Be Part of the Fun this Summer: 6 Must-Visit Attractions for Families in the Hudson Valley

Waterslide ride at Splashdown Beach, Fishkill

Are you looking for a fun way to spend time with your family this summer? Look no further than the Hudson Valley, where there are plenty of amazing attractions and activities for everyone to enjoy! We’ve rounded up six must-visit attractions in the Hudson Valley that will make your family trip unforgettable. So get ready to explore all that the beautiful Hudson Valley has to offer!

1. New York State’s Fourth of July Celebration | Albany County

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Look no further than New York State's Fourth of July Celebration! Presented by Price Chopper and Market 32, this beloved Albany tradition has been entertaining crowds since 1976. This year's event, taking place on July 4th from 5 PM to 10 PM at Empire State Plaza, promises to be the best yet. With live music from Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and plenty of food and drink vendors, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, don't miss out on the region's best fireworks show, which always ends the day with a bang. Join more than 20,000 people from the Capital Region and beyond for a day of family fun and celebration you won't soon forget!

2. Columbia County Fair | Columbia County

Mark your calendars for the Columbia County Fair, taking place from August 30th to September 4th, 2023! This six-day event promises fun for the whole family with a wide range of activities and entertainment. Don't miss the nightly grandstand shows, featuring everything from demolition derbies and monster tractors to rodeos and live music. Plus, catch daily animal shows and the volunteer firefighting parade. With so much to see and do, the Columbia County Fair is a can't-miss event of the year. So, head to their website at for more information, and get ready for a week of non-stop entertainment!

3. SplashDown Beach | Dutchess County

SplashDown Beach Water Park in Fishkill, “America’s Biggest Little Water Park,” features water slides and attractions for all ages. Get your pulse racing on The Megalodon raft ride or the Humunga Half-Pipe (New York’s only zero-gravity half-pipe). Or cool off and relax as you float down the Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River in your own tube. Plus, coming this summer is the new Pelican Bay Water Playground, which features four new water slides and a 500-gallon dumping bucket. Buy tickets today!

4. New York Air Show | Orange County

The New York Air Show returns to Orange County Airport on June 24th and 25th! Get Ready for an Exciting Air Show with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and more. Join us for an unforgettable weekend of electrifying aerial exercises, incredible aircraft displays, and mouth-watering food vendors. Don’t miss out on this amazing event for the whole family! Purchase your tickets now at

5. Nyack Street Fair | Rockland County

Get ready for a day of family fun in Downtown Nyack on July 9th! With over 250 vendors offering a variety of arts, crafts, and food, plus live music, outdoor cafes, and kids' activities, there's something for everyone at this annual event. Rain or shine, the festivities will be happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so mark your calendars and bring the whole family. Best of all, admission is free! Don't miss out on this exciting day filled with community spirit and plenty of opportunities to shop, eat, and play.

6. Sawyer Motors Car Show | Ulster County

Attend the Sawyer Motors Car Show on July 9th! This event has been named "The Best Little Car Show in the Northeast," and it's easy to see why. With over 500 vintage cars on display, there's no shortage of eye candy for car enthusiasts. But even if you're not a car buff, there's plenty to enjoy at this fun-filled event. Live music can be found on every corner, making for a lively atmosphere that's perfect for all ages. Head over to to learn more about this exciting event and start planning your day of fun.

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