There are so many ways to enjoy the pleasures of summer in the Valley — it all depends on your mood. Looking for something relaxing? Take a stroll through a formal garden or a cruise down the Hudson. Need more excitement? Watch a stock car race, rock out at a summer concert, or hurtle down a 600-foot water slide. The choices are endless. So gas up the car, and get going!
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Take a River Cruise
View some of the Valley’s best-known landmarks — West Point, Bannerman Island, Esopus Lighthouse — from a new, watery perspective: the deck of a sightseeing boat. Three local companies regularly offer narrated excursions along the Hudson throughout the summer and fall months. The Pride of the Hudson, owned by Hudson River Adventures, trolls the waters from Newburgh to West Point; its sister vessel, Pollepel, runs trips to Bannerman Island. Hudson Highlands Cruises operates the Commander, a circa 1917 vessel that served in World War I and is on the State and National Registry of Historic Places. She departs from Peekskill, Haverstraw, and West Point then heads north to Garrison Landing. Launching from Kingston, Hudson River Cruises aboard the Rip Van Winkle head south to the Hyde Park area; the company features several types of specialty outings, including a Kids Kruise with an onboard magician and deejay (July 9 & Aug. 13).
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Become a Beach Bum! Play a Round of Miniature Golf! Get Creative Outdoors! Go to the Zoo! Go Fruit-picking! See some Al Fresco Art! Get Fast and Furious! Visit a Formal Garden! Take in a Horse Show! Rent a Bike on the Walkway! Take a River Cruise! Go to a Water Park! Go to the Drive-in! Enjoy an Outdoor Concert! Picnic at Vanderbilt Mansion! Ride the Rails! Indulge in Dining Delights!