The Best National Park Day Trips

Take a quick ride through the Hudson Valley to see some of the best National Parks

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A warm day, an outdoor adventure and quality family time sounds pretty dreamy right about now right?

The best part is... it can all be yours!

National Parks are a great way to explore and disconnect from technology and we have some pretty amazing parks right here in our area. Stretch your legs and take a deep breath of fresh air. These parks are waiting for you.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic Site, Hyde Park

Close by to Val-Kill is this local favorite. Families enjoy the beautiful views with picnics on the lawn and along the river. The FDR home is also home to the first US Presidential Library.

Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site, Hyde Park

The only national historic site dedicated to a first lady, Val-Kill welcomes visitors to come be a park of the entire Roosevelt experience.

Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park

Take a glimpse into life of an English country house with a tour or take a stroll across the 211 acres of park land filled with old trees, stunning river views and Italian Gardens.

SEE MORE: Best places to hike in the Hudson Valley

Hudson River Valley Heritage Area

Stretching from NYC to Albany this area exhibits the valley's history and the role of commerce to the region. Revolutionary War stories, famous homes, scenic parks and gardens and a wealth of resources will be found here.

Thomas Cole Historic Site, Catskill

At the Thomas Cole Site join a guided tour of Cole's home and studio, see a film about his art or take a stroll through the flower gardens and take in the majestic views of the mountains. 

Saint Paul's Church Historic Site, Mount Vernon

An icon of colonial life which was destroyed during the American Revolution was later rebuilt in 1942 to resemble its original 18th century appearance. Today you can take a journey back in time with the many stories of how the site and surrounding area has changed over time.

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