16 spring break staycations

Not going anywhere tropical this spring break? We got some ideas for local things to do!

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Spring break can get a little crazy with the kids home, luckily you don't have to be on a tropical beach to keep your sanity this year. Enjoy some great food and activities to do right here in the Hudson Valley and slightly beyond!

Visiting the Orange County area…

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Start off the day by grabbing lunch down by the waterfront with your family at one of these two places:

Hudson Taco 
Take the family out for tacos at a new place in Newburgh. Located in the historic west shore train station. For more information and to look at their menu visit their website. West Shore Train Station. 27 S. Water Street Newburgh, NY. 845-565-8226

Cena 2000
Located on the waterfront in Newburgh, this Italian style restaurant offers great food for a reasonable price for the whole family. With a perfect view of the Hudson river. 50 Front St. Newburgh, NY. 12550. For more information and their menu selection click on their website.

See More: Restaurant Guide and Quick Guide for Children's Meals.

After grabbing some yummy tacos or Italian food, travel seven minutes away to the Motorcyclepedia Museum.

Motorcyclepedia Museum The Museum has over 500 motorcycles from 1897 to the present day. This is the perfect fun family day out. For more information visit their website. 250 Lake Street, Newburgh, NY. 12550. 845-569-9065.

Another fun option for families is the Orange County Choppers headquarters...

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OCC Headquarters
With bikes, tours, apparel, food, music and more this is the perfect activity for families. Bring a sharpie you never know who you might bump into on the floor. For more information check out their website. 14 Crossroads Ct, Newburgh, NY 12550. 845-522-5222.

Visiting the Dutchess County area...

Pizzeria Posto
Enjoy some great wood-fired artisan pizza with the whole family. 42 E Market St, Rhinebeck, NY 12572. 845-876-3500.

Market St.
Market street is a modern Italian spot serving some of the best pizza in the Hudson Valley. They also serve salads, appetizers, pastas, and entrees. Check out the daily risotto special! For more information check out their website. 19 W Market St. Rhinebeck NY 12572. 845-876-7200.

  Read More:  Staycation Ideas in Beacon.

After getting some great pizza with the family at either one of these places, check out the Vanderbilt Mansion only fifteen minutes away.

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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
With beautiful view of the Catskill mountains and rivers this place is a must see. The mansion has 54 rooms of Beaux-Art architecture. The only way to visit the mansion is by guided tour, and there are some restrictions on entry. For more information visit their website or call. 119 Vanderbilt Park Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538. 845-229-7770

Another great place to go located only eight minutes away by car from the Vanderbuilt Mansion is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Check out intimate photographs, manuscripts, family documents, movies and learn more about the lives and deaths of Franklin and Elanor. You will also learn the impact they continue to have on contemporary life. 4079 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park, NY 12538. 845-486-7770.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site
Take a tour through the Roosevelt country home admiring how the home would have looked in the 1800s. Also see the early technology that helped Franklin learn to live with his disability. 4097 Albany Post Road. Hyde Park. NY 12538. 845-229-9115.

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Visiting the Ulster County area...

Start off your day hiking Lake Minnewaska.

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Lake Minnewaska
Located on the Shawangunk Mountain, the park has; several water falls, three lakes, and dense forests. On a nice day, take the kids on a simple trail. Nothing is better than experiencing the outdoors with the family.

After hiking the beautiful views of Shawangunk Mountain and Lake Minnewaska, fuel up at the Mountain Brahaus restaurant located eleven minutes away by car.

Mountain Brauhas Restaurant
The Mountain Brauhas is a perfect place to take the whole family. I have been here several times with my own family and the meals remind me of my own families recipes. Make sure to get their pretzels while you are there! 3123 US-44. Gardiner, NY 12525. 845-255-9766.

Another option for a day trip in Ulster County is taking the family to the Saugerties Lighthouse.

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Saugerties Lighthouse
Built in 1835 to facilitate navigation on the river, you can visit the lighthouse tower to see the still functioning but modernized mechanism as well as magnificent vistas of the river and its surroundings. It’s also been converted into a bed and breakfast as well. 168 Lighthouse Dr, Saugerties, NY 12477. 845-247-0656.

After checking out the lighthouse drive five minutes to grab some American cuisine at Miss Lucy’s Kitchen.

Miss Lucy’s Kitchen
Enjoy some American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. Reasonable prices and good food for the whole family. 90 Partition St. Saugerties NY 12477. 845-246-9240.

Visiting Sullivan County area...

Start of your day by visiting the Historic Site of the Woodstock Festival.

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 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Historic Site
On March 30th they will be having their re-opening of the museum featuring the 2019 exhibit We Are Golden: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival and Aspirations for a Peaceful Future. The Museum offers interactive exhibits, programs and events celebrating the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the entire decade.

After touring Bethel Woods Historic Site grab a sandwich at Bethel Market Café which is four minutes away by car.

Tilly’s Diner
Great chili, cobb salad wrap, and milkshakes this is a great place for some food after touring Bethel Woods historical site. 34 Raceway Rd. Monticello, NY 12701. 845-794-6540.

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Bethel Market Café
Enjoy this American café. Their menu has breakfast, soups & salads, wraps and sandwiches. The Café also has a bakery with cookies, layered cakes, pies, and even tarts & cheesecakes.

Another food option is Tilly’s Diner which is a fifteen-minute drive from the Bethel Woods historical site.

Things to do outside of the Hudson Valley

Albany County

New York State Museum
A center of art, science, and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Established in 1836, it is the oldest and largest state museum in the country. 222 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12230. 518-474-5877.

New York State Capitol
Take a guided tour of NY's State Capitol. State St. and Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12224. 518-474-2418.

Greene County

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Known for his beautiful paintings of the Catskill landscapes, tour the house where Thomas Cole lived. 218 Spring St, Catskill, NY 12414. 518-943-7465.

Westchester County

Teatown Lake Reservation
Sitting on 1000 acres of nature reserves with lakes, animals, rare native plants, and 15 miles of trails this is the perfect place to get out an enjoy some nice weather. Cohoes Falls, Fall Views Park.1600 Spring Valley Rd. Ossining, NY 10562. 914-762-2912.

Read More: Staycation Ideas in Peekskill.

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
This space has exhibitions and programs that promote understanding of contemporary art and its link to modern social issues. 1701 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566. 914-788-0100.

Putnam County

River View Restaurant
A contemporary American Restaurant with seasonally inspired menus. Located in Cold Spring since 1941, this restaurant has a beautiful view of the Hudson river & Storm King Mountain while you’re eating brunch, lunch or dinner. For more information and to check out their hours visit their website. 845-265-4778.

Read More: Staycation Ideas in Cold Spring.

Rockland County

Edward Hopper House of Art Center
Visit the American painter, Edward Hopper home, which became an art center in 1971. They have a variety of exhibitions of art in all media including; screen art related movies and put on popular concerts in the garden. Tour guides will accompany you around the home. 82 N Broadway, Nyack NY 10960. 845-358-0774.

More: Staycation Ideas in the Hudson Valley by County!

Cailey Walls is a marketing & communications intern here at Hudson Valley Parent and a senior at Mount Saint Mary college.

Published on March 7th, 2019