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Guest blog: Dr. Marika Lindholm’s favorite family activities in the Hudson Valley

Guest blog: Dr. Marika Lindholm’s favorite family activities in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is filled with potential family outings and adventures. My children range from 11-21 so I have plenty of first-hand experience entertaining kids of all ages. Here are a few of my favorite activities in The Hudson Valley:

Trevor Zoo – A small zoo perfect for a quick outing. Young children will love seeing the animals in this tiny zoo located at the Millbrook School – short and sweet just like a young child’s attention span. (Millbrook)

Walkway Over the Hudson – A fun trek over a bridge with fantastic views over the Hudson river. Avoid very hot days to have a fabulous walk with your kids of any age. (Poughkeepsie)

Catamount and Hunter Mountains – Both mountains offer winter and summer fun. Ski in the winter and zip line in the summer plus a host of other multi-season activities. My kids of all ages enjoy the year round activities that come with living in between the Catskills and the Berkshires.

Starting in June, families can pick strawberries and then blueberries, peaches, raspberries in the summer and finally apples in the fall. We’ve got our own farm but we still find ourselves heading to neighboring farms to enjoy the wide variety of fruit available for picking. (HVGS recommends Kelder’s Farm for blueberries and strawberries, and Cedar Heights Orchards for apples in the fall).

Specific Events:

Headless Horseman: Hayrides and Haunted House – In the Fall, older kids can participate in the award winning, immersive experience of fear and fun on a 250-year-old farm. The haunted house is 100% creepy and even the most jaded teenager will acknowledge that this is a cool attraction. (Ulster Park)

Dutchess County Fair – The last week in August, it seems as if everyone from our area converges on the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. Some folks are there to show off their gorgeous chickens, produce or crafts while others are there to participate in the horse, animal and talent shows. With rides, animals, concerts and massive quantities of food, there’s something for everyone. My favorite is the cow birthing center where I’ve spent many an hour watching a cow in labor – when the calf arrives it’s well worth the wait! (Rhinebeck)

Dr. Marika Lindholm is the founder of ESME [Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere] a website and social platform that aims to redefine single motherhood by providing resources, inspiration, and a point of connection for the underserved community of Solo Moms. Mothers on their own, whether by choice or circumstance, parent approximately 23 million American children. Moving beyond stereotypes, ESME offers Solo Moms inspiration, resources, allies, opportunities for creative expression, and some laughs along the way. The ESME community honors and celebrates the millions of Solo Moms who raise children in every town and city across our nation.

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