10+ Indoor Activities in the Hudson Valley
Perfect for Rainy & Cold Days
Don’t let the rain or cold dampen your Hudson Valley exploration! Finding indoor activities in the Hudson Valley is not as hard as it may seem.
If you are in need of some fun, non-Cabin related activities to entertain yourself, Look no further than this list compiled just for you of 10+ indoor activities you can enjoy in the Hudson Valley on a rainy or cold day.
Even better, you’ll get get to see and experience some wonderful places in the Hudson Valley that you might have otherwise missed.
Best of all, these indoor activities in the Hudson Valley are also fun things to do on rainy days or sunny days . . . and even those other “s-word” weather days we try not to use . . . snow or worse yet, sleet.
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10+ Indoor Activities in the Hudson Valley that are perfect for a rainy or cold day
Rainy or cold days do not mean boredom. Escape from your daily routine and discover the indoor wonders that await you! There are a variety of entertainment options like bowling, arcades, trampoline parks, laser tag, and more.
Welcome to my list of the best places for family-friendly indoor activities; perfect for a rainy day or an active winter:
#1: Go Bowling
A day spent bowling can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. No matter how competitive you are, bowling is able to bring out the best in people. It’s an excellent form of exercise that isn’t only fun but can help you unwind and relax. Bowling alleys can be found all over the region, although some offer classes and others allow you to find your own lane. Knowing where to go bowling in the Hudson Valley would be your first stop if you’re looking for something fun to do with friends or family.
- Bowlers Club, Saugerties
- Bowlmor White Plains, White Plains
- Break Point Bowl & Entertainment Ctr, Haverstraw
- Colonial Lanes, Chester
- Cortlandt Lanes, Cortlandt
- Del Lanes, Delmar
- East Greenbush Bowling Center, East Greenbush
- Hoebowl Bowling Center, Catskill
- Jefferson Valley Lanes, Jefferson Valley
- Lucky Strike, West Nyack
- New City Bowl & Batting Cages, New City
- Pat Tarsio Lanes, Newburgh
- Patel’s Kingston Lanes, Kingston
- Pin Street, Warwick
- Port Jervis Bowl, Port Jervis
- Quinnz Pinz, Middletown
- Schneider’s Fishkill Bowl, Fishkill
- Spins Bowl,
- Wappingers Falls, Poughkeepsie, Carmel, Mt Kisco
- West Point Bowling Center, West Point
#2: Visit a Library
Take a walk through one of the local libraries and see what’s on offer. You may be surprised by what you learn. There’s something for everyone from general reading to math and science. Some days I spend hours just sitting in one room, enjoying the quiet of it all, reading or just thinking. Library visits are an opportunity to see New York in a new light, to learn about its history and how it continues to shape people’s lives today.
Some libraries offer amenities like board games and puzzles for their visitors to use. It beats spending time in a store figuring out what game or puzzle your kid(s) will like and spending money on something you’re not sure about.
Libraries, in general, are open to all the public. You need to have a library card, for the library you’re visiting, in order to use the computers and check out books and other media.
In addition to offering a wonderful and educations place to visit, many libraries offer programs for young children, such as story and art times.
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Many programs are free (Pre-registration is often required)
I love going to the museums with my family. The natural environment is fascinating, and the history is fascinating. It’s hard to find an activity that you’d rather do than go to a museum. To me, the best museums are ones that focus on art history; I enjoy learning about different articstic styles through visiting the abundance of art museums in the Hudson Valley.
Everyone loves museums. I personally can’t think of a better place to go with my family than a museum. I love the Hudson Valley and all of its diverse history. It’s fun to learn about the architecture and history of this region.
Whether you go to Rockland County, Orange County, Dutchess County or Ulster County to visit a museum, it beats taking a trip to New York City.
– Hudson River Museum, Yonkers
In addition to the galleries boasting amazing art, the Hudson River Museum is home to the Andrus Planetarium. Weekend family programs, tours, and activities make this a wonderful museum for youngsters. They offer free evening admission during the summer (Fridays & Saturdays, 5–7pm from mid-July through late August).
– Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah
Small in size but big in influence, the Katonah Museum of Art is the perfect place to visit on a cold and/or rainy day. They offer many workshops geared towards children and varying interests.
– Westchester Children’s Museum, Rye
The Westchester Children’s Museum is one of the interactive museums located in the Hudson Valley and it full of amazing hands-on interactive exhibits for your children, no matter the age. Located right on the boardwalk of Playland Amusement Park, this museum is fun for the entire family and is conveniently located off the highway in Westchester County. The entire museum is filled with play areas and it’s worth every penny.
– Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase
Located on the campus of SUNY Purchase, the Neuberger Museum of Art is offering FREE admission through the summer of 2021. It is the nation’s tenth-largest university museum and offers exhibits of modern, contemporary and African art.
The best part of this outing is when you’re done, you can stroll around the campus or visit nearby Westchester Mall or the Galleria Mall in White Plains.
– Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz
Located on the campus of SUNY New Paltz, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art showcases works by well-known artists from the Hudson Valley and around the world.
Just like Neuberger Museum of Art, this great little museum is located on a college campus. This means you can make a whole day of it by walking around the campus and also exploring, shopping and eating in the wonderful town of New Paltz.
– West Point Museum, West Point
Located just outside the campus of the US Military Academy at West Point, the West Point Museum houses an impressive collection of war artifacts. The collection includes: small weapons, large weapons and more… This is one of the best history museums around.
– Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie
Located on the campus of Vassar College, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is a teaching museum, major art repository, and exhibition space on the campus of Vassar College. With an eclectic collection of art displayed, this is one place you can visit over and over again.
Just like several other museums listed above, this one offers the opportunity to explore the campus of Vassar College and nearby cafes and shops in Poughkeepsie.
– Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring
Magazzino Italian Art is a free museum dedicated to exhibiting postwar and contemporary Italian Art.
#4: Shopping and Visiting a Mall for Fun
I love going to shopping centers and local malls. I find it very energizing to go there and it’s always a fun experience. The first time I went to the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack, NY, I was mesmerized by the large amount of toys on offer. Walking around that huge complex really gets your adrenaline pumping and you don’t want to leave.
Some malls have a nice selection of food vendors as well and can peek the curiosity of food lovers everywhere. Mall food is not limited to the food court anymore with more and more restaurants finding homes in malls and shopping centers.
– Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack
Conveniently located off the New York State Thruway, the Palisades Center Mall is a popular place to shop, eat and to participate in top-notch entertainment and fun activities. The most popular activity at this mall are the rope courses. Some other popular activities include: ice skating, carousel, escape rooms and so much more.
– Ridge Hill, Yonkers
In addition to a movie theater, Ridge Hill is home to Westchester Legoland Discovery Center, a iFly (indoor skydiving) and so much more. With the addition of Hapik (indoor climbing), Muse Paintbar, Monster Mini-Golf and Rockin’ Jump (indoor trampoline park), a day at Ridge Hill can make a dreary day very bright.
– Jefferson Valley Mall, Jefferson Valley
Conveniently located off the Taconic State Parkway, the Jefferson Valley Mall is a local favorite to shop, eat and play. In addition to the businesses housed at this mall, the mall also organizes special events throughout the year.
Some popular businesses include: All in Adventure Escape Room, Imagine VR Studios, Play Connection by Fun Time Amusement, and The Selfie Experience
– Poughkeepsie Galleria, Poughkeepsie
The Poughkeepsie Galleria is a small mall that offers lots of options when it comes to shopping, eating and entertainment. Some fun things to do include: Build-a-Bear Workshop, Oh My God Entertainment, Regal Cinemas, RPM Raceway and Wow Arcade.
– Galleria at Crystal Run, Middletown
The Galleria at Crystal Run has become a popular place for many reasons. Many people go for the shopping, others for the food and others actually go to have fun. These fun places include: AMC movie theater, Billy Beez, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Escape the Mystery Room, Ride & Thrill (Virtual Reality), Round 1 (Bowling and Amusement) and Urban Air Adventure Park.
#5: Indoor Rock Climbing
Rock climbing is a great indoor activity that can be done anytime of the year. It’s also a great way to get in shape. Climbing can be taken very seriously as it involves considerable skill. Listen to music while practicing each move and take breaks to rest, grab food and water, etc. Rock climbing should be approached as an activity that can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age or level of physical fitness. Rock climbing is not necessarily for beginners, but it is always best to begin with activities that are easy to begin with.
#6: Catch a Movie
Anytime is a great time to catch a movie in the Hudson Valley. Movie theaters in the Hudson Valley are located in a variety of locations from shopping malls to small towns.
- AMC at the Galleria at Crystal Run, Middletown
- AMC Palisades, West Nyack
- Carmel Cinema, Carmel
- City Center, White Plains
- Flagship Cinemas, Monroe
- Four Brothers Drive-In, Amenia
- Hyde Park Drive-In, Hyde Park
- Lyceum Cinemas, Red Hook
- NCG Cinema, Kingston
- New City Cinemas, New City
- New Paltz Cinemas, New Paltz
- Overlook Drive-In, Poughkeepsie
- Regal Cinemas, Poughkeepsie Galleria
- Regal Cinemas, New Rochelle
- Regal Cinemas, Fishkill
- Regal Cinemas, Nanuet
- Roosevelt Theater, Hyde Park
- Rosendale Theater, Rosendale
- Showcase Cinemas De Lux at Cross County Shopping Center, Yonkers
- Showcase Cinemas De Lux at Ridge Hill, Yonkers
- Showtime Cinemas, Newburgh
- South Hills Cinema, Poughkeepsie
- Spotlight Cinemas, Hudson
- Story Screen Beacon Theater, Beacon
- The Picture House, Pelham
- Upstate Films, Rhinebeck
#7: Visit an Indoor Trampoline Place
Fitness enthusiasts and recreationists are always looking for new places to go for fun and exercise. Even if you are indoors all day, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your heart pumping and energy flowing. There are various places in the Hudson Valley where you can go for indoor trampoline sessions; some are more popular than others.
Our favorite is Bounce, which offers all kinds of classes and family fun at inexpensive prices. This place has been providing fantastic experiences for us for a number of years!
#8: Take a tour of a Historic Home
The Hudson Valley is filled with picturesque attractions and small towns that offer up unique experiences. To stay warm and dry while exploring historic sites in the Hudson Valley. A tour of a historic home in the Hudson Valley is a great indoor activity for families with young children.
The historic homes in the area were designed by some of the region’s top craftsmen and artists, so it are not uncommon to see artwork on the walls or remarkable antique furniture. The walking tours are led by experts who can answer questions about rooms and features based on visitor interest.
Hudson Valley tours are among the most popular events in the area and offer an opportunity to see some of the most historic homes in the region up close. Tourists come from far and wide to enjoy the sights and sounds of this innovative region, and we know you’re among them.
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#9: Visit a Coffee Shop
The best part about enjoying a local coffee is not what you might eat or drink, but the ambiance created by customers, staff, and owners. No matter where you go in the Hudson Valley there are amazing places to come and enjoy a cup of joe with friends or family. Coffee isn’t just a drink, it’s an event. It’s been called the perfect pick-me-up, with some even saying the coffeehouse is the new water hole. It’s where friends meet, business relationships are built, and community connections made.
The Hudson Valley is a treasure trove of independent coffee shops. It’s hard to run out of new cafes, so don’t even bother trying.
#10: Do an Escape Room
With Escape Rooms, you’ll get to experience a brand new way of entertaining and including your friends and family. You’ll have fun while solving puzzles and brainteasers to finally escape the room. Some are family-oriented, some have thrill attractions, and some are strictly for adults! The interesting thing about escape rooms is that they cater to groups of all ages, even large groups. There are several reasons why more people are interested in escaping. There is a sense of camaraderie, fun and exploration which isn’t found in other forms of entertainment.
#11: Play a round of indoor mini-golf
Rainy or Cold days are no longer a problem. Indoor mini golf brings the excitement of the game no matter the weather outside. Teeing off into an indoor mini golf course turns a rainy or cold day into one great family experience. That’s especially true when you consider that these indoor mini-golf places are ‘glow in the dark’.
Indoor mini golf is fun-filled, interactive entertainment as well as being super cheap. It is even more fun when you get to do something with friends or family. Plus, you don’t have to leave the Hudson Valley to experience it.
#12: Show your skills at an arcade
Hudson Valley Arcades offer the ideal family-friendly setting for indoor fun all year long. These arcades are family-friendly and the perfect spot for all ages to play and have fun with its game and entertainment. You won’t have to fight for a place to play on these rainy or cold days. Indoor arcades and game rooms are the perfect place to be when the weather gets rough outside.
You’ll find plenty of indoor arcades and game rooms where you can play like it’s the 1980s (again). We’re talking giant foosball, air hockey, live arcade-style games and so much more!
#13: Visit an Entertainment Center
When the weather outside is frightful, head to one of our area’s indoor entertainment shops, restaurants and family fun centers. Some of these locations offer day passes that the whole family can use.
– The Castle, Chester
The Castle Fun Center’s activities include Ballocity, Roller Skating, Laser Maze, Rides, Zip Line, Rock Climbing, Laser Tag, Arcade, Go Karts, and Mini Golf with Jesters Restaurant and Pub located on the main level of The Castle.
– Spins Hudson at the Factoria at Charles Point, Peekskill
Spins Hudson is the largest entertainment venue on the Hudson. This is 40,000-sq. ft. of intense adventure including aerial ropes course, arcade, axe throwing, two story laser tag arena and more!
– Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack
While a mentioned the Palisades Center Mall in the shopping section, let’s not forget that this is also a wonderful Entertainment Center ready to keep you busy for hours and hours. Read all about things you can do HERE.
– Sportime USA, Elmsford
Sportime USA is an Indoor Amusement Center in Westchester County.
With over 150 Arcade Games, Laser Tag, Super Fly, Free Fall, Rock Climbing Wall, Bumper Cars, Amusement Rides, Batting Cages, Billiard tables, 3 Level Indoor Playground and Restaurant.
– Urban Air Adventure Park, Middletown
Located in the Galleria at Crystal Run, Urban Air Adventure Park has Trampolines, a warrior course, go-karts, virtual reality, and more!
– Puttin Plus, Saugeties
This great family fun place has something for everyone. Puttin Plus activities include: Go-Karts, Batting Cages, Mini Golf, Water Tag, Laser Blast and an Arcade.
– Wood’n Wheel, Ulster Park
Wood’n Wheel is a great place to have some fun. Their indoor activities include: Roller Skating, Laser Tag, Arcade, and Bumper Cars. They have outdoor activities, too.
– Grand Prix NY Racing and Entertainment, Mt Kisco
Grand Prix is a great place with so many games to play. From racing to GPX Ninja Course, Bowling and an Arcade, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
#14: Go Wild at an Indoor Playground
What do you do when the kids are bored and the house is about to explode from all the energy inside? You go indoor playground!
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Rainy or cold days don’t have to be boring. With indoor activities across the Hudson Valley area, you can spend your time doing something fun with the family, friends and/or significant other.
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