Tour 25 Details
Southern Catskills Explore Fall Foliage Tour

 

World’s Largest Kaleidoscope, Fire Tower, Belleayre Fall Festival and Opus 40.

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.

 

 

 

Kaleidoscope
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.  

 

Belleayre Mountain Fall Festival
Next we will visit the Belleayre Mountain Fall Festival.  At the festival you will find live music, a prestigious Craft Fair showcasing local artisan, ski and apparel sales and vendors serving traditional German Oktoberfest Food.

To give you the opportunity to enjoy the food at the festival, this tour does not include lunch. You can buy traditional German Oktoberfest Food at the Festival at reasonable prices or you can also bring your own lunch.

 

At Belleayre Mountain you can also experience a 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 or you can hike up the mountain for free (Above photo is from www.belleayre.com)

 

Opus 40
Last we will visit Opus 40 and the Quarryman’s Museum. Opus 40 is a large environmental sculpture created by sculptor and quarryman Harvey Fite. Building It over 37 years, Fite aimed to use 40 years, but died while building the structure. It comprises a sprawling series of dry-stone ramps, pedestals and platforms.

In 2000, the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, placed Opus 40 on the National Register of Historic Places.

 
 
Quarryman’s Museum
In the early 1970s, Harvey Fite took time out from Opus 40 to build a museum to house his diverse collection of quarryman’s tools and artifacts. During the 19th century, quarrying was a major industry in the area. Bluestone was used for curbing and paving, crosswalks, doorsills and windowsills, most of it going to New York City. The Museum is a fascinating tour through the history of the area and the skills of its working men.

 

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, 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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