Planning Your Cruise on the Floating Classroom

Floating Classroom cruises are available for classes, community groups and camps, May through October. While our primary vessel is based on Cayuga Lake, our instructors are also available to visit neighboring Finger Lakes.   We offer programs designed for audiences ranging from 5th grade to adult, and we are happy to customize our presentation to suit your needs. 

Contact us with questions at any point in your planning process!


  • A typical program can include a field trip and a class visit, or just the field trip. 
  • Cruises vary from one to three hours.  Two-hour cruises are popular and allow for a range of cruise activities.
  • Barring high winds or lightning, we are an all-weather program, so please dress accordingly.
  • See our cruise calendar or contact us for available dates.

Programming Objectives

  • Inquiry-based STEM enrichment for schools and educational groups.
  • Team-building and personal growth experiences.
  • Attention to local historical and cultural context.
  • Meeting your goals!  


  • We are based in Ithaca, NY, and cruise from points around the south end of Cayuga lake. 
  • Further north, we also can arrange cruise programs at Myers Point, Taughannock Falls State Park, Wells College in Aurora, Sheldrake Point and Cayuga, NY.  Location fees apply.


Our goal is to ensure that everyone can afford the Floating Classroom, so please talk to us about your budget.  

  • The charter rate for a fully-staffed Floating Classroom cruise is $330/hour, and includes a instructional crew of 4, who will lead every aspect of your program. (When fewer crew are required, rates vary accordingly.)
  • On-land and classroom instructional time is $50/hour.
  • Financial aid is available (more info). We do ask that you help us use these funds wisely and equitably.