Tour 40 Details
The Hermitage, James A McFaul Environmental Center & Hiking

 

We will start our tour at 7:30 am in midtown Manhattan, 8th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street (by Duane Reade) DON'T BE LATE! Come 15 minutes early to sign in.

You will be greeted by your tour guide for the day. You will sign our liability waiver, and after departure a light breakfast will be served on board the van.

 

James A McFaul Environmental Center
 
 
The James A. McFaul Environmental Center was founded in 1967. This was originally an 81-acre pig farm.
 
 
You will find enclosures with rescued wildlife
 

You will have time on your own to enjoy the trails that bring you to woodland gardens and animal shelters. Wildlife is to be found everywhere.

 

 

A boardwalk takes you along the edge of the pond to a two-story observation platform.

 

The Hermitage
 
 
This National Historic Landmark is an outstanding example of Gothic Revival architecture. The historic house built in 1847–48 incorporates a stone house that was one of the Revolutionary War headquarters of General George Washington.

 

Receive a guided tour of the historic house and view different historical exhibitions and collections.

 


The home and land were willed by Mary Elizabeth to the State of New Jersey. It is operated by The Friends of the Hermitage, Inc., a non-profit organization.

 

 

We will eat lunch at a local restaurant. 

 

Wyanokie High Point

 

Located in the New Jersey Highlands region, we will indulge ourself in a hike to one of the best view points in New Jersey, the Wyanokie High Point.
 
 
 
This is a 2.6 miles relative steep hike (roundtrip) through very rugged terrain. Participants should be in fairly good shape to participate in this tour.

 

Wild life spotted on the trail

 

At the top, you will have 360° views of the Jersey Highlands area, including NYC on a clear day.

We will drive back to NYC. Arrival back to NYC at approximately 6:30 pm..

Hines Tours reserves the right to alter the itinerary, plans and arrangements for the tour, if in the judgment of Hines Tours it becomes advisable to do so.

 

WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR ON THE TOUR:

ID: Please bring a valid government issued identification. (Adults only)

CLOTHES: according to the weather.

FOOTWEAR: We will hike in a rocky mountaineer terrain which gets very slippery when wet. Hiking Boots is the ideal or if you do not own hiking boots, sneakers with good traction will do as well. Do not wear sandals, dress shoes or high heels.

RAIN GEAR: Even with no rain in the forecast, we recommend you to bring some rain gear.

WATER: In a plastic bottle, especially on hot days. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

CAMERA: With extra memory/film is highly recommended. You will experience beautiful sceneries and interesting sites.

CASH: Although our tour is classified as an "all inclusive". It is advisable to bring some cash for souvenirs and gratuities for the guide which is left to your discretion.

AN OPEN MIND: Although this is a recreational/leisure tour, you will also learn about history.

   

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