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Visit the Hudson Valley of New York and find the best activities for kids of all ages. Kids things to do can be found by searching county, town, or village within the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, or upper-Hudson Valley. Find things to do for kids by county in the Hudson Valley:
Kids activities in Rensselaer and the upper-Hudson Valley
Kids activities in Columbia and the upper-Hudson Valley
Kids activities in Greene and the upper-Hudson Valley
Kids activities in Dutchess and the mid-Hudson Valley
Kids activities in Ulster and the mid-Hudson Valley
Kids activities in Putnam and the mid-Hudson Valley
Kids activities in Orange and the mid-Hudson Valley
Kids activities in Westchester and the lower-Hudson Valley
Kids activities in Rockland and the lower-Hudson Valley
Find activities for kids by season and weather. Activities that are fun to do all year round are listed in more than one season.
Kids Year-Round Outdoor ActivitiesAdventures
Camping Grounds & Campsites
Local and State Parks
Kids Spring and Summer Warm Weather Outdoor ActivitiesBerry Fruit Picking
Bird Spotting and Nature Walks
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking
Equestrian Trails & Horseback Riding
Historic Sites for Kids
Local and State Parks
Kids Autumn (Fall) and Good Weather Outdoor ActivitiesApple and Pumpkin Picking
Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking
Cruises & Boat Trips
Equestrian Trails & Horseback Riding
Local and State Parks
Kids Winter Outdoor ActivitiesCross-Country Skiing
Local and State Parks
Sledding, Snowmobiling, Winter Sports
For tourists and residents of the Hudson Valley, find comprehensive descriptions and links to the best places for kids to visit in the Hudson Valley.
Thompson's Lake Campground in Thacher State Park is located at 68 Thompsons Lake Road, East Berne, NY 12059, Albany County in the Hudson Valley. Thompson's Lake Campground, nestled in the mountains just four miles from the Helderberg Escarpment, is a popular camping ground and recreation area. Conveniently located within Thacher State Park, this campground offers 140 wooded campsites and is comprised of a sandy beach, mixed hardwood and conifer forests, limestone outcroppings and open fields. Recreational opportunities include a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, a playing field, swing-sets, carry-in boat access, rental row boats, fishing areas, and nature trails. Interpretive and recreational programs are offered for campers throughout the summer. During the winter, visitors can cross-country ski and enjoy ice fishing.
Visit Kids Activities in Columbia
Visit Taghkanic State Park located along 16 miles of the Taconic Mountain Range in Columbia County. Visit this amazing park offering activities for kids of all ages. If you enjoy camping, be sure to read about the campground at Copake Falls, offering sites to accommodate campers seeking a more rustic experience, as well as those seeking a more "home like" experience. Taghkanic State Park offers activities for all seasons. On hot days of summer, enjoy swimming at Taghkanic State Park or have a great time with cold weather sports and activities in cold snowy days of winter.
Older kids may enjoy a challenging hike in Taghkanic State Park. Whatever activity you decide to do - a day in the park offers things to do for the family. Kids of all ages will find activities and attractions at the park.
A wonderful outdoor activity in summer and fall is Pick-Your-Own berries, apples, and pumpkins. Adults and kids of all ages love U-Pick time in the Hudson Valley. Rensselaer and Columbia county offer organic farms where you can pick your own organic berries and organic apples. If you join a CSA, you can often pick-your-own vegetables as they become ready for harvest.
Visit Kids Activities in Dutchess
If visiting Dutchess as a tourist, or you are a Dutchess resident, find many wonderful outdoor Activities for Kids in Dutchess. Visit one of several outstanding parks in Dutchess . Visit Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park located at Staatsburg. This park offers serene wooded areas, a marina, camping sites and many more fun and exciting things to do.
There are 46 tent sites and 10 cabins available for rental at the park. Another popular attraction is the marina consisting of slip space and a boat launch ramp. There are 145 slips, both fixed piers and floating docks, which are rented on a seasonal basis. Transient boaters are welcome if space allows. The marina also houses showers and a pump out station. Additional activities for kids in warm weather and in winter include:
Biking at Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
Boat launch at Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
Campsites at Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Norrie State Park
Fishing at Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
Hiking at Norrie State Park
Picnicking at Norrie State Park
Plan a day hiking in Dutchess. After a rigorous hike, visit one of many exceptional restaurants in Dutchess County offering organic and grass-fed dishes.
For younger children, visit the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum located in Poughkeepsie. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is the ideal destination for families with children ages 0-6. "We celebrate childhood and are proud to offer exhibits that get kids moving, exploring, building, pretending, collaborating, creating and discovering. Exhibits focus on nature, science, literacy, art, music and community and allow children the opportunity to develop foundational learning skills."
Don't let the weather get you down. Bowling in Dutchess is a great activity for a cold and rainy day.
Visit Kids Activities in Greene
The Catskill Park is a mountainous region of public and private lands in Southeastern New York's Ulster, Greene, Delaware and Sullivan Counties. Evidence of the area's unique natural history can be seen in the impressive skyline formed by the ninety-eight peaks over 3,000 feet in elevation.
"The Catskill Forest Preserve is defined as the 287,500 acres of state land within the Catskill Park. These public lands are primarily forested, but also include meadows, lakes, rivers, wetlands, waterfalls, cliffs, and many species of fish, wildlife, and plant life. Afforded Constitutional protections that prevent the removal of timber, lands within New York's Forest Preserve provide an abundance of both recreational opportunity and plant and wildlife habitat. Depending on park-wide land classifications and specific unit management plans, there are a variety of opportunities for public enjoyment of the Forest Preserve, including hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, and snowmobiling."
Visit Kids Activities in Orange
"Although Storm King was originally envisioned as a museum devoted to the Hudson River School of Art, by 1961 its founders had become committed to modern sculpture. Early purchases were sited directly outside the Museum Building as part of a formal garden scheme. However, with the 1966 purchase of thirteen works from the estate of sculptor David Smith (1906¬1965), Storm King began to place sculpture directly in the landscape. Since then, every work has been sited with consideration of both its immediate surroundings and distant views. Fifty years after its founding, Storm King continues to grow and evolve, and is among the world’s leading sculpture parks."
Storm Kings provides bike rentals offering a great way to experience the art and vast landscapes. Even younger kids can enjoy running or biking from sculpture to sculpture in this vast amount of space. Ask younger children what they think the sculpture means. You may be surprised at their interpretations. A day at Storm King provides a great experience for kids of all ages - young children, older kids, and even teenagers will enjoy learning about sculpture in this exceptional venue. Enjoy art, biking, walking, and a picnic. What could be better?
A wonderful historic site for kids interested in history is Fort Montgomery in Orange. Kids will enjoy reenacting the historic battle of Fort Montgomery at the actual site. Walk the path that American rebels walked when fighting the British army. Be still and you can hear the sounds of gunfire as the British attack Fort Montgomery in the American Revolution.
Visit Kids Activities in Putnam
A year-round park in Putnam County is Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park. Fahnestock offers many outdoor activities for kids within its 14,086 acre park covering land in Putnam and Dutchess counties. Summer activities abound including a sandy beach offering boating and swimming in Putnam County.
Plan a day hiking at Fahnestock Park. After a satisfying day of hiking, enjoy a picnic in the park or stop in the charming Village of Cold Spring for a bite at one of the many restaurants in Cold Spring.
Visit Kids Activities in Rensselaer
"Grafton Lakes State Park, on the forested plateau between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys, includes six ponds and nearly 2500 acres. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. Anglers can go after rainbow and brown trout in Long, Second and Shaver Pond. Pickerel, perch, and bass are abundant in all ponds including Mill Pond and walleye are found at the Martin-Durham Reservoir. All ponds have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats, electric boat are allowed. Visitors also picnic, walk the nature trails, and hike, bike or ride horses along the 25 miles of park trails."
In winter, Grafton Lake grooms the trails for snowmobilers, and visitors may also snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice skate or ice fish when conditions permit. Enjoy bringing toddlers and young children to Playgrounds at Grafton Lakes Park.
Visit Kids Activities in Rockland
Just a short distance from Fort Montgomery Historic Site at Bear Mountain, is the premier park of the Palisades region, the beautiful Bear Mountain Park, renowned for its naturally beautiful landscapes. The heavily forested Bear Mountain State Park is set against rugged mountains in the historic Hudson River Valley. Lakes, rivers, ponds, forest, hills, and mountains abound at Bear Mountain. This 5000 acre parkland offers stunning sights including Perkins Point, views from the pedestrian walkway of the Bear Mountain Bridge, and an opportunity to hike the Appalachian Trail.
Bear Mountain offers many activities for kids of all ages. On hot summer days swim in the enormous Bear Mountain pool, walk around the Bear Mountain Trailside Museum and Zoo where you will see animals in their natural habitat, launch your boat or rent a boat on Hessian Lake, walk the hiking trails, or play ball on the playing fields right near the Bear Mountain Inn.
Visit Kids Activities in Ulster
Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, world-class rock climbing and 35 miles of carriageways and 25 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy all of this just an hour and a half drive from New York City.
Visit Kids Activities in Westchester
If visiting Westchester as a tourist or you are a Westchester resident, Westchester offers a large list of activities for kids. Find activities listed with full descriptions of indoor and outdoor activities For Kids.
On sunny spring, summer, or fall days, visit a State Park in Westchester. Parks offer many activities for children of all ages. Kids and parents can enjoy hiking, fishing, boating and more outdoor activities at parks in Westchester. Find the best places to go biking, fishing, hiking, playing ball, sports, playgrounds, and more in Westchester.
Go Fishing at Ward Pound Ridge, Westchester County's largest park. If you enjoy camping, Ward Pound Ridge offers excellent places to pitch a tent and live outdoors among the birds, animals, and in nature.
Plan a picnic lunch or early dinner at one of Westchester's parks. With more than 100 locations to choose from, you're sure to find the right place for your Picnic in Westchester. For younger kids, almost all parks in Westchester offer one or more playgrounds for kids.
On that next beautiful spring, summer, or autumn day, plan a visit to a State Park in the Hudson River Valley. Parks offer many activities for children of all ages. A fun family activity includes hiking one of the Putnam County hiking trails or biking one of several great biking trails offering beautiful scenic landscapes. Enjoy a relaxing day fishing at Ward Pound Ridge, Westchester's largest park. With more than 100 locations to choose from, you're sure to find the right park or scenic spot for a Hudson Valley Picnic. For younger children, most parks in the Hudson Valley offer playgrounds for kids and the larger parks offer playing fields for older kids.
If you are planning a camping trip, don't forget to include state parks in the Hudson Valley in your search for camping sites. There are excellent places to go camping within the Hudson Valley. Use your campsite as a base and explore one or more of the 10 counties in the Historic Hudson Valley.
For fun things to do on a rainy day take the kids to an indoor activity that offers exercise, see Indoor Activities for Kids. See this list of activities for rainy days and very cold winter days:
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