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.

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.

Kykuit, the sprawling hilltop estate of the Rockefeller family is a must-see in the Lower Hudson River Valley.

Grand Hudson Valley Estates

A handful of majestic estates line the Hudson River, representing several centuries of architectural and cultural trends including American Renaissance, Georgian, Federal, Romantic, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival. Many have been turned into interpretive museums that are open to the public. Here are some of the most popular mansions to visit.

Horseracing at Saratoga Springs, New York.

Where to Go in Hudson Valley and the Catskills

Each region in this area offers its own unique draw; some are cultural centers, some are prime destinations for outdoor adventure, and many combine the two. To help plan your trip, here are the highlights of where to go in Hudson Valley and the Catskills.

Small bottles of maple syrup shaped like leaves are for sale at a farmers market table.

Hudson River Valley Agriculture: Maple Syrup

Some 4,000 farms cover nearly 20 percent of all land in the Hudson River Valley, producing everything from beef, poultry, milk, and cheese to apples, sweet corn, organic produce, wine, hay, and flowers. Here, a handful of farmers produce delicious maple syrup the good old fashioned way.

The Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York.

Cycling Hudson Valley in 6 Days

In a six-day tour, riding 35-45 miles per day, you can cover the length of the Hudson River Valley, hitting key sights, vistas, and attractions on both sides of the river. This suggested itinerary starts in the town of Hudson, in the Upper Hudson River Valley.

Waterwheel at a mill in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Hudson Valley Day Trips from New York City

A Hudson Valley day trip is a great way to experience the area without a large time commitment, making it especially appealing to those weekending in New York City. Each of these trips start at Grand Central Station, so don’t worry about renting a car.

The Number Seventy-Two (The No March) 1972 Marble Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, Storm King Art Center, New York.

Itinerary: Hudson River Valley Contemporary Art

The arts scene is alive and well in the Hudson River Valley. Artists-in-residence can arrange long-term retreats, while the public gets to experience the results of their creativity. Several premier museums, galleries, and outdoor sculpture parks can anchor a multiday tour of the region. This tour starts in the Capital District and makes its way to the Lower Hudson Valley.