So I had every intention of writing about a great new indoor place we checked out a few weeks ago, but with three days of rain almost behind us and a beautiful sunny weekend ahead, I just couldn’t do it.  I will save that for a rainy weekend, and share some outdoor adventures instead.  My family, like most families, has a packed schedule.  My husband works in the city and travels frequently; I spend the week the way most stay-at-home parents do: shuttling little ones around  to their various activities and running errands.  The weekends are always too short and filled with birthday parties, sports, and the ever present “honey do” list.


When I began dreading Saturday morning much like a Monday morning, I knew something had to change.  Now, before the weekend gets crazy, we take a little time for just us, our little family of four, and do something we all enjoy sometimes for the whole day and sometimes just for an hour.  Now that the weather is finally nice, our first choice is always something outside, preferably a hike.  Our girls love to explore, so a family friendly hike is the obvious choice for us.  We are new to hiking with small kids and are still discovering places to go, but here are a few that we love:


Split Rock at Mohonk Preserve is famous for its watering hole.  Even though it’s too cold to swim, the falls are a short walk from the parking lot making it the perfect distance for little legs. My girls splashed and explored in the stream for hours and you can read about our adventure here. Want a stroller friendly trail with views for days?  Stop at the Mohonk Welcome Center which you can read about here.


Hudson Highlands Outdoor Discovery Center has several family friendly trails including their Story Walk Trail which opens May 24th.  Read this children’s story as you meander through the woods.



The Orange County Arboretum located within Orange County Park is in full bloom.  The paths are stroller friendly and there is plenty of room for little kids to explore and run around.  Before heading out, stop at the farm across the street and see all the newborn foals and their mamas.



Croton Gorge Park, while technically not located in the Hudson Valley, it is just over the Bear Mountain Bridge.  The “waterfall” is gorges (haha) and the park offers several trails, one of which takes you across a bridge and over the waterfall itself.


Minnewaska State Park is always an excellent choice.  I have visited many times in my life but not until recently with my kids falsely believing it wasn’t kid friendly.  And, cliff jumping and sunbathing on the edge are not, but there are several trails that are kid friendly including the walk around the lake.  Just hold onto those little hands when walking up to the edge.


We are always looking for new adventures so if you know of a favorite kid friendly trail, please share!