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School's Out Charters

1 Lansing Park Rd. Slip 40, Ithaca, NY
+1 607-280-3538
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Ranked #2 of 14 Activities in Ithaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: School's Out Charters offers small group and exclusive boat tours on Cayuga Lake. We specialize in...
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Owner description: School's Out Charters offers small group and exclusive boat tours on Cayuga Lake. We specialize in Winery Tours! This is the ultimate way to enjoy the wineries. No crowded cattle buses, no traffic, just a leisurely cruise on the lake combined with tastings at some of the best wineries in the Finger Lakes. Book us for an intimate customized sunset cruise or a party. Our boats accommodate from 2-12 people. We offer group discounts. School's Out Charters - the anti-limo.Established in 2009, the owners of School's Out Charters took the burgeoning winery tourism market on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail and combined it with boat cruises to produce the ultimate vehicle to conduct wine tours. Our love for the lake and it's surrounding areas allow us the opportunity to share this passion for the natural beauty of the finger lakes with all of our customers.
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Dover, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Last Sunday while in town for a reunion weekend at Ithaca College my wife and I took the 6 hour, winery cruise on Cayuga Lake. We were the only couple on the boat and we visited 3 wineries. Captain Mike, was very knowledgable about the lake, the wineries and wines. This experience was amazing. A beautiful fall day,we had the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Had a fantastic time. Capt Mike curated our experience with pre- arranged, quality tastings. The boat was brand new and extremely comfortable with places for shade or sun. The tour was a full six hours and it flew by. You need to do this!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Sadly, we did not have a chance to tour with Captain Rick, but I just wanted to write a review about the integrity of this tour company. I had booked a wine cruise with School's Out Charters for my sister's bachelorette party, but unfortunately the forecast called for rain. The day before our scheduled tour, Rick called me and stated... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I took the 6 hour, winery cruise on Cayuga Lake. We visited 3 wineries and all 3 treated us a special guests with tasting and food pairings included included in the price of the tour. Mike, our boat captain was very knowledgable about the lake, the wineries and wines. This experience was amazing and we will definitely... More 

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Cortland, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I've been on many wine tours over the years and have taken limos, and tour buses but this one on a boat I've never experienced, and boy was it amazing! Worth every penny too! My friends and I had a wonderful time. The boat was very clean, and the Captain was extremely friendly. I highly recommend this for anyone! II'm... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is the way to do it! I contacted School's Out to take us around for my best friend's bachelorette party. Rick provided first class service all the way and has everything you need on the boat from, plates, to water, napkins, etc. We had such a wonderful day out on the water and at the wineries and appreciated his... More 

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a unique way to visit wineries! Had it not been for Living Social I would never have known about this boat. Imagine my surprise when I (a recently retired teacher) found that the owner is also a teacher. Captain Mike was an absolute delight. Owner Rick was so knowledgeable about the area. Both were very warm and friendly. The... More 

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

See the lake & visit 4 wineries. Lots more fun than driving around. Captain Rick was great. Planning on doing it again.

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Hewitt, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

What a wonderful day we had on Cayuga Lake enjoying the scenery while sampling some terrific wine! From my first phone call to Captain Rick, I knew my party of 6 would be well taken care of. We were greeted warmly and felt at home immediately. Rick left us in the capable hands of Captain Mike but we saw him... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We just came back from our cruise. Overcast day but perfect host! Boat is luxury (not all boats are alike.). Captain is knowledgable and creates a great atmosphere for the experience. We brought snacks but the cafe food at long point was reasonable and fresh. Enjoy every minute:) great fun

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