Tour & Talk

Brookdale’s Tour & Talk day trips and overnight adventures offer yearlong opportunities for discovering places of cultural and historical interest. Get on board a luxury motor coach for a unique experience with a community of like-minded learning enthusiasts. Leave the planning and the driving to us – sit back and enjoy the ride. Buses depart from Parking Lot #1 at the Lincroft campus.

MOMA: Frank Lloyd Wright At 150: Unpacking The Archive; Architecture Tour Of The Guggenheim; Lunch At The Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright may be the only architect with a household name. A daring innovator with an eye for geometric harmony, Wright epitomized the modern ingenuity that shaped American identity in the first half of the 20th century. A guided tour of MOMA’s major exhibition that critically engages Wright’s multifaceted practice of approximately 450 works made through the 1950s, include architectural drawings, models, television broadcasts, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, and photographs, along with works that have never been publicly exhibited. Following lunch at The Wright, the James Beard Award winning restaurant at the Guggenheim, enjoy a docent-led tour of the museum’s groundbreaking architecture. Discover how Wright redefined the relationship between art and the viewer.
Tues, Sep 12, 8:15 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $165, XTRVY 228

Oklahoma! Goodspeed Opera House Gillette Castle; Dinner At The Gelston House, CT

Be inspired by the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that changed American musicals forever at Goodspeed, birthplace of Man of La Mancha, Shenandoah, and Annie. A legendary score including Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey With the Fringe on Top and the rousing title tune will put you in a brand new state! Your theater experience will be enhanced by a lively post-show audience discussion with the cast. It seems elementary that we start our day in CT with a visit to Gillette Castle, a medieval-styled marvel as unique and quirky as its creator, the celebrated actor and playwright, William Hooker Gilette, the first man to bring Sherlock Holmes to the stage. Dine right next door to the theater at the popular Gelston House. Orchestra seats.
Thurs, Sep 7, noon-12:30 am
Fee and Code: $179, XTRVY 220

Feinstein's Club in New York CityFeinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club Salutes Frank Sinatra

Encore by popular demand! Join us for Frank Sinatra – The Second Century – A Celebration of Sinatra’s timeless hit songs at the venue, nicknamed “Broadway’s living room” located in the basement of the former disco Studio 54. An all-star cast of Broadway and Nightclub stars will perform the songs that propelled Ol’ Blue Eyes into the stratosphere of superstars. You’ll hear songs like “One For My Baby,” “Chicago,” “My Way,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” and so many more. Today’s most talented performers including, Scott Coulter, Danny Gardner, Douglas Ladnier, Jack Noseworthy, Aaron Ramey, Rafael Rodriguez and Sal Viviano are looking forward to performing in his honor. Indulge in pre-show dinning as Chef Lynn Bound creates a world-class seasonal menu served in the breathtaking ambiance of a 1920s Manhattan supper club.
Tues, Oct 3, 3:15-11 pm
Fee and Code: $175, XTRVY 229


Chihuly Exhibit At New York Botanical Gardens; Lunch At Antonio’s Trattoria, Arthur Ave

Explore breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light, and form. Artworks by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on view in his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. Chihuly, will showcase approximately 20 installations and include drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. The Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing the artist’s signature organic shapes in brilliant colors. A guided walking tour of the exhibit and a guided tram tour of the gardens. Relax and refresh as you’re treated like family feasting on authentic Italian fare emulating Nonna’s home cooking at Antonio’s Trattoria.
Thurs, Oct 12, 9:30 am-7 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 227

Pumpkin rch at Van Courtland ManorThe Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze At Van Cortlandt Manor; Tour Lyndhurst, Gothic Revival Mansion; Early Dinner At Mima Vinoteca

Start a spookily spectacular adventure with a tour combining history and Halloween at the Gothic-style Lyndhurst Castle. Once the summer home of railroad magnate Jay Gould, the house was the on-location setting of the 1970 House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows. End the evening in awe at the more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o-lanterns that create an elaborate walk-through experience at Van Cortlandt Manor. Please Note: Pumpkin tour is outdoors on uneven ground. Small flashlight is suggested.
Tues, Oct 17, 12:30-11 pm
Fee and Code: $145, XTRVY 231

Shaekespeare TheatreThe Merchant Of Venice At The Shakespeare Theatre Of New Jersey; Brunch At Rod’s, Madison

Shakespearean scholar, Dr. Carl Calendar, will be on board to share his expertise and offer insight into one of Shakespeare’s most popular works. The Merchant of Venice depicts a money-obsessed, patriarchal, dysfunctional society where wealth bestows power; one in which women cannot determine their own fate, and one marked by religious and racial prejudice. Sound familiar? Shakespeare’s dark comedy could not be more resonant for our time. A play that offers no true villains or heroes, this Venice presents a culture as complex and troubling as our own, where the situations and questions posed ask us to examine the “quality of mercy” in myriad ways. Indulge in a lavish buffet brunch at Rod’s.
Sun, Oct 22, 10 am -5 pm
Fee and Code: $159, XTRVY 232

FDR ParkTram Ride To Roosevelt Island – Tour Four Freedoms FDR Memorial Park; MoMA PS 1: Lunch At The Crabhouse

Conceived nearly four decades ago by the legendary architect Louis Kahn, Four Freedoms Memorial Park is located on a triangular site formed by the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. It is the first memorial dedicated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his home state and Kahn’s only work in New York City. Enjoy a tram ride to an exalted, austere public space. From inside the great, open granite enclosure that Kahn called the “room” at the tip of the island, look out over the city and the churning waters of the East River toward the Statue of Liberty. Following a delicious lunch at The Crabhouse, experience a guided tour of MoMA PS1, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world.
Thurs, Oct 26, 8:30 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 233

Cold Springs Harbor LabsCold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Brunch At Ocean Restaurant

An internationally renowned molecular biology lab sits on the former grounds of a of a 19th-century whaling company located just outside the historic seaside town of Cold Spring Harbor, NY. The institution was founded in 1890 as a biology teacher training laboratory, but is now an international leader in molecular biology and cancer research. Eight Nobel laureates have worked at the laboratory, including James Watson, who discovered DNA’s double-helix structure with Francis Crick in 1953. Learn about the historic and modern architecture, the Nobel legacy, and the advanced cancer, neuroscience, and plant research taking place right here each day. Guides include Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Please note: The tour route is primarily outdoors and takes place rain or shine. It includes areas of stairs and steep hills and is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking.
Sun, Oct 29, 8:15 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $135, XTRVY 234

9-11 Memorial9/11 Memorial Museum: Lunch At Liberty House

We’ll make a morning visit to the beautiful yet haunting, “Empty Sky” Memorial in Jersey City. After savoring a delicious lunch at the Liberty House we’ll cross the river to the National September 11th Memorial Museum. Experience a guided tour through the exhibits telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives, and a collection of authentic artifacts. The museum provides a link to the events of 9/11 while presenting intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery. A place for remembering and pondering humanity, a memorial everyone should experience.
Sat, Nov 4, 9:15 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: $135, XTRVY 090

American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life And Times Exhibition & The Vietnam Exhibition At The New York Historical Society: Lunch At Pomodoro Rosso

A docent-led tour of a new exhibition commemorating President John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory. One of the most exhaustively researched collections of Kennedy photos ever assembled, it brings together images from the JFK Presidential Library, the JFK Library Foundation, Getty Images, private collections, and the Kennedy family archives capturing public and private moments from Kennedy’s life. Documentary photographers reveal the optimism and challenges of the early 1960s in some of the finest and most vivid images of the period. Some of the photographs on display are iconic; others have rarely been seen. Break for lunch and return to the NYHS for a docent-led tour of a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th Century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit will provide an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war. Enjoy the homey cooking and unpretentious atmosphere of Pomodoro Rosso.
Wed, Nov 8, 9:15 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $155, XTRVY 235

Museum of the American RevolutionJust Opened! Museum Of The American Revolution, Philadelphia, Wanamaker Organ Tour: Lunch At National Mechanics

Explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution through an expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art that bring to life the original “greatest generation.” Immersive galleries, theater experiences, and recreated historical moments showcase the events, ideals and modern-day relevance of our nation’s founding. Built by the Los Angeles Art Organ Company for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the Wanamaker Organ was designed by renowned organ architect George Ashdown Audsley. This heroic instrument had more than 10,000 pipes, and its construction was on such a lavish scale that its cost bankrupted the builder. Enjoy an organ tour of this National Landmark now valued in excess of $57 million. Lunch at National Mechanics restaurant offering tasty food and a friendly atmosphere in a historic building.
Fri, Nov 17, 8:15 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $155, XTRVY 236

Fonthill CastleMercer Museum & Fonthill Castle; Moravian Pottery & Tile Works: Lunch At Hattery Stove And Still, Doylestown, PA

Following the Great Boston Fire of 1872, Henry Chapman Mercer decided to build with concrete after his prized collection of medieval armor was destroyed by fire. Visit the three structures built by poured-in-place concrete that tell the story of Henry Mercer, archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar and antiquarian. He designed plans for a museum to house his collection of pre-industrial tools and other implements of the past. In addition to tools, Mercer Museum displays furnishings of early America, carriages, stove plates, a gallows, antique fire engines, a whaleboat, and the Lenape Stone. His concrete castle home, Fonthill, contains over 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces, more than 200 windows. Interior walls, floors, and ceilings are elaborately adorned with an array of original handcrafted tiles. Moravian Pottery & Tile works is maintained as a “working history” museum. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery’s founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer. Enjoy lunch at Hattery Stove and Still, located inside the historic Doylestown Inn.
Wed, Nov 29, 8:15 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $149, XTRVY 240

Longwood Gardens at ChristmasA Longwood Gardens Christmas; Guided Garden Tour & Yuletide Buffet Dinner

Indulge in a festive Yuletide buffet dinner, organ sing-alongs, strolling carolers, and performances fill the Gardens with holiday cheer. Delight in Longwood’s holiday horticulture showcasing more than 6,000 seasonal plants. Outside, the sounds of “Oohs” and “Aahs” fill the air as illuminated stars twinkle above, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, and a half-million lights brighten the night. Don’t wait for Santa, treat yourself to the ultimate holiday gift – a jolly good time!
Thurs, Dec 7, 10:15 am-9:30 pm
Fee and Code: $159, XTRVY 238

St. Ignatius LoyolaSacred Music In A Sacred Space: Church Of St. Ignatius Loyola; Christmas Choir: Brunch At The Liberty House

“Part of the essence of Christmas in New York” – The New York Times

Raise your spirits and your voice as you experience the magic of the season. Warmth and joy abound in St. Ignatius of Loyola’s beloved annual Christmas concerts, where audience and choirs join together in singing popular carols. Featuring J.S. Bach’s enduring cantata “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” the afternoon resounds with sing-along renditions of Hallelujah from Handel’s Messiah and Joy to the World! Holiday cheer begins with a delicious brunch at the Liberty House, sparkling with festive décor.
Sun, Dec 10, 10:30 am-6 pm
Fee and Code: $169, XTRVY 239

Christmas light display in Brooklyn, NYBrooklyn Lights: Dinner At Spumoni Gardens

Rockefeller Center? Fuhgettaboudit. Climb aboard the Brooklyn express – first stop, an early Italian dinner at the infamous L&B Spumoni – nobody’s leaving hungry. Well-fed and warmed up, Tony, our expert guide, will lead us on a magical tour of animatronic toys, glowing nativity scenes, 30-foot-tall wooden soldiers, and sparkling arrangements, including every color Christmas light imaginable. It’s fun, it’s festive, and it only happens once a year!
Tues, Dec 19, 2:15-9:30 pm
Fee and Code: $129, XTRVY 042

Broadway theatersNew Year’s Eve – Bernstein On Broadway! New York Philharmonic At Lincoln Center

Ring in the New Year with Bernstein on Broadway! From the dynamic rhythms of West Side Story to the brashness of sailors on leave in On the Town and the sweet duets of New York newcomers in Wonderful Town, Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway musicals ran the gamut. This year’s New Year’s Eve celebration toasts NYPO’s beloved Laureate Conductor’s 100th birthday with musical favorites, led by the engaging conductor and raconteur Bramwell Tovey. Orchestra Rear.
Sun, Dec 31, 2-11:30 pm
Fee and Code: $235, XTRVY 088