All in Catskills for Kids
If you’re seeking out the best waterfalls of the Catskills, the Huyck Preserve Hiking Trail is hard to beat. The preserve offers 12 miles of trails, and the majestic Rensselaerville Falls are easy to access, even if you’re traveling with some novice hikers.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum is not just for history buffs. There’s plenty to explore whether you’re digging for First Lady Fun Facts or just wandering through the gorgeous grounds and gardens.
A chef and a baker with combined experience at Accord’s Westwind Orchard, NYC’s Pizza Moto, and Brooklyn’s Bien Cuit have teamed up to bring world-class croissants, focaccia, and more to a little cottage in Cairo, NY.
If you need a kid-friendly rainy-day activity in the Catskills, the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope is here for you.
At this great-for-groups, family-friendly Athens, NY brewpub, the bar snacks are as serious and satisfying as the beers.
Established in 1961, this family-friendly resort in the heart of the Irish Catskills remains an easygoing paradise.
Oriole 9 is good for groups, comfy for couples, totally kid-friendly, and really encapsulates the rainbow-bright spirit of Woodstock, NY.
This Woodstock bake shop has all the good vibes and sweet treats you need.
Banana bread with a molten chocolate core. Bacon and egg biscuits. Chubby squirrels. Best brunch in Mount Tremper.
This tiny Rensselaerville market and cafe has a very big heart. (Plus farm-raised meat and the finest veggie burger in the Catskills!)
Indian Ladder Farms has everything you want in a Catskill Mountain vacation in one convenient (and stunningly beautiful) location.
Crisp hard cider. Idyllic beer garden. U-pick produce. Playground. Petting zoo. Great food. Weddings. HEAVEN!
Art, history, and nature converge at the the historic Catskill, NY home of landscape painter Thomas Cole. And it's the kind of place that really lights up when inquisitive children arrive.
Albany's New York State Museum: A greatest hits collection for fans of the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Transit Museum, and Jane's Carousel.
The hand-lettered signs out front read "ALL BOOKS 50¢ to $1" and "YES! PARK ON THE GRASS!" If you're a bookworm who is a few beers deep (thanks to the nearby Suarez and Sloop tasting rooms), this roadside bookshop is pure magic.
Spoiler alert: If you’ve been dreaming of a playground that serves beer and snacks, Sloop’s about to manifest that dream for you.
BEWARE: These fluffy, white Maremma sheepdog puppies are JUST TOO CUTE. When we visited them at Lime Kiln Farm, the puppies were 9 weeks old and already weighing around 30 pounds.
Opus 40, a wondrous, bewitching Saugerties sculpture park of swirling slate and labyrinthine paths feels M.C. Escher artwork come to life. But is it safe for kids?
Lime Kiln Farm feels like a little piece of the Italian countryside tucked into the Hudson Valley. The owners made cheese in Tuscany for over 20 years before moving to the Catskills town of Coxsackie.
So fragrant and almondy, so rich with the jammy sweetness of its fig filling. This cake is the perfect foil to a cup of coffee or tea, and I've been craving it ever since. YOU MUST TRY IT ASAP.
With a gorgeous Catskill Mountain backdrop on her doorstep, a knack for capturing the magic of childhood, and perhaps the most affordable rates in NY State, photographer Christine McIlhenny of HarmonyHill Photography conjures up sweetness in every shot.