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Southern Catskills Explore Fall Foliage Tour


World’s Largest Kaleidoscope, Fire Tower, Waterfall, Trolley Museum and optional Gondola Ride.

Come out and enjoy the spectacular fall colors of the Catskill Mountains!


We will start our tour at 7 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.


Catskills Visitor Center
We will start the day at the Catskills Visitor Center, here you will find a gift shop and information center with a wide variety of books and guides about the Catskills.


Climb to the top of the 80-foot tall Upper Esopus Fire Tower. The tower opened in 2019 on the site.


Enjoy extensive views of the surrounding area from the top of the tower.



Next stop for the day is a Guinness World Record-holding attraction,
the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope made in a 56 feet tall silo.
You will enjoy a multi-media presentation with brilliant moving images
and theater-quality sound.  The video’s 3-dimensional effect is created
using a tapered, three-mirror system.
Each mirror is 37 feet tall and weighs 2.5 tons.



After the show, spend some time wandering through the Kaleidostore. The Kaleidostore features a collection of spectacular kaleidoscopes, many of which are one-of-a-kind, designed by kaleidoscope artists from around the world.  



In the deep of a Catskills Hemlock forest, we will visit a very peaceful beautiful hidden waterhole, only known to a few people. A cascade falls 30 feet into a large pool of crystal clear water. 


We will drive to Belleayre Mountain, here you can experience an optional Gondola Sky Ride to take you to the summit above 3400 feet for spectacular views of the Catskill foliage. This ride is not included in the tour price, if you want to do this it will be an additional $20 (2020 price) or you can hike up the mountain for free (Above photo is from www.belleayre.com)


You will see the mountains in it's most beautiful colors.



Trolley Museum of New York
Last stop for the day is a small museum educating about the rich history of rail transportation and the role it played in the Hudson Valley region and elsewhere. The museum is a New York State chartered non-profit educational or­ga­ni­za­tion that is mostly run by volunteers.  
The museum displays a small collection of historical trolleys and subway cars and a gift shop.


You will also experience a trolley ride that runs from downtown Kingston to the shore of the Hudson River at Kingston Point.


We will drive back to NYC. Arrival back to NYC at approximately 7 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, Upstate NY is usually cooler than NYC.

RAIN GEAR: Even with no rain in the forecast, the weather is very unpredictable in the mountains. We highly recommend you to bring rain gear.

FOOTWEAR: Good walking shoes, sneakers or Hiking Boots. Do not wear sandals, dress shoes or high heels.

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

CAMERA: With extra film/memory highly recommended. You will experience breath taking scenery.

CASH: It is advisable to bring some cash for lunch, optional gondola sky ride, souvenirs and gratuities for the guide which is left to your discretion.

FOOD: This tour does not include lunch. You can buy traditional German Oktoberfest Food at the Mountain     Festival at reasonable prices, or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.


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