Looking for a fun, local jaunt on Presidents’ Day Weekend? Here are some family hot-spots to consider.
There are loads of places in the Hudson Valley to truly commemorate historic holidays. At these local sites, kids learn what life was like hundreds of years ago and have fun at the same time.
The home of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
What better place to commemorate Presidents’ Day than the former home of a president? Located in lovely Hyde Park, The Presidential Library, Museum and 300-acre grounds are open seven days a week for guided and self-guided tours. With so much to see and learn at this state historic site, a minimum of 2 and a half hours is recommended for a visit. 54 ValKill Park Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-5320.
Only two miles north of the home of FDR is the Vanderbilt Mansion. It is one of the few remaining examples of a Gilded-Age home in our area. Situated on the east bank of the Hudson River, the natural views are just as stunning as the architecture and decor. Now visitors can learn even more about this historic site with their cell phone! Just look for the "Hyde Park Explorer" trail markers and you can access free audio files from your phone. 119 Vanderbilt Park Rd., Hyde Park. 845-229-7770.
For the past 30 years, Washington's Headquarters has celebrated George Washington's birthday with a three-day celebration. This year will be no different! Visit Washington’s Headquarters for discussions, performances for children, crafts and reenactments. Washington will be on hand to give birthday cake to visitors! 84 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845-562-1195.
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum.
Bring the whole family to take part in interactive exhibits and educational play. Free admission on the third Saturday night of every month (February 16th) during its extended hours (5-8pm). Don’t forget to visit the RiverTown exhibit to build a house, bake a cake and to learn about all the different people that live in the Hudson Valley. RiverTown features kid-sized shops and storefronts with engaging activities and play areas.75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-471-0589.
If you're looking for a weekend trip, there are many great choices for entertainment and lodging in the Hudson Valley that are super fun, even during the winter months!
Bear Mountain Inn and State Park.
Well known in the summer for their Olympic-sized pool, Bear Mountain State Park is a great winter locale with its outdoor ice rink, indoor carousel and the new lodge. The lodge is a great hot chocolate retreat after an afternoon of physical activity. With the Village of Highland Falls and the West Point military base just a 10 minute drive north, it is easy to make a full day exploring the area with its shops, restaurants and museums. 55 Hessian Dr., Bear Mountain.
East Valley Ranch.
Visit a pristine Catskill winter wonderland filled with outdoor sports and activities for everyone in your family. From cross-country skiing to learning about animal tracks you can stay and play in the Catskills this holiday weekend. 21 Straus Ln, Claryville. 985-2291 ext. 240.
Mohonk Mountain House.
The scenic ridges of Ulster County are great not just for summer sightseeing, but for winter fun too. The Mohonk Mountain House is the perfect destination for winter sports. They have skiing, snowshoeing, tubing and an innovative disk golf course. The resort also specializes in fine dining, so you’ll never leave hungry. 1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz. 845-255-1000
Rocking Horse Ranch.
The Winter Fun Park at Rocking Horse Ranch has something for the entire family. Brand new snow tubing lanes and a conveyer lift make for non-stop fun for the entire family. Horseback riding trails are open year round with trails for beginners and advanced level riders. If you can’t ride a horse, the family can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride. 600 U.S. 44, Highland. 845-691-2927.
Pinegrove Ranch & Resort.
Friday to Monday, stay two nights and get the third night half off during certain weeks in February. Kids stay free February 11 through 15 and February 18 through 24. Outdoor activities include snow tubing, ice skating and horseback riding. Pinegrove has a wide variety of indoor games to entertain every member of the family, like miniature golf, laser tag, and basketball. 30 Cherrytown Rd., Kerhonkson. 845-626-7345.
Villa Roma was recently named top family resort by
resortsandlodges.com. Villa Roma is both an elegant and family-friendly vacation spot. Complete with ice skating, skiing, horseback riding, paintball, indoor games, pool and spa, it is an ideal Catskill retreat. 340 Villa Roma Rd., Callicoon. 1-800-533-6767.
These local skiing, skating and tubing destinations are great for a fun local day trip with family and friends of all ages. Most destinations rent skiing, skating and tubing equipment, but call ahead to confirm.
Mount Peter. F
ree beginner skiing lessons for all ages. Holiday rates still apply to lift tickets. 40 Ski Ln., Warwick. 845-986-4940.
Mid-Hudson Civic Center:
Visit the Civic Center over President's Weekend to support the NY Special Olympics and on President's Day practice your ice skating skills on the ice during open skate time. 12pm-2pm. 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie. 454-5800.
Thomas Bull Memorial Park.
On President’s Day, enjoy snow tubing, ice skating, cross-country skiing and more! Open 9am to dusk, seven days/week. 211 State Rte. 416, Montgomery. 845-615-3830.
Holiday Mountain Recreation Area.
Whether you’re an avid skiier or just starting out, Holiday Mountain has the slope you need. If you’re just looking to have some relaxed fun, enjoy snow tubing with the family! 99 Holiday Mountain Rd., Monticello. 845-796-3161.
Sawkill Family Ski Center.
Sawkill Family Ski Center has a new snow tubing run! Take the family out for a day of snow and play! Your family can enjoy several skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing runs. After a long day on the slopes, stop by the snack bar for a delicious treat! 167 Hill Rd., Kingston.