20 spring break staycations

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

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If you’re staying local for spring break this year and need ideas to keep the kids busy, the Hudson Valley (and a little beyond) has plenty to offer! Read on for 16 great staycation ideas.

Visiting the Orange County area…

Sometimes not having to plan a meal at home can seem like a vacation from the usual. Enjoy lunch or dinner out before heading to a museum or a day of activity.

Hudson Taco 
Spend your Taco Tuesday in this beautifully restored, historic west shore train station. Check the menu online for kid’s options boasting locally sourced ingredients. West Shore Train Station. 27 S. Water Street, Newburgh. 845-565-8226. 

The Captains Table
For more casual dining your family can enjoy lunch or dinner beachside at The Captains Table. Kids can play on the 1/3-acre sandy beach and enjoy kids’ meals for $8.95. Check ahead on the restaurant’s website for musical guests on the weekends.
547 Route 17M, Monroe. 845-783-0209.  

Restaurant Guide and Quick Guide for Children's Meals

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OCC Headquarters 
Take a tour of Orange County Chopper’s workshop where one-of-a-kind custom bikes are created and peruse the shop’s private collection of motorcycles. You never know if you’ll bump into a celebrity, so be sure to have a sharpie on hand for autographs. Swing by the café for a burger and bites. For more information check out OCC’s website, orangecountychoppers.com. 14 Crossroads Court, Newburgh. 845-522-5222. 

Visiting the Dutchess County area...

Village Pizza 
Enjoy a variety of Italian favorites from pizza to pasta with the family before heading out for an area hike or walking tour of the historic Rhinebeck Village. 19 E Market St. Rhinebeck. 845-876-9676.

Samuel’s Sweet Shop 
Indulge in a sweet treat, dessert or a coffee with a side of nostalgia at Samuel’s. You’ll love sharing some retro candy favorites with your kids. 42 East Market St. Rhinebeck. 845-876-5312. 

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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site 
Tour the grounds and formal gardens for free or take part in tours inside the mansion at $10 per person (children 15 and under are free). Picnic on the lawn and take in the spectacular views or hike the trail along the river. For more information visit their website or call, nps.gov/vama/index.htm. 119 Vanderbilt Park Rd, Hyde Park. 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 
Learn about the life and history of Franklin and Elanor Roosevelt. Check out intimate photographs, manuscripts, family documents, movies and learn more about the lives and deaths of Franklin and Elanor and the impact they continue to have on contemporary life. 4079 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park. 845-486-7770.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site 
Take a tour through the Roosevelt country home admiring how the home looked in the 1800s. Youngsters can pick up a kids’ activity packet upon entry and earn a Junior Ranger badge upon completion. They will be sworn in as official Jr. Rangers and receive a certificate along with their badge.  Also see the early technology that helped Franklin learn to live with his disability. 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-9115. 

 Hudson Valley Museums Your Kid Will Love

Visiting the Ulster County area...

There is no shortage of breath-taking scenery in the Hudson Valley. Here are a few stand outs that are perfect for an easy day trip. 

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Lake Minnewaska
Located on the Shawangunk Mountain, the park has several waterfalls, three lakes, and dense forests. On nice days, bring a picnic and take the kids on a simple trail. Admission is $10 per carload (free for Empire Pass holders). Visit the park’s website for other amenities and activities,  parks.ny.gov/parks/127/details.aspx. Route 44-55, Kerhonkson.

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 
There are toys available to entertain the kids in this family friendly restaurant’s atmosphere, where delightful German specialties are on menu. 3123 US-44, Gardiner. 845-255-9766.

Pine Ridge Dude Ranch 
Located 90 miles from New York City, Pine Ridge Dude Ranch is set on a sprawling, wooded property at foothills of the Catskill Mountains in the hamlet of Kerhonkson. The heart of the ranch is its unique approach to horses for both riders and non-riders. Visitors can spend the day riding or just enjoy seeing horses in the field. The barn offers new hands-on activities, but old favorites such as the “Sunset Ride,” are ongoing. A premiere, all-inclusive, affordable, family vacation destination, Pine Ridge Dude Ranch offers a fun weekend getaway or the perfect place for a family/friends’ reunion. 30 Cherrytown Road, Kerhonkson. 866-600-0859.

You won’t regret spending the day in Saugerties with its friendly and inviting vibe.  

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Saugerties Lighthouse
Built in 1835, the lighthouse currently operates as a private bed and breakfast. Tours are not available, but anyone can hike the short trail to the light house and take in beautiful sites along the way. Enjoy snacks or a picnic on the deck and watch the boats go by. Before starting your hike, be sure to check the tide schedule on the lighthouse website, saugertieslighthouse.com. 168 Lighthouse Drive, Saugerties. 845-247-0656. 

Opus 40 
This 6 ½-acre sculpture park offers an amazing and unique outdoor experience. The site isn’t suitable for toddlers, but older kids can easily navigate the uneven terrain and narrow passageway. The venue hosts  several concerts through the season; check ahead on the website for schedule, opus40.org/about. 50 Fite Road, Saugerties. 845-246-3400.

Miss Lucy’s Kitchen

Enjoy locally sourced American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. The prices are reasonable, the food is good and the place is kid friendly. 90 Partition Street, Saugerties. 845-246-9240.

Visiting Sullivan County area...

Touring local history museums and nature centers keeps kids learning, even while on spring break. Start of your day by visiting the Historic Site of the Woodstock Festival.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Historic Site 
The site’s museum will reopen in April 2020 to share a variety of exhibits, artifacts and reference materials to the arts and political movement of the 1960’s. Travel back in time at the historical site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Check the website for family and children’s programing, bethelwoodscenter.org/the-museum. 200 Hurd Road Bethel. 845-583-2079.

Bethel Market Café
This American café offers breakfast, soups and salads, wraps and sandwiches, plus a bakery with an extensive list of sweet treats.
2020 Route 17B, Bethel. 845-583-3130.

Tilly’s Diner 
After your journey through the ’60s, step back a decade further into this 1950’s diner for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Kids will enjoy spinning on the swivel stools at the counter while waiting for their meal to arrive. 34 Raceway Road, Monticello. 845-794-6540.

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Things to do outside of the Hudson Valley

Albany County

New York State Museum
A center of art, science, and history, this museum is dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. Admission is by donation and kids can enjoy a fun exploration center and free rides on the antique carousel. 222 Madison Avenue, Albany. 518-474-5877. 

New York State Capitol 
Take a guided tour of New York's State Capitol, scope out the Plaza Art Collection, view the c

Greene County

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Tour the home and original art studio of the founder of the Hudson River School of painting, where artists captured the beauty of Catskill landscapes.  Book a guided hike on the art trail to see the exact locations artists were inspired to paint. 218 Spring Street, Catskill. 518-943-7465. 

Westchester County

Teatown Lake Reservation
Sitting on 1,000 acres of nature reserves with lakes, animals, rare native plants, and 15 miles of trails, this is the perfect place to get out and experience nature. Cohoes Falls, Fall Views Park, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining. 914-762-2912.

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Legoland Discovery Center 
This is the ultimate indoor Lego playground. Enjoy family fun with two rides, 10 Lego build-and-play zones, a 4D movie theater, virtual reality and Lego factory tour. Stop for lunch in the café. 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers. 844 740-9223.

Putnam County

Cold Spring Depot 
Grab a quick lunch in this old train depot station before enjoying a walk through the town and experiencing the historic waterfront. Kids 12 and younger can enjoy $10 kids’ meals with free refills on select drinks. 1 Depot Square, Cold Spring. 845-265-5000.

Stone Crop Gardens

Nature enthusiasts and garden fans can take a self-guided tour through the breathtaking botanical landscape, rock ledges and pools. Little ones will love exploring. Be sure to read the garden etiquette on the website before entering, stonecrop.org/visitor-information. 81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring, NY.  845-265-2000.

Read More: Staycation ideas in Cold Spring

Rockland County

Edward Hopper House of Art Center 
Visit the former home, turned art center, of American painter, Edward Hopper. Tour the sculptures in the garden or take in jazz or a movie. Check the website for scheduled family programs happening before you head out, edwardhopperhouse.org. 82 N Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-0774.

More: Staycation ideas in the Hudson Valley by County!

Updated January 2020

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