7 Fun Things to Do in the Hudson Valley That You Probably Don’t Know About Yet

When it comes to visiting the Hudson Valley, expect the unexpected. Because in addition to can’t-miss craft breweries and fabulous farmstands—there are all kinds of super cool, under-the-radar experiences to be had!

1. Wolf Conservation Center | Westchester County

Help save the wolves! Join this environmental education organization working to protect and preserve two critically endangered wolf species—the Mexican gray wolf and red wolf. The WCC's ambassador wolves help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment. Schedule a visit and learn more!

2. Octagon House Tours | Westchester County

Experience one of the most visually unique homes in the world. Octagon House is the only known, fully domed octagonal residence which replicates Donato Bramante’s 1502 Tempietto in Rome. Built in the form of a Tholos, an ancient classical temple—the elegantly proportioned Tempietto is a must-see!

3. Grape Stomp at Brotherhood Winery | Orange County

America’s Oldest Winery is taking Grape Stomp to the next level with a new stomping stage, authentic wine barrels, and a better-than-ever competition format. This FREE event will be happening every weekend through October 16th. Grape Stomp offers music, food and fun for the whole family!

4. Zulu Lounge Rooftop Bar & Lounge | Orange County

Enjoy spectacular vistas, gracious service and delicious American food at this unique and reasonable restaurant at West Point’s Thayer Hotel. Open on Tuesday and Wednesday 4pm-11pm, Friday and Saturday 4pm-2am, and Sunday 4pm-11pm. Phone: 845-446-4731.

4. Rose Hill Farm | Dutchess County

Located in Red Hook, NY, this historic family-owned, sustainable farm is a wonderful destination where you can pick-your-own apples, pumpkins and more. Established in 1798, Rose Hill Farm invites you to pick Honeycrisp, Empire, Jonagold and other apple varieties straight off the tree. Check out their winery taproom for wild fermented ciders, wines and more. Find more under-the-radar, pick-your-own farms here!

5. Field + Supply Fall Market | Ulster County

Highlighting goods, old and new from a variety of studios and workshops—this curated, modern craft fair will be held October 7th-9th, 10am-6pm at Hutton Brickyards, 200 North Street in Kingston, NY. Expect elevated fashion, food and furniture! Admission fee.

6. Hudson River Maritime Museum Boat Tour: Lantern Cruise | Ulster County

Explore the Hudson River by searchlight on this 100% solar-powered tour boat as you listen to stories from Washington Irving or newspaper headlines from centuries past. All tickets include boat ride and general admission to the museum, open 11 am-5pm. Tickets range from $20-$25—all proceeds support the museum’s educational programs. Available October 1st, 2nd; 6th-9th; 13th-16th; 20th-23rd; 27th-31st. Located at 54 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY. For more info call 845-338-0071 ext. 16 or visit the website.

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