50 day trips for spring break stay-cations!

  1. slidePlaygrounds: Weather is (cross your fingers) warming up and the Hudson Valley is sprinkled with wonderful playgrounds! Spring Break week is a great chance to stretch your legs from a long winter away from the monkey bars and jump back on a see-saw! Our favorite Hudson Valley Playgrounds.

Hop on over to these local Easter egg hunts 

  1. Outdoor Discovery Center– Cornwall, 845-534-5506: Offering a spring break camp for ages 6-9. Weekend programs for the entire family and mid- April, Grasshopper Grove, an all- natural playground for the children will re-open for the season.
  1. Locust Grove– Poughkeepsie, 845-454-4500: The grounds and gardens are open to the public from 8am until dusk. The views are spectacular and the grounds are beautiful all year round. If warm enough, pack a picnic lunch and visit locust grove for a wonderful afternoon.
  1. The Mid Hudson Children’s Museum– Poughkeepsie, 845-471-0589: Take the family to the Captain Bubble Science Show during spring break week and enjoy the day at the Children’s Museum. With many new and exciting exhibits kids will have a great day exploring at the museum. If the weather cooperates you can combine your trip with the walk over the Walkway over the Hudson and/ or a walk down the waterfront.

Need a bite to eat while you are spending the day out? Here is a list of kid friendly restaurants in the Hudson Valley. 

  1. The Hudson Valley Rail Trail: One of the Hudson Valley’s treasures is the many rail trails that wind through the woods, over rivers and through the mountains. We have the Walkway over the Hudson, The Dutchess Rail Trail, Harlem Valley Trail, The Catskill Scenic Trail, The Mohonk Preserve, Orange Pathways, and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
  1. Shaupeneak Ridge– Esopus: Another of the Hudson Valley’s many treasures is the amazing family- friendly hiking spots throughout our region. From spots overlooking the Hudson River like the Shaupeneak Ridge to spots in the IMG_0886mountains or even just a quick trip around a lake like at Bear Mountain State Park. Other great hiking spots here.
  1. Trevor Zoo– Millbrook, (845) 677-3704: A wonderful little zoo open year round. You can spend a few hours visiting with the animals and exploring the zoo, pack a picnic lunch and eat near the llamas and then take a short drive over to Millbrook Tribute Gardens and playground.
  1. Bounce! Trampoline Sports– Valley Cottage, NY (845) 268-4000: There is always a chance for a rainy spring break so keep a list handy of some of the great indoor play spots in the area for little ones to get their energy out while having a great time with the whole family. Bounce is one of the many places that kids of all ages could have a great time at!

Rainy day? More top indoor family fun spots!

  1. 20140729_200607The Drive InHudson Valley & Capital Region– Grab some blankets and hop in the car this spring break. Many of your favorite drive- ins are open!
  1. Library– Check your local library or Hudson Valley Parent Calendar Page for inexpensive ways to spend spring break with the kids. Many of the libraries are offering special school’s out programs such as shows and arts, crafts and activities.

Can’t stop at just 10! There are so many great places within driving distance of the Hudson Valley to visit. What would you add to the list? Tell me in the comments!

New York

  1. Rocking Horse Ranch– Highland, (845) 691-2927
  1. Saugerties Lighthouse– Saugerties, (845) 247-0656
  1. Storm King Art Center– New Windsor, (845) 534-3115 (Opening April 1st)
  1. Poughkidsie– Poughkeepsie, (845) 243-3750
  1. Emerson Place- World’s Largest Kaleidoscope– Mt. Tremper, 845-688-5800
  1. Museum Village– Monroe, (845) 782-8248
  1. Castle Fun Center– Chester, (845) 469-2116
  1. Bronx Zoo– Bronx, NY (718) 367-1010
  1. Billy Beeze– West Nyack, NY (845) 535-9277
  1. Greenburgh Nature Center– Scarsdale, NY (914) 723-3470IMG_4668
  1. Bear Mountain Zoo– Bear Mountain, NY (845) 786-2701
  1. NYS Museum– Albany, NY (518) 474-5877
  1. Vanderbilt Mansion– Hyde Park, (845) 229-7770
  1. Air Rock Gym– Albany, (518) 459-7625
  1. Capital District Flower Show– Troy, 518-629-4822 (April 27-29)
  1. Sprout Creek Farm– Poughkeepsie, NY (845) 485-8438
  1. FASNY Museum of Firefighting– Hudson, NY (518) 822-1875
  1. Howe Caverns– Howes Cave, NY (518) 296-8900
  1. Lego Land– Yonkers, NY (866) 243-0770
  1. The National Museum of Play– Rochester, NY (585) 263-2700
  1. Museum of Natural History– New York, (212) 769-5100
  1. Central Park Zoo– New York, (212) 439-6500
  1. Hunter Mountain– Hunter,(800) 486-8376
  1. IMAX- Palisades– West Nyack, (845) 358-4629
  1. Great Escape Lodge & Water Park– Queensbury, (518) 824-6000

Connecticut

  1. Norwalk Aquarium– Norwalk, CT (203) 852-0700IMG_0262
  1. Stepping stones– Norwalk, CT (203) 899-0606
  1. Mystic Aquarium– Mystic, CT (860) 572-5955
  1. Monster Mini Golf– Danbury, CT (203) 744-4653
  1. Danbury Mall- Indoor play area and carousel– Danbury, CT
  1. Danbury Railway Museum– Danbury, CT (203) 778-8337
  1. CoCo Key Water Resort– Waterbury, CT (203) 706-1000

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New Jersey

  1. Liberty Science Center– Jersey City, NJ (201) 200-1000
  1. Adventure Aquarium– Camden, NJ (856) 365-3300
  1. Diggerland USA– West Berlin, NJ (856) 768-1110
  1. Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park– West Berlin, NJ (856) 767-7580

PennsylvaniaIMG_6758

  1. The Crayola Factory-Easton, PA (610) 515-8000
  1. Sesame Place– Langhorne, PA (215) 752-7070
  1. Please Touch Museum– Philadelphia, PA (215) 581-3181
  1. Great Wolf Lodge– Scotrun, PA (570) 688-9899
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