Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Visit Ulster County, New York

Looking for an unusual vacation spot for your family? Check out Ulster County, NY. Situated in the Mid-Hudson Valley region, about 90 miles north of New York City off Highway 87, Ulster County’s most famous town is Woodstock. It is also home to the Catskill Park and Reserve. To limit your drive time, consider staying in one of the region’s southern towns, such as New Paltz, or at the family-friendly Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland. www.ulstercountyalive.com

*Take a ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad. Trains depart from Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia for the most scenic railroad this side of the Rocky Mountain Golden Nugget Pass. www.catskillmtrailroad.com

*Visit Forsyth Nature Center, an interpretive nature center located in the heart of uptown Kingston. Enjoy 15 animal exhibits, 5 gardens, and fun environmental and nature based programs. www.forsythnaturecenter.org

*Pet a pig at one of two animal sanctuaries that take in abandoned, abused and discarded animals. Visit Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties or Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Willow. www.casanctuary.org www.woodstocksanctuary.org

*Enjoy activities for the whole family at Rocking Horse Ranch. Horseback riding is geared to riders of all ages and levels. There’s so much more to do, though, at this all-inclusive resort, from nightly entertainment to water sports. www.rockinghorseranch.com

*A Hidden Gem!! Hike to the Ice Caves at Sam's Point Preserve, 5,000-acres in the northern Shawangunk Mountains. Trails lead to Sam’s Point, Verkeerderkill Falls, the Ice Caves, High Point and Indian Rock. www.nature.org/samspoint

1 comment:

  1. Some interesting destinations. I look forward to researching them more. Thanks.