Finding great places for childhood adventures in the Hudson Valley
7 Lakes Pkwy., Appalachian Trl., Bear Mountain
Take a step onto the Appalachian Trail where you will find four museums, live reptiles and fish exhibits, nature trails filled with animals only native to New York State. Trailside houses a wide range of native mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
131 Millbrook School Rd., Millbrook
Fun fact: Trevor Zoo is the only in the country that is located at a high school. The zoo houses more than 180 exotic and indigenous animals with 80 different species, 9 whom are endangered. Bring a picnic, there are a few picnic spots and a beautiful way to spend an afternoon.
316 Old Stage Rd., Saugerties
A rescue to more than 300 animals who freely roam the grounds- don’t be surprised if a goat or chicken tries to hitch a ride with you. Tours are offered on the weekends from April to October to non- members where you will hear stories of rescues, understand what caring for the animals mean and learn how you can help.
157 Lucas Aave., Kingston
A fixture within the Kingston community, the nature center is committed to providing education and allowing exploration of the natural habitat. They have 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens filled with native flora and fauna found right here in the Hudson Valley. Make sure to bring your own carrots, popcorn and apples — the animals love to eat!
48 Maple Ave., Goshen
A not for profit retreat for a variety of animals including farm animals and other more unique species. The beautiful grounds and homes of each animal make Noah’s Park a relaxing and unique place to visit for all ages. Make an appointment to visit and learn all about each animal and the world they live in.
79 Farmstead Ln., Wappingers Falls
8 miles of hiking trails is only the start of what Stony Kill has to offer visitors. The foundation also offers community garden plots, nature camps and programs as well as an open barn on the weekend for visiting the animals. This August they are having a butterfly festival and in September a family hike!
63 Apple Tree Ln., Poughquag
More famously known around town for apple picking, Barton Orchard is popular among the kids for the large petting zoo, wooden ship playground, gem mining, duck races and shooting gallery. Plus open on the weekends is the kids fun part including peddle karts, rope maze, slides, train, bounce houses and more!
161 Anawana Lake Rd., Monticello
A beautiful petting zoo in Sullivan County where you can pet and feed the animals and even take a pony ride. Some of the animals on the farm include calves, chickens, cows, donkey, horses, pigs, sheep, llamas and more.
209 Perkinsville Rd., Highland
Fun for the whole family, DuBois is a Hudson Valley favorite open August through November for pick your own, corn maze, wagon rides and other activities for the kids. A “tiny town” colorful village and pretty extensive petting zoo area completes your trip to the farm.
34 Lauer Rd., Poughkeepsie
Education, farming, community and more. Sprout creek is a place explore nature, animals and to learn where our food comes from. With award winning cheeses you can be sure the finest cows aren’t just from California. Get up close a personal with cows, chickens, goats and other friendly farm critters. Insider tip: Stop into the farm store in the summer for some delicious fresh ice cream.
5755 Route 209, Kerhonkson
Educational and fun, Kelder’s Farm provides something for everyone. From seasonal entertainment such as jumping pillow and corn maze to berry and apple picking, a nature classroom, tours and full petting zoo.