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Bus will leave from the Northampton Township Admin. arriving at the NY Botanical Gardens, where you will take a relaxing journey to enjoy the beauty of nature at the renowned Gardens, with over 250 lush acres, exhibits and more . Your ticket includes a tram ride around the luxurious grounds, along with admission to the breathtaking exhibit of renowned artist, Dale Chihuly, bringing his spectacular glass sculpture to The New York Botanical Gardens in a stunning exhibition designed specifically for the Garden's collections and vistas. Art meets nature in his dramatically beautiful pieces, which have enthralled audiences around the world. The historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—America's premier glasshouse—and other Garden landscapes provide a glorious setting for Chihuly's organic shapes in brilliant colors.  Set to inspire and thrill,  there are more than 40 installations featuring thousands of individual, hand-blown glass sculptures. Pieces tucked in among the plants beg the question, "Were they made by man or by nature?" Enormous, complex sculptures hang dramatically from ceilings and rise up from reflecting pools. A once-in a lifetime “visual must-see”.   All meals will be on your own. There are 2 dining café’s on the garden grounds for lunch, or you may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the children’s garden pavilion.  Visit the website for details: .

After the Gardens and lunch, board the bus at 2:00 for a side trip to nearby Arthur Avenue . A well-kept secret, whether you call it Belmont, Little Italy of the Bronx or Arthur Avenue, the neighborhood boasts a number of establishments offering authentic foods, dining, house- wares, and other goods.  The “real Little Italy in the Bronx”, dubbed the best place for bread, pasta, meat, pastries, espresso, the only place to buy Italian sausage, and more. You will have time to shop for Italian delights, take in the old neighborhood sights or indulge in a gelato or pastry from the famous markets.   Bring a small cooler or thermal bag for any perishable food items that you may purchase to make it back home for you to enjoy!  Visit

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