Top 10 Things To Do with Kids in the Catskills: Fall 2016
Looking for things to do with kids in the Catskill Mountains? We think the Catskills are the easiest and most fun place to bring the kids for a weekend trip. Here are our ten favorite spots for the perfect fall getaway.
1. Send little kids on a pony ride or go horseback riding together
For beautiful horses in an idyllic setting, we love K&K Equestrian at Ravine Farm in East Durham. They've also got a bunch of friendly farm animals on site -- a built-in petting zoo.
4. Meet some farm animals while you pick up eggs and produce
Visiting a farm is more fun when you've got kids around. As an grown-up, it feels weird to ask a farmer for a little tour, but our friends at East Durham Farms are always happy to introduce our kids to the pigs, turkeys, kittens, and chickens. Don't forget to grab a dozen eggs -- they've got the most gorgeous golden yolks we've ever seen.
5. Take a little hike through a fairy-tale forest
At the Catskill Mountain Country Store in Windham, you can sit down for a very kid-friendly lunch, do a little shopping at a well-stocked toy store, and then follow this stone path to meet some ponies and rabbits in the woods.
6. Explore the Catskill Creek and find a waterfall
The creek may roar a little more after a rainy spring season, but if you stay at Gavin's Irish Country Inn during the fall, you'll still get to see this hidden waterfall behind their family-friendly resort.
7. Pick up some pumpkins, gourds, and other fall goodies at a roadside farm stand
There's no better place to celebrate the fall harvest than Story Farms in Catskill. While you're there, check the refrigerator and see if they've got any of Sidney's Best Salted Caramels in stock. They're the best caramels we've ever tasted, but they're not easy to find!
8. This one's important: take a nature walk
In the words of my 5-year-old son, Archer, "If you're on the sidewalk, there's no way you could take a nature walk." Take Archer's advice, and soak up the bright-colored leaves, the pine cones, and the sounds and smells of autumn in the Catskills. There's really nothing better.
9. Make the ultimate road trip snack: Trashy Trail Mix
Or, you know, make some really healthy granola with organic ingredients. But if you don't have access to a full kitchen, you can easily whip up our Trashy Trail Mix with the help of some very small children and some snacks from a local grocery store. (Our favorite is Hannaford in Cairo.)
Got more ideas for a kid-friendly trip to the Catskills? Please share in the comments! We're always looking for new places to explore.