Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
Art, Lighthouses and Wildlife
One Day Tour ~ Saturday, September 19, 2020
Today we will explore two New Jersey Lighthouses, browse local artist’s works and view marshland wildlife along a scenic drive. Our first stop will be the Sea Girt Lighthouse, nestled within a Victorian building in this lovely beach town. Here we will be guided through all the rooms of the lighthouse and learn about the Inn Keepers and their family along with viewing exhibits of artifacts of Sea Girt from bygone days including the Morro Castle disaster and rescue. Next, we will head to Historic Smithville which started as simple, one room stagecoach stop and is now home to cobblestone walkways and footbridges lined with locally owned shops and restaurants. It will be a special day in Historic Smithville since today is their Art Walk, where more than 75 local artists set up shop for you to browse or buy their various works. There will be time to walk around, browse the art and shops and have lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants. After lunch, we will make our way to New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse, Absecon, located in Atlantic City. Here we can view the Keeper’s House Museum, exhibits, gift shop, and grounds. And if you are feeling extra energetic, you can climb the 224 steps to the watchroom at the top which will reveal fantastic views of the Atlantic City skyline and where you will come face to face with the original, first-order Fresnel lens, first lit in 1857. We can then relax on our bus ride that will take us on a scenic wildlife drive through the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife refuge. The 8-mile loop through coastal habitats of wetlands and woodlands is home to at least 322 species of birds, so be on the lookout! It will be a relaxing nature filled drive to end our tour as we make our way home to northern New Jersey.
Departs from Frelinghuysen Middle School, 10 Jane Way, Morristown at 8:00 AM and returns approximately 6:30 PM
Departs Chatham Middle School, at 480 Main Street in Chatham (behind the church), at 8:30 AM and returns at approximately 6:00 PM.
Departs South Plainfield High School, at the end of Lane Avenue, at 9:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:30 PM.
Cars may be parked at either location for the duration of the tour at your own risk.
No reservations accepted without a payment of $145.00 per person. Make checks payable to “Group Tours & Travel” and mail to the above address. No refunds will be given on a cancellation after payment. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
Methods of Payment:
Pay by check: make payable to Group Tours & Travel, mail to 1710 E. Lancaster Ave. #319, Paoli, PA 19301
Call 973-513-9001 to pay by credit card over the phone (Credit Card payments have a 4% surcharge)
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