Summer is Here; Bring the Family for Some Hudson Valley Fun

Summer is Here; Bring the Family for Some Hudson Valley Fun

The Hudson Valley, an area rich in history, the arts, nature and culinary experience, is home to some of New York State's best destinations for family-friendly summer activities. Whether diving in at a water park, catching a baseball game, taking a historic cruise or riding a merry-go-round, the region provides fun and adventurous offerings for kids, grandparents and every age in between.

Extending 150 miles from the northern tip of Manhattan all the way to Albany, on either side of the majestic Hudson River, the Hudson Valley was recently chosen by National Geographic Traveler as a Top 20 Destination on its "Best of the World 2013" list.

There's no better place to start summer fun than the beautiful Hudson River, the region's namesake waterway. Bring the whole family on a tour of historic Albany from the Hudson aboard Dutch Apple Cruises. The fun and knowledgeable staff of this triple decker vessel will provide a narrated cruise along Albany's striking skyline before heading south and giving passengers a look at some of the local wildlife, including a bald eagle! To soak in more sights from the river, jump aboard a scenic cruise from Hudson Cruises, Inc., featuring charter services and lighthouse tours out of Hudson, Athens, Poughkeepsie, Rhinecliff, Catskill, Highland and Coxsackie.

To cool off on a hot summer day, visit one of the region's many family fun parks. SplashDown Beach in Fishkill features water rides for all ages, including a 700-foot action river, waterslides and lazy river. Nestled in the scenic northern Catskill Mountains, Zoom Flume Water Park in East Durham, called "New York's #1 Family Water Park," offers safe water fun, excitement and relaxation for all ages in a beautiful natural setting. Historic Playland Amusement Park in Rye is home to over 50 adult and kiddyland rides, lake boating, miniature golf, fireworks, free entertainment, boardwalk and beach. The Castle Fun Center in Chester offers indoor activities for kids of all ages such as roller skating, mini bowling, rock climbing, laser tag and outdoor attractions including go-karts, mini golf and batting cages. For thrill-seekers ages 7 and up, Catamount Aerial Adventure Park in Hillsdale is an exciting aerial forest with over 50 zip lines and 12 ropes courses for all ability levels.