Adventure Tours

Tour cultural, historical and recreational attractions. Share special sites and memorable moments with friends and fellow "adventurers." You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Please wear comfortable shoes on all trips, there will be a lot of walking. Bring a camera to capture those incredible sights. Adventure Tours are open to TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD residents only. Tours leave from the Merrick Road Park Golf Course in Merrick, located one traffic light east of the Meadowbrook Parkway. Call (516) 292-9000, ext. 7258 for tour information.

Registration Policy: MAIL-IN ONLY! First-come, first-served! Buses are filled in the order we receive payments. Sorry, we cannot reserve bus seats. Enclose a separate check or money order for each trip made payable to Town of Hempstead and send along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Department of Parks and Recreation, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY 11550, Attn: Adventure Tours. Please include your phone number and the name of the trip on your check. No more than two reservations per person. Sorry, NO REFUNDS. All tours are held rain or shine. Return times are approximate.

Connecticut Art, Gardens & History

Thursday, May 17 • 9 AM to 7 PM (approx.)

Enjoy Connecticut with our local step-on guide. This is one of the largest nationally known gardens in Connecticut. From indoor to outdoor plants, we view and meander through aisles of flowers, annuals, perennials and more.

Then, we get a touch of Louis Comfort-Tiffany when we stop at the charming chapel to enjoy the unique colors of Tiffany glass and stained glass windows. Hear more about the Batell Chapel with a docent.

It is on to relax and enjoy a wonderful buffet lunch at the historic building. Our final stop will enchant you, as Tiffany’s twin daughters, Louise and Julia, were enchanted. We will then have a guided tour of the home and discover the charm of the beautiful place. We end the tour with light refreshments on the front porch.

Fee: $105 per person


West Point and Dia Beacon Perfect Tour on Flag Day

Thursday, June 14  • 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (approx.)

We arrive at the Dia Art Museum for a guided tour. This site is one of the largest contemporary art museums in the country. The former Nabisco box printing company has been re-purposed for dynamic contemporary art. After our guided tour, we head down to the waterfront.

Explore and enjoy lunch on your own and a view of the Hudson. Then we are off to visit West Point. A guided tour, in the comfort of your seat on the coach, is narrated by a West Point expert. We may do some walking to the chapel or cemetery or perhaps see a piece of the chain used during the Revolution. After the tour, we allow time to visit the newly completed visitor’s center with much to enjoy before heading home. 

Fee: $80 per person