5 inexpensive places to take the kids

1.The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

Poughkeepsie, NY

A brand new fire truck, reading nook and other improvements offers lots of hands on fun for kids of most ages. You can easily spend hours here exploring. Admission is only $8 and the third Saturday each month (from 5-8pm) is FREE! As an added bonus, they offer free (with cost of admission) drop- in programs such as story times, craft workshops and more.

Great places for science in the Hudson Valley

2.The Trevor Zoo

Millbrook, NY

The zoo is open all year round and at only $5 an adult and $3 a child it makes a great day trip for warmer winter days as well as the warm weather months. (Tip: In the summer bring a lunch, there are grassy areas you can have a picnic!)

Tip: if you can’t make it to the zoo, a quick trip to a local pet store would do the trick too!

3.State Parks

Bear Mountain, Washington Headquarters, Olana, FDR, Vanderbilt

Activities include snowshoeing, hiking, sledding, picnicking and more at most of the above state parks but the Bear Mountain state park is our favorite for the carousel house, ice skating and trailside zoo for a small fee plus the cost of parking.

Hiking in the winter?

4.Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Cornwall, NY

HHNM almost always has a family friendly event going on, on the weekends. The winter calendar is filled with a variety of educational nature programs for only $5 for children and $7 for adults. In the warmer weather Grasshopper Grove, a unique all natural kids playground, is perfect for the under 5 kids at only $3/person and free for under 2.

5.Story time

Most of the libraries offer a slew of story times including arts and crafts, free play, structured activities and more! Also check out free story times at Barnes and Noble*Confirm with your local libraries before planning your trips: Top picks for drop- in storytimes

The best kid-friendly bookstores in the Hudson Valley


More great places to visit and things to do on the calendar.

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