Here’s a trip that has something for everyone! This summer adventure includes visits to a museum, a farm, a manufacturing facility, and a foundry. Learn by experiencing something you do not get to see everyday.

Hopes Acres Robotic Dairy Farm – Hopes Acres is one of the first farms to introduce robotic milking practices to America. Today, it is one of only a handful of such locations worldwide offering an up-close 90 minute guided tour. Watch robots milk the cows and witness the pampering each cow enjoys with waterbeds and backscratchers! Learn about these beautiful animals that are responsible for our milk. We will also get to enjoy a sample of ice cream! Anyone allergic to peanuts can NOT take this tour!

A.R.T. Research Enterprises, Inc. – A.R.T. is the largest fine art foundry on the East Coast. Over the years, A.R.T. has produced monumental castings to make statues and memorials from the work of some of the most prestigious artists around the world. Once the sculpture is crafted in clay, mold-making begins. A.R.T. employees use the ancient “lost wax method,” a technique that dates back more than 2,000 years, to produce and cast the sculpture. At the end of the tour you will have a greater appreciation for the laborious and highly skilled work that goes into creating the bronze statues and monuments we see gracing our town squares and parks.

National Watch & Clock Museum – Experience the wonders of timekeeping over the centuries. This fascinating journey begins in the theater with a ten-minute, educational video, “Time the Underlying Order.” This brief historical look at the influences of time on our lives is a wonderful introduction to the gallery. Enter the gallery and take a look at ancient timepieces including a replica of Stonehenge and continue the journey through the amazing modern technology of today. During the journey, visitors enjoy 18th and 19th century timepieces, culturally-inspired pieces from Europe, Asia and America, and discover how unique timekeeping evolved to meet the needs of the railroad, military, automotive and maritime industries.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s Vehicle Operations – Dubbed “one of the 10 great places to watch stuff being made” by USA Today, the behind-the-scenes tour offers glimpses at manufacturing and assembly areas. The Vaughn L. Beals Tour Center features exhibits that detail the plant's history, assembly and manufacturing processes, and Custom Vehicle Operations. It also includes sit-on bikes, a souvenir shop and theatre. The plant tour begins with a brief movie and then journeys through various manufacturing and assembly areas on the shop floor where you'll learn about the making of a legend.

Discover the natural beauty of Raystown Lake and enjoy its many miles of natural wooded shoreline as you have dinner and cruise on the Proud Mary, a 67-foot custom designed Mississippi-style Paddle Wheeler. The Proud Mary offers both a climate controlled lower deck and an open-air promenade deck so, regardless of the weather, you can be assured of a comfortable environment.

The trip will include a stop at the Raystown Lake Visitors Center where there is a brief video as well as numerous displays of local wildlife common to the area and a series of exhibits depicting the history of the Raystown Dam and its importance to flood control in the area. Bring your binoculars, the view from the front deck of the Visitors Center is worth seeing, and on occasion, eagles have been sighted.

During the two-hour cruise, there will be a dinner buffet consisting of roast top round of beef au jus, sliced chicken cordon bleu, roast red bliss potatoes, tossed salad , green bean almandine, assorted pies – Chef’s choice dessert table, rolls, tea and coffee and iced tea.

Join us for a fun way to finish the summer season.




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