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New York

American Mosaic: An NYC Exploration With Your Family

Journey into the past and explore the present with your family in NYC, where the city’s iconic spots create a mosaic of influences from around the globe.
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Program No. 21019RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699 / ADULT
849 / CHILD
New York

American Mosaic: An NYC Exploration With Your Family

Journey into the past and explore the present with your family in NYC, where the city’s iconic spots create a mosaic of influences from around the globe.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,699 / ADULT
849 / CHILD
Program No. 21019 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Please Note:
The itinerary for this program is different on certain dates.
Age 9 - 18
ROOMING OPTION PRICING
The figures below indicate the rooming options available.
DATES
Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2021
Per Adult
1,699
Per Child
849
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Itinerary Note

Due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, The United Nations remains closed to visitors. Alternatively, we have included a full day excursion to world famous Bronx Zoo on Day Three. The previously scheduled visit to Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock will happen that evening. Grand Central Terminal is no longer part of the itinerary.

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Aug 1 - Aug 6, 2021
1,699
/ Adult
849
/ Child
1,699
/ Adult
849
/ Child
2,399
/ Adult
849
/ Child
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Itinerary Note

Due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, The United Nations remains closed to visitors. Alternatively, we have included a full day excursion to world famous Bronx Zoo on Day Three. The previously scheduled visit to Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock will happen that evening. Grand Central Terminal is no longer part of the itinerary.

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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
Per Adult
1,699
Per Child
849
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
1,699
/ Adult
849
/ Child
1,699
/ Adult
849
/ Child
2,399
/ Adult
849
/ Child
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Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2022
Per Adult
1,699
Per Child
849
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Jul 17 - Jul 22, 2022
1,699
/ Adult
849
/ Child
1,699
/ Adult
849
/ Child
2,399
/ Adult
849
/ Child
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At a Glance

Imagine the excitement of past generations as they sailed toward New York City for the first time, the sparkling torch of Lady Liberty lighting the way above them. Travel through time with your family as you experience both the past and present of this remarkable city and its melting pot of cultural influences. Discover the story of generations past with visits to Little Italy and Chinatown, go behind the scenes at the United Nations headquarters and experience NYC like a local as you explore Central Park, spot species at the New York Aquarium and taste hot dogs on Coney Island. Who knows, your adventures may even spark a discovery on your own family tree!
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Six hours of physical activity daily, including walking up to five miles, taking public transportation and climbing stairs.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Take a ferry ride to the iconic the Statue of Liberty before visiting Ellis Island, where you’ll learn about past generations and their journey to America
  • Take off on a family photo safari of Central Park’s most famous spots, using maps and clues to discover sites like the Balto the Dog statue.
  • Navigate the city like a local as you travel to the New York Aquarium, find your favorite amusement ride in Luna Park and eat hot dogs at Coney Island.

General Notes

This is a Family program for participants, their adult children and grandchildren ages 9 and up. For a comparable intergenerational adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, check out "American Mosaic: An NYC Exploration With Your Grandchild" (#11559)!
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Tom Bernardin
As a National Park Service Guide at Ellis Island, Tom Bernardin became an avid collector of Statue of Liberty memorabilia — and his association with Ellis Island inspired him to write "The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook: The Story of Our Past Told Through the Recipes and Reminiscences of our Immigrant Ancestors." He has made guest appearances on National Public Radio, the TV Food Network, Arts and Entertainment and the History Channel.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Tom Bernardin View biography
As a National Park Service Guide at Ellis Island, Tom Bernardin became an avid collector of Statue of Liberty memorabilia — and his association with Ellis Island inspired him to write "The Ellis Island Immigrant Cookbook: The Story of Our Past Told Through the Recipes and Reminiscences of our Immigrant Ancestors." He has made guest appearances on National Public Radio, the TV Food Network, Arts and Entertainment and the History Channel.
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Angela Christensen View biography
Angela Christensen is a licensed New York City excursion leader who has extensive experience in event planning and hospitality. She worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society managing events in the Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Prospect Park, the Queens Zoo and the New York Aquarium. Now, she loves showing off her city with lifelong learners from around the world!
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Karl Baudendistel View biography
A New York City resident for more than 25 years, Karl Baudendistel loves sharing his knowledge of the city with visitors from around the world. Having spent 20 years overseeing ‘the business of show business’ for numerous Broadway and touring productions, chances are he’s been to a city near you. Karl is a member of The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, is a trained sommelier and was educated at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Doorman's Repose
by Chris Raschka
Suggested for the children. This novel tells the tales of unforgettable characters who live in a NYC apartment building.
American Passage
by Vincent Cannato
All-of-a-Kind Family
by Sydney Taylor
Suggested for the children. This follows the adventures of a New York City family in the early 20th Century. There are several books to the series.
Here Is New York
by E. B. White
The Island at the Center of the World
by Russell Shorto
Journey to Ellis Island
by Carol Bierman
Suggested for the children. Follow a young immigrant as he makes his way to Ellis Island.
722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York
by Clifton Hood
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
5 B 2 L 4 D
DAY
1
Registration, Dinner, Orientation, Park Ranger Intro.
New York, NY
D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. Remember to bring your name tag (sent previously).

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, take your bags to your room. At 4:00 p.m., come to the designated hotel meeting room (location will be posted) to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your envelope when you check in.

Dinner: 5:00 p.m.: In the Tick Tock Diner just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features American cooking and “comfort food.” Dinner in the diner is included even if you arrive late. You may eat later but please attend Orientation first. Or, get “take out” and bring your plate to the meeting room.

Evening: 6:15 p.m.: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Family program. Adult participants are responsible for their children at all times. If/when separate age group activities are conducted concurrently, program staff will supervise. Minors are never to be left unsupervised. This active program involves extensive walking and use of public transportation including the New York subway system with many stairs up and down. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. To prepare for tomorrow’s field trips, we’ll have an introduction to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Expert-led lectures: 1

DAY
2
Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Little Italy
New York, NY
B,L,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of public transportation (subway, ferry). Walking up to 8 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: We’ll walk from the hotel with our Group Leader and ride the subway to the ferry that will take us on to Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty. You will be able to explore Liberty and Ellis Islands at your own pace during this self-directed field trip. The National Park Service recently opened a fantastic new museum on Liberty Island. There is also a family-friendly audio guide included with each ferry ticket that can be picked up at the Acoustiguide booth on Liberty Island or perhaps choose to take a Ranger-led exploration. Another short ferry ride goes from Liberty Island to Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was an amazing gift to the people of America from the people of France — our oldest ally — celebrating freedom and democracy. We’ve seen this national monument in countless movies and TV shows and may even take it for granted, but on the Fourth of July 1884, it was the biggest event in the country. Years later, these words of poet Emma Lazarus were added: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Lunch: At the Statue of Liberty cafeteria on Liberty Island.

Afternoon: At your own pace, it’s on to Ellis Island. From 1892 when the immigration station opened until it closed in 1954, more than 12 million people coming to America passed through Ellis Island. This was their “golden door” to new lives. Today, the descendants of these immigrants make up almost half of all Americans. The Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration tells the story of where people came from and what their experience was like. We all came from somewhere. This is a chance to learn more about your own family heritage at the genealogy center (small additional fee.) We’ll regroup on the front steps of The Ellis Island Museum to take the ferry back to Manhattan as a group. Arriving back on Manhattan Island, we’ll explore the oldest inhabited area of the city and learn about some of New York’s ties to the American Revolution. Then, we’ll follow in the footsteps of immigrants, many of whom went first from Ellis Island to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, at one time the most densely populated neighborhood on earth. The Lower East Side is today home to New York’s Chinatown and Little Italy.

Dinner: At a restaurant in Little Italy.

Evening: Before we return to the hotel, we’ll have some time for independent exploration in this iconic neighborhood. When people came from other countries, they brought their language, customs, and favorite foods. How about some authentic Italian gelato?

DAY
3
Bronx Zoo, Times Square, Top of the Rock
New York, NY
B,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of public transportation. Walking up to 8 miles throughout the day. NOTE: The United Nations, previously scheduled for this morning, remains closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: We’ll hop the subway and ride up to The Bronx where we’ll spend the day at the world-famous Bronx Zoo. The Bronx is one of New York City’s five boroughs: Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. We’re exploring three of the boroughs as a group but if you fly into the city via JFK or LaGuardia Airport, you’ll visit a fourth. Situated on more than 256 acres and home to 8,000 animals, the Bronx Zoo is the largest metropolitan zoo in the country. From its opening in 1899, the zoo has been a pioneer in the field of zoology. Among its many firsts: cage-free exhibits, once considered revolutionary and now the standard for zoos. They also saved the American Bison from extinction and created the first zoo-based animal hospital.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like at one of the zoo’s cafés or concession stands.

Afternoon: We’ll continue exploring the zoo independently to see and do what interests each of us most. The Group Leader will announce a meeting place and time for us to regroup and return to the hotel via subway.

Dinner: At a restaurant near the hotel and Times Square.

Evening: We’ll walk up to Times Square, where millions gather to cheer in the new year. We’ll learn about the history of this world-famous crossroads and how it became the epicenter of entertainment and home to the Broadway Theater District. Our stroll will include the nearby art deco marvel of Rockefeller Center where we’ll head 60 floors up for a bird’s eye view of Manhattan from The Top of the Rock!

DAY
4
Central Park Discovery Adventure, Free Time
New York, NY
B,L
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of public transportation. Walking up to 5 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the meeting room.

Morning: We’ll take the Subway up to Columbus Circle, the magnificent southwestern entrance to Central park. We’ll divide into two smaller groups and set out on a walking field trip to explore Manhattan’s biggest and best green space. We’ll have maps and clues to discover some of the famous sights — like Balto the Dog — and take pictures to document our discoveries.

Lunch: In the Park, we’ll have box lunches.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Please note that the period scheduled for free time is subject to change depending on local circumstances and opportunities for independent exploration. There’s so much to see and do we can’t even begin to mention all the possibilities. You might like to visit the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or any of 100 other museums; have another walk in the Park; or just spend time together taking in the sights and sounds of the city.

Dinner: On your own to have what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Coney Island, New York Aquarium, Luna Park
New York, NY
B,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of public transportation. Walking up to 8 miles throughout the day.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: We’ll take the subway to Coney Island and visit the New York Aquarium, which has been going through big improvements. During our self-directed exploration, we’ll be able to see what interests each of us most.

Lunch: On your own to have what you like. There are lots of choices along the Coney Island Boardwalk and we’ll see what’s there. One possibility is the legendary Nathan’s — everybody’s favorite! —serving classic New York beef hot dogs since 1916. It was founded by a Polish immigrant who started with a small hot dog stand. Today, it’s the most famous hot dog joint in the world. (They also have other choices.)

Afternoon: Next, we’ll visit Luna Park, named after a famous amusement park established in 1903. The new park has 20 rides and games. We’ll have an “unlimited ride” wristband to enjoy what we like. (FYI: The Cyclone and several other “extreme thrill” rides are not included but you can purchase tickets onsite if you want.) We’ll also have some independent time to walk along the boardwalk and pier before returning to the hotel.

Dinner: Near the hotel, we’ll have Chinese food. Try using chopsticks!

Evening: With our Group Leader, we’ll take the subway to Washington Square Park, the heart and soul of Greenwich Village. There's always something interesting going on; Washington Square has attracted musicians and street performers for a very long time. There’s also great ice cream. Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure after our wrap-up session in the morning.

DAY
6
Wrap-Up Session, Program Concludes
New York, NY
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon. If you like, you may leave bags at the hotel for pick-up later in the afternoon.

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room.

Morning: We’ll have a fun wrap-up session to share what we’ve learned and enjoyed the most. We’ll be finished by about 10:30 a.m. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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