The perfect Summer getaway for the whole family!

Now is the perfect time to plan a family vacation to Ulster County, located just 90 miles north of NYC in the heart of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Here are some ways to make the most of it.

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  1. Farm-to-table. Petting zoos. All-inclusive dude ranches.

Ulster County’s rich agritourism continues to be an enticing draw for visitors of all ages. If you have children, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to bond with them over the breathtaking beauty—and mouth watering flavors—of nature. Indulge in Summer's farm-fresh fruits and vegetables at one of our local U-pick farms, make a new furry friend at one of our animal sanctuaries, or spend a week (or weekend) playing, relaxing and learning the basics of cowboy horsemanship at a bustling dude ranch.

  1. Explore mountains, rivers, and forests—by foot, bike, or horseback.

Situated between the New York Catskills and the western shores of the Hudson River, Ulster County is an irresistible playground for lovers of the great outdoors, whatever your age. Take a leisurely stroll around the scenic Ashokan Rail Trail or Walkway Over the Hudson, or spend the day snapping the best selfies ever in the Mohonk Preserve. Marvel at the epic sunset from Sam’s Point in the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, or spend twilight on a two-hour sunset horseback ride. There are so many trails to explore—and ways to do it—we couldn’t possibly list all of them here, but you can find more  inspiration in our Hiking and Biking Guide.


  1. Journey into the wild by railway.

The historic Ulster & Delaware Railroad cuts deep into the Catskills alongside Esopus Creek, where no car and only the most serious hikers can venture. Thanks to Rail Explorers, you and your family can witness the hard-to-reach deep wild of Ulster County up close from the comfort of a custom-built, pedal-powered electric rail vehicle. Think the world’s most relaxing go-kart—you don’t even have to steer, just ride the rails and enjoy the view.

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As you plan your summer vacation, be sure to stay apprised of weather conditions and always double-check hours and availability of businesses.


Find more inspiration for your Ulster County family getaway here.

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Remember, in everything you do, be mindful of others and follow recommended health and safety protocols.


Stay strong and be well.