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50 Experiences to Add to Your Hudson Valley Bucket List

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Photo courtesy of Windham Mountain Resort

Sound off, Hudson Valley! How many of these can’t-miss adventures and destinations have you checked off your local to-do list?

Alleyway Ice Cream in Saugerties. Photo by Julian Hom

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Get ice cream at one of the Valley’s quaint creameries.
www.hvmag.com/icecream

Photo courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

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Visit the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. In 2021, enjoy an outdoor concert at the pavilion.
www.bethelwoodscenter.org 

Storm King Adventure Tours. Photo courtesy of Storm King Adventure Tours

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Kayak on the Hudson with Storm King Adventure Tours.
www.stormkingadventuretours.com

Photo courtesy of FDR Presidential Library and Museum

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Tour the home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum when they reopen. View their online offerings now.
www.nps.gov/mava/index.htm; www.fdrlibrary.org

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Book an outdoor wine tasting at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. Walk-ins welcome, as well.
www.millbrookwine.com

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Go downhill riding on miles of trails at Windham Mountain Bike Park.
www.windhammountain.com

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Hop on a hot-air balloon with Fantasy Balloon Flights in Middletown.
www.fantasyfliers.com

Angry Orchard Cider House. Photo courtesy of Angry Orchard

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Visit Angry Orchard for its tours, hard cider, and reservation-only outdoor dining. Go online to get a cider lesson.
www.angryorchard.com

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Listen to a West Point Band concert and savor great views at the Trophy Point Amphitheatre. At press time featured videos were available online.
www.westpointband.com

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Go for a long-distance bike ride, then enjoy a BBQ at the Farm to Fork Fondo in Warwick. New for 2020: Small group bike tours.
www.farmtoforkfitness.com 

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Explore the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum in Livingston Manor.
www.cffcm.com

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Discover the Farm Art Trail geocache tour, plus outdoor and online art classes at the Wallkill River School of Art.
www.wallkillriverschool.com

Rocking Horse Ranch. Photo courtesy of Rocking Horse Ranch

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Bring the family to the Rocking Horse Ranch and Pine Ridge Dude Ranch year-round.
www.rockinghorseranch.com; www.pineridgeduderanch.com

Dutch Apple Cruises. Photo by Melissa Hagan

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Take an Albany sightseeing trip aboard a Dutch Apple Cruises boat. New for 2020: reservation-only seating for your party.
www.dutchapplecruises.com

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Tour the estates of renowned Hudson Valley artists such as Frederick Church, Thomas Cole, and Samuel Morse.
www.olana.org; www.thomascole.org; www.lgny.org

Stonecrop Gardens. Photo by Maryann Dorien

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Escape to Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, which features 15 acres of pure delight, including English-style flower gardens.
www.stonecrop.org

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Savor cocktails and live music at Orange County Distillery at Brown Barns Farm.
www.orangecountydistillery.com

Splashdown Beach. Photo courtesy of Splashdown Beach

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Visit a waterpark in 2021, including Kartrite Resort and Indoor Water Park in Monticello, SplashDown Beach in Fishkill, and Zoom Flume in East Durham.
www.thekartrite.com; www.splashdownbeach.com; www.zoomflume.com

Tulip Festival. Photo courtesy of Discover Albany

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Get a taste of our Dutch heritage at Albany’s Tulip Festival.
www.albany.com/things-to-do/tulip-festival

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Go produce-picking at one our many farms
www.hvmag.com/applefarmguide

Poet’s Walk. Photo by Robert Rodriquez Jr.

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Take a stroll through the designed landscape (a series of “outdoor rooms”) at Poet’s Walk in Red Hook.
www.scenichudson.org 

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Attend a concert at the barn-like Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, online for now and in-person at a later date.
www.maverickconcerts.org

Playland. Photo courtesy of Westchester County Parks

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Have a fun-filled day at Playland in Rye. The beach is open for 2020; the amusement park and pool are expected to reopen in 2021.
www.playlandpark.org

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Swim and relax at a New York State Park, including the pond’s beach in the Taconic State Park/Copake Falls area and the enormous pool at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown.
www.parks.ny.gov/parks/83/details.aspx

Opus 40. Photo by Ross Aerials

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Stroll amid sculpture at outdoor art centers and sculpture gardens including Opus 40 in Saugerties, Art Omi in Ghent, and Storm King in New Windsor.
www.opus40.org; www.artomi.org; www.stormking.org

Belleayre Mountain. Photo courtesy of Belleayre Mountain

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Soar in a scenic gondola ride at Belleayre Mountain.
www.belleayre.com

Tuthilltown Spirits. Photo by Fine Young Man Creative

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Take a tour and test the products at Gardiner’s Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery.
www.tuthilltown.com

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Hike and swim at Ulster County’s Minnewaska State Park Preserve.
www.parks.ny.gov/parks/127

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Explore Bannerman Island. Open for kayakers, boaters, and canoes in 2020.
www.bannermancastle.org

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Root for the Renegades baseball team at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls, and the New York Boulders at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona starting in spring 2021.
www.hvrenegades.com; www.nyboulders.com

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Meet the 350-plus rescued residents at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary in High Falls, digitally through their Sanctuary Strolls and in-person at a future date.
www.woodstocksanctuary.org

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Have a below- and above-the-ground adventure at Howe Caverns. Coming in October: Haunt at the Howe Caverns.
www.howecaverns.com 

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Go to hang-gliding school at Mountain Wings in Ellenville.
www.mtnwings.com

Chuang Yen Monastary. Photo by J.J. Cady

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View the Western hemisphere’s largest indoor buddha at the Chuang Yen Monastery in Kent.
www.baus.org

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Visit the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum when it reopens. Until then, shop at the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market just outside its doors, then take a stroll on the Walkway Over the Hudson.
www.mhcm.org; www.walkway.org

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Ride the rails using pedal power with Rail Explorers: Catskills, in Phoenicia.
www.railexplorers.net

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Enjoy some treetop fun at Catamount Aerial Adventure Park in Hillsdale, and Boundless Adventures at Purchase College.
www.catamountski.com; www.boundlessadventures.net/ny-park

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Relax on a sunset cruise with Tivoli Sailing. There’s sailing school for kids and adults, too!
www.tivolisailing.com

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Explore Bear Mountain State Park, in warm or cold weather. Highlights include the Bear Mountain Inn, outdoor ice skating, a zoo, paddle-boating, and hikes to amazing views.
www.parks.ny.gov/parks

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Enjoy picnics and performances at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in 2021.
www.hvshakespeare.org

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Discover the Ashokan Center’s many music and dance camps and events, offered online in 2020.
www.ashokancenter.org

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Take the family to the Mount Peter Ski Area for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing
www.mountpeter.com

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Explore the Shawangunk Wine Trail in Ulster and Orange Counties. Most of the wineries offer open-air seating at tables on spacious lawns and decks.
www.shawangunkwinetrail.com

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Stroll along the Hudson River at Poets’ Walk Park in Red Hook.
www.scenichudson.org/explore-the-valley/scenic-hudson-parks/poets-walk-park

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Experience the food and fun at Kingston’s waterfront district.
www.thekingstonwaterfront.com

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Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family with a getaway to Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville.
www.frostvalley.org

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Take a staycation at Ulster County resorts like Mohonk Mountain House, Emerson Resort & Spa, and Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa.
www.mohonk.com; www.emersonresort.com; www.buttermilkfallsinn.com

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Visit Empire State Plaza and the New York State Capitol in Albany. Go on virtual scavenger hunt for now; book a Capitol Tour when it reopens.
www.empirestateplaza.ny.gov

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Chill out with a meal, drinks, and music on the Newburgh waterfront.
www.orangetourism.org/newburgh-waterfront

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Sit back and enjoy a show at one of our seven local drive-ins.
www.hvmag.com/driveins