Home     Home and Family     Family Fun     PlacesTo Go Guide    

Summer Fun: Jump on a horse



Ride the trails with your kids

Summer Fun

What better way to enjoy the dog days of summer than to take a leisurely ride in nature. Riding a horse is not only fun but can be therapeutic. Take your kids for a ride this summer.


Established in 1965, Juckas Stables is a friendly, family-owned and operated business. They have 117 acres of trails winding through the breathtaking Hudson Valley countryside. You can book a 75 minute trail ride or a 90 minute picnic trail ride. You can also just relax with horses without actually riding them with their Breakfast with the Horses or After Hours with Herd programs. 

At Juckas Stables, no matter what your age or ability you can learn to ride a horse, or rent a horse by the hour and explore the hundreds of acres of trails. 


Our area certainly has no shortage of horse farms scattered about. From horse rescues and summer camps to therapy riding and lessons; there are plenty of opportunities for your children to experience riding. When I asked online a few favorites included: Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue, Meadow Creek Farm, My Saddle Brook Farm and Greystone Stables. Find more places you can go to ride a horse here.

While most of the programs above start children riding around school age, if you are like me with a horse-loving toddler, check out Southlands Foundation in Rhinebeck who offer a mommy and me horseback riding class!

Also visit our daily calendar page filled with activities and events in every county!

Pamela resides in Dutchess County with her two boys and enjoys crossing things off their bucket list each summer.



Other articles by Summer Fun Days


  • Summer Fun Day #10: Explore an old lighthouse

    Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

    Kids are off from school and the "'mom, I'm bored" line has already been ringing in your years. Have no fear, Hudson Valley Parent has you covered with something to do every day this summer. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day #11: Print your Kids Summer Contract

    Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

    Kids are off from school and the "'mom, I'm bored" line has already been ringing in your years. Have no fear, Hudson Valley Parent has you covered with something to do every day this summer. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day #9: Build your Masterpiece

    Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

    Kids are off from school and the "'mom, I'm bored" line has already been ringing in your years. Have no fear, Hudson Valley Parent has you covered with something to do every day this summer. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day #8: Sign up for summer reading fun

    Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

    Kids are off from school and the "'mom, I'm bored" line has already been ringing in your years. Have no fear, Hudson Valley Parent has you covered with something to do every day this summer. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day: Take me out to the ballgame

    See the Renegades play a home game

    Dutchess County's beloved baseball team is back and ready to play. Come to a game and cheer them on. Enjoy their super fun theme nights. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day #6: Explore the Children's Museum

    Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

    Kids are off from school and the "'mom, I'm bored" line has already been ringing in your years. Have no fear, Hudson Valley Parent has you covered with something to do every day this summer. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day #5: Eat and Play in Milton

    Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

    Kids are off from school and the "'mom, I'm bored" line has already been ringing in your years. Have no fear, Hudson Valley Parent has you covered with something to do every day this summer. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day: Make a Giant Memory in Phoenicia

    Visit the world's largest kaleidoscope and see a "Kaleidoshow"

    Recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope in 1997, the Kaleidoscope was designed by award-winning kaleidoscope artist Charles Karadimos. A great way to spend time with your family. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day #3: Visit Sprout Creek Farm

    Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

    Kids are off from school and the "'mom, I'm bored" line has already been ringing in your years. Have no fear, Hudson Valley Parent has you covered with something to do every day this summer. read more »
  • Summer Fun Day #2: Visit the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

    Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

    Kids are off from school and the "'mom, I'm bored" line has already been ringing in your years. Have no fear, Hudson Valley Parent has you covered with something to do every day this summer. read more »