Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley's Favorite Family Fun Spots: 2017 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Muscoot Farm is an interpretive farm that is part of the Westchester County Parks system. We are open 362 days of the year and are free to the public. As a visitor you can, see over 50 farm animals, hike over 5 miles of trails, learn about the history of an early 1900s dairy farm in Westchester, or attend one of our year-round programs--from bird walks to movie nights!
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
A scenic haven approximately 40 miles from New York City, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park offers day-trippers a day of fun and relaxation. The park's spacious picnic areas, which can accommodate individual families as well as large groups, may be reserved in advance. The park's mammoth pool can hold 3,500 bathers at one time! In addition the park offers a host of other activities for people of all ages to enjoy.
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!
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.
Kids flip for our unbelievably cool bounce stadiums (imagine the ultimate children's playground experience in a safe, indoor setting), but they also can't get enough of the games, the food, and sharing the spotlight with family and friends.
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
The Center is dedicated to the development and presentation of exhibitions and interdisciplinary programs that enrich our understanding of contemporary art, its contexts, and its relationship to social issues. HVCCA is also committed to the enrichment of Peekskill, a multicultural community that has recreated itself as a major arts destination.
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.
Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms
The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gyms’ mission is to make everyone’s rock climbing experience with us a positive and memorable one! We strive to provide a welcoming environment for everyone young and old, big and small, novice and expert, to challenge themselves each day. The Gravity Vault wants each person who walks through our doors to believe that new heights can always be reached, in all aspects of life.
Greenburgh Nature Center
Come and EXPLORE our nature trails and Native American sites. DISCOVER nature’s wonders as you stroll through our Native Plant Meadow and visit our outdoor animal exhibits. CONNECT with us at the Greenburgh Nature Center.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit organization on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system. We convene changemakers, train farmers, educate food citizens and develop agroecological farming practices. We are open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in several categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDEBounce! Trampoline Sports
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEBear Mountain State Park
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumMid-Hudson Children's Museum
Favorite Performing ArtsBethel Woods Center for the Arts
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmFishkill Farms
Favorite Nature CenterHudson Highlands Nature Museum
Favorite Sports TeamHudson Valley Renegades
Favorite Arts Education CenterMill Street Loft
Favorite Sports Education CenterTraditional Okinawan Karate of Pleasant Valley