Summer Fun

After another brutal winter, the warmer weather has arrived — and with it, dozens of exciting things to see and do. Hop on a river cruise, soak up some culture at an open-air museum, host a pig roast, or hike a rail trail.
Here’s to making the most of summer in the Valley!

By Alia Akkam, Ian Dorset, Jackie Eisenberg, David Levine & Grace Turner


 

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The Valley's Most Fun Fairs and Festivals

When it comes to enjoying summer, nothing beats a great festival. Whether you’re crazy for country music or crafts, Shakespeare or cabaret, our carefully curated selection will keep you busy straight through to fall.

Ghost Lighthouses That Still Haunt the Hudson River

Looking back at the beacons that once dotted the Hudson River

Visiting the Lighthouses of the Hudson River

A working lighthouse that’s also a cozy B&B, the Saugerties Lighthouse is both historic and romantic. Check out some of our favorite Hudson River lighthouses

Now Showing at Eight Hudson Valley Drive-In Theaters

Grab a burger and some soda pop and enjoy plein-air movies at one of these locations

Four Outdoor Sculpture Parks Take Art Exhibits to New Heights

Check out these massive sculptures set against the Valley’s bucolic landscapes

What’s New at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Take to the skies and catch an air show in Rhinebeck this summer

The Hudson Valley’s Coolest Cruises

Hop aboard a river cruise to experience the Valley from a truly unique perspective

Five Summertime Sports We Love

Get sporty with these fun outdoor activities

What’s New at Valley Water Parks This Summer

Both families and Fido can splish splash at local water parks this summer

Yummy Summer Drink Idea: Ginger Beer

Author and food historian Peter G. Rose shares her favorite ginger beer recipe, perfect for summertime sipping

Bulleit Bourbon Strawberry Mint Tea Pitcher

This drink is perfect for barbecue season

Pig Roasts

Pig out! For the uber BBQ, consider hosting a pig roast

Summer Cocktails

Filled with fresh fruit and herbs, these summer cocktails elevate the fine art of entertaining

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

Flying high: look to the skies for one of our favorite summer activities in the Valley

Rail Trails

The Hudson Valley is chock-full of rail trails — more than 75 miles of them, to be exact! Here are just a few of our favorite places to go hiking

Beaches

Here’s where to lounge by the river

» More Summer Fun Ideas