Fun on the Hudson

Family Cruises and safety tidbits

A sight-seeing cruise is a fun alternative to the more active water adventure. Hudson Highlands Cruises  is having a Grandparent’s Day Sunday, September 12. This will include special crafts for children and discounts for seniors that bring a grandchild. The cruise will sail north past Stony Point Lighthouse, Verplanck, Tomkins Cove, Peekskill, and turn at the Bear Mountain Bridge and sail back to Haverstraw Marina.

Hudson River Cruises offers a Kreepy Kids’ Kruise on Saturday, October 30, departing at 11:30am with a DJ, and many other kid-friendly activities. Costumes welcome, but are not required. There will be a costume contest with prizes. Reservations recommended. Both tour companies offer special family cruises during the summer months.


Walkway over the Hudson

Parking: 87 Haviland Rd., Highland, or 61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie

845-834-2867. For those who prefer a spectacular view of the River without getting their feet wet. Hours of operation are 7am to sunset, year-round, weather permitting. Admission is free and open to all.


Before you begin any of your adventures, read these  river safety tips.

Teri Barr of Hudson Valley Outfitters offers these tips for a safe and enjoyable day on the river:

  • Wear sensible footwear—water shoes, sneakers or well-fitting sandals with bottom grip.
  • Carry any electronic items (cell, cameras, etc) in a waterproof bag.
  • When kayaking or canoeing without a guide, it’s suggested you stay close to the shore. The view is better anyway.
  • Know the currents, tides, wind and weather forecasts before you leave.
  • Personal Flotation Devices must be worn and zipped up at all times.

Read about more activities to do on the Hudson.