Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley's Favorite Family Fun Spots: 2016 winners!
The best places to take Hudson Valley kids! Of course, there is LOTS more to do in our area! Get great ideas here on KidsOutAndAbout!
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Established in 1959, the Museum has grown into a leading provider of nature education experiences in the Hudson Valley. Its mission is to develop responsible caretakers of the natural world through its special focus on Environmental Education. It uses its living collections of native animals, natural habitats and trails to present a wide variety of programs for people of all ages at its two locations.
Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails.
Once Upon A Tea Party
Let Once Upon A Tea Party bring an unforgettable princess tea party to you.
The Rockland Boulders are an independent professional baseball team in the Can-Am League. They are now entering their sixth season in the newly named Palisades Credit Union Park, formerly Provident Bank Park.
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is the ideal destination for families with children ages 0-6. We offer exhibits and educational programs that get kids moving, exploring, building, pretending, collaborating, creating and discovering.
Dutchess County Fair
For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Over 144 +/- acres of finely manicured gardens and grass create the beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits and horticultural displays.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports
Bounce! Trampoline Sports, with locations in Valley Cottage and Poughkeepsie, is the area's most exciting new entertainment and sports venue! Burn fat, tone muscles, get fit and have fun on our 10,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines. Also great for all ages and perfect for birthday parties! Visit us at www.bounceonit.com and then plan your trip to Bounce! Be sure to challenge your friends on the new Bounce! Xtreme Ninja Obstacle courses!
Storm King Art Center
Storm King Art Center is located on a pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands providing the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
Trailside Museum & Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain State Park is home to four museums which include exhibits on local geology, Native American and colonial history, animal specimens in nature study, and live reptiles, amphibians and fish exhibits in theherpetology museum. Connecting these museums are winding nature trails that lead visitors by the bear den and other live animal exhibits and to spectular views of the Hudson River and Highlands.
Founded by a local family, Poughkidsie is an innovative and spirited space engaging children in interactive, imaginative, thoughtful, and creative play, and offering walk-in crafts and classes for both children and adults.
Hudson Valley Renegades
The Hudson Valley Renegades, affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays, are a minor league baseball team in the New York-Penn League (Class A Short Season). They play at Duchess Stadium (The Dutch) in Wappingers Falls NY.
My Local Library
Of course, our local library system is not really ONE place, it is MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester in Yonkers – Westchester’s first LEGO® attraction for kids! Only a year after they opened they are one of the most unique fun things to do in Westchester, LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers a great family day out. Take part in children’s activities with the Master Model Builder, kids birthday parties, MINILAND, New York’s top attractions made from LEGO, soft play area, rides, 4D cinema and more!
Hudson River Museum
The oldest and largest museum in Westchester, the Hudson River Museum is home to art galleries; Glenview, the historic 1876 river home; the Andrus Planetarium; and Hudson Riverama, an environmental teaching gallery.
Boscobel House & Gardens
Boscobel has expansive lawns with picnic areas overlooking a jaw-dropping spot for one of, if not the best, panoramic views of the Hudson River and its Highlands. In addition to guided tours of the mansion, Boscobel hosts a number of family-friendly events and programs April through December, including Turtle Walk, Rhyme Time, Starlab, Living History, Big Band, Family Bonfire Night and its holiday illumination event, Sparkle.
Westchester Broadway Theatre
The Westchester Broadway Theatre is the Longest Running Year-Round Professional Theatre in the State of New York. We always provide our audiences with the highest production values and most memorable entertainment/dining experiences.
Lawrence Farm Orchards
Lawrence Farms Orchards is a family owned and operated working fruit and vegetable farm in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Our family has been involved in agriculture since our great-grandfather came to this area from England in 1892.
Academy of Dance Arts
Once a child is walking and able to follow simple instructions, they are ready to enter the fun and engaging world of dance!! ADA offers quality & fun in dance education! Students look forward to performing in the Annual Recital. Call for more info.
Gallery 66 NY
Gallery 66 NY is dedicated to exhibiting the work of gifted and experienced artists. The primary focus is the art of the Hudson Valley but the gallery believes in inviting artists from outside the area to bring added exposure to the local artists and to Cold Spring. Exhibits change monthly with openings on the First Friday of every month.
Playland Amusement Park
Playland, often called Rye Playland and also known as Playland Amusement Park, is an amusement park located in Rye, New York. Playland is Metro New York's great family amusement park! From the famous Dragon Coaster to rides like the SuperFlight Coaster, Music Express and Double Shot -Rye Playland offers the best in family fun. There are more than 50 major and Kiddyland rides and attractions; a beach, pool, and pier on Long Island Sound; lake boating, entertainment, fireworks, lots of great food, and much more.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in several categories. Here were their choices.
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