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.

Ratmansky’s Ballet, Whipped Cream At The Metropolitan Opera House: Early Lunch At The Chart House

From the delicious imaginations of artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop visionary Mark Ryden. In this fantastical confection, a young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium of fantasy. An exuberant exploration of childhood’s rich imagination and dark fears. Richard Strauss’ score is the perfect inspiration for this all-new production delighting ballet fans of all ages and critics alike (“Inspired enchantment”. “A triumph!”). Enjoy the magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline and tasty cuisine of The Chart House in Weehawkin. Orchestra Rear Center.

Sat, July 7, 9:45 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: $195, XTRVY 253

Leonard Bernstein: The Power Of Music Exhibit At The National Museum Of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Lunch At Maggiano’s

Celebrate the centennial birthday of one of the greatest composers and conductors of the 20th century with a docent-led tour of the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate Leonard Bernstein’s life. Learn about his work as a composer and conductor, his Jewish identity and social activism. The exhibit features interactive media, sound installations, and approximately 100 historic artifacts, including Bernstein’s piano, marked-up scores, conducting suit, annotated copy of Romeo and Juliet used for the development of West Side Story, personal composing easel, and objects from his studio. Afterward, you’ll feel like family enjoying a scratch-made Italian meal inspired by Nonna’s classic recipes at Maggiano’s.

Wed, July 11, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: $135, XTRVY 254

Brownstone Brooklyn Guided Bus Tour: Lunch At The Brooklyn Firefly

You’ll feel part of the neighborhood as a step on guide from Brooklyn Unplugged leads us down the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn’s famed brownstone communities (a tree really does grow in Brooklyn!) Get a feel for the quaint family-friendly character of these historic districts and discover their beautifully maintained and restored architectural treasures. See for yourself why people are competing and paying millions of dollars to make these homes their own. When in Brooklyn – pizza is the food of choice. Indulge in an assortment of tasty rice balls and an intriguing and delicious variety of pizza pies at the Brooklyn Firefly in Bay Ridge.

Thurs, July 19, 8:15 am-5 pm
Fee and Code: $129, XTRVY 255

World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir & Brunch At B.B. King Blues Club

The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you – B.B. King Experience a Sunday serving of soul food for mind, body and spirit. Enjoy an afternoon at B.B. Kings Blues Club located in the heart of Times Square. The Harlem Gospel Choir’s performance will lift you up and have you dancing in your seat! Satisfy your appetite with a home-style southern brunch buffet and nourish your spirit with the sound of voices singing from the soul.

Sun, July 29, 11:15 am-4:30 pm
Fee and Code: $129, XTRVY 256

Untapped Cities Tour: Secrets Of Grand Central Terminal; Lunch At The Campbell Apartment Restaurant

The story of Grand Central Terminal reflects that of New York City itself. It is a story of powerful men, feuding architects, ingenuity, rejuvenation, secrets and surprises. Explore the intriguing and unique spaces produced for and by this Beaux Arts beauty. Learn its secrets – from its hidden tennis courts, glass walkways, larger than life design flaw, million dollar jewel hidden in plain sight and more. Lunch at The Campbell – an iconic NY institution. Once the private office and reception of Jazz-Age financier and member of the New York Central Railroad’s board of directors, John W. Campbell. At that time it was the largest ground floor space in Manhattan and Campbell commissioned Augustus N. Allen, to build an opulent office, transforming the room into a 13th-century Florentine palace with a hand-painted plaster of Paris ceiling and leaded windows. Restored to its original grandeur it is accessed from the balcony level of the terminal.

Sat, Aug 4, 8:15 am-4 pm
Fee and Code: $175, XTRVY 257

Guided Tour Of BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Madir Hindu Temple: Lunch At The Palace Of Asia Indian Restaurant

Experience a day of beauty, peace, and discovery. Explore a masterpiece of Indian design and workmanship at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Robbinsville, NJ. Enjoy exquisite Indian art and architecture on a guided tour of this traditional Hindu temple. Learn about the world’s oldest faith, witness the Aarti ceremony (mid-day 15 minute worship service), and participate in a Q&A with a senior devotee. A family-style lunch at The Palace of Asia will enhance our experience and appreciation of Indian culture. Travel far close to home.

Wed, Aug 8, 9 am-4:30 pm
Fee and Code: $125, XTRVY 258

Tear Drop 911 Memorial, Bayonne, Tour White Eagle Hall & Barrow Mansion: Lunch At Laico’s, Jersey City

Start the day at Harbor View Park in Bayonne for a viewing of the “To The Struggle Against World Terrorism” memorial. Standing 100 feet high, its center contains a jagged tear and 40-foot steel teardrop. A gift from the Russian people and Zurab Tseretili, one of Russia’s most prominent and often controversial artists, it was conceived in response to the heartache and horrors of 911. Head over to Jersey City for an exploration of the “old” and the “new” in an area that has been in the midst of a 30 year renaissance. Lunch at an old-school Italian restaurant nestled between family homes on a residential street, serving home style specialties sure to impress. Tour White Eagle Hall constructed in 1910 by Polish immigrants and later home to the legendry basketball team of St. Anthony High School led by Hall of Famer coach Bob Hurley. End the day with a tour of the Greek Revival, Barrow Mansion. Built between 1835 and 1837 it is reminiscent of the pre-Civil War South. Discover its eclectic storied history and cultural relevance to today’s Jersey City.

Wed, Aug 22, 10 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: $125, XTRVY 259

Cape May Mansion Trolley Tour; Designer Showcase House Tour: Lunch At The Lobster House

Step inside this year’s Cape May Designer Show house – the historic John P. Forsythe House on Beach Avenue has undergone a magnificent, multi-million dollar transformation. The Forsythe House was a high point of the East Cape May project in the early 1900s aiming to make Beach Avenue the most elegant street in Cape May. Architectural Digest® magazine referred to the Cape May Designer Show among the nation’s “Designer Show Houses Not To Miss.” Discover the creative work of a dozen talented local and regional designers. Hop aboard Cape May’s cheery red trolley for a private tour viewing oceanfront mansions and hearing the history of America’s first seaside resort. Enjoy harborside views and a tasty lunch at The Lobster House.

Wed, Aug 29, 9:45 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $139, XTRVY 260

The Museum At FIT (Fashion Institute Of Technology) – Pink: The History Of A Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color Exhibit; Walk This Way, Historic Shoe Exhibit At The New York Historical Society: Lunch At Pomodoro Rosso

Experience a docent-led tour of the Museum at FIT, the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to fashion. From ballerinas to Barbie dolls, pink has come to represent all things feminine. Yet the symbolism and significance of the color pink has varied greatly across time and space. Gain insight into the “inherent ambivalence” of an often controversial color as you explore an exhibit examining the history and power of pink. Following lunch Walk This Way to the New-York Historical Society for a guided tour of a footwear exhibit showcasing over 100 shoes from the extensive, private collection of Stuart Weitzman. Learn the history, cultural trends, and economics of footwear in America with a focus on women’s contributions as makers, designers, and entrepreneurs. Time will be allowed to explore the many intriguing collections at the NYHS on your own, including a viewing of We Rise – A New Film (17 minutes) from the Center for Women’s History. Lunch is always delicious in the homey atmosphere of Pomodoro Rosso.

Thurs, Sept 13, 8:30 am-5:30 pm
Fee and Code: $155, XTRVY 261

Untapped Cities Hard Hat Tour Of Ellis Island, Abandoned Hospital

Imagine traveling for weeks by boat to Ellis Island, then, as you gaze at the Statue of Liberty, you are shuffled into the contagious disease ward of the Island’s hospital. This was the reality for roughly 1.25 million people arriving in America. Experience a private, behind the scenes tour of Ellis Island’s abandoned hospital. View Unframed – Ellis Island, an art exhibit by renowned French artist JR on display throughout the hospital complex with installations on 16 interior walls. Visit the laundry building where 3000+ pieces of laundry were washed and sanitized daily, discover the kitchen, autopsy room and other usually off-limits places along with special access inside the original morgue and long abandoned FBI offices. After 1924, the complex served as a psychiatric hospital for soldiers and was later turned into an internment camp for a estimated 8,000 German, Italian, and Japanese Americans during WWII. Abandoned since 1954 a $6 million dollar restoration allowed it to re-open to the public. Box lunch included. Please note: Tour is inaccessible for people using wheelchairs. Closed-toe-shoes are mandatory. Dress appropriately for the weather, as the buildings are not climate controlled. Travel by ferry from Liberty State Park.

Thurs, Sept 27, 10:30 am-6:30 pm
Fee and Code: $159, XTRVY 262