Student Tours

If you’re responsible for planning student educational tours, your challenge is to balance learning with fun experiences. It also helps if your itinerary covers more than one subject in the curriculum. For a hands-on history lesson that also includes exposure to arts and culture, without forgetting the fun – consider the Hudson River Valley region. This ten-county region – easily accessible to motorcoaches – offers a concentration of sites and attractions open and welcoming to student groups. Historic sites cover multiple pivotal points throughout America’s past; cultural institutions pay homage to arts both past and present; and outdoor recreation offers thrilling moments perfectly captured in a Gen Z’s Instagram feed. Making it even easier, group-friendly restaurants and accommodations are ample and open year-round.
Just what would a multi-day student tour of the Hudson Valley look like? Here’s one sample.

DAY 1 – Putnam, Dutchess, Ulster Counties

Visit: 

Magazzino Italian Art 
A private warehouse art space showcasing post-war and contemporary Italian art.

magazzino.art

2700 U.S. Route 9, Cold Spring

Hudson River Expeditions 

Kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboard rentals, tours, and instruction for the novice to experienced paddler.

hudsonriverexpeditions.com

14 Market Street, Cold Spring

Eat: 

Whistling Willie’s American Grill 

Once the 1849 Diamond Hotel, which served as a veteran’s hospital during the Civil War.

whistlingwillies.com

184 Main Street, Cold Spring

 

Stay: 

Hampton Inn & Suites Poughkeepsie 

Amenities include a free hot breakfast, free internet access and an indoor pool.

hamptoninn3.hilton.com

2361 South Road, Poughkeepsie

Hampton Inn New Paltz

Newly built hotel with an indoor pool, complimentary hot breakfast. One mile to village of New Paltz.

hamptoninn3.hilton.com

4 S. Putt Corners Road, New Paltz

Day 2 - Dutchess County

Visit: 

Mount Gulian Historic Site

A reconstructed 18th century Dutch manor house on the Hudson River.

mountgulian.org

145 Sterling Street, Beacon

Dia:Beacon 

The Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present.

diaart.org

3 Beekman Street, Beacon

Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites 

Three National Historic Sites managed together: The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill, and the Vanderbilt Mansion.

nps.gov

4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park

 

Eat: 

Shadows on the Hudson

New American eats in a sprawling space with standout waterfront views.

shadowsonthehudson.com

176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie

 

Stay: 

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 

Complimentary full hot breakfast, free wifi, refrigerators and microwaves.

pokgrand.com

40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie

Day 3 - Greene, Columbia, Ulster Counties

Visit: 

Olana State Historic Site

The home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church; one of the most visited sites in the state

olana.org

5720 Route 9G, Hudson

Thomas Cole National Historic Site

A nationally recognized historic site that marks the birthplace of American art, where the Hudson River School of landscape painting began

Thomascole.org

218 Spring St., Catskill

New York Zipline Adventure Tours at Hunter Mountain 

Ziplines, rope bridges and climbing tower, plus the 600-ft.-high line -- the fastest and longest in the U.S.
ziplinenewyork.com

64 Klein Avenue, Hunter

 

Eat: 

White Stone Café

Family style American fare with something for everyone

whitestonecafe.com

2337 Route 66, Ghent

Creekside Restaurant 

American classics, cocktails & various beers served in casual surrounds with a patio & creek views. www.creekside.com
160 West Main St., Catskill

 

Stay: 

Kaatskill Mountain Club at Hunter Mountain

Spend the day on the slopes or in the pool, dine at Van Winkle's Restaurant, then get a good night's sleep in superior accommodations.

huntermtn.com

62 Liftside Drive, Hunter

Best Western PLUS Kingston Hotel and Conference Center

Recently renovated with indoor pool. Half mile to Uptown Kingston with a plethora of restaurants and events.

bwpkingston.com

503 Washington Ave., Kingston