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Verified (2015) up-to-date list of the best kids attractions, kids things to do, and places to go with children in the Hudson River Valley. Attractions are listed by category (antique shops, art centers, historic sites, museums, shopping malls), and by towns in the lower- mid- and upper-Hudson Valley where you'll find excellent restaurants, great shopping, antiquing, and great places to stay with kids. Attractions include: fairs and festivals, historic sites for kids, historic lighthouses, movies, museums for kids, parks with carousels, trailside museums and zoos, scenic locations, sports and entertainment venues, waterfalls, and performing arts including dance, children's theater and more.
Performing art venues are available from Westchester through Albany where performing arts for children, teens, and adults can be found.
Historic sites in Westchester
Historic sites in Rockland
Historic sites for kids in Rockland
Find attractions in the mid-Hudson Valley including: festivals, historic sites, museums, performing arts, and state parks
Performing Arts in Putnam
Fairs and festivals in Rhinebeck
Historic sites in Dutchess
Storm King Arts Center in Orange
Historic sites in Ulster
New York State parks in Ulster
Visit one of the best antique centers in the upper-Hudson-Valley in Hudson, New York; along with historic sites, museums, and state parks.
Antique shops in Hudson, N.Y.
Historic sites in Columbia
Camping grounds in Columbia
Kaaterskill Falls - Hunter, NY
Waterfalls in Albany
Parks in Rensselaer
Hudson Valley Wineries
Visit wineries in the Hudson Valley. Book a tour on the Hudson Valley Wine Trail; a great way to see several New York State wineries in one days. Book winery tours, enjoy wine tasting, or spend the afternoon on the Dutchess Wine Trail where you can even learn how to make wine at wineries in Orange, Dutchess, and Ulster counties.
Hudson River School of Art
Visit museums featuring the Hudson River School of Art, an American art movement led by Thomas Cole. The Hudson River School of artists depict landscapes of the Hudson Valley and nearby areas including the Catskills and Adirondacks. The magnificent scenic spots in the Hudson Valley inspired the artists of the Hudson River School of Art. Many Hudson Valley Museums feature the work of this prominent art movement.
Hudson Valley Antique Shopping
Go antique shopping in the Hudson Valley offering a great selection of antique shops in Southern Westchester to the City of Hudson in the upper-Hudson Valley. For the best selection of antiques in all price ranges, including high-end antiques, visit Antiques in Hudson New York - you will not be disappointed! Also enjoy antiquing in the charming Village of Cold Spring in Putnam where you will find charming one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, and walks along the Hudson River. After a great day of antique shopping, relax over dinner at one of the excellent restaurants in Cold Spring New York.
Educational Attractions for Kids and Adults
Educational attractions for kids can be found throughout the Hudson Valley. Visit historic homes and grand estates where former presidents and captains of industry lived and worked as they contributed to the birth and growth of America. Visit Kykuit, home to four generations of the Rockefeller dynasty; or visit the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, also the site of the first U.S. Presidential Library, and Val-Kill Cottage where Eleanor Roosevelt resided much of the time. Visit historic sites and homes that belonged to the men and women instrumental in the growth and development of America.
If you are in Westchester, be sure to visit Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, an historic site that interprets aspects of the history of colonial New York and the system of racially-based slavery which helped keep the estate running in the 18th century.
Kids also enjoy visiting historic lighthouses where they learn how entire families lived within these vertical structures on the water while protecting ships passing on their shores on stormy nights.
Visit Attractions in Albany, the capital of New York State. Go to the New York State Museum, the Empire State Plaza, New York State Capitol, the Times Union Center, USS Slater, The Egg - home of the Performing Arts Center in Albany, Washington Park Historic Center and more.
Columbia County, home to the City of Hudson and more than 80 antique dealers; recognized as one of the premier antique and art centers in the U.S.
Visit Dutchess County, and dine at excellent restaurants offering organic options and local grass-fed beef. Poughkeepsie in Dutchess is home to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.). Visit historic sites, and the charming Village of Rhinebeck home to the popular Rhinebeck Antiques Fair and other outstanding festivals in Dutchess.
Visit the waterfalls in Greene and the famousl Catskill Mountains offering skiing in the winter and beautiful summer walks in the countryside.
For the best shopping and high-end quality items at low prices, be sure to visit Woodbury Commons in Orange home to the best high-end outlets and name brand shopping, set in a lovely village of stores, restaurants, and places to relax.
Storm King Art Center in Orange is a world-class sculpture museum where sculptures are viewed in a vast and remarkable setting of trees and landscapes. Children of all ages can happily bike, walk, or run from sculpture to sculpture. This attraction should be on everyone's list of things to do.
Visit attractions in Putnam home to the charming village of Cold Spring, offering turn of the century architecture, one-of-a-kind shops, excellent restaurants, and lovely walks along the Hudson River. Putnam is also the home of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival offering an outstanding evening of theatre, and picnics with scenic views of the Hudson Highlands.
Visit the waterfalls and local organic farms in Rensselaer, with its serene landscapes and rolling hills. Stop by one of the farmstands and buy fresh local produce for your next picnic.
Visit attractions in Rockland, offering Palisades Center, one of the largest shopping malls in the United States. Rockland also boasts Bear Mountain State Park, and Perkins Point in Rockland offering beautiful scenic views to photograph and enjoy.
Visit attractions in Ulster, home to world-class rock climbing, the University of New Paltz, and the Esopus Meadows Lighthouse.
Visit attractions in Westchester home to Westchester's quaint River Towns, the Performing Arts Center in Purchase, world-class shopping in White Plains, and Historic Hudson Valley sites including Rockefeller's Kykuit Estate, Philipsburg Manor, Washington Irving's home, and more great places to visit and learn about the history of Westchester County.
Find attractions and places to go in all kinds of weather. Enjoy parks, outdoor historic sites, and scenic places on fair weather days. On rainy or cold winter days visit indoor historic sites, enjoy world class shopping at The Westchester - an upscale mall in White Plains, or the amazing Palisades Mall in Rockland, NY offering over 200 specialty stores, including bookstores, electronics, jewelry, shoes, maternity, sports equipment, toys & hobbies, clothing for women, men, and children. Palisades Centers also has great attractions for kids including ice skating, a carousel, 68 foot tall Ferris Wheel, bowling center, and more.
The Historic Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley offers the highest concentration of historic sites in America. Visit one of many Hudson Valley Historic Sites:
Caramoor Center - Katonah, NY
Clinton House - Poughkeepsie, NY
Copland House at Merestead - Mount Kisco, NY
Croton Point Park - Westchester, NY
Franklin Delaware Roosevelt Home and Library
Hudson River Museum - Yonkers, NY
John Jay Homestead - Katonah, NY
Knox's Headquarters - Vails Gate, NY
Kykuit Rockefeller Estate
Lyndhurst Historic Site - Tarrytown, NY
Montgomery Place - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
New Windsor Cantonment - New Windsor, NY
Old Dutch Church at Sleepy Hollow, NY
Philipse Manor Hall - Yonkers, NY
Philipsburg Manor - Sleepy Hollow, NY
Staatsburgh Historic Site - Staatsburgh, NY
Stony Point Battlefield - Stony Point, NY
Van Cortlandt Manor - Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Union Church of Pocantico Hills, NY
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation - Westchester, NY
Washington Irving's Gravestone - Sleepy Hollow, NY
Washington's Headquarters - Newburgh, NY
West Point Visitors Center
Find a list of hotels, resorts, bed & breakfasts, and charming inns in the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, or upper-Hudson Valley. Visit Old World Victorian Inns or a cozy B&B in the countryside, casual hotels and motels with swimming pools, or luxurious hotels and spas such as the Ritz-Carlton, near world-class shopping centers in White Plains, New York.
Day trips to the Hudson Valley from New York City include a visit to the charming Village of Cold Spring on the banks of the Hudson River. Don't have a car? No problem. Go to Grand Central Station and catch the MTA Metro-North to Cold Spring . The train station is within walking distance of the Hudson River, shops, and many fine restaurants. Enjoy charming boutiques, one of a kind stores and antique shops. End your day with a walk along the Hudson River and dinner at one of the charming restaurants in Cold Spring.
Visit movie theatres and multiplex cinemas in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester. Find movies currently playing, previews of movies, information about different theaters, and more. You can even book your tickets at one of our listed Online Movie websites such as Fandango or Moviefone.
Find attractions, places to go, and things to do in the Hudson Valley at www.Hudson-River-Valley.com. Visit any one of the ten counties in the valley for a list of attractions, restaurants, and things to do by town, village, and county.
Find the best restaurants and places to eat in the Hudson Valley at www.RestaurantsHudsonValley.com where you can check reviews, cuisine, décor, and more about each restaurant before deciding where to eat.
The word is"The word is" reviews a restaurant's food, décor, special features, service, and more. Restaurants Hudson Valley offers a comprehensive guide to dining.
Visit Transportation in the Hudson Valley offering information about how to get to the Hudson Valley by car, plane, or train. For airline travel, visit airports in and near the Hudson Valley. For travel between Manhattan and the Hudson Valley, find train schedules between the Hudson Valley and New York City, at MTA Metro-North to the Hudson Valley. The MTA trains run between Manhattan and the lower and mid-Hudson Valley (Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess). For trains to the mid and upper-Hudson Valley find Amtrak Trains to the Hudson Valley. Get the Amtrak train schedules and address of Amtrak train stations in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Rensselaer and Westchester.
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