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
6 days
Starts at
1,699 / ADULT
849 / CHILD

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)!
Featured Expert
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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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Karl Baudendistel
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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.
722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York
by Clifton Hood
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
Journey to Ellis Island
by Carol Bierman
Suggested for the children. Follow a young immigrant as he makes his way to Ellis Island.
The Island at the Center of the World
by Russell Shorto
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.

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