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Recreational & Educational Tours

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Recreational & Educational Tours was started in 1983 to service the Cleveland area, enriching the lives of students and adults alike through the wonders of travel. Our mission is to create positive experiences as we bring the best of the US to you. Utilizing lasting relationships with bus companies, hotels, and various vendors, R&E offers competitive pricing for the most customer-oriented tour operating in the area, guaranteed.

WE CAN TAKE YOUR GROUP ANYWHERE!

Or you can click on a recommended destination below to check out available attractions, activities and annual events.  Then, click on the link to request a proposal and start to customize your trip however you would like.

 

We are extremely flexible and we are always here to help!

 

Specialty Tours:

 

Washington, D.C.

Our Tour Directors are all very familiar with Washington’s sites, memorials, monuments and museums.  Our experience helps to avoid long lines while touring in order to and see as many sites as possible during your visit to the city.  We will choose the best places to eat and sleep  and our relationships with our suppliers allow us to pass along our discounts directly to your group.

 

Attractions & Activities

 

  • Monuments and Memorials dedicated to the history of our country

  • United States Capitol 

  • National Archives, including the Constitution

  • Smithsonian Institute, including American History & Air & Space Museums

  • White House (picture stop)

  • National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception or the National Cathedral

  • Newseum

  • Arlington National Cemetery

  • Mt. Vernon Estate & Gardens

  • Night Activities: Medieval Times, Spirit of Washington Dinner & Dance Cruise, Dave & Buster's,
    Magill's Pizza & Dance Party, Ghost Tour

Each year, over 3 Million students travel to Our Nation's Capital with their classmates

Incorporate all four social studies strands into a chronological view of the development of the United States. Students examine how historic events are shaped by geographic, social, cultural, economic and political factors. 

JANUARY

March for Life (Right to Life)

LATE MARCH - EARLY APRIL

National Cherry Blossom Festival

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

  • Baltimore, Maryland

  • National Museum of the Marine Corps

  • 3 Days - 

  • 3 Days, incl. Gettysburg - 

  • 4 Days - 

 

Orlando

Walt Disney World & Universal Resort

Our staff consists of former Band Directors, Band Members and on-site contacts in Orlando.

 

For more information about performances, please visit our dedicated website for Music Groups at www.R-EMusicTours.com 

 

Attractions & Activities

 

  • Theme Parks of Walt Disney World, including

    • Magic Kingdom

    • Animal Kingdom

    • EPCOT

    • Hollywood Studios

    • Typhoon Lagoon and/or Blizzard Beach Water Parks

  • Downtown Disney, including DisneyQuest

  • Theme Parks of Universal Resort

    • Universal Studios

    • Islands of Adventure

    • Wet 'n' Wild Water Park

  • CityWalk at Universal

Each day, over 27,000 people visit The Magic Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World

APRIL & MAY

Grad Night, Grad Bash & Gradventures

SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal

  • SeaWorld

  • University of Florida

  • Atlanta, GA

  • 5 Days, 2 nights -  

  • 6 Days, 3 nights - 

  • 7 Days, 4 nights - 

 

Chicago

Chicago is loaded with educational activities, 

world-class museums, financial headquarters, amazing architecture along the lake and river, fun activities, a multitude of meal options and don’t forget to stop in South Bend to tour the University of Notre Dame!

 

Attractions & Activities

 

  • Grand & Millennium Parks - Home to "The Bean" and The Buckingham Fountain

  • Wendella Lake & River Sightseeing Cruise

  • Shedd Aquarium & Oceanarium

  • Field Museum of Natural History

  • Wrigley Field (picture stop or guided tour)

  • Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Navy Pier

  • Museum of Science & Industry

  • Adler Planetarium

  • Michigan Avenue's "Magnificent Mile"

  • Night Activities: Medieval Times; Broadway in Chicago, Dave & Buster's, Blue Man Group

As the 3rd largest city in the county, nearly 40 Million people visit Chicago annually.

  • Modern ideas about evolution and an explanation for the diversity of life on Earth are represented in the fossil records at the Field Museum.  

  • The historical events in Chicago have provided opportunities to examine alternative courses of action in the nation.

JANUARY

March for Life (Right to Life)

MID-OCTOBER

Fashion Focus - Chicago's Fashion Week

  • University of Notre Dame

  • Six Flags - Great America Amusement Park

  • Cedar Point Amusement Park

  • 4 Days - 

  • 3 Days - 

  • 2 Days - 

 

New York City

The Big Apple offers endless opportunities for your group, whatever your size or general interest.  We have assembled trips for every type of group, including Senior Trips, Drama Clubs, Band, Choirs, 8th Grade Trips, Financial Teams, Art Clubs, Fashion Clubs, Glee Clubs and Spanish Classes. 

 

Attractions & Activities

 

  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

  • Empire State Building

  • TODAY Show at Rockefeller Center

  • Times Square

  • ChinaTown & Little Italy

  • 9/11 Memorial

  • Central Park, including the Imagine Mosaic

  • United Nations

  • Museums: American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, USS Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum

  • Wall Street, The "Charging Bull" and Trinity Cathedral

  • Night Activities: Medieval Times, Broadway, Blue Man Group, The Ride

New York City is America's largest city, with a population of 8.3 Million People

Real-world situations in NYC are great for modeling situations, mathematically, as they are not organized nor labeled for analysis. Formulating tractable models, and analyzing them is appropriately a creative process.

JUNE

Museum Mile Festival

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER

Christmas Shopping

  • Six Flags Great Adventure & Hurricane Harbor

  • Columbia University or NYU

  • Brooklyn / Coney Island / Long Island

  • 5 Days - 

  • 4 Days - 

  • 3 Days - 

Philadelphia

"The Birthplace of our Nation" is home to America's first post office, insurance company, public park, school, fire department, botanical garden, library, hospital and permanent theatre - many of which were organized by Benjamin Franklin.

 

 

Attractions & Activities

 

  • Independence Hall

  • The Liberty Bell

  • Carpenter's Hall

  • Christ Church

  • Eastern State Penitentiary - Guided Tour

  • National Constitution Center

  • Reading Terminal Market

  • Adventure Aquarium

  • Battleship New Jersey

  • Valley Forge National Park

  • Night Activities: Dave & Buster's, Ghost Tour of Philadelphia

Philadelphia has the largest municipal park system in the world.

Historical thinking begins with a clear sense of time – past, present and future – and becomes more precise as students progress. Historical thinking includes skills such as locating, researching, analyzing and interpreting primary and secondary sources so that students can begin to understand the relationships among events and draw conclusions

MAY

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

OCTOBER

International Dragon Boat Festival

  • Valley Forge National Park

  • HersheyPark or Hershey's Chocolate World

  • Gettysburg National Military Park

  • 5 Days - 

  • 4 Days - 

  • 3 Days - 

Toronto

The Greater Toronto Area is part of the densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe. It's cosmopolitan and international population reflects its role as an important destination for immigrants to Canada.

 

 

Attractions & Activities

 

  • CN Tower

  • Rogers Centre

  • Ontario Science Centre

  • Chinatown

  • Ontario Parliament

  • Royal Ontario Museum

  • Casa Loma

  • Mariposa's Boat Cruise

  • Fort York

  • Ripley's Aquarium of Canade

  • Night Activities: Broadway in Toronto, Playdium, Medieval Times

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the capital of Ontario

for information about border crossing please visit http://visitcanada.com/crossing-the-border

A tour to Canada examines world events from 1700 to the present. It explores the impact of the democratic and industrial revolutions, the forces that led to world domination by European powers, the wars that changed empires, the ideas that led to independence movements and the effects of global interdependence.

AUGUST

Canadian National Exhibition

SEPTEMBER

Toronto International Film Festival

  • Niagara Falls, Canada

  • Niagara Falls, New York

  • Buffalo Naval Park

  • 4 Days - 

  • 3 Days - 

  • 2 Days - 

 

Williamsburg

Tour more than 400 years of American History in the "The Historic Triangle".  The 301-acre Historic Area includes buildings dating from 1699 to 1780 (during which the city was the capital of Colonial Virginia), as well as Colonial Revival and more recent reconstructions.

 

Attractions & Activities

 

  • "Becoming Americans" Study Visit of Colonial Williamsburg

  • Governor's Palace

  • Merchant Square

  • Jamestown Settlement

  • Yorktown Victory Center

  • DeWitt Wallace & Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Art Museums

  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not!

  • Shirley or Sherwood Forest Plantation

  • Virginia Living Museum

  • Night Activities: Cry Witch Trial, Ghost Tour, Go-Karts Plus Entertainment Center

88 of the over 500 buildings are still originally from the 19th Century

Historical thinking begins with a clear sense of time – past, present and future – and becomes more precise as students progress. Historical thinking includes skills such as locating, researching, analyzing and interpreting primary and secondary sources so that students can begin to understand the relationships among events and draw conclusions

SEPTEMBER

Colonial Williamsburg Early Music Festival

APRIL - JUNE

"Launch Into Physics" at Busch Gardens

  • Monticello - Thomas Jefferson's Home

  • Busch Gardens & Water Country USA

  • Washington, D.C.

  • 5 Days - 

  • 4 Days - 

  • 3 Days - 

 

Boston

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston was founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan colonists from England.  It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as theBoston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston.

Attractions & Activities

 

  • Faneuil Hall

  • Quincy Market

  • Paul Revere's House

  • Old North Church

  • USS Constitution

  • Harvard University

  • Prudential Center Observatory

  • Salem Witch Museum or Witch Dungeon Museum

  • Whale Watching

  • Lobsterbake

  • Marblehead & Castle Rock

  • Salem Town Hall

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

  • Night Activities: "Shear Madness", Cry Innocent Witch Trial Re-enactment, Blue Man Group, Dave & Buster's

Greater Boston is home to more than 100 colleges and universities.

Historical thinking begins with a clear sense of time – past, present and future – and becomes more precise as students progress. Historical thinking includes skills such as locating, researching, analyzing and interpreting primary and secondary sources so that students can begin to understand the relationships among events and draw conclusions

APRIL

Patriot's Day / Boston Marathon

DECEMBER

Boston Tea Party Re-Enactment

  • Plymouth

  • Concord & Lexington Battlefields

  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

  • 6 Days - 

  • 5 Days - 

  • 4 Days - 

 

Nashville

Many of Nashville's popular tourist sites involve country music, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belcourt Theatre, and Ryman Auditorium. Ryman was home to the Grand Ole Opry until 1974 when the show moved to the Grand Ole Opry House.

Attractions & Activities

 

  • Guided Tour of Nashville to see where the Music Stars live.

  • Country Music Hall of Fame

  • Studio B - Elvis Presley's Recording Studio

  • Grand Ole Opry House

  • The Parthenon at Centennial Park

  • Hillsboro Village

  • Adventure Science Center

  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts

  • Johnny Cash Museum

  • Belle Meade, Belmont, or Carnton Plantation

  • The Hermitage - Home of President Andrew Jackson

  • Music City Marketplace

  • Cheeckwood Botanical Garden & Museum

  • Night Activities: Grand Ole Opry Show, Dave & Buster's, General Jackson Showboat

The Parthenon is the world’s only exact replica of the Greek temple. 

Great for Bands, students can identify similarities and differences between arts and other disciplines. Develop a desire for lifelong learning in music.  Learn how music influences culture and culture influences music. 

NOVEMBER

CMA Music Awards

JUNE

CMA Music Festival

  • Cincinnati

  • Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

  • Pigeon Forge & Dollywood

  • 5 Days - 

  • 4 Days - 

  • 3 Days - 

Montreal

Located on the Island of Montreal, the 8th largest city in North America is named after Mount Royal. Venture to Quebec City to visit the only walled city in Canada and tour over 400 years of history or stay in Montreal and explore their Underground City!

 

Attractions & Activities

 

  • Guided Tour of Old Montreal

  • Pointe-à-Callière - Montreal's museum of archaeology and history

  • Montreal Science Centre

  • Cinema IMAX Telus

  • Notre Dame Basilica

  • Chateau Ramezay Museum

  • Olmympic Park & the Montreal Tower

  • Shopping on St. Catherine's St.

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

  • McCord Museum of Canadian History

  • Mount Royal

  • BioDome & Montreal's Botanical Garde

  • Night Activities: Dinner Cruise on the St. Lawrence River, Lighting Plan Lamp Tour, La Ronde Amusement Park

The official language of Montreal and Quebec is French

Students actively negotiate meaning across languages and cultures to ensure that their messages are understood and that they can understand others. 

 

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER

Magic of Lanterns

FEBRUARY

Winter Carnival in Quebec City

  • Quebec City

  • Toronto

  • Niagara Falls

  • 6 Days - 

  • 5 Days - 

  • 4 Days - 

Central Park