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Great Expeditions in Rochester, NY & the Finger Lakes Region of NYS

Educational Tour for Students and Adults

Groups of all ages are invited to explore Rochester and surrounding regions for a fun-filled, hands-on learning environment with offerings that include interactive visits with local museums, universities, theaters and galleries.  Most of these offerings fulfill NYS education requirements.  Visitors will enjoy a wide range of interests that include: art, music, film production, theatre & history.  New to this tour is a culinary experience.   This tour is suggested and can be adjusted to meet the needs of a particular group. 

Day 1

Your tour begins with a brief orientation tour of downtown Rochester and its history. 

Eastman School of Music:  Eastman is located in the cultural heart of Rochester, a city with a thriving live music and arts community.  Here students perform in concert and recital halls, coffee shops, jazz clubs, area schools and churches.  You will be given an orientation tour of the Eastman campus which includes the Eastman Theatre, Kodak Hall and Kilburn Recital Hall.

Eastman School of Music Organ Initiative:  Rochester is fast becoming the pipe organ capital of North America.  Crowning the collection is the Craighead-Sanders Organ at Christ Church.  You will visit the church and an Eastman School of Music staff member will bring to life the sounds of the 18th Century.  Students are allowed inside the instrument for a closer look at the pipes and playing mechanisms.   

The Studios: Behind the scenes tour of this state-of-the-art recording studio.  This is an incredible combination of sound perfection, artistic comfort and natural beauty.

Dinner at:

New York Wine and Culinary Center:  Located on the shores of beautiful Canandaigua Lake, this newly developed center offers group culinary experiences for youth groups.  Students will be able to create and discover in the spacious amphitheater and Viking kitchen.  New York State agricultural products are featured.  Dinner will be served here - hosted by Finger Lakes Connection and the New York Wine and Culinary Center.   Of course, the adults get to sample the New York wines!

Day 2


George Eastman House & International Museum of Photography & Film:  This museum has been hailed as the mother of photography, and certainly the mother of film.  It is the world's preeminent museum of photography.  Students will discover George Eastman, the American Innovator.  Students will understand the historical importance of American Inventors and their role in the development of technology.  They will view primary sources such as artifacts, actual patents, experimental negatives and documents from Eastman's collection. 

Geva Theatre Center: Behind the Scenes with Geva Theatre Center.  This is Rochester's leading professional theatre offering the best in live theatre, from fresh looks at classics, musicals & dramas.  Special attention is given to nurturing the audiences and artists of the next generation. This workshop reveals all the elements that go into the full production of a play.

Lunch at 1-2:30pmWegmans is consistently one of the most admired retailers in the food business.  Wegmans  Executive chefs with advanced culinary training are in many Wegmans food markets.  Their mission is to create convenient fresh market cuisine for customers to take home, or dine in.  French Pastry shop, international breads and cheeses are all part of the scene at Wegmans.

Artisan Works:  Thought to be one of Rochester's finest jewels, this art gallery has evolved into one of the largest sellers of original artwork, sculpture and photography in the country.  The gallery exposes art as a work in progress by subsidizing local artist studios on site.  The Gallery excites the imaginations of school children through organized tours and hands-on workshops. Choose among several offerings in the creative arts, visual arts or history.

Dinner at:

Beale St. Café:  Here you will sample Southern BBQ at its best.  Enjoy the sights, sounds and culinary delights of the deep South. 

Day 3

Breakfast Cruise on the Colonial Belle - Erie Canal CruiseHarbored in the quaint village of Fairport, the Colonial Belle offers a relaxing ride on the historic, tranquil waters of the Erie Canal.  Here, students learn first-hand about the history and operation of this historic waterway, including the building of it, the unique Fairport lift bridge and the great embankment.

Hochstein School of Music and Dance:  Creative encounters for kids of all ages.  Camps, workshops, ensembles, classes, Arts in Action, music theory -- All of this and more is featured at the Hochstein.  You will be introduced to a behind-the-scenes look at the Hochstein and be able to choose from several special offerings for visiting students.  Visitors can engage in a variety of activities, depending on the time of year and the current schedule.

Whether your journey home takes you east or west, there is a wide range of options to choose for stops on route.  They could include a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass, a stopover at a Lake Ontario Fruit Farm, a Native American historic site, or a War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden.

Happy Trails!!