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Upstate Escapes is a collaborative effort of the Department of Student Life and Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation.  It is supported in part by the Undergraduate Student Association and the Division of Student and Campus Life.



Upstate Escapes Spring 2014 Trips

Lecture: Human of New York- Brandon Stanton @ University of Rocherster
February 27, 2014
Tickets- SOLD OUT
Join Upstate Escapes at they venture to the University of Rochester to listen to Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York. After being fired from his job as a bond trader in Chicago, Brandon Stanton moved to New York City with an idea to create a photographic census of the city. The blog, started in 2010, features street portraits of people in New York City, along with snippets of conversations, and today has nearly one million collective followers on Facebook and Tumblr. In October 2013, Stanton's first book, Humans of New York, was released, soon becoming a #1 New York Times Bestseller.


March 30, 2014Tickets $5
Sign up available at the SA Ticket Office
Transportation Provided
Bus Departing College Union Loop at 1:30pm and returning by 6:30pm

Whether you are new to climbing or experienced, Rockventures has something exciting in store for you. Grab a few friends and sign up for 3 hours of fun that include belay training and climbing instruction. Already an experienced climber, no problem, join in on the fun.
Buffalo Small Press FairApril 5, 2014Tickets $2
Sign up available at the SA Ticket Office
Transportation Provided
Bus departing College Union Loop at Noon and returning by 5:00pm
The Buffalo Small Press Fair is a regional two day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artist, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiast) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and peddle their wares.
Letchworth State Park
April 12, 2014White Water Rafting
Pick up in front of Merritt Athletic Center at 8:15am and return around 4pm

Ride down the rapids along the Grand Canyon of the East. Please contact the Intramural Coordinator, Brooks Hawley at 585-245-5353 with any questions.

Buffalo Sabres vs. NY Islanders

April 13, 2014Tickets $5
Sign up available at the SA Ticket Office starting March 24
Transportation Provided
Bus Departing College Union Loop at 3:30pm and returning by 10:00pm

Soda or Pop?! Let the upstate/downstate debate continue as you watch your favorite hometown teams on the ice.

More coming soon...

  Have ideas for future Upstate Escapes trips?
Contact Tiffany Brodner,

Upstate Escapes Fall 2013 Trips

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour
August 31, 2013
Tickets- SOLD OUT
Join Upstate Escapes and take a one hour, high-speed ride up the Niagara Gorge, through the Devil's Hole rapids to the edge of the Whirlpool and back (right near the Niagara Falls!) The experience is truly amazing!
Visual Studies Workshop: The Pub Fair
September 14, 2013
The Pub Fair will bring together book artists, photographers, independent publishers, and DIYers to exhibit their work in a unique market showcasing the gamut of what publishing can be. Artist’s books, photobookworks, magazines, zines, digital publishing as well as resources for all of these will be on hand to peruse and purchase.

Please contact Rachel Hall with any questions, 585-245-5269 or at
Sky High Adventure Park
September 14, 2013
Experience the true spirit of the outdoors at the Sky High Adventure Park. Please contact the Intramural Coordinator, Brooks Hawley at 585-245-5353 with any questions.
White Water Rafting
It is with regret that we announce this trip has been cancelled. Please contact the Intramural Coordinator, Brooks Hawley at 585-245-5353 with any questions.
Darien Lake:Fright Fest
October 5, 2013
Tickets- SOLD OUT
Darien Lake is a theme park located between Buffalo and Rochester. During our visit, Darien Lake is transformed into a Halloween scare fest. New this year is a Haunted Boat ride on one of the parks lakes! The park is full of thrilling rollercoasters and rides, definitely an experience you do not want to miss!
Stokoe Farms
October 19. 2013
Come on out and take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own special pumpkins from the vine and enjoy over 30 exciting activities and animals on the Stokoe farm. There's fun for all ages!
Medieval Times, Toronto, Canada
November 2, 2013
Tickets- SOLD OUT
Surender to an age of bravery and honor, and witness epic battles of steel and steed during this all new show. From ringside seats, discover a feast of the eyes and appetite with more action, more fun and more excitement than ever before. As you thrill to arousing jousting tournament, marvel at an awe-insiring horsemanship and falconry. Medieval times serves a four course meal fit for royalty. *Vegetarian Option Available
War Horse Play
at the
Rochester Aud. Theatre
November 9, 2013
Tickets- SOLD OUT
War Horse is a remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship. England, 1914. As World War One begins, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped from England to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. But Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness. At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on the stage.
Buffalo Bills vs. NY Jets
November 17, 2013
Tickets- SOLD OUT
Join Upstate Escapes as we travel to Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL Buffalo Bills, to watch two New York teams battle on the field!
Nutcracker Ballet
at the
Rochester Aud. Theatre
December 4, 2013
Tickets- SOLD OUT
The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story The Nutcracker and the King of Mice, written by ETA Hoffman. Although what is seen on the stage today is different in detail from the original story, the basic plot remains the same. The story of a young German girl, who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince in a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.
Frozen Frontier: Genese Ice Knights vs. Nazareth Golden Flyers
December 15, 2013
Tickets- FREE (for the first 200 students)
Sign up available at the SA Ticket Office while spots last
Transportation Provided for those interested-Please indicate when you sign up
Buses Departing College Union Loop at 10:45am an returning by 3:00pm
Sign up for tickets today for the Frozen Frontier, a 10-day outdoor hockey festival, at Frontier Field this December 13-22. On December 15, our very own Geneseo Ice Knights will face off with the Nazareth Golden Flyers!
Sponsored by: Roundtable Athletics Association, Department of Student Life, & Alumni Relations




  Have ideas for future Upstate Escapes trips?
Contact Tiffany Brodner,