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Springside | 185 Academy Street, Poughkeepsie
Website: | Phone: 845-454-2060 | Cost: FREE

Open daily, from dusk til dawn

Enjoy the meandering carriage trails, curious knolls, and rocky outcrops of the Andrew Jackson Downing designed landscape. Walkers, joggers, and dogs (on leashes please!) appreciate the quiet trails and changing scenery. Artists discover the interesting play of light and shadow off the knolls. Birders find many species within a green oasis. Visitors and residents alike experience a cultural landscape that resonates today. Springside’s grounds are open seven days a week from dawn to dusk, year-round. Self-guided walking tours are available. The sole remaining building the Porter’s Lodge is a private residence.

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Merestead | 455 Byram Lake Road, Mount Kisco
Website: | Phone: 914-666-4258 | Cost: FREE

Grounds and trails open daily, 8 am to dusk


Merestead is an exquisite country mansion tucked away in the hills overlooking the surrounding valley. Here you can imagine the elegance of life on a 130-acre estate with a staff of 12 to keep everything running smoothly. The Merestead property is the former estate of Mrs. Margaret Sloane Patterson, daughter of William Sloane, President of W and J Sloane, and her husband Dr. Robert Patterson, a prominent orthopedic surgeon in New York City. Merestead features a 28-room Georgian mansion with beautiful gardens built during the early 20th century. In 1982, the Pattersons deeded the property to Westchester County, and upon Mrs. Patterson’s death in August of 2000, Westchester took full possession of the property.


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“As you explore this 2.3-mile system of trails, you’ll meander through woodlands, open fields and gardens that offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the northeast. Some of the trails are original to the property and were utilized by the Patterson family during the early part of the century and follow along old farm roads. Thanks to the efforts of park staff and the County’s Youth Conservation Corps, these old trails were rehabilitated and several new trails were developed during the summer of 2003…

Highlights along the trail include bridges that are remnants of 100-year-old farm bridges, restored fieldstone root cellars, the masonry milk spring, the old pet cemetery, and two Chinese lantern statuaries that lead the way to a magnificent vista of the Hudson Highlands. With its high terrain and varying habitats, Merestead is also an ideal site for watching local resident birds and migrating species throughout the year…

Access to the trail system is located across the street from the main driveway to the property. Follow the signs to the parking lot.”

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Apple Dave’s Orchards | 82 Four Corners, Warwick
Website: | Phone: (845) 986-1684 | Cost:

Open Daily, 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday, September 5 – late October 2020

Come visit Apple Dave’s Orchards in the heart of the Hudson Valley and enjoy apple and pumpkin picking The apples are getting ready for you!  We will start picking fresh, crisp Macintosh apples on Saturday September 5th.

Until then, Apple Dave’s Distillery will offer peaceful walks and spectacular mountain views from 11 – 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.  Come take a stroll around the pond on Apple Dave’s Walking Trail.

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There are NO admission, parking or entertainment fees.

Bring a cell phone for Cell Phones for Soldiers in memory of Cpl. Justin R. Garcia and get a fresh Apple Donut with our thanks!

Apple Dave’s Orchards offers eleven varieties of the freshest, juiciest fruit to choose from. You can pick and mix Macintosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Rome Beauty, Red Delicious, Macoun. Fuji and Golden Delicious apples, and you can pick your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch! The beautiful surroundings will invite you to relax with a picnic lunch from our country store.

Stroll through the herb and rose gardens and down to one of our ponds surrounded by wildlife. Your children will enjoy music, hay rides, puppet shows and a variety of foods are offered on weekends, so be prepared to have fun!

Bring home something from our farm store – old fashioned fresh pressed apple cider, gifts, pure honey, pumpkins, jams, jellies, herbs, vinegars, fresh apple donuts, pies, chrysanthemums, dried flowers, and local seasonal produce are available. Sample the latest creations of our new Distillery.

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Apple Picking! at Apple Dave's Orchards in Warwick, NY
Fishkill Farms | 9 Fishkill Farm Rd., Hopewell Junction
Website: | Phone: 845-897-4377 | Cost:

Open Tuesday – Sunday

9 am – 4:45 pm

Closed Mondays

Hours change based on reservation availability 


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Fishkill Farms Pick-Your-Own Fruit, Vegetables & Flowers in Hopewell Junction, NY
Forsyth Nature Center | 157 Lucas Ave., Kingston
Website: | Phone: (845) 339-3053 | Cost: FREE

Open daily, year-round

9 am – 5 pm

FREE & open to the public

Forsyth Nature Center is an outdoor learning center that features more than two-dozen animal exhibits and beautiful gardens that foster a connection to the natural world for visitors of all ages. When is the last time you fed an apple to a steer? Petted an alpaca? Gazed at a flock of geese flying overhead? Felt the softness of a lamb’s ear plant? These are just a few of the experiences available at Kingston Park & Recreation’s Nature Center.

COVID Precautions

Face masks must be worn to enter facility and remain on during your visit.

Visitors are asked to obey new signage regarding traffic flow and access.

Feed machines and the drinking fountain will not be available to minimize the chance of exposing visitors to contaminated surfaces.

The lower picnic area will remain closed as it would be difficult to adequately provide proper social distancing and sanitize these wooden picnic tables.

The upper picnic area is open and the four tables have been placed to provide ample room and will be sanitized regularly.

Handicapped accessible

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Wilderstein Historic Site | 330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck
Website: | Phone: (845) 876-4818 | Cost: FREE

Open daily, year-round

9 am – 4 pm

The Wilderstein Historic Site is not-for-profit house museum located on a wooded bluff overlooking the Hudson River.  It was the home of Margaret Suckley, a cousin and confidante of Franklin Roosevelt, and is widely regarded as the Hudson Valley’s most important example of Victorian architecture. The estate consists of 40-acres created over a century ago in the American romantic style by landscape architect Calvert Vaux. The trail system that traverses the property is approximately three miles long and takes about one hour to hike.

Also available on weekends Guided Outdoor Tours of the landscape and the exterior of the mansion

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During his career, Vaux enjoyed an important association with Frederick Law Olmsted. At Wilderstein, Calvert Vaux created an intricate network of carriage drives, walks, and trails adorned with specimen trees and ornamental shrubs. The landscape plan entails well-chosen prospect points marked by rustic gazebos and sheltered garden seats. The trail system that traverses the property is approximately three miles long and takes about one hour to hike. Vaux’s reverence for nature, always clearly and thoughtfully expressed in his work, is still evident.

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Parking for the trails is available off Morton Road near Wilderstein’s Gate Lodge during hours the mansion is not open for tours.

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Lawrence Farms Orchards | 306 Frozen Ridge Rd., Newburgh
Website: | Phone: (845) 562-4268 | Cost:

Open Daily!

9 am – 4 pm

Admission $5 per person



Delicious donuts, gorgeous greens and the most breathtaking view of the valley… what more could you ask for?

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Pick-Your-Own! at Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, NY
Montgomery Town Hall, Town of | 110 Bracken Rd., Montgomery
Website: | Phone: | Cost:

TUESDAYS: July 14 – October 27, 2020

9 am – 2 pm

A great way to shop in the open air and support your local growers, farmers and businesses! Stop in to grab lunch to go from one of the restaurants we feature weekly or stock up on the freshest local produce in season.
You will also find hand crafted items, a “Pop Up Tent” with surprise guests, most of your pantry staples and even enrichment opportunities all while getting some fresh air and sunshine!

All of the most recent COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines will be strictly adhered to so we can ensure a safe experience for all of our shoppers. NYS Information on Novel Coronavirus

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Bronx Zoo | 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Website: | Phone: (718) 220-5100 | Cost: $39.95/34.95/29.95


April 1 – November 1, 2020:

Weekday:  10 am – 5 pm

Weekend:  10 am – 5:30 pm

November 2 – April 2, 2020:

Daily:  10 am – 4:30 pm


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The Bronx Zoo is more than 265 acres, which means there are plenty of opportunities for you to connect with the animals you love. Whether you want to watch the bison graze, or hear from the experts during a keeper chat, we’ve got you covered. As the world’s largest urban zoo, the Bronx Zoo features more than 600 species. Enjoy daily penguin and sea lion feedings and more.




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Last entry to the zoo is 45 min prior to park closing. Animal exhibits close 30 min prior to park closing. Bug Carousel and Nature Trek are open until park closing.

* Closed Holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day

For the most up-to-date info on our hours, events, tickets, and more please visit our website

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Locust Grove Estate | 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie
Website: | Phone: (845) 454-4500 | Cost: FREE

Open daily, 10 am – 5 pm

Set on a hill overlooking the scenic Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York the not-for-profit Locust Grove Estate includes a historic Italianate mansion open for tours, 200 acres of landscaped grounds with five miles of hiking trails, and a visitor welcome center with art galleries, museum shop, and classrooms for educational programs.

Hiking trails closed due to storm damage as of August 5, 2020

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Please practice social distancing. Masks are required when groups are less than 6 feet apart.

Enter and exit through Visitor Center.

Restrooms are not available.



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