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.
THESE TOURS ARE FOR TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD RESIDENTS ONLY.
With our LI tour guide, we ride out to the Port Jefferson Ferry for a relaxing cruise across LI Sound.
We will then re-board our coach and head to the famous Wadsworth Atheneum Museum – the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States, which opened it’s doors to the public in 1844. Tour some of the museum’s collections of nearly 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years: Morgan collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, European decorative arts, world-renowned baroque and more.
We then drive on to the home of Mark Twain where we enjoy a light lunch before exploring his 25 room home, “the loveliest home that ever was”. Mark Twain became the world famous “Father” of American Literature. We then will explore the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe. Of course you’ll hear about everything that compelled Stowe to write her most famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin: her childhood, travels, marriage and family, and perhaps greatest of all, her courage.
Our first stop is at the beautiful history museum in Riverhead. The Civil War and the two World Wars saw the largest number of Long Islanders in uniform. During the twentieth century, Long Island was the site of major military training grounds, encampments and airfields. Local industries turned out boats, ships and torpedoes from the 1930s to the 1990s.
Back on board we meet our local story teller /historian, writer. She travels with us narrating tales of days gone by on the North Fork Roads.
Next stop is for lunch and some tasty home cooking. We may meet another local, this time the owner/chef. Select entree:
All lunches include - Fresh baked pie, coffee, tea, soft drinks.
Then relax as we drive along the North Fork to the village of Greenport with its quaint shops and a water view of the Shelter Island Ferry. We make one more stop to learn about the North Fork's brewing industry. It is developing quickly and we will stop for a mini talk before heading home.
The first drink is on us.