Located in Dutchess County you'll find a small, country village known as Millbrook. The village is known for its spacious farms and family-friendly atmosphere. Visiting Millbrook is a relaxing and comfortable way for families to spend their weekend. So gather up the kids and head over to Millbrook this weekend. While you're there, be sure to visit these great spots!
1. See the animals at Trevor Zoo
The Trevor Zoo (located at Millbrook School) houses more than 180 exotic and indigenous animals with 80 different species, 9 of which are endangered. This is a great place to teach your kids about animals, nature, and conservation. The zoo also has a few spots that are perfect for a picnic, so don’t forget to pack lunch! Trevor Zoo is a staff favorite not only because of the amazingly low admission prices ($5 adults; $3 children), but also because we love the Red Pandas!
2. Enjoy the spectacular views at Innisfree Garden
The views at Innisfree Garden are breathtaking and serene. It’s the perfect spot for your family to gain a deeper appreciation of nature. Take guided tour or explore the grounds at your own leisure. During your stroll around the 150-acre garden, you’ll see streams, waterfalls, flowers, a fountain jet, and water sculptures! Who knows, you may even see some columnar ginkos! Our favorite sight is the circular grotto sheltered with climbing hydrangea.
3. Find a new favorite at Merritt Bookstore
Do you and your kids love to read? If so, Merritt Bookstore is a must-visit spot! The bookstore offers a large variety of books in every genre you can think of and even has toys. The staff is extremely welcoming and they are always willing to share their passion for books with customers. Want to get more involved? Merritt has a great book club and even hosts an annual literary festival in May.
4. Grab a bite to eat at Babette’s Kitchen
This casual gourmet market the perfect spot to grab soups, salads, and sandwiches… and who’s not in the mood for a crisp, fresh salad on a hot summer day? Babette’s Kitchen serves up flavorful, organic foods to-go. So be sure to stop by Babette’s to grab lunch to-go, and then visit one of Millbrook’s great picnic spots to relax and chow down!
5. Stroll along the trails at The Cary Institute
There are a variety of trails here which cross into fields, forests and wetlands. The trails offer a great way to enjoy the views and observe the natural wonders that surround you. While you’re there, give bird watching a go and try to locate specific species using a guide provided by the Institute. Then see how many different butterflies you can check off on your guide list.
Let us know what your favorite things to do in and around Millbrook are by commenting below! Be sure to let us know what towns you want to learn more about!
Brittany L. Morgan the web editor and executive assistant to the publisher at Hudson Valley Parent. Jacqueline Kavana is an editorial intern at Hudson Valley Parent and a senior at Mount Saint Mary College.