1. National Parks/Preserves
The beautiful Hudson Valley is home to many massive national parks and preserves. Mountains, waterfalls and ice caves can all be found along with stunning panoramic views and tree-lined trails. Depending on which park you go to, you can hike, swim, ski, kayak, horseback ride and much more – the options are endless!
Mohonk Mountain House & Preserve
Below is a list of a few popular parks and preserves in the area.
Walkway over the Hudson
1.28 miles long and standing 212 feet tall, the Walkway over the Hudson is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Take a walk across the bridge and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Hudson River or take the tour to learn about the fascinating history behind the bridge. This is one of the area’s most popular attractions that you won’t want to miss.
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The Outlets feature 220 stores, including well-known designers such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Coach, North Face, Nike and so much more. The commons are conveniently located directly off the New York State Thruway and gives you access to unlimited shopping and dining.
West Point Military Academy
Bring the history of West Point United States Military Academy to life by taking a West Point Tour. Learn about the history and stories of the US military’s most famous individuals. You will have the opportunity to visit Fort Putnam, a major component of the revolutionary war, and to check out the nation’s oldest federal museum.
Take a dive from 13,500 feet in the air and have an experience of a lifetime. With a bird’s eye view of the Hudson River and Schunemunk Mountain Range you will not regret taking the plunge at Skydive the Ranch.
6. Outdoor Dining on the Waterfront
Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Blu Pointe, Shadows on the Hudson
Check out some of the most popular restaurants nestled on the bank of the Hudson River. If you are in the mood for some mouth-watering ribs, ice cold drinks and country line dancing make sure to check out Billy Joe’s Ribworks in Newburgh. But if a relaxing glass of wine and some of the area’s finest seafood is more your style, take a 5 minute walk along the river to Blu Pointe. Prefer a broad selection of food to please everyone’s palate? Check out Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie.
The Hudson Valley Renegades are a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. Bring the family for a fun and entertaining game at Duchess Stadium.
Home of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a major attraction in the Hudson Valley. The 800-acre campus includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater with seating for 15,000. Pick from a diverse selection of artists that perform at Bethel Woods and enjoy a fun night of singing and dancing at the beautiful rural theatre.
The Hudson Valley is America’s oldest wine making and grape growing region. A visit to the Hudson Valley Wineries even often offers an opportunity to meet the owners of award-winning wines. Customize a wine tour to maximize your experience in Hudson Valley’s Wine Country with over 25 wineries to choose from. Visit hudsonvalleywinecountry.org to see a full list of wineries in the area.
New York is home to over 70 breweries, with many residing in the Hudson Valley region. Brewers in the Hudson Valley have created award winning beers and built idyllic spots to enjoy them in. With breathtaking green and sometimes amber hues, the lush views of the Valley are best enjoyed with a local cold one. Looking to do some “brewery hopping?” Jump on board The Little Beer Bus and take a ride on the Hudson Valley Beer Trail. With breweries including but not limited to Newburgh Brewing Company, Mill House Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company and Angry Orchard, there’s no doubt that there is something for everyone’s taste buds.
11. Historical Hudson Valley
The Hudson River Valley has something for everyone. A national Heritage Area, the region is rich in history, the arts and is known around the world for its scenic beauty. Take a cruise along the Hudson River and explore its historic mansions. Dine at the Culinary Institute of America and explore the Catskill Mountains by biking, hiking or climbing. The Hudson River Valley boasts world-wide destinations, such as:
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors in the Hudson River Valley, regardless of the season- from hiking and horseback riding to apple picking, skiing, boating and golf.