100 things to do this summer in the Hudson Valley

Crossing places to visit off our bucket list this summer

summer fun

Ahhh, summer. Lazy days by the lake, BBQs with friends, summer camp, vacations and endless ice cream cones. The warmer temps and longer days allow us plenty of time to explore the Hudson Valley or take a day trip. Here we are sharing 100 of our favorite summer activities.

For the updated, 2018 list of over 250 things to do this summer with kids in the Hudson Valley, click here.


In no special order, here are 100 things to do this summer:

Things to do most any day this summer:

1. **Catch a kid-friendly show at Forestburgh Playhouse

2. **Travel back in time at Museum Village

3. Choose a native animal and take a spin on the carousel at Bear Mountain 

4. Enjoy a walk filled with flowers and gorgeous views at Innisfree Garden

5. Sign up for your local library’s summer reading program

6. Experience the outdoor art sculptures at Storm King

7. Walk across the Hudson on the Walkway over the Hudson

8. Ride a pony at Breezeway Farm (open July & August)

9. Get your wiggles out at Bounce! Trampoline Sports

10. **Go to the drive-in

11. Hang out at a state park

12. Step inside the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope

13. Bounce around in a bumper boat at DC Sports

14. Attend a festival

15. Enjoy a delicious lunch while the kids play at Frida’s Bakery and Café

16. Visit as many playgrounds as you can. 

17. **Take your family out to see the Hudson Valley Renegades play ball

18. Celebrate the Catskill waters with hands-on exhibits at the Time and the Valleys Museum

19. Meet the animals at the Trevor Zoo

20. Dig your toes in the sand at Belleayre Beach

21. Cool off in the fountains at the CIA and grab a bite to eat too!

22. Get lost in the natural playground at Grasshopper Grove

23. Go Geocaching

24. Take a walk through the woods and through the mountains on the Hudson Valley Rail Trail

25. Take the scenic trails to visit the Saugerties Lighthouse

26. Beat the laser maze at The Castle Fun Center

27. Go camping

28. Go tubing down the Esopus. Check out Tinker Town Tube Rentals

29. Grab your fresh fruit from Edible Arrangements in Monroe and go on a picnic

30. Catch a movie under the stars at the Drive-In

31. Speed down the water slides at Splash Down Beach

32. Take the kids out to eat for free or cheap!

33. Go rock climbing at Gravity Vault

34. Get a strike at Pat Tarsio Lanes

35. Hop on a ferry and tour Bennerman Castle

36. Catch fireflys

37. Ride a horse at Juckas Stables

38. Catch a $1 movie at Regal Cinema’s Summer Movie Express

39. Visit the World’s Largest Garden Gnome and try your hand at Homegrown Mini-Golf

40. Play for free at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum for Family Free Night from 5-8pm on the third Saturday of every month

41. Swim in a lake or swimming hole

42. Get mother-daughter mani-pedis at Cottage Garden Spa

43. Enjoy a farm fresh ice cream cone at Bellvale Farm Creamery

44. Indulge in delicious donuts at Glazed Over

45. Show some love for the horses and farm animals with a tour of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary

46. Bounce away a rainy day at Fun-E-Farm

47. Visit the cows at Sprout Creek Farm

48. Rent a paddle boat at Lake Superior State Park

49. Take a hike

50. Go crabbing at Long Dock Park

51. Join a workshop at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

52. Star gaze at the John R. Kirk Planetarium

53. Watch the planes do tricks in the sky at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

54. Go to a farmer’s market

55. Create something new at Fiberflame

56. Bowl for free

57. Go sailing

58. Cool off at Bowdoin Park’s Splash Pad

59. Make a big splash at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park water zone

60. Make S’mores

61. Climb to the top of the adventure tower at Zipline Adventure Tours

62. Smell the flowers at the Orange County Arboretum (and visit Thomas Bull Memorial Park too!)

63. Take in the breathtaking views at Boscobel House and Gardens

Great day trips outside of the Hudson Valley…

64. **Discover the Crayola magic at the Crayola Factory

65. Explore science and technology at the Museum of Innovation and Science

66. Slide your way down the rainbow at Billy Beeze

67. Be a fireman for the day at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting

68. Mine for gems or dinosaur bones at the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

69. Tour a mining cave at Howe Caverns

70. Build a race car at Legoland Discovery Center

71. Adventure to new heights at the Palisades Climb Adventure Ropes Course

72. Track the dinosaurs through Dinosaur State Park

73. Experience the world’s largest water park zip line at Zoom Flume Water Park

74. Get up close to sea life at the Maritime Aquarium

75. Explore Stepping Stones Museum for children

76. Take a ride on heavy machinery at Diggerland Construction Theme Park

77. Cruise on Lake George with the Lake George Steamboat Company

78. Fall in love with learning at the Please Touch Museum

79. Meet Elmo, Big Bird and the gang at Sesame Place

80. Take a ride on the famous dragon coaster at Playland Amusement Park

Things to do in June…

81. Go strawberry picking

82. See a magic show or pet some goats at Children’s Day at New Windsor Cantonment

83. Celebrate Dad

84. Visit Spiderman

85. Catch the fireworks at the Renegades opening game

86. Go fishing for free on Free Fishing Day in NY

87. Celebrate Hudson River Day at the Hudson River Maritime Museum

Things to do in July…

88. **See the hot air balloons take flight at the Hot Air Balloon Festival at Barton Orchard

89. Experience the thrill of the US Navy Blue Angels flying overhead at the NY Air Show

90. Watch a movie under the stars at the Walkway

91. Visit the Orange County Fair

92. Catch some fireworks on the 4th of July (Check back for a full list COMING SOON)

93. Go Blueberry picking

94. Enjoy food galore, free admission and live music at the Old Time Fair and BBQ

Things to do in August…

95. Bring the kids to the Starlab Planetarium at Boscobel House and Gardens

96. Visit a county fair. Ulster County Fair, Dutchess County Fair and the Little World’s Fair in Grahamsville

97. Go to the birthplace of the bagel for the Annual Bagel Festival

98. Ride a cow train at Hurds Family Farm Summer Special

99. Transform into a fairy or try your hand at jousting at the NY Renaissance Fair

100. Follow Hudson Valley Parent all summer long on Facebook for all your summer fun ideas!

Please share your fun by posting and tagging us on social media! Use hashtag #HVPsummer and tag @hudsonvalleyparent on Facebook or {@HVParent} on Twitter or Instagram and we may share your photos with our followers too!

Pamela is the Community Liaison at Hudson Valley Parent. She resides in Dutchess County with her husband and two boys and enjoys crossing things off their bucket list each summer.

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