Although this is a challenging time for all, make your time at home more fun with interactive family activities, takeout from local restaurants, and virtual experiences at beloved cultural attractions in the Hudson Valley.
From creative workshops to historic museums, discover these Hudson Valley attractions virtually, or stop by your favorite restaurant to get a meal to go.
Hudson River Museum in Yonkers channels creativity through its virtual art workshops. Learn how to make art projects live via Zoom—you can check out their online schedule, or download the lessons from the museum’s website if you can’t watch it live. Each project includes suggested ages, materials needed from around your house, and how long each will take—it’s a perfect family activity!
Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill features ample virtual art experiences. From coloring pages depicting the view from artist Thomas Cole’s porch and writing prompts about American scenery to a virtual gallery of Cole’s work and digital lectures, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site has something for all ages of artists and aspiring artists.
Olana State Historic Site in Hudson features virtual tours and workshops, along with online lectures and a live look at the Olana landscape with the Olana Eye Skycam. Check out Olana’s online store to purchase books about Frederic Church’s home and studio, as well as other unique items related to the historic site. If you live nearby, head over to Olana’s 250-acre park, which is open each day from 8 a.m. to sunset.
Kaatsbaan in Tivoli provides a wide variety of dance classes taught by accomplished instructors through their online programming. To find the latest schedule and sign up for one of the live virtual classes, head to Kaatsbaan’s social media platforms. Plan a trip to experience Kaatsbaan in person—it’s just one of the many Dutchess County locations offering “Daydreamin’ Deals” that you can buy now to use for your future visit!
Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties hosts virtual sanctuary tours known as Goat 2 Meetings. For a $65 donation you and up to five of your friends and family can enjoy a private tour of the sanctuary where you’ll get to meet some of their animal ambassadors! Additional viewing options are available.
Hyde Park Brewery in Hyde Park, A&P Bar in Woodstock, and Moderne Barn in Armonk are just a few of the many restaurants throughout the region offering incredible takeout options. With flavor-packed cuisine from each region, there’s something for all taste buds!
Storm King Art Center in New Windsor boasts spectacular artwork in its online collection, featuring more than 100 of the pieces located throughout the 500-acre property. For a historical perspective, take a look at Storm King Art Center’s archives or view the oral history program, where you’ll hear from influential artists and leaders.
Becker’s Farm in Rensselaer features beautiful plants, planters, and more in their online store. Order online, then do curbside pick-up. Established in 1870, Becker’s Farm will help get your garden ready for the season! The farm is also open if you’d like to pick your plants out in person, following proper social distancing guidelines.
Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison features online photos of the breathtaking views of their 68-acre grounds, beautiful gardens, and the Neoclassical mansion, as well as an online look at their extensive collection. The collection includes Mahogany furniture, monogramed silver, detailed light pieces, and more.
48 Hudson, the Van Ostrande-Radliff House in Albany offers a unique look into the past with a virtual tour. The historic Dutch colonial house, built in 1728, is the oldest building in the Capital City. On the virtual tour, you’ll see the impressive brickwork, wooden beams, as well as some of the ongoing restoration work.
Garner Arts Center in Garnerville features live streaming performances, virtual art classes, and a virtual gallery with #GarneratHome. Feel like you’re at a concert in your own home during the free streaming performances! Also, find your inner artist during a virtual art class, hosted via Facebook Live.
With memorable virtual experiences and tasty dining options, enjoy the Hudson Valley from home and begin planning the first place you’ll visit in person!
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