Fun Activities for a Spring Getaway to the Hudson Valley

(Updated February 2022)

March winds will soon be blowing in warmer weather so you’ll need some fun activities for a spring getaway to the Hudson Valley.  As the Storm King Art Center and other museums awaken from limited winter hours to a full schedule, we are seeing more events and festivals appearing on schedules. It’s bound to be a great spring!

Don’t wait too long to plan your getaway! The warmer weather will be here soon, with the beauty of emerging gardens, the fun of maple sugaring, and the amazing history hidden in plain sight in the Hudson Valley. Make your reservations today!

Sugaring Off Celebration

This is one of our favorite times of the year — maple sugaring time! The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum provides tours on weekends starting mid-February through mid-March. Learn how to identify and tap maple sugar trees, see demonstrations of maple sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern farmers. See an evaporator in process! 

There is both a 1-mile moderate hike through the woods and field to the Sugar Bush shack, or a less strenuous walk to the closer Maple Lane Shack. Advance reservations are required! Maple products are available for sale onsite.

Hudson Highlands Nature Center
Outdoor Discovery Center
120 Muser Dr, Cornwall NY 12518
(845) 534-5506
Tours: 11 am – 3 pm, Advance reservations required

Celebrate RiverFest

Cornwall-on-Hudson will be celebrating its returning annual RiverFest celebration the first Sunday in June on the shores of the majestic Hudson River in Donahue Park. RiverFest features a full day of musical entertainment, children’s activities, and a large craft and food fair. In homage to the river, there are kayak rides and Hudson River sloop rides.

Celebrate RiverFest
Donahue Park
Cornwall-on-Hudson NY 12520
First Sunday in June from 11 am – 6 pm

Newburgh Illuminated

The Newburgh Illuminated festival also returns in June with a day of music, art, dance, poetry, food, and more! It is designed to shine a light on this wonderful river city and celebrate its diversity and dynamic nature. It is a family and pet-friendly event held on Broadway near Liberty and Grand Streets.

Four stages with outdoor performances will be featured throughout the day. Activities, especially for children, will be held on the lawn of Washington Headquarters. In addition, you’ll hear musical guests at the Wherehouse and see dances on the performing arts stage, you will encounter street performers, see a fashion show,  and eat loads of Hudson Valley-area food. They also have a variety of craft and service vendors, and much, much more.

Newburgh Illuminated
Broadway & Liberty Sts
Newburgh NY 12550
Annually in June from 12 pm – 10 pm, Free parking is available

Hudson Valley Farm to Fork Fondo

If you are tired of spinning in place on your bike at home, this is the ride for you! Experience a taste of the Hudson Valley when you will pedal through the beautiful rural region that is well known for orchards, breweries, and wildlife. This fitness adventure can be experienced in several ways depending on your riding preference and the number of farms you’ll visit.  Options range from riding approximately 8 miles or up to 70 miles. Then each ride stops at farms along the way — the number of farms is based on the option you choose. Whether you’re pedaling just a few or quite a lot of miles, everyone can participate in a post-event barbecue you won’t want to miss!

Hudson Valley Farm to Fork Fondo
Hosted by Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz NY
Advance reservations required

Come visit us and enjoy these fun activities for a spring getaway to the Hudson Valley. If these don’t fit with your schedule, we have lots of other suggestions — visit the Storm King Art Center, stroll the Hudson Valley Walkway, take a river cruise, or just relax! Book direct today for best rates and contact us anytime for further information about Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast or Hudson Valley activities.


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