Ultimate Hudson Valley Outdoor Adventures 2013

It’s time to get outdoors! From hot-air ballooning to ziplining, here are nine Valley activities guaranteed to put a charge in your summer. We profile an ambitious entrepreneur who wants to turn our region into the East Coast capital of adventure sports



These open-air escapades — hang gliding through the skies, zooming along on a zipline, scaling a rocky ridge — are sure to get your pulse racing.

hang gliding

Hang Gliding in the Hudson Valley

Come fly with me: Hang gliding is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013
kayaking

Kayaking in the Hudson Valley

Kayaking is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013
biking

Biking in the Hudson Valley

From over the hill: Biking is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013
ziplining

Ziplining in the Hudson Valley

Zippity-do-dah: Ziplining is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013; PLUS: A behind-the-scenes photo gallery of our ziplining adventure
By Rosemary O’Connor
hiking

Hiking in the Hudson Valley

A walk in the woods: Hiking is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013
tubing

Tubing in the Hudson Valley

Without a paddle: Tubing is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013
rock climbing

Rock Climbing in the Hudson Valley

Rock climbing is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013
ballooning

Hot Air Ballooning in the Hudson Valley

Full of hot air: Ballooning is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013
sky diving

Sky Diving in the Hudson Valley

Sky diving is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013

PLUS:

july 17: warrior dash
Windham Mountain along with Red Frog Events hosts the Warrior Dash, in which contestants tackle a 3.2-mile obstacle course through the mountain terrain. Other activities at the event include axe-throwing, big air bag jumping, and sky rides. Competitors are met with a pint of beer and a wide selection of food at the finish line.

july 27: adult canoe trip in constitution marsh
The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum hosts a canoe trip through Constitution Marsh in Cold Spring. An Audubon naturalist is on hand to answer questions about the history of the marsh, the surrounding Hudson Highlands, and the local wildlife.

july 28: rip van winkle’s wacky raft race
Competitors and spectators alike will enjoy this unusual event, where adventurers create their own rafts out of unconventional items and attempt to sail from Riverfront Park in Athens to Main Street in Catskill. An awards ceremony, live entertainment, and refreshments are available at the finish.

 

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