25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!
Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends
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4. Ride the Catskill Mountain Railroad
Chartered in the early 1980s, the all-volunteer Catskill Mountain Railroad provides rail rides along six miles of track originally laid for the Ulster & Delaware Railroad around the turn of the 20th century. Pulled along by a steam engine, the train chugs past the scenic Esopus Creek, and offers close-up — and stupendous — views of the Catskills. A stop at the circa 1900 Phoenicia depot allows passengers to visit the Empire State Railway Museum, which is housed in the building. New this summer: A new evening excursion, the Twilight Limited, takes place on Aug. 21. And the ever-popular fall foliage rides begin Oct. 1.