9 Incredible Adventure Centers to Explore in the Hudson Valley
Bring the family to these exploration destinations for laser tag, off-roading, rock climbing, horseback riding, and so much more.
Riders pose on a sunny day at the Pine Ridge Dude Ranch
Photo By Pine Ridge Dude Ranch
Summer is fun, but only if you do it right. Put down the PS4 controller, turn on “airplane mode,” and enjoy these family friendly outdoor day trips that make summer memories the best they can be. Below are some of the most entertaining stops in the Hudson Valley for summer fun, from water slides to paintball to nature hikes and more.
Adventureland is the perfect day trip for thrill seekers and adventurers alike. This paintball enclosure is full of fun for everyone, with a paintball field that houses interesting obstacles and shelters. The large ropes course, meanwhile, is ideal for those who want to challenge themselves mentally and physically. A pool and a large inflatable area are suitable for kids as well.
Mini golf at The Castle Fun Center / Photo by Susan Bernsten
The Castle Fun Center is a one-stop shop for all kinds of indoor and outdoor fun. At CFC, visitors can find roller skating, laser tag, zip lines, mini-golf, go-karting, and more. The location is ideal for the whole family and is a day trip that’s packed with activity. After a full day of excitement, stop into Jester’s Restaurant and Pub, located on the premises, for a tasty bite to eat.
Forsyth Nature Center / Photo by Donna Seymour
Forsyth Nature Center creates a hands-on environment for people of all ages to learn about animals and nature. A wide selection of programs allows visitors to approach animals face-to-face, hear from educators, and experience the outdoors. A turtle and reptile house, wild bird sanctuary, and mammal exhibit make for quite the afternoon trip.
New Paltz, 800.777.2546
High Xposure is a rock climbing guide service with a focus on inclusivity. The highly trained instructors are excited and capable of teaching total beginners, longtime experts, and everybody in between. Indoor sessions, introductory courses, and specialty classes such as “Learning to Lead” and “Self-Rescue” are ideal for folks with any level of climbing expertise. Day camps are also available for kids looking to learn the ropes.
At Hunter Mountain, it’s easy to spend the day in the mountain air participating in a host of activities. These include a scenic skyride on the ski lift, zipline canopy tours, 4x4 off-road adventures, fly fishing, disc golf, hiking, and more. Hunter Mountain is just as fun in the summer as it is in the winter and provides the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy the mountain in ways they never thought possible.
Catamount is a great place for adventurers to spend the day in the treetops. Try any one of the Hillsdale spot's 12 thrilling courses, which feature over 170 challenging elements, or whiz your way along the 50 ziplines on the grounds. There are height and weight requirements, so make sure to read the general rules online before planning a getaway to the high-flying destination.
Riding horses at the Pine Ridge Dude Ranch / Photo by Anna Leonard
For a wholesome day with the family, head to Pine Ridge Dude Ranch. The Kerhonkson ranch offers horseback riding, rock wall climbing, a petting zoo, paddle boats, fishing, and more. For overnight guests who want to dine onsite, the ranch also serves a country-themed breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With a wide selection of events like BBQ and Brews and Cowboy Camp, Pine Ridge is a true summer treat.
Splashdown Beach is a classic summer stop, with 15 main rides and attractions. Splashdown is home to some of the most impressive rides on the East Coast, such as the Humunga Half-Pipe, the only zero-gravity half pipe in New York, and the Arctic Mammoth, the largest raft ride in the Northeast. Do you dare?
Wild Earth / Photo by Maggie Heinzel-Neel
High Falls, 845.256.9830
Wild Earth is perfect for people of all ages who enjoy creating a bond with nature. Many of its programs focus on kids, though there are a handful of family friendly and adult options as well. Some of the kid-oriented camps, such as Raven, Kestrel, and Artemis, are designed for youths in different age groups to teach wilderness skills, outdoor appreciation, and team-building.
The activities that focus more on adults or families, meanwhile, include building canoes and edible landscaping. Wild Earth has a lot to offer for anybody with an interest in the large variety of forests and wildlife that surround the Hudson Valley.
Wild Earth is a private facility. In order to enjoy its programs, sign up in advance.