Founded as a women's college in 1865, Vassar went coed in 1969, the first well-known single sex school to do so. Today about 2,400 students attend this highly-respected liberal arts school. The 1,000-acre campus, with its lakes, gardens, and 200-plus tree varieties, is a lovely place for a walk. Other Vassar highlights include the Tiffany windows in the chapel.
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Vassar was the first college in the United States to have an art
gallery, and that gallery eventually grew into the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, housed in a 1993 Cesar Pelli building. The center's collections include more than 19,000 works, from Egyptian and Asian relics to 19th- and 20th-century paintings. Highlights are the Warburg Collection of Old Masters prints and several significant Hudson River School paintings donated by Matthew Vassar. 124 Raymond Ave., 12604. www.fllac.vassar.edu. Tues.–Sat. 10–5, Thurs. 10–9, Sun. 1–5.
A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum. At the A. Scott Warthin Geological Museum on the ground floor of Ely Hall at Vassar, you can see fossil, mineral, and rock specimens. 124 Raymond Ave., 12604. Free. Sept.–May weekdays 9–5.