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One Dozen Ways to Spend Cold Days with the Kids

Are your kids bouncing off the walls, itching to get out of the house to do something fun? There are plenty of great ways to spend cold winter days in Dutchess County! Here are 12 of our favorite things to do in Dutchess on holidays and weekends!

  1. Beacon Shoreline Trail
    Accessible from the Metro-North train station, this easy 2-mile round-trip hike is a great way to experience the beauty of the river in the winter. Keep your eyes out for bald eagles and other wildlife as you stroll along the shore. Connecting the train station and Long Dock (Beacon Point Park) to Dennings Point, you might even catch a rare glimpse of a harbor seal who has decided to venture a little farther north than usual! Beacon. (845) 838-5000
  2. Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum
    Why not take the time to visit the home and library of one of our greatest American presidents? The amazing collection of documents, photos, movie clips and other memorabilia inspires people of all ages to imagine what our country was like during the www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu"> early part of the last century. Hyde Park. 1-800-FDR-VISIT
  3. Dia: Beacon
    Take in the bold works of art at the largest museum of contemporary art in the country, Dia:Beacon. Then see the cultural makeover it’s inspired in galleries and shops throughout the City of Beacon. (845)440-0100
  4. Hyde Park Roller Magic
    A great way to get some exercise this winter is to head to Hyde Park for some roller or in-line skating. Perfect for the whole family, they offer rentals and open skating Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Their live DJ likes to mix up the floor every now and then with interactive skating games to keep things fresh. Check the web site for any special skate events, and to cheer on the Hudson Valley Horrors Roller Derby team! Hyde Park. (845) 229-6666
  5. The Gravity Vault
    With a mission to make everyone’s rock climbing experience a positive and memorable one, The Gravity Vault offers something for everyone, young to old, novice to expert. With 14,000+ square feet of climbing space, 40+ foot high climbing walls, bouldering areas, chimney and climbing arch, plus lounge and wi-fi, you can spend the entire day or a just a few hours – the choice is yours! Their friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you experience indoor climbing at its best! Poughkeepsie (845) 462-1920
  6. Marist College Men & Women's Basketball
    Gear up in red and head over to Marist College to watch the Red Foxes run the court at the McCann Arena. It's easy to have a good time when you're caught up in the excitement. of Division 1 college sports! Poughkeepsie
  7. McCann Ice Arena
    Even if the ponds aren't frozen, you can still skate your way over to the McCann Ice Arena in the city of Poughkeepsie for some exercise and excitement. They have skate rentals and open skating times every day except Wednesday and Thursday. Teens won't want to miss DJ Skate Night on Fridays. Poughkeepsie. (845) 454-5800
  8. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
    If you've got kids ages 0 - 6-years-old, the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is the place to be! Open every day but Monday, the Museum is filled with tons of hands-on activities that will allow them to explore and express their creativity. Some perennial favorite activities include the Hudson River Tides Water Play Table, the Hyde Park Mastodon, Little Sprout's Farm, River Town, StarLab, The Great Bubble Machine, "The Battle for Liberty" Hands-On History and the Hudson River Dive Bell. Located within walking distance of the Poughkeepsie train station, it has a terrific view of the river where everyone can enjoy watching the trains and barges make their way up and down the Hudson. Poughkeepsie. (845) 471-0589
  9. Bounce!
    Trampoline Sports Trampoline fun for the whole family! Experience the fun of bouncing, jumping and flipping to your heart’s content on trampoline courts, foam pits and dodgeball courts. There is also a separate Bounce Jr. Zone for ages 2-5 with their own trampoline court and foam pit supervised by court monitors. Snack bar, lounge and wi-fi are available. Poughkeepsie (845) 206-4555
  10. Mid-Hudson Library System
    With 23 locations throughout Dutchess County, libraries offer lots of great programs for everyone from toddlers to teens to adults . Teens should check out the Teen Room at the Adriance Memorial Library in the city of Poughkeepsie where they offer programs like Teen Media Lab, teen literature collection, gaming tournaments along with SAT prep and college prep classes and more. For the younger set, there are activities like Lego club, chess club, music and movement groups, "Fun Fridays" and story times. The tweens will have their share of fun with Star Wars trivia, making steampunk jewelry, candy sushi making, tween gaming and the Red Cross Babysitting workshop. Poughkeepsie. (845) 485-3445 or
  11. DC Indoor Sports
    This Indoor Golf Center features virtual mini golf as well as skee ball, karaoke and more! For the golf fanatic, it’s also outfitted with 5 PGA Tour simulators, each loaded with almost 50 courses to choose from. When it’s time for a break, re-fuel with their sensational selection of pub food, including sandwiches, pizzas, Tex-Mex, and beverages. Come back in the summer, to check out their outdoor min golf course, two full sand volleyball courts and cool off in the bumper boats. Wappingers Falls (845)-632-6621.
  12. Spins Bowl
    With two locations in Dutchess County, Spins offers a lot of great options for indoor family fun. These facilities are outfitted with brand new top-of-the-line professional lanes with large projection video screens playing your favorite music across the entire center. At their Poughkeepsie location, you can also suit up with power vests in their 4,000-square-foot laser tag arena outfitted with cosmic towers, fog, and bridges. Both locations have expansive redemption arcades as well as billiards, foos ball, air hockey and more. The chefs at these locations take their work seriously and deliver not-your-typical bowling alley nosh to hungry patrons! Poughkeepsie (845) 471-1820 and Wappingers (854) 297-8810.

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