Catskills + Hudson Valley

Things to do in Catskills + Hudson Valley

You’ll never wonder what to do in the Hudson Valley because the area is so rich with culture and art. Whether you’d prefer to explore outside or relax inside, the options are endless.

Nyack is one city that you won’t want to miss. Located in an old Dutch farming community, the area offers many trendy boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and ethnic restaurants giving Nyack something of a Greenwich Village feel. Art-lovers looking for things to do in the Hudson Valley will be happy to find that Edward Hopper, a 20th-century painter, grew up here. Visit his home, now known as the Edward Hopper House Art Center, which contains details about his life and serves as an exhibit space for other artists.

Lovers of the great outdoors wondering what to do in the Hudson Valley should look no further than Devil’s Path. The ominously named hiking trail is known for being the toughest hike on the East Coast. Those hiking the trail will find waterfalls, slippery walks and possibly bears on the 25-mile trek.

One of the most fun things to do in the Hudson Valley is catch a show at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Located on the Bard College campus, this cultural center hosts a wide variety of events from art installations to musical performances.

Hike this 3-mile trail for panoramic views of 4,180-foot Slide Mountain.

Few public works aim as high, literally, as the old Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge—now called the Walkway over the Hudson, which is currently being revamped. When it reopens in October 2009, it will be the longest pedestrian bridge in the world, spanning 1.28 miles across the river.

In a peeling red dairy barn from the 1800s, the tasting room pours Merlots and fruit wines, two regional specialties turning the Hudson Valley into New York’s newest wine region.

Liberty View's growers are devoted to sustainable farming practices at their site amid the breathtaking hills and dales of the Hudson Valley.

Set on an estate that once belonged to Eleanor Roosevelt’s grandparents, Kaatsbaan provides dance companies with studios and a performance space as large as the Metropolitan Opera stage. Check the calendar for shows from the likes of the American Ballet Theatre.

Less than 90 minutes from Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, savvy shoppers can find the same branded merchandise at up to 65 percent off, thanks to this 220-strong ultra-luxe outlet hub.

Housed in several beautifully laid out barns, converted into a museum space in 1950, is the world's premier collection of Shaker artifacts and archives, though the site itself had nothing to do with the Shakers.