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Tour 58 – Halloween & History Tour (Family Friendly)
Otts Exotic Plants - Bowmans Hill Tower - Washington Crossing - Ferry House - Lambertville Halloween houses.


We will start our tour at 9:30 am in midtown Manhattan, 8th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street on the East side of 8th Avenue, across the street from 5 Penn Plaza (Google Street address is 460 8th Ave. New York, NY10119. It is written 470 on the building) (Old Duane Reade building, we are not sure what it will be in 2024) DON'T BE LATE! Please 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.


This Halloween tour is considered a “family-friendly” tour, we will not visit any extreme haunted houses, only spooky and beautiful decorated houses.


Ott’s Exotic Plants

On this tour we spend time in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We will start driving to Pennsylvania where we will visit Ott’s Exotic Plants. Here you can find Green houses with beautiful exotics plants.


One of the highlights are a “mountain” full of mum flowers (Chrysanthemums), it was made when a large pile of dirt left from excavating for the greenhouses and parking lot, the owner decided to plant mums, and soon it became a local attraction.



A tunnel was excavated through the pile and staircases were added so that people can get a view from the top.



In one of the green houses, you will find an indoor waterfall with a walkway above it, a fishpond, and large ferns and palm trees.


Bowmans Hill Tower

We will visit the lookout tower, Bowmans Hill Tower. This is a 125 feet tall tower offering magnificent views of the Delaware River and surrounding countryside. We will have to climb 125 steps to reach the top.


The tower was built in 1929-31 by the Washington Crossing Park Commission employees. After the tower’s construction, workers planted 28,300 trees to reforest the hill like people thought it would have been in George Washington’s time.


Washington Crossing Historic Park

We will visit Washington Crossing Historic Park, this park preserves the site where George Washington crossed the Delaware River and turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. In the park you will find a large, nice visitor center where you can view historic exhibits, and browse through a museum shop.


In the park you will also find some restored colonial buildings.


Ferry House Historic Site

This circa-1740 farmhouse is also located in Washington Crossing State Park, but on the New Jersey Side. General Washington and other officers probably used the house at the time of the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River. The site also includes an 18th-century kitchen garden.


The house will most likely have docents that will explain the history of the house.




We will eat an early dinner at a local restaurant.








Lambertville Halloween Houses

We will visit the city of Lambertville in New Jersey, declared one of Forbes's 15 prettiest towns in America. This town is very unique especially during Halloween. You will find rows of beautiful, decorated houses for Halloween.


The most famous decorated house, which is called “The Halloween House", is created by an art teacher, Dolores Dragan. She is now regular spook celebrity in the town.

Below you will find some other houses that you will see in Lambertville.




We will drive back to NYC.

Arrival back to NYC at approximately 9 - 9:30 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.




TOUR CONFIRMATION: Either on your phone or printed out.

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

CLOTHES: according to the weather, please dress warm in layers.

FOOTWEAR: Good walking shoes.

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

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

CAMERA/PHONE: With extra battery/memory is highly recommended. You will experience breath taking scenery.

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

INSURANCE: Even if this is just a day tour, if you are concern about losing money due to illness (including Covid-19) or other unpredictable matters, we highly recommend you buy a travel insurance. We can recommend www.insuremytrip.com or www.squaremouth.com (Hines Tours is not affiliated with either of these sites in any form). We do not give tour refunds or tour credits if you are not able to make the tour for any reasons.


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