Adult Tour Ideas, New York Metro Area
Theater & Dinner Theaters
Broadway & Off Broadway
Hard to get tickets and special performances are our specialty. One If By Land Tours can offer discount buys to all shows in Manhattan, both on and off Broadway. Enjoy the current Tony winners, the long running hits, and the classic revivals. A great selection of restaurants for a luncheon or pre-theatre dinner is available. Our “Broadway Gives Back” program offers a rebate to all qualifying groups.
Sight and Sound Theater
Located in Strasburg, PA , in the heart of the Amish Country, Sight & Sound is the premier Christian Theatre in the nation. Live spectaculars such as “Daniel” , “Abraham & Sarah” , and Noah” dazzle audiences all year. Show schedules change with the holiday season. Outlet visits and Amish Feasts complete the day.
All Star Productions at LiGreci’s Staaten Restaurant
LiGreci’s in Staten Island has become one of our most popular luncheon theaters. Great food is complemented by wonderful theme shows. Whether it is Lucy & Desi or Three Tenors, you’ll have a day to remember. The bonus is the short ride to Staten Island.
Ace In The Hole Productions
A short drive to the Tides Restaurant in Wayne, NJ or the Brownstone in Paterson, NJ brings you to a fun day of music, comedy, and fine dining. Ace in the Hole presents shows from ragtime to Oktoberfests. Luncheon is included.
Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County (Gateway Playhouse/Patchogue)
The Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County is committed to producing and presenting the highest caliber theater and performing arts events as well as engaging and training the next generation of artists. Travel east to Bellport or Patchogue to see quality musicals. Lunch is served at a nearby restaurant in Patchogue or Bellport.
Goodspeed Opera House
Travel to East Haddam, CT where the Goodspeed Opera House is dedicated to the preservation of the musical theatre. Equity actors perform at he highest caliber. See a classic show , or a new production bound for Broadway. Lunch is included at the nearby Gelston House or other area restaurants.
Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
Enjoy a luncheon or dinner buffet at this lakeside theatre only 1 ½ hours from NYC in New Jersey. Musicals and comedies are performed all year. Matinee & Evening performances are available.
Great Summer theatre awaits you in the quaint town of Ivoryton, Connecticut. No bad seats in this small “Summer Stock” theatre. See performances on the stage where Kathryn Hepburn made her debut. The restaurants and the town itself , make the day a total escape. Shows such as varied as “Say Goodnight Gracie”, to “La Cage Aux Folles” will delight you.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Less than an hour away in Newark, NJ, NJPAC offers quality performances, Broadway shows, and headline acts. Combine the performance with a luncheon at a Spanish/Portuguese restaurant in the Ironbound District, and you have captured the essence of culture in historic Newark. A brief tour of the historical sites of Military Park can also be included.
Paper Mill Playhouse
Just under one hour from New York, this outstanding theatre offers many pre-Broadway productions as well as classics. This is Broadway caliber theatre at State Theatre prices. Luncheon at the Carriage House, or local restaurant is available! Matinees are Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Nestled in the Poconos just across the Delaware Water Gap you will find one of the premier summer stock theatres on the East Coast. See a quality musical or comedy in a Summer Stock environment and dine at a local country club. Matinee & Evening performances available.
New York City
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Security lines are gone. The grounds around the 9/11 Memorial are developing, and the new museum has opened. “Never forget” was the heartfelt refrain after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. The National September 11 Memorial Museum has opened, to memorialize those who lost their lives — and to ensure, once again, that the world will “never forget.” The museum’s power rests, first and foremost, in its location: The 110,000 square feet of exhibition space are within “the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site. It lies 70 feet below ground, so entering the museum involves descent from the light of the outside into dimly lit depths, which adds to the overall power and pathos of this hallowed ground. The experience may be enhanced by a guided tour by our Lower Manhattan specialist. Lunch options include Little Italy, Chinatown, or a local grill.
Statue of Liberty
The tour begins with the highlights of Battery Park. We then board the ferry to Liberty Island where we enter the Statue of Liberty and Museum with a timed ticket. Our guide continues with a tour around the pedestal of the Statue. The ferry returns us to lower Manhattan for lunch. For those with energy, we board the ferry to Ellis Island and the Museum of Immigration.
New York Mosaic
Visit three major ethnic areas in lower Manhattan: Little Italy; the Jewish Lower East Side; and Chinatown. Walking tour highlights include Ferrara’s, Yonah Shimmel’s, Schapiro’s Winery, First Rumanian Shul where famous opera stars began, and St. Anthony’s Shrine. Enjoy lunch in a Chinese family-style restaurant or Italian restaurant.
This day begins with our guided tour of Ellis Island. Then you follow the immigrants off the island to their ethnic neighborhood where we combine highlights of our New York Mosaic tour. Lunch included.
A Stranger Among Us
This One If By Land exclusive visits the heart of the Hasidic Community in Brooklyn. See the “Million Dollar” Mikvah, observe a minyan, a Russian matzoh factory (when baking), visit a Lubovich leader’s private library and see rare artifacts. Lunch is included.
Gracie Mansion & United Nations
Start with an unusual guided tour of Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the Mayor. Next visit the United Nations for a guided tour. Lunch is served in the Delegate’s dining room.
See Marcus Garvey Park, established in 1839 and named after the leader of the “Back to Africa” movement, and Striver’s Row, the area of row houses that was home to W.C. Handy, Eubie Blake, and many civic leaders. Visit the Schomburg Library, a branch of the NY Public Library specializing in research for Black Culture, the Studio Museum, featuring works of black artists including Romare Bearden and James Van Der Zee, and enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Apollo Theatre. Lunch included at Sylvia’s or Copelands.
The Re-Birth of 42nd Street
The 42nd Street area changes daily! We focus on the major renovations and additions to the area. First, we are guided through Grand Central Station by a specialist who takes use behind the scenes while telling the story of Grand Central Station. We have lunch at a Times Square Restaurant. After lunch, we visit Madame Tussaud’s for an up close and personal look at the stars.
Historic Uptown New York
History and architecture come alive on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Visit Grant’s Tomb National Memorial. See the Dyckman House (18th century Dutch farmhouse). Visit Riverside Church to see the world’s largest Carillon Bells and the tower observation deck. Finally, stop at the Cloisters – Manhattan’s finest collection of medieval art treasures. Lunch included.
This new tour focuses on the post 9/11 Lower Manhattan. Our tour begins with a ride through the Canyon of Heroes to Bowling Green. We visit Battery Park and the “sphere” which survived the World Trade Center attack. Our guide continues the tour to include the Firemen’s Memorial, St. Paul’s Church, Trinity Church and other Lower Manhattan landmarks. After a luncheon in Lower Manhattan, we visit the 911 Memorial to pay tribute to those lost during the attack, and to celebrate the re-birth.
New York Harbor Islands
This traditional tour begins with a ferry ride to Liberty Island. Visit the Statue of Liberty. Then back aboard to Ellis Island for an exclusive One If By Land guided tour. Lunch included after the tour.
Shalom New York
Visit the Jewish Museum with its collections dating back to biblical times. Then visit Temple Emanu-El, the oldest reform congregation in New York. End the day with a visit to the Jewish Studies Center at Yeshiva University. Lunch at a kosher or kosher-style restaurant is included.
A Day In the Country
Strolling the lakefront, listening to the band, cooling off in the pool, and eating, eating, eating, makes up your day at this well known restaurant with its scenic grounds.
Mohonk Mountain House
At this mountaintop resort near New Paltz, you will dine and enjoy the spectacular scenery or take a swim in the lake. Optional carriage rides are available. Upon departure visit the historic stone houses in New Paltz or a farmstand.
It’s just a short ride up to Rockland County for a full day of fun. You will enjoy singing, dancing, and food all day at this traditionally popular setting.
Your day at Woodloch Pines includes bingo, a boat ride on Lake Teedyuskung, entertainment, and use of the resort facilities. A delicious luncheon is served in the dining room. Sunday brunch package also available.
Mansions Along the Delaware
Visit three mansions in Bucks County. Tour the houses and gardens including Andalusia, a Greek revival mansion built in 1797, and Pennsbury Manor, the country estate of William Penn. Lunch is included in one of the old mansions.
The Pen & The Pearl
Travel to Bucks County to see the Old Jail transformed to the James A. Michener Art Museum, featuring paintings and sculptures. After lunch, visit the home of Pearl S. Buck with its special collection of Chinese artifacts. (A special Chinese option features the Buck home and a Chinese luncheon or have lunch at Odettes in New Hope).
African American Philadelphia
From the Liberty Bell to the song that strings the Mummers along to the Afro-American Museum, learn about the rich history of African-Americans in the City of Brotherly Love. Visit the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church and see the museum dedicated to the church’s role in the Underground Railroad. At the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum you will visit Philadelphia’s first home for African-American exhibits. Lunch included.
A local specialist gives us a different view of Philadelphia. Highlights of Italian Phildelphia include the Mario Lanza Museum, and the Italian Market. Luncheon in an Italian restaurant is followed by time on your own in the Italian Market.
Start your day at the new National Museum of American Jewish History where your tour changing exhibits and visit Mikvah Israel, the oldest continuous congregation in the U.S. In the afternoon visit the Museum of Judaica at Rodeph Shalom, an exact duplicate of the beautiful temple in Florence, Italy. Lunch included. (CAN BE KOSHER)
This trip back to the beginning of American freedom includes stops at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Pavilion. After lunch, we see a live performance and visit the exhibits at the National Constitution Center. A luncheon cruise aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia, or a visit to the Museum Of Art can be arranged.
This unique blend of attractions has received widespread praise. The Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard is unique. Besides the tour and tasting we are treated to a tour of the horse rescue area where horses from Shetlands to Thoroughbreds thrive. You will be surprised that some ancestors of very famous horses reside there. A gourmet box lunch is provided by the winery. After lunch we head to Riverhead for an ecotour of the Peconic River. A stop at a farmstand rounds out the day.
Travel to Southampton to see the mansions (outside only) and the Parrish Art Museum. Lunch is at the Publick House. After lunch enjoy a tour and tasting at the Duck Walk Vineyards. If time allows, stop at a nearby farm stand for some fresh produce.
The popular classic includes a luncheon at Gurney’s Inn on the beach. After lunch we are joined by a local guide for a tour of the highlights of Montauk. A stop at Gossman’s Dock is an option as well.
Ride along Long Island’s North Fork to see 19th century houses. Then enjoy a tour and tasting at Palmer Vineyards. Later, ferry to Shelter Island, stop at Sag Harbor and the Whaling Museum. Lunch is included.
Travel to nearby Oyster Bay, Long Island to visit two of its pearls: The Raynham Hall Museum, the 22 room home of the Townsend family (1740) and Teddy Roosevelt’s home at Sagamore Hill. Lunch at the Homestead is included. Before leaving for home we stop at the Planting Fields Arboretum.
African American Baltimore
Two versions of the African-American in Maryland are offered. Local specialists conduct a tour of the Underground Railroad, or an African-American Heritage Tour. After the three hour tour. Luncheon at the Inner Harbor or Fells Point follows the tour. The day concludes with a visit to the “Great Blacks in Wax” Musuem.
It’s worth the drive to Baltimore for a star spangled, all you can eat, Crabfest. A variety of Crabfests including land locations, Chesapeake Bay Cruise fests, or Gospel fests. Spend time at the Inner Harbor attractions or visit the “Great Blacks in Wax” Museum.
New Jersey’s jewel on the Atlantic offers non-stop casino action, top name entertainment, and all types of dining from buffet to gourmet. All day trips offer coin bonuses. Show packages available.
Atlantic City Show Package
Gambling and a show – the essence of the casino. This great package offers Broadway shows, tributes to greats such as Sinatra and Streisand, and revues. The tour package includes an expanded casino bonus (including coin and buffet), and the show at the casino.
Atlantic City with Renault Winery
This classic combination is still as popular as ever. Star the day with a guided tour of the Renault Winery in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. The tour is followed by a family-style luncheon accompanied by wine. After lunch we drive about one hour to Atlantic City for a full casino excursion with coin bonus.
Atlantic City with Spirit of Philadelphia Cruise
Enjoy One If By Land’s unique combination of a luncheon cruise complete with entertainment on the Spirit of Philadelphia and a visit to a top casino in Atlantic City. The narrated cruise on the Delaware sets the stage for the exciting activity at the gaming tables. A coin bonus is included in the package.
Mount Airy Casino
Less than two hours away in the Poconos, Mount Airy Casino has become our most popular day trip casino. Mount Airy is no longer the “heart shaped bathtub” hotel. Our clients prefer Mount Airy because is a smaller casino that requires less waking. The bonus is a combination of slot dollars and a food credit.
A pleasant ride to eastern Connecticut brings you to the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Reservation and the famous Foxwoods Casino. Enjoy all of the gaming activities (including some you’ve never seen before), visit the shops, and dine at the restaurants. Casino bonus packages as well as high stakes Bingo available.
Mighty M Gaming at Monticello
Monticello was one of the first racinos in New York. Take a scenic drive through the Catskills and arrive in less than 2 hours. Enjoy 1,800 modern video games, a day at the races, and a great buffet. Trip can be combined with shopping trip.
The beautiful Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut offers beautiful ambiance, excellent cuisine, as well as all of gaming activities. Day trip bonuses often combine food and betting coupons. Enjoy the Lobster Fest – with Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun. Your choice of an all you can eat Lobster Fest at either Nordic Lodge in Rhode Island, or Flanders in Connecticut, is combined with either Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun Casinos. A minimum of four hours at the casino is required to receive the casino bonus
Bateaux New York
Enjoy elegant dining aboard the glass enclosed Bateaux. Tour Manhattan Island, enjoy the narrated sights, and relax as you are served a gourmet meal. Entertainment is also available on some cruises.
Spirit of New York
An entertainment filled luncheon cruise aboard the Spirit of NY is a great way to spend some relaxing time on the waters of NY harbor. Later you can visit lower Manhattan or Rockefeller Center.
Enjoy elegant dining afloat as we tour Manhattan Island in style. Enjoy a Sunday brunch buffet, or a dinner, as you take in the sights of the greatest city in the world. Piano player accompanies Sunday Brunch, and a combo plays the dinner cruises.
Cruise to West Point
Travel to West Haverstraw and board the Commander for a cruise to West Point. Then enjoy lunch at the Hotel Thayer and a guided tour of the U.S. Military Academy. The cruise can be combined with a matinee show at the Hotel Thayer. Any other Hudson Valley attraction can be added to the itinerary.
Mansions & Cruise
It’s just a quick ride up to the Mills Mansion for a guided tour. Then cross the Hudson and enjoy lunch at the Reservoir Inn. End your day with a river cruise aboard the Rip Van Winkle. Lunch included.
The Spirit of Independence
A luncheon cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia begins this day. Enjoy the views from the Delaware River and the entertainment as you dine. Later, go back to the roots of American Independence on a guided tour of Philadelphia National Historical Park to include Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
This is one of our most popular tours. A narrated cruise around these beautiful islands begins the day. Then visit the Crafts Village (or a farm stand in season). Finally, we stop at the Shoreline Trolley Museum for a trolley ride and visit to the restoration barn. Lunch is included.
Bronx Botanical Bonanza
How long has it been since you’ve been to the New York Botanical Gardens? You should see it now! This 250 acre National Historic Landmark offers garden tours, tram tours, or ecological tours (all are guided) and then you will have lunch at the Italian neighborhood at Arthur Avenue. If you haven’t been here since childhood you have to go see it again!
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Enjoy a guided tour of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens including its famous Japanese Garden with the bonsai collection. After lunch you’ll enjoy the pleasures of the deep at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island or visit the Brooklyn Museum to view the collections. Lunch included.
Philadelphia Flower Show
Visit the United States largest indoor floral exposition at the Civic Center. Over 100 exhibitors displaying flowers, herbs, pottery, are more than willing to answer your questions. This trip can be combined with the “Flowers in Art” tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or a cruise on the Spirit. Lunch is included.
Tour the house and stroll the gardens at Old Westbury. This recreated 18th century English estate was the home of John S. Phipps. After lunch at Friend of the Farmer, spend some time at the Nassau County Art Museum in Roslyn Harbor.
New York State
Boscobel & Union Church
Visit the mansion and gardens along the Hudson at Boscobel. Then off to Pocantico Hills to see works in stained glass by Matisse and Chagall at Union Church. Lunch is included at the Dockside Restaurant.
Hyde Park & Culinary Institute of America
Travel upstate to Hyde Park for a fabulous luncheon at the Culinary Institute. After the meal, visit one of the areas local attractions such as the Vanderbilt Mansion, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Home, the FDR Home and Museum or the Studio Gallery at Vassar College). Another option is to take a guided tour at the Culinary Institute.
A visit to the Rockefeller family estate is a rare treat. See the Beaux Arts style mansion, the art galleries, the gardens and the coach barn. After your picnic or full served luncheon (group choice) conclude the day with a visit to the Phillipsburg Manor or Van Cortlandt Manor.
Visit the NYS Urban Cultural Park at Ossining. See an Audio Visual presentation about Sing Sing and the Aqueduct and enjoy a leisurely walking tour. After lunch at Windows on the Hudson, spend the afternoon at the spectacular Lyndhurst Castle, a Gothic Revival mansion built in 1838, or visit the Tarrytown Lighthouse.
On the east side of the Hudson, start your day with a tour of Wilderstein, an 1888 Queen Anne style mansion on 35 acres. This unusual mansion has a 5 story tower and interior spaces designed by J.B. Tiffany. After lunch at the Traphagen Restaurant, continue on to Clermont, home of Robert Livingston, drafter of the Declaration of Independence. The home and visitor’s center offers a tour to be remembered.
Visit Sunnyside, the home of Washington Irving. Then we move on to the Phillipsburg Manor, where you will see the stone manor house and working farm of Dutch settler Frederick Philipse. Finally, make a stop at Pocantico Hills to visit Union Church (“the Rockefeller Church”) and see windows by Matisse and Chagall. Lunch is included.
Seasonal Specialty Tours
Christmas Lights at the New York Botanical Gardens
The New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx is one of the oldest and most beautiful botanical gardens in the world. While it is a great visit in any season, it is special during the holiday season. Thousands of lights adorn the nation’s most beautiful glasshouse, the Haupt Conservatory. The toy train exhibit is fun for all ages. In addition, there are gardens and plants grown seasonally. Lunch can be at the gardens, or at nearby Arthur Avenue.
Christmas Lights in Springfield
It’s a journey to remember when we visit the “City of Bright Nights” – Springfield , Ma. The day begins at New England’s finest Group Entertainment Luncheon – Chez Josef. The delicious meal is a complemented by an upbeat seasonal performance. After our luncheon show, we head to Springfield and the Seuss Memorial – dedicated to Springfield’s most famous resident. We drive through an illuminated city on our way to Forest Park. Our coach enters a wonderland of Victorian Villages, animal sculptures, and cartoon characters, while we listen to the narration on our coach.
Begin your day by finishing your Christmas shopping at the Reading Outlets. Next it’s off to lunch. After lunch, visit the famous Christmas Village to see the many lights and other displays, listen to the carols, and try some fresh baked cookies.
Longwood Gardens Christmas
The lights, the dancing fountains, the holly and the poinsettias, are only a part of Longwood Garden’s famous Christmas displays. Our docent guided you through the highlights of the famous Gardens. You will have time on your own to explore the dancing fountain, or any other part of the garden. Lunch vouchers at the Cafeteria are included.
Thrill to your choice of one of NYC’s major delights – the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall. See why New Yorkers re-visit this show over, and over. Lunch is included in this tour, as is a visit to the tree at Rockefeller Center and other famous city lights attractions.
The Lights of Long Island
Start the day with a visit to a mansion decorated for the holiday season. The Vanderbilt Museum or Westbury Gardens are great examples. After the mansion tour, we have lunch on Long Island. The highlight of the tour is the illuminated trail of lights at Jones Beach. You stay aboard your coach as you are mesmerized by the lights spectacular.
Traditional Bethlehem Lights Tour
This classic never gets tired. Visit a Moravian Putz (Nativity). A luncheon is served at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Chrsitkindlmart (Christmas crafts fair). Before the lights come on, we see a film at the Visitor’s Center. Finally, the local guide leads us through the town of Bethlehem and its illuminated homes and star on the hill.