Do you ever wish you could act like a kid again, maybe just for one day? Escape your daily routine, and take a trip to the Catskills to do just that! From rail bikes and waterslides to animals and kaleidoscopes, you’ll experience exhilaration – just like you did when you were a kid. We bring the adventure, now it’s your turn to explore some of the region’s exciting attractions.
Carefree Catskills Fun
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Immerse yourself in history and art at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. Participate in a creative learning program, or explore the historic grounds of the Woodstock festival and the Bindy Bazaar Trails to see the “large-scale public art installation” featuring different colored crocheted shapes wrapped around tree trunks and branches. While you’re on-site, visit the museum to travel back in time to the 1960s.
Rail Explorers: Catskills
Hop on a rail bike on the Rail Explorers: Catskills to experience the history of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad, and get some exercise! Pedal through the Catskill Mountains, and alongside the Esopus Creek for an eight-mile round trip journey.
Bailiwick Animal Park & Riding Stables
Connect with nature and interact with animals at Bailiwick Animal Park & Riding Stables in Catskill. See more than 40 exhibits of both domestic and exotic animals at the Animal Park – which also includes petting and feeding areas, as well as educational shows. Climb into a saddle for a horseback or pony ride along 300 acres of beautiful land.
Zoom Flume Water Park
Go on a water slide at Zoom Flume Water Park before summer is over! Head to East Durham to zoom down the Typhoon Twister, catch a wave in the Riptide Cove Wave Pool, or float down the Lazy River. Pack your swimsuit, and get ready for the water!
World’s Largest Kaleidoscope & Country Stores
See the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope in Mount Tremper, located in the Country Stores at the Emerson Resort & Spa. Do you remember holding a kaleidoscope up to your eye when you were a child? Now, you can enter a converted barn silo that’s over 56 feet tall and 38 feet in diameter and watch changing colors and moving objects set to a musical score. After the show, try out an impressive collection of hand-held and integrative kaleidoscopes at the Kaleidostore.
Stone and Thistle Farm
Experience life on a farm at Stone and Thistle Farm in East Meredith. Take a tour of the farm on Saturday afternoons from May through October to participate in various activities, such as milking goats, collecting eggs, bottle feeding lambs, and more. To get a true sense of day-to-day living, try a farm stay to experience farm chores and get a guided tour of the land.
Whether you’re an adventure seeker or relaxed explorer, a visit to the Catskills will make you feel like a kid again.