling center of America.  Sag Harbor still cherishes the old, the new, the homes, the shops of the past and present.  We stop at the Whaling Museum for a narrated story to see and hear about the sailors who hunted whales and the fishing equipment used to catch them. Then, it's free time to walk Main Street and the Long Wharf.  Lunch on your own at one of many dining spots, or shop your hearts content. But soon we must depart to see more.

We head back to one of the family owned farms for you to find some farm fresh produce or just browse. Then we drive into the village to see the oldest house in Southampton and the newest built along the ocean. While here, why not stop and stroll along the only Main Street or Jobs Lane? Maybe you’ll find a souvenir before ending our adventure and heading back to our own home sweet home.

Fee: $58 per person