2018 Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley's Favorite Family Fun Spots: 2018 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!
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.
"America's Biggest Little Water Park!" New in 2018, ride the Megalodon! This prehistoric beast sends thrill seekers into a near-vertical, zero gravity experience! Hold on tight as your raft surges up the wall, hangs weightless then drops suddenly into another tunnel. It is the largest attraction of its kind in the Northeast! Plus, experience the thrills of the Bullet Bowl, Humunga Half Pipe, Pirate's Plunge and Pirate's Revenge. Kids will love Shipwreck Lagoon, a themed pirate ship with geysers, buckets, fountains, and four wet n’ wild water slides. Don't forget to check out our Monster Wave Pool and Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fishkill Farms is a 270-acre apple orchard and vegetable farm located in East Fishkill, New York, that has been in the Morgenthau family for over 100 years. Our homegrown organic vegetables and eco-certified fruit can be found year-round at our farm store and through our seasonal pick-your-own operation, as well as our CSA program and several farmer’s markets in the Hudson Valley and New York City.
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 Castle Fun Center
Packed Full Of Fun, Come Enjoy Our 11 Acre Outdoor & 50,000 sq. ft. Indoor Amusement Park & Entertainment Center! The Castle Fun Center's activities include Ballocity, Roller Skating, Laser Maze, Rides, Rock Climbing, Laser Tag, Arcade, Zip Line, seasonal Go Karts, Swing Ride, Spin Zone Bumper Cars and Dragon Frenzy 360, and Mini Golf!
Wood'n Wheel Fun Center
Activites ar Wood'n Wheel include: Roller Skating, Inline Skating, Bumper Cars, Laser Tag, Laser Force, Arcade, Bungee Trampoline, Rock Wall, Rock Climbing, and birthday parties.
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!
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort
Award-Winning, All-Inclusive Family Resort in Highland, New York with Indoor Water Park, Unlimited Horseback Riding and more!
Playland Amusement Park
Playland, also known as Playland Amusement Park, is 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 - 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.
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!
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.
We are a third generation family farm. Our farm stand is open every day July 1 - October 31 from 9am - 6pm. Come and feed the ducks and enjoy the farm!
Zoom Flume Water Park
Zoom Flume Water Park is the Catskill's largest water park and the most family friendly. Experience our newest and most exciting slide -THPHOON TWISTER!