We had made reservations for whale and dolphin watching at Cape May, but were forced to change plans on the road due to the sheer volume of traffic headed that way. We opted to go to Croton Dam instead.
The Croton Gorge Park at the base of the dam provides an impressive view of this relatively unknown engineering marvel. It is said to be amongst the largest hand-hewn structure in the world, trailing only the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Wall of China. The spillway is partly man-made and partly natural. It is also unusually located to the side of the retaining wall.
The park is a popular spot for fishing, picnicking and hiking, and believe it or not wedding photography. We saw no less than three stretch limos pull up with wedding parties. While the multiple waterfalls do create a wonderful back drop, I think it is the man-made part that is the real draw. The white water cascading down the steps of the man-made part of spillway gives the illusion of a wonderfully tiered wedding cake!