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Top 10 Destinations for the Perfect Kids Summer Vacation

Date Published: July 27, 2021

Summer may be flying by, but slow down and enjoy time with the family. Now is the perfect time to come enjoy Dutchess County. 

Dutchess County Fair, Rhinebeck

The highly anticipated Dutchess County Fair returns to the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck for its 175th year! Running from Tuesday, August 24th thru Sunday, August 29th, the fair continues to be a celebration of agriculture, showcasing the very best local livestock, horticulture, wool, fine art, and specialty products. Whether you visit for a day trip, weekend getaway, or the whole week, there’s plenty of rides, mouthwatering fair food and live music to keep fairgoers of all ages entertained. 

Escape Time Adventures, Wappingers Falls

What better way to make memories, have some laughs, and work together than a trip to Escape Time Adventures! Whether you’re an escape room veteran or totally new to the concept, everyone will enjoy this creative experience. Escape Time has three uniquely themed rooms for you to solve including The Lost Tomb, Dragon’s Curse and Voodoo Swamp. Make your reservation today!

Four Brothers Drive-In Theater, Amenia

Don’t miss out on a fun night at this drive-in style theatre in the quaint town of Amenia. The retro vibe will have you feeling all kinds of nostalgia. With a unique movie experience and new twists on classic concessions delivered to your car, your family will create memorable moments at Four Brothers. And don’t just stay for the film, book an overnight in the vintage Airstream camper, Hotel Caravana, or pitch a tent and relax under the stars!

Hudson Valley Renegades Game, Wappingers Falls

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the ballpark. Spend a night at Dutchess Stadium, also known as “The Dutch”, cheering on the Renegades – a High-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees! View the team’s schedule and purchase tickets online here

Julie’s Jungle, Hopewell Junction

What kid doesn’t love a trip to the playground. At Julie’s Jungle every child is welcome, as it’s the first fully accessible playground in Dutchess County. This public park is free of charge and was built for all children of all abilities to play and learn together. This family friendly spot is a local favorite that happily welcomes visitors.

Kelly’s Creamery & Kelly’s Husband’s Truck Mini Golf, Dover Plains

Miniature golf is a summer staple, and Kelly’s Creamery has a beautiful, brand new 18-hole course waiting for you to come play! Challenge your family to some friendly competition followed by celebratory cones at the creamery.

Lilymoore Farm, Pleasant Valley

Ever consider taking an alpaca on a walk? Well you can here in Dutchess! Book an alpaca trek or farm tour to learn more about these adorable and amazing animals at Lilymoore Farm

Splashdown Beach, Fishkill

America’s Biggest Little Water Park is right here in Dutchess County. With rides including the Monster Wave Pool, The Megalodon and Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River, there’s something for kids of all ages. Purchase park passes or even opt for a private cabana. It’s the prefect place to cool off and keep kids occupied for hours.

Tree Top Adventures, Poughquag

Experience something new and face your fears at Barton Orchards. This aerial adventure offers five courses for all skill levels. Spend the day climbing, swinging, and zipping from tree to tree in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Reservations are required, so make your plans today!
Tree Top Photo Courtesy of Scott D. Snell

Trevor Zoo, Millbrook

A truly unique experience awaits at Trevor Zoo, America’s only AZA accredited zoo located at and ran by a high school. Students from Millbrook School care for more than 180 exotic and indigenous animals including eight endangered species. Meeting the students and the animals in this intimate zoo setting is a memorable experience for anyone who visits!

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