What to Do on a Rainy Day in the Hudson Valley

Not sure what to do on a rainy day in the Hudson Valley? These indoor activities are sure to entertain, no matter the weather.

Don’t get us wrong: We’re big fans of all the outdoor excursions the Hudson Valley has to offer, but the weather isn’t exactly permitting all the time. With rainy weekends and muddy hiking trails common throughout the year, it’s a good thing the region also has so many indoor activities to salvage an excursion and make for good memories. From exercise to lounging out and everything in between, here’s how to make the most of a rainy day in the Hudson Valley.

Outdoor Activities, But Bring Them Indoors


If you love mountaineering on sunny days, try out The Gravity Vault in Poughkeepsie or The Cliffs at Valhalla in Valhalla for the next rainy occasion. Both gyms are open seven days a week and offer rentals of chalk bags, harnesses, and climbing shoes. Features like bouldering walls, belay certifications, climbing instructing, and fitness classes will keep climbers active all day.


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Perhaps skating is more your speed – Peekskill’s 2nd Nature Skatepark is an indoor skateboarding experience that’s perfect for skateboarders and BMX riders. A wide range of features for all levels, including ramps, rails, ledges, and a bowl make the park a great place to learn how to skate or practice lifelong skills.


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While malls like Poughkeepsie’s Galleria or West Nyack’s Palisades Center are great options for shopping, the Hudson Valley has a number of unique destinations for handmade and one-of-a-kind goods. Promenade on 6 in Carmel is an artisanal community that hosts around 10 stores and kiosks under one roof, selling thrifted goods, jewelry, and art in different shops.

If you’re in the market for a more rustic shopping experience, try one of the numerous Hudson Valley farm stores like The Shops at Jones Farm, which has a whole barn dedicated to gifts and personal accessories, or the store at Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, which sells organic produce, farm-raised meats, and seasonal items.

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Brews and Bars

While cideries and wineries offer beautiful views of the river and vineyards, the Hudson Valley has plenty of indoor drinking experiences that are anything but average. Beacon’s Happy Valley is an arcade bar that transports you back to the ’80s with games like Frogger, Donkey Kong, and Pacman. Sip a local IPA while you game the night away and enjoy classic bites like tater tots or chicken fingers. Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie is also worth a visit for fresh-brewed beers and unique dishes like the tangy bang bang cauliflower or crowd-pleasing poutine.

For a different kind of brew, try Beans Cat Café in Beacon if you’re a cat or coffee lover for a rainy day classic. This cat haven houses a variety of adoptable shelter cats for you to play and interact with if you’re looking to add a new member to your family, or just want to spend time entertaining the feline furballs. While you’re there, grab a cup of joe and a donut and cuddle up with a new friend.


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Historic Mansions

The Hudson Valley is known for its history, and the banks of its river are dotted with countless historic mansions offering tours to the public. Stop by the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park for a glimpse into the life of the former president or check out Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown to see one of America’s finest Gothic Revival mansions, designed in 1838. For more free, self-guided, and must-see historic Hudson Valley sites, refer to this guide.

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Art and Performances

Art is also abundant in the Valley, from exhibitions by local artists to live performances by world-renowned bands and singers. There are a number of galleries and theaters that are perfect to explore on rainy days. Swing by performing art centers like the legendary Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, where the original Woodstock Festival was held, or Albany’s The Egg, where you can see icons like Andy Grammer, who has a performance coming up on October 18.


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Visual art can be found at galleries across the Valley. Coming to Kingston’s Big Cat Studio on October 21 is Amelia C. Williams’ mixed media pop art show “The Lovebugs.” To experience a perennial favorite, head to Beacon’s Dia for permanent modern art fixtures that experiment with light or Peekskill’s Hudson Valley MOCA, which showcases a mix of performances and installations from contemporary artists.

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