Do you often think to yourself, “What is there to do in the Hudson Valley this weekend. I’m here to tell you that finding things to do in Winter with the family is no easy task. People often ask me if winter is a good time to do things in the Hudson Valley and I excitedly say, “Yes, it is!”
The idea of cold scares a lot of people. However, the Hudson Valley doesn’t always get extremely cold in the Winter.
Not always. But, sometimes it does.
Lucky for you, I am native to the area and have had my fair share of NY Winters. This is why I have a complied this list of events that take place throughout the Winter and are fun for everyone.
Added Bonus: I have included a list The Top 5 Places you Need to visit this Winter that you can access at the bottom of this post.
The places on the list are open throughout the year, including the winter (when most places are closed to visitors and tours). This way you can enjoy these attractions without the crowds that are often found during other times of the year.
And, best of all, these places are indoors, where you can warm up and escape the cold.
According to iloveny.com:“Every Winter, New York turns into one big wonderland. We have more ski resorts than any other state, brilliant museums for adults and children who want to warm up indoors…”
Included in this Post:
- What the weather is like in the Hudson Valley in Winter
- The Best Things to do in the Hudson Valley in Winter
- Outdoor Activities to do in the Hudson Valley in Winter
- Indoor Activities to do in the Hudson Valley in Winter
Hudson Valley Weather in Winter
Since there are three distinctive regions of the Hudson Valley (Lower HV, Mid HV and Upper HV), the temperature and weather conditions can vary quite a bit. For instance, some years, the Hudson Valley sees quite a bit of snow and other years it sees more ice than snow.
This often makes it challenging to plan ahead. When looking for what to do in the Hudson Valley on the weekends, your best bet is to check the weather a few days prior.
- January: the average high temperature in White Plains can be 35 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas, the average high temperature in Albany is 31 degrees Fahrenheit.
- February: the average high temperature in White Plains can be 39 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas, the average high temperature in Albany is 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
- March: the average high temperature in White Plains can be 47 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas, the average high temperature in Albany is 48 degrees Fahrenheit.
I have found that the best resource for Hudson Valley Weather is www.hudsonvalleyweather.com. Their website is the only one I use when it comes to the weather in the Hudson Valley.
The Best Things to do in the Hudson Valley in Winter
Most outdoor activities can be safely done in the Winter, as the wind chills often stay within a safe range during the season. That being said, I’d be apprehensive about remaining outside for long periods of time without the proper outerwear.
The temperature, especially near the Hudson River and in the higher elevations, can be significantly lower than other parts of the Hudson Valley.
Can anyone say, “BBBRRRRR”…
The Best Outdoor Activities in the Hudson Valley during Winter
Check this list out and see if you find something new to do in the Hudson Valley this weekend
Hiking is a big deal around these parts. There are so many beautiful areas to explore in the Hudson Valley that it’s a Hikers Paradise. Moreover, there are trails and mountains all around the region with endless possibilities of hiking on a new trail. This is also a premier destination for ice climbing.
I am NOT the outdoorsy type, so I rely on other websites, like Hudson Valley Parent, as they offer information, such as cold-weather hiking spots. They post great information about a variety of topics to help parents within the Hudson Valley.
I also live vicariously through people I follow on Instagram. They have some amazing experiences doing things I have yet to try.
While looking at their photos one can see that they have the best ticket to see the Hudson Valley from above.
Pictured Below is a beautiful picture of Carolyn and her pug, Roxy. They hike all over the Hudson Valley Region and Carolyn features her adoring pug in almost all of the photos. It’s wonderful to see all the places that Carolyn and Roxy have visited.
THE 3 S’s: SKIING, SNOWBOARDING & SLEDDING
Are you a skier, snowboarder or sledder? The better known places in the Hudson Valley for these activities are Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson, NY (Putnam Co) and Hunter Mountain in Hunter, NY (Greene Co).
There are also several others in the Hudson Valley, including Belleayre Mountain in Highmount, NY (Ulster Co), James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley, NY (Dutchess Co) and Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, NY (Orange Co). Check out the information online for each and see which one is a better fit for you and your family.
Events in the Hudson Valley
FEAST FOR THE FEATHERED FRIENDS
January 19th: 10am-11am
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
This is a great program for the whole family. Learn about helping birds in the winter and create a lovely environment for them in your own backyard. Admission Fee charged.
WINTER FUN DAY AT FREEDOM PARK
January 26th: 2pm-4pm
212 Skidmore Road, Pleasant Valley, NY
Marshmallows, Scavenger Hunt, Music, Crafts and More. Above all, if the weather cooperates, there will also be ice skating on the new rink! There will be a Community Bonfire to keep everyone toasty and warm.
HUDSON RIVER EAGLE FESTIVITIES
February 9th: 9am – 4pm
Boscobel – 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY
Croton Point Park – 1 Croton Point Ave, Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Teatown Lake Reservation hosts their yearly festivities honoring the Bald Eagle. Come watch as the Bald Eagle makes its Winter Migration. Croton Point Park will have children’s activities, food trucks and more. Admission Fee charged.
Purchase tickets at: www.teatown.org
WINTER WEEKENDS AT STORM KING ART CENTER
January 19th & 20th: 11am-4pm
February 16th & 17th: 11am-4pm
March 16th & 17th: 11am-4pm
1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY
Experience Storm King Art Center during the Winter. Weather permitting, portions of the grounds will be open to visitors with Tram service and food services. Admission Fee charged.
Although Storm King is closed during the Winter except for these specific days, you can access my list of Top 5 Places you Need to Visit this Winter in the Hudson Valley at the bottom of this post.
MAPLE SUGAR TOURS
Saturdays & Sundays: 11am-3pm
February 23rd & 24th; March 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, & 17th
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Cornwall
Maple Sugar Season is a big deal around the Hudson Valley. Come learn all about the process and enjoy special crafts, games and story telling. Maple Sugar tours fill up quickly, so my advice is to buy tickets in advance.
GREENWOOD LAKE WINTER CARNIVAL
February 16th & 17th: All Day Event
7 Windermere Ave, Greenwood Lake, NY
The festival is taking place at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park and will be fun for children and adult of all ages. There will be children’s activities in the morning (snowtubing, snowman building contest, etc) and adult activities in the evening (live music and cocktails).
WINTER PHOTO SHOOT OPPORTUNITY
March 2nd: 2:30pm – 4pm
Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley, NY
Have you ever met an alpaca? Are you a photographer looking to take amazing photos at an alpaca farm? Well, here’s your chance… Tickets on sale at their website.
The Best Indoor Activities in the Hudson Valley during Winter
Check this list out and see if you find what to do in the Hudson Valley this weekend
CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF THE HISTORIC JACOB BLAUVELT HOUSE
January 13th: 5pm & 6:30pm
20 Zukor Road, New City, NY
Experience a Rockland County tradition as you tour the historic 1832 Jacob Blauvelt Farmhouse. Prepaid reservations required.
HUDSON VALLEY WING WARS
January 12th: 5pm-9pm – Ramada Fishkill
January 19th: 5pm-9pm – Orange County Fairgrounds
Each of the Wing Wars Events will Showcase the best wings from local restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Moreover, each location will have a winner and then one lucky participant will win the grand prize of the entire event. Come and sample the best Wings in the Hudson Valley! Tickets are needed for the event.
HUDSON VALLEY WING FEST
January 26th: 5pm-9pm
Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Wing Fest is celebrating its 12th year. As a result, this year’s is bigger and better than ever. You can sample so many wings that it will make you wonder why you never had wings like that before. Tickets are needed for the event.
LOCAL CHEESES, CHOCOLATES AND WINE PAIRINGS
February 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th: 12pm – 5pm
Benmarl Winery, Marlboro, NY
A Hudson Valley Valentine’s Tradition, included 5 wine tastings paired with local cheeses and chocolates. This is a great event to share with your significant other or a group of friends. Event tickets required.
CUPCAKE & WINE PAIRING
February 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th
Robibero Winery, New Paltz, NY
What’s better than cupcakes & wine? During this tasting, you will get 3 wines paired with 3 mini cupcakes, as well as, 3 additional wines at the tasting bar. Seatings occur throughout the day. Event tickets are required.
ASHOKAN’S 2ND ANNUAL HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
February 9th: 10am – 2pm
477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY
For a $5 entrance fee enjoy two flavors of hot chocolate and both indoor & outdoor activities; including blacksmith & broomshop demonstrations. Crafts will be available and Lunch will be available for purchase.
February 10th: 9am-4pm
Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY
The largest Reptile Expo in the Northeast. Over 150 reptile breeders and thousands of reptiles will be on display and for sale. There will also be supplies for sale. There is an admission fee payable at the door.
TOY & TRAIN SHOW
January 27th: 9am-3pm
Westchester County Center
Another huge Toy & Train event at the Westchester County Center. New and antiques sure to excite enthusiasts of all ages.
READ MORE: A Quick Guide of Westchester County, NY
BLITHE SPIRIT AT LYNDHURST MANSION
March 9th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 30th & 31st
635 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
According to their FB Events Page:
“Blithe Spirit is a high-spirited comedy with a surprising supernatural turn. This much-loved classic centers on an invitation to an eccentric medium to conduct a spooky séance but the evening takes an unexpectedly ghostly turn in this lighted-hearted, endearing Broadway and West End smash hit.” Advance tickets recommended.
THE SEAGULL AT LYNDHURST MANSION
March 10th, 15th, 16th, 23rd, 29th, 30th
635 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY
According to their FB Page:
“Chekhov’s masterpiece, wherein art and love, life and death, find an intersection on the grounds of a beautiful estate in the Russian countryside.” Advance tickets recommended.
HUDSON VALLEY CHOWDER FEST
March 9th: 1pm-5pm
Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Sample Amazing Chowders, Soups and Chilis at the Food lover’s Event! There will be a Chili Cook-off Battle between Firemen and Police. Breweries and Cideries will be present to help you finish off your samplings. Advance tickets available for purchase.
ASHOKAN’S ANNUAL MAPLE FEST
March 24th: 10am-4pm
477 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY
For a fee, Enjoy all-day pancakes off the griddle topped with Ashokan Maple syrup and maple bacon. There will also be guided hikes, tree tapping and maple syrup making demonstrations and so much more…
In order to enjoy all the Hudson Valley has to offer this Winter, here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Plan ahead, bit not too far in advance, as the weather can change quickly
- Rely on local weather sites, like www.hudsonvallyweather.com for accurate weather forecasts
- Visit the Hudson Valley Exposed FB Events Calendar often, so you can plan what to do on the weekends
- Buy tickets in advance, as many of these popular events sell out quickly
- Download the ‘Top 5 Places you Need to Visit this Winter in the Hudson Valley’ and enjoy some HV history without the crowds.
- Come back to this post, as I continue to add events as I find them online.
My List of Top 5 Places to Visit this Winter in the Hudson Valley
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