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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9. Ride the simulator at the Harness Racing Museum
Orange County is the home of U.S. harness racing. Goshen’s Historic Track — a National Historic Landmark — was established in 1838; races are still held there each summer. And although he competed on the track only once, Hambletonian 10 — born in Sugar Loaf in 1849 — sired over 1,000 foals during his 24 years at stud; it’s said that just about all of today’s Thoroughbreds come from his line. The town’s Harness Racing Museum is adjacent to the track, and provides visitors with a complete history of this exciting sport — including a 3D simulation of an actual race. Your seat jostles and tilts as your “horse” (pictured on a video screen) jockeys its way to the front of the pack — kicking up dust and losing a shoe in the process.
Goshen Historic Track
845-294-5333 or www.goshenhistorictrack.com
44 Park Place, Goshen