Let the Dutchess Tourism Connection Finder Passport be your Guide to Family Fun
Date Published: July 29, 2022
There are so many interesting places to go and exciting things to do as a family in Dutchess County!
Let the Dutchess Tourism Connection Finder be your key to unlocking awesome deals at family-friendly attractions throughout Dutchess County. Indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, day or night – the fun never stops! From the invigorating thrill of rock-climbing to the refreshing tranquility of a nature hike, connect your family to its next big adventure right here in Dutchess.
To begin your journey on the Dutchess Tourism Connection Finder Family Fun Trail, click here and download the pass for free! Check out the list of participating establishments and their exclusive discounts below.
Have fun – and don’t forget to capture and share your memories on social media!
Bounce! The name says it all for this 12,000-square-foot indoor trampoline park, where kids and adults alike can jump, flip, tumble and soar! Launch yourself into a giant foam pit or slam-dunk a basketball! Pick teams for trampoline dodgeball! Test your strength and agility on the Xtreme Challenge Course. There’s even the separate Bounce Jr. Area for kiddos aged 4 and younger to enjoy all the high-flying action at their own pace. It’s the perfect place to hold a birthday party or group outing. For details, visit the Bounce! website.
Photo opportunities abound at this unique outdoor excursion! Bond with your very own llama, alpaca or goat as you enjoy a guided hike through gentle pastures and paddocks on groomed trails. The Bunnypalooza and Warm-and-Fuzzy Small-Animal Experience offer perfect opportunities for the little tykes to build friendships and practice kindness with the farm animals. If you’re into yoga, you will surely love a fun session of outdoor yoga alongside Clover Brooke's friendly llamas and alpacas, followed by a hands-on class creating your own lavender loofah. There are all sorts of classes offered at the Farm, including soap-making, beer-brewing and painting. To learn more and to purchase event tickets, visit the Clover Brooke website. Be sure and check out the online store for all-natural, hand-crafted soaps and other gift ideas.
What’s Included: Buy One Get One Top Rope Belay Class.
Here is a family adventure that really rocks! The Gravity Vault is a 13,000-square-foot rock-climbing gym with programs and classes for climbers of all ages and abilities, including children and adults, first-time climbers, experts and everyone in between. Never climbed before? No problem! Reserve a time slot for yourself or your group. An instructor will be there to guide you every step of the way, and all the necessary equipment is provided. It’s the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself and try something new in a safe and welcoming environment. For advanced climbers, there are plenty of more difficult options to keep you reaching new heights, with walls as tall as 40 feet! Perfect for team-building exercises and Boy Scout and Girl Scout outings. Check out the Gravity Vault website for information on classes and membership options.
Take the family out to the ballgame and see tomorrow’s big-league stars today! The Hudson Valley Renegades are the High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees in the South Atlantic League and play a schedule of 66 regular-season home games at Dutchess Stadium from April through early September. Enjoy all the fun and excitement of professional baseball right here in Dutchess County – and at a fraction of the cost of attending a major-league game. Stay for postgame fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays! On Sundays, bring your dog to the ballpark and let the kids run the bases after the game! Each game has its own themed promotion, so every trip to The Dutch is unique and memorable. The new Sensory Safe Suite offers families with children on the autism spectrum and with special needs a chance to enjoy the game in a specially designed, private space. Look on the Renegades website for information on special ticket packages and group outings.
What’s Included: $1 off Each Ticket for the Fiber Farm Tours.
Lilymoore is perfect for a family day trip! Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as you hike the grounds with your very own alpaca or llama! Hang out with the goats and take them for a walk! The trained staff will be with you to answer questions and help you take pictures. Book a guided tour and meet all the farm animals (your little tots will love this)! Since admittance to the farm is by appointment only, there is never a crowd, and you can enjoy the farm experience at your own pace. Book your reservations on the Lilymoore Farm website, and make sure to visit the online shop for great deals on natural-fiber products.
If majestic views and colorful scenery are what you’re after, then Locust Grove Estate is perfect for your next family picnic! Set on a bluff high above the Hudson River, Locust Grove offers nearly 200 acres of ornately landscaped gardens and five miles of hiking trails, along with historic buildings, art galleries, museum exhibits and classrooms for educational programs. The Italianate-style main house on the property was built for Samuel F. B. Morse in 1850 and is now open for tours. The Museum Pavilion houses an exhibit that explores Morse’s two careers, first as an artist and later as the inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code. The Estate’s calendar is full of wonderful events all year long for adults and kids alike! See the Locust Grove website for more information.
Nothing caps off a day of family fun like ice cream! Made fresh using only Hudson Valley Fresh dairy products, Zoe’s homemade ice cream goes from cow to cone in only three days! Relax on the front porch with a cup, a cone, a sundae or a shake made with your favorite flavors and toppings! Let the kids climb onto the authentic Farmall Cub Tractor for a cute photo op! Hungry for more than just ice cream? Zoe’s has you covered with a kid-friendly menu that includes burgers, hot dogs, chicken fingers, sandwiches, soups, salads and more! Yum! Make your next family gathering extra-special with one of Zoe’s ice cream cakes or pies. Click on Zoe’s website for details.