An affordable, family-focused day trip to Dutchess in the Hudson Valley is time well spent. Decompress, unplug, and reconnect with some water park fun, peach-picking, movies under the stars, or a good ol’ fashioned ball game.
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SE = Open during scheduled events
FAMILY FUN (SUMMER)
An affordable, family-focused day trip to Dutchess in the Hudson Valley is time well spent. Decompress, unplug, and reconnect with some water park fun, peach-picking, movies under the stars, or a good ole fashioned ball game.
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction (S)
Grab a bag or basket, and head to the orchards early to pick whatever’s in season—apples, berries, peaches, nectarines, black currants, cherries, or pumpkins—all grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. Inside the farm market, you’ll find fresh veggies, eggs, and baked goods. Time your trip during the prime summer picking (with live music and yoga events) or Fall Harvest Weekends!
Splashdown Beach Water Park, Fishkill (S)
“America’s Biggest Little Water Park” offers a day of waves, slides, thrills, sun and fun. The Bullet Bowl, Humunga Half-Pipe, and the five-story Arctic Plunge Racer get the adrenaline flowing, while the Monster Wave Pool and Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River dial it down. There's even fun for the wee ones at Shipwreck Lagoon - a themed pirate ship with interactive fountains, geysers, dumping buckets and 4 wet n’ wild water slides.
Movie at the Overlook Drive-in, Poughkeepsie (S)
When was the last time you watched a movie outdoors, from your car? This family owned and operated drive-in has been a local institution since 1955. Watch a first-run film under the stars on the largest screen in the tri-state area—as tall as a six-story building—using state-of-the-art digital equipment. Enjoy hot food and snacks from the concession stand!
Hudson Valley Renegades Game, Dutchess Stadium, Fishkill (SE)
Take the family out to a ballgame to watch the Renegades, a Class A, Short-Season minor league baseball team affiliated with the Yankees. Late afternoon and evening games include fun contests and giveaways, and a wide variety of food and beverages are available. Enjoy theme nights and the frequent firework shows after the game.
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