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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Ride the Rails
There are countless ways to wander the Valley. But the Catskill Mountain Railroad is a classic route that has remained a favorite through the years. Originally called the Ulster & Delaware Railroad, the line carried passengers and freight until 1954. By 1983, a section of the route was reopened to provide scenic rides to tourists.
The train starts rolling May 29, providing a 12-mile round-trip ride between Phoenicia and the Cold Brook Station in Boiceville. The line travels along the Esopus Creek, offering stunning views of the mountains and wildlife, including the occasional bald eagle. A new attraction this summer is the Twilight Limited ride, which offers light refreshments and live entertainment. For those interested in the history of the railroad, the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia is one of the train’s stops. Built in 1900, the museum was once a railroad depot, and features photos, films, artifacts, and other memorabilia from the railroad’s heyday.
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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!