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Experience The Hudson Valley

Kid-Approved Outings

  |   October 1, 2019  |  Comment

Typically, when we think of fall and winter in colder climates, we imagine our family time spent indoors gathered around in our living rooms. While it’s true that the idyllic landscape of the Hudson Valley lends itself to watching the seasons change from our living room windows, there are still numerous family-friendly activities to take part in during the colder months.

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Perched near the mouth of the Rondout Creek in Kingston, the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s location befits its function as a chronicle of the region’s long shipping history. The Hudson River Maritime museum offers a plethora of ongoing exhibits, single-day events, and workshops for all ages focused on the historical significance of the Hudson River and the different industries connected with it. This fall’s exhibition, “Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson” profiles the many environmental individuals and organizations that have championed the revitalization and protection of the river.

Barton Orchard

In addition to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, Barton Orchards in Poughquag offers so many family activities that it might take multiple visits to experience everything the farm has to offer. Each year, families travel from around the region to get lost in Barton’s celebrated corn maze. The farm also offers Tree Top Adventures, an aerial ropes course that lets you climb, swing, and zipline through the canopy all day long, with a Koala Course for younger thrill seekers. The Fun Park includes attractions like a bouncy house, kiddie karts, a trackless train, and a Pedal Kart Race Track.

Polar Express

This holiday season, treat your family to one of the most spirited recreations of a classic holiday story by hopping on the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Polar Express. With the motion picture score setting the tone for the journey, passengers will take a fantastical trip to the North Pole. Once aboard, passengers will delight in hot chocolate and cookies served just like in the movie all while reading Chris Van Allsburg’s classic children’s novel. Upon arrival at the North Pole, Santa and his elves will hop aboard and present passengers with the very first gift of the Christmas season, a silver sleigh bell.

Headless Horseman/A Frosty Fest

Fear and holiday cheer are served up one after another this year in Ulster Park. First, in October, one of the best haunted attractions in America returns in all its spooky glory. Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted House has been named the top Halloween attraction by both the New York Daily News and USA Today. This year’s terror-filled attractions include A Deal with the Devil, The Lunar Motel, and NightShade. Then, decor will seriously change up for the holiday season when A Frosty Fest transforms the property into a spectacular light show. Kids will enjoy the parade of characters the lighting of Frosty’s Tree each evening, plus Candy Cane Line, Frosty’s Enchanted Forest, and, of course, Santa’s North Pole.

Kartrite Water Park

The Kartrite Water Park is the best way for the whole family to soak up some summertime fun during the coldest months in the Catskills. Located in Monticello, the indoor water park is a reclaimed conservatory with a clear Texlon roof, which keeps this adventurous attraction at a balmy 84 degrees all year round. Kartrite features a plethora of water rides, slides, cabanas, and amenities, such as the onsite hotel and food court. Pick up your splash pass and enjoy some fun in the sun during the heart of winter.

FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson

When the chill sets in and the outdoor activities wind down, it’s the perfect time to engage the kids with the storied history of firefighting. The FASNY Museum of Firefighting in Hudson offers one of the best collections of firefighting artifacts in the world, from antique fire engines to authentic gear and equipment used across centuries. Historic depictions of America’s firefighters, guided tours, and video kiosks also provide a wealth of information about this brave line of work.


Pictured above: Boat trips at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston.

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