Guest Tours

Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, and Niagara Falls State Park

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – AM Session

Cave of the Winds: Journey with us down into the Niagara Gorge for a breathtaking one-of-a-kind view of the Falls with the Cave of the Winds tour. Gear up in a souvenir rain poncho and sandals that have been specially designed to navigate the Hurricane Deck.

Guests on the Cave of the Winds Niagara Falls tour follow wooden walkways along Niagara River to the Hurricane Deck, just a few feet away from the torrents of Niagara Falls. Here, rushing Bridal Veil Falls creates tropical storm-like conditions. Nowhere else on Earth gets you closer to the Falls than Cave of the Winds Niagara!

Maid of the Mist: Looking for a fun way to “explore the roar”? The Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist tour takes visitors on an excursion into the basin of Niagara Falls State Park’s Horseshoe Falls. The Maid of the Mist boat tour in Niagara Falls, NY has been described by generations of visitors as one of the highlights of their trip.

 

A favorite Niagara Falls State Park attraction for more than 150 years, the Maid of the Mist journey begins at the Observation Tower, where guests are given a souvenir rain poncho to wear and board the double-deck Maid of the Mist tour boat. From there, the boat ferries past the base of the American Falls, and onto the basin of Horseshoe Falls–the dramatic passage leading you through the roiling waterfall whitewater and massive rock formations. The Maid of the Mist returns guests to shore with newfound appreciation of the power and grandeur of Niagara Falls

 

Niagara Falls State Park: Today, the park’s signature attraction, the majestic Niagara Falls, is the dramatic apex of the free-flowing waters of four of the Great Lakes into the Niagara River Gorge. But that wasn’t always the case. During the Industrial Revolution of the early 19th Century, the natural beauty of Niagara Falls began to suffer as earnest industrialists built mills and factories along the river to harness its power. By the late 1860s, a small band of early environmentalists, including landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who were concerned over the river’s waning flow, founded the Free Niagara movement. The movement believed that the natural beauty of the land surrounding the Falls should be protected from commercial interests and exploitation, and remain free to the public.

 

Today, the oldest American State Park retains Olmsted’s vision by staying committed to maintaining native vegetation, preserving its unparalleled vistas and providing public access. Visitors from around the world are entranced by the thundering wonder of Niagara Falls, a grand tribute to the men and women who fought to preserve it for all.

 

 

The Darwin Martin House

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – PM Session

 

The multi-structure estate (1903-05) that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Darwin D. Martin is a masterpiece of 20th century architecture. The Martin House is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie Houses – a signature work from the early years of his celebrated career. Wright himself referred to the Martin House complex as “the opus” and kept the site plan pinned to his drawing table for close to fifty years.

 

The Martin House + Tour will take you to all the spaces included on the Martin House Tour, plus the second floor of the Martin House, the first and second floor of the Barton House (1903) the first Prairie house built on the site and the first floor of the Gardener’s Cottage (1909) where you will see Wright’s concept for affordable housing beautifully executed.  Along the way, your docent will expand on the Martin/Wright story to provide a more detailed context for this architectural masterpiece.

 

This tour is two-hours and is not wheelchair accessible: there is considerable walking, standing and stair-climbing involved. Part of the tour is outside.

 

 

Today the Martin House Restoration Corporation is bringing the Martin House complex back to its former magnificence in the most ambitious restoration of a Frank Lloyd Wright site ever undertaken. Three of the original elements — the pergola, conservatory and carriage house, which were demolished decades ago, are rebuilt in the first-ever reconstruction of Wright buildings. The historic site is operated as a house museum and will remain open for tours throughout the restoration.  

 

Come see the progress that has occurred at the site and experience this remarkable architecture first-hand.

 

 

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site and The Albright–Knox Art Gallery

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – AM Session

 

Albright-Knox Art Gallery: For more than 150-years, the Albright-Knox has collected, conserved, and exhibited the art of its time, often working directly with living artists. This tradition has given rise to one of the world’s most extraordinary collections of modern and contemporary art.

 

The museum’s collections span some of the greatest moments in art through the centuries, beginning with its first acquisition, The Marina Piccola, Capri, 1859, by Albert Bierstadt—both the first painting and the first work gifted by an artist to enter the museum’s collection. Impressionism and post-Impressionism are well represented with works by leading nineteenth-century European artists such as Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. Cubism, Surrealism, Constructivism, and other movements from the revolutionary early years of the 20th century come to life through significant works by Georges Braque, André Derain, Frida Kahlo, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alexander Rodchenko, and Pablo Picasso.

 

Theodore Roosevelt’s Inaugural Site: Experience TR’s unusual 1901 inauguration like never before. With a combination of historically restored rooms and interactive exhibits, you’ll feel as if you are part of the events of that fateful September, while gaining a new perspective on the issues Roosevelt faced during his presidency.

Immigration, the role of the U.S. in global affairs, race relations, big business, the use of our natural resources…these issues dominate today’s headlines, just as they did more than a century ago, when Theodore Roosevelt become the 26th President of the United States on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo. Now you can step back in time and into the world that TR knew, through a new powerful immersive experience of sight, sound and interaction. Walk where he walked, see and hear the challenges he faced, and get a sense of what it was like to lead our nation during such a pivotal time in its history.

 

 

 

East Aurora Food Tasting and Historical Walking Tour

and the Made In America Store

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – PM Session

 

The Made in America Store has been recognized as having unlimited potential to save and create jobs across the United States, and quite frankly, be the spark for America’s Second Industrial Revolution.  In the minds of the store’s American customers, the Made in America Store is situated at the intersection of patriotism and prosperity, and geographically at 900 Maple Street, Elma, New York – just 20 minutes from Buffalo and less than one hour from Niagara Falls.

 

What to Expect from the East Aurora Food Tasting & Historical Walking Tour

 

Exquisite Local Tastings – Our narrated, guided Epicurean East Aurora Food Tour visits six different East Aurora Restaurants within this historic Western New York village. One-of-a-kind food tastings, enough for a hearty lunch are served in “mom and pop” restaurants and local cafes in elegantly redesigned historic buildings.  Stops include an authentic bakery and cafe, a specialty tea shop and… All food tastings are included in the ticket price.  See all food tastings below.

 

 

Entertaining Experience – In addition to exquisite tastings you’ll enjoy a hearty helping of how these establishments came to be and who owns them along with historical, architectural and cultural information about the village of East Aurora.  As we stroll Main Street you’ll step back in time to a simpler world of small town U.S.A. yet encounter cutting-edge shopping and dinning experiences.

 

 

 Historic Buffalo Tour and Pub Crawl

TOUR FULL (ALL ADDITIONAL REQUESTS WILL BE PUT ON A WAITING LIST)

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – Evening

 

 Join us for a Buffalo Pub Crawl on an authentic British Double Decker bus as we travel to breweries and downtown Buffalo taverns.  We’ll start at Canalside and make our way through the cobblestone district while entertained by our tour guide with history and stories of our great City of Buffalo.

 

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