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Children | Kids - Activities | Things To Do

Visit the Hudson Valley of New York where you will find activities for kids, things to do with children of all ages, and attractions for kids to see. Hudson Valley Activities for Kids can be found by searching county, town, or village within the lower-Hudson Valley, mid-Hudson Valley, or upper-Hudson Valley. Visit the following list for kids activities in the Hudson Valley by county:
In addition to location, Activities and Things To Do with Kids are listed by season and time-of-year. Find the best things to do in the summer, spring, autumn, and in winter in the Historic Hudson Valley.

The following lists activities for kids by season and weather. Activities that are fun to do all year round are listed in more than one season. offers summary descriptions of exciting and interesting Activities for Kids. To help you select the best activity or attraction for your child's age, you can read about suggested things to do.

If you are a tourist visiting the Historic Hudson Valley or you live in the Hudson Valley, HudsonValleyAttractions offers an extensive list of activities and attractions with comprehensive descriptions and website links for both indoor and Outdoor Activities For Kids.

Fun educational activities for older kids include visiting historic sites. Historic Sites offer kids a chance to learn about our local history in actual historic locations and settings. Also learn about the role the site played in the development of America.

To help you decide the best historic site for your child, select a historic site in a nearby location. Learn about the historic importance of the site, see photos of each site, read about things of interest to young children, older kids, and teens. Also find out if tours are available and about special features for kids such as interpreters in period dress.

    Visit Kids Things To Do in Westchester County.
    Historic sites such as Philipsburg Manor, KyKuit, and Sunnyside offer excellent historic insights into the men and women instrumental in the building of America. Visit Philipsburg Manor were kids can experience a Hudson Valley Manor. This historic site vividly interprets aspects of the history of colonial New York and the system of racially-based slavery which helped keep the estate running in the 18th century.

    Visit Sunnyside, Washington Irving's Home in Tarrytown. Sunnyside offers activities and things to do with kids. Washington Irving, considered by many to be the first "International Writer" lived the last 25 years of his life at Sunnyside, his home is set along the Hudson River in Tarrytown, New York.

    Visit Kids Things To Do in Dutchess County.
    Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site in Hyde Park. This beautiful historic site also offers fun programs for kids.

    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."

    Visit Kids Things To Do in Rockland County.
    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 activities, attractions, and things to do with kids of all ages. On hot summer days swim in one of the largest pools imaginable, visit the Bear Mountain Trailside Museum and Zoo, 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 Things To Do in Putnam County
    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 swimming and boating in Putnam County.

    Plan a day hiking at Fahnestock Park. After a rigorous hike, 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 Things To Do in Columbia County
    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 that is available in summer and fall is Pick-Your-Own berries, apples, and pumpkins. Adults and kids of all ages love Pick-Your-Own. Renssealer 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 Things To Do in Rensselaer County
    "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 Things To Do in Albany County
    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, swingsets, 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 Things To Do in Greene County
    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 Things To Do in Ulster County
    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 Things To Do in Orange County
    "Although Storm King was originally envisioned as a museum devoted to Hudson River School, 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. Art appreciation, biking and a picnic - what could be better?

    A wonderful historic site for kids interested in history is Fort Montgomery in Orange County. 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.
On beautiful spring, summer, and fall days, visit 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 Trails. Or, enjoy a relaxing day fishing at Ward Pound Ridge, Westchester County'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, playing fields for older kids, and much more.

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 things to do on a rainy day, be sure to check our list of movies in the Hudson Valley at Movie Theaters and Cinemas.You will see lists of movies, previews of movies, information about different movie theaters, and more. And you can even book your tickets at one of our listed Online Movie websites such as Fandango or Moviefone.

If you prefer an indoor activity that offers exercise, see Indoor Activities for Kids. Activities for cold, rainy days in winter include:
For the best activities and attractions for kids in the Hudson Valley, be sure to review Hudson Valley Attractions and find attractions, activities, and things to do with teens and children of all ages.

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