Day Trips

| 09 Jun 2015 | 12:40


MINERAL COLLECTING AT STERLING HILL ZINC MINE $5, plus $1.50 a pound for any minerals taken.

Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ

Sunday, June 28. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Contact: 973-209-MINE

Pack up the family and take a drive out to the Sterling Hill Mining Museum, in Ogdensburg, N.J., about an hour’s drive from New York City for a day mineral collecting on the Mine Run dump and in the Passaic pit and “saddle” areas of the old Sterling Hill zinc mine. Bring sturdy footwear, a strong hammer (carpenter’s claw hammers not allowed), and eye protection. A dark room with a shortwave ultraviolet light is provided on-site for inspection of fluorescent minerals. You can also sign up for an underground mine tour, fantastic displays of “glow-in-the-dark” fluorescent minerals, extensive outdoor displays of mining machinery, and exhibit halls. Age Requirements: 7 years & up on the Mine Run dump; 13 & up elsewhere.


George Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh Tours: $4 for adults; $3 for seniors and students; under 12, free

84 Liberty St., Newburgh, NY

(845) – 562-1195

Visit the nation’s first publicly owned historic site and tour the rooms where American history was made, just 71 miles north of New York City. General George Washington spent only a few months at Newburgh, but it was there that he made some of his most important contributions to shaping the American republic – rejecting the idea that he should be king after the war, ending the Newburgh conspiracy and preventing military control of the government.


SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tour

$19.99 for a two-hour walking tour with a guide

430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY

Saturdays and Sundays in June from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

(914) 631-008

The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the spot identified in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow as the resting place of the headless horseman. Pick up a map or take a guided tour of the 90-acre grounds at the cemetery where the most famous resident of the town, Washington Irving, is laid to rest. Other notables buried there include Revolutionary War veterans, Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, William Rockefeller, and Elizabeth Arden. The pace of the walk can be challenging, with stairs, unpaved roads, and hills, so make sure you’re in decent shape before setting out on this intriguing journey.


THE MULFORD FARM HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH FILM FESTIVAL Admission: $4 adults / $3 those over 65 / $2 students

10 James Lane, East Hampton. LI

Farm open daily.

(631) 324-6850

It doesn’t have to be a beach day to trek out to East Hampton for a visit to the Mulford Farm, considered one of America’s most significant, intact, English Colonial farmsteads. The farm is of interest not merely because of its importance to the history of East Hampton, but because of its antiquity. Built in 1680 – and largely unchanged since 1750 - the house has much to tell us about the origins of Colonial New England society and the changes that still affect our lives today. The Mulford Barn, constructed in 1721, is one of the most intact early-18th-century English-plan barn forms in New York State and is recognized as an outstanding example of early-18th-century construction methods and materials.


TURTLE BACK ZOO Adults: $13. Children: $9. Seniors $9. Children 23 months and under: Free

Zoological Society of New Jersey

560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

Daily, 10 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

(973) 731-5801

Situated on 18 acres of land just 19 miles outside the city, the Turtle Back Zoo was originally a showcase for animals indigenous to New Jersey, but it now holds featured species from every continent except Antarctica. You can hike through a natural area of oak, hickory and maple trees and meet such New Jersey natives as the bobcat, porcupine, falcon, turkey vulture, and bald eagle. You can also see penguins, wolves, alligators, bears, monkeys, reptiles, otters and animals of the Great Plains.


SKYDIVE NEW JERSEY $195 per person

70 Airport Rd. Pittstown NJ

Open daily.

Tap that inner daredevil in you and get ready for the time of your life with a day of tandem skydiving, billed as the safest, most exciting, and easiest way for you to experience the rush of free-fall. You go through a one-hour training to learn the necessary skills to participate in this ride of a lifetime. The day includes a 20-minute plane ride over the scenic views of the Delaware river, Spruce Run lake, Round Valley lake and the Manhattan and Philadelphia skylines. Then you attach to the front of your instructor’s harness and experience a 5- to 6-minute parachute ride, including 40 seconds of free fall at over 120 mph and a gentle landing.



2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, Pa.

June 20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

(800) 648-4102

This summer’s all-new Doo Wop Cavalcade features a terrific line-up of some of your favorite groups from the days of street corner singing. Scheduled acts include Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Tymes, The Original Chantels, Emil Stucchio & The Classics, The Marcels, the Knockouts, and Danny & The Juniors featuring Joe Terry