In between hiking the Catskills’ forested paths or dining at a local farm-to-table restaurant, test your knowledge at one of the region’s historic museums or innovative educational centers. There’s a lot to be said about learning something new! Whether you seek to discover all there is to know about each place you visit or you like to explore as you go along, be inspired as you learn about the Catskills at one of these top-notch locations.
Catskills Educational Experiences
Go back in time at the Bronck Museum
. Located in Coxsackie, the museum features Dutch Colonial dwellings and 19th-century barns, including the oldest surviving Dutch House north of the metropolitan area, and a 13-sided barn. Tours are offered Wednesday-Friday from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum
Experience fly fishing at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum
in Livingston Manor. The 53-acre location includes the museum, a casting field, a pond, nature trails, river access, an education building, a pavilion, and the Wulff Gallery and Heritage Craft Center – all on-site to provide ultimate access to the history and excitement of fly fishing. The education center teaches flying fishing, fly tying, casting, and stream life, among other things, to all ages – and offers a wide variety of educational programs for kids. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Zadock Pratt Museum
The Zadock Pratt Museum
, in Prattsville, features the history and culture of the town and its founder, Zadock Pratt. This year, the museum is hosting a major exhibit, “Zadock Pratt: The Man, The Town & The Nation,” featuring 19th-century oil paintings, 19th-century maps, and 20th-century artwork. The museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, visit Pratt Rock, known as “New York’s Mount Rushmore,” to explore carved murals and memorials commissioned by Zadock Pratt to honor his accomplishments.
Catskill Outdoor Education Center
Explore nature as you walk along the trails at the Catskill Outdoor Education Center
in Delhi. Educational programs are offered for both youth and adults – some activities include hiking, camping, and kayaking. The 40-acre park includes access to Little Delaware River. Pack a bag and head outside!
Table to Farm Tours
Have a true farm experience at Table to Farm Tours
. With multiple locations in the Catskills, Table to Farm Tours is the perfect place to enjoy local food, explore farms, and try ciders, beers, and hand-made cocktails. From “Sweet and Savory Schoharie” and “Delicious Delaware County” to “Burgers, Beer, Movie & Cocktails” and “Dinner & Cider Shack Concert,” there is a tour for everyone!
Roxbury Arts Group
Stop by the Roxbury Arts Group
to watch a live performance, participate in an educational workshop, or browse an art exhibit. During the summer, the Roxbury Arts Group offers a free “Concerts in the Park” series in Stamford, featuring different musicians. Visit Roxbury’s Main Street and the Hamlet Historic District
to discover spectacular architecture – you’ll feel like you’ve traveled back into a different century.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Get creative at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
! Their Museum Education and Creative Programming consists of diverse workshops, programs, and events for all ages. From films and music to drawing and theater, everyone can connect with the culture of Bethel Woods. Walk along the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and check out the exhibits at the museum to experience the cultural and historical significance of the three-day music and arts festival.
Learn to ski in the Catskills
! From Hunter Mountain
and Windham Mountain
to Belleayre Mountain
and Plattekill Mountain
, there are multiple places to make your first tracks in the snow. Each mountain offers a wide variety of lesson options, and rental equipment for all ages – you’ll conquer the beginner trail in no time!
From music and art to theater and history, a trip to the Catskills will leave you feeling fulfilled!