Kids meeting a flock of laying hens in a green field.

Kid-Friendly Activities in the Hudson River Valley

Young travelers find many opportunities for entertainment and recreation in the Hudson River Valley, from hiking and swimming to apple and berry picking to tours of historic homes and museums. Here are a few family-friendly destinations.

The Ten Mile River at the start of the Tusten Mountain Trail.

Fall Trip Ideas for the Western Catskills

When this year’s fall color reports start to roll in, it’s the perfect time to hike, paddle, and pedal your way to river and mountain views in the Western Catskills, and for a perfect autumn day, sampling a little of each of the best sights and activities of the fall season in New York State is the way to go. Here are some great fall trip ideas from expert author Nikki Goth Itoi, an ardent fan of autumn’s crisp days.

Stone Centennial Monument marking the Cantonment site,

Itinerary: Hudson Valley Revolutionary War Tour

The outcome of the nine-year struggle for independence from the British hinged largely on who controlled the Hudson River. Today, a number of interpretive museums and historic sites preserve and commemorate various events and decisions that took place in those long years between 1774 and 1783. The following itinerary identifies major Revolutionary War sights along the river, from south to north.

There are tremendous views to be found in the Catskills, like this scenic look at North-South Lake.

Six Hudson Valley Travel Tips

Proximity to a major metropolitan area brings large crowds to the best places in the Hudson Valley, and you’d be surprised how many of them overlook thoroughly enjoyable and simple ways to experience the area. These tips not only help to avoid the masses, but to deepen your explorations and understanding as well.