Local Activities & Restaurants Blog

This cute little ice cream parlor and mini golf is easily accessible from New Paltz, the Lakeside Licks Ice Cream. We took our little four year old there for a quick afternoon excursion.  There are 18 holes and it was so cute the tricks some of the holes played on your ball.  It took about an hour or less to play and the ice cream at the end was a real treat.

They even had Moose Tracks ice cream. One hole you had to jump the creek.  Another hole your ball was diverted away through the hole to another green.  Perfect for a quick diversion.  

It appeared that at night they light the course.

Our little guy cried his eyes out when we had to leave. We will be back again.

It costs approximately $6.00 per player per round.

Lakeside Licks Ice Cream

288 NY-299, Highland, NY 12528                            



Monday-Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

I’m often asked this question by families traveling with small children. The Hudson Valley is full of great family activities for all ages.  Today I want to share with you one of my favorite indoor activities for a rainy day. 

The Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie is just the solution when the weather is not cooperating.  The target age group is two years old up to seven years old. There are many great hands on educational activities to occupy  and engage your little ones.

As I sit and watch my four year old playing with a small group of children the loud hum of their laughter carries to the next room.  I follow my son from activity room to activity room, thankful for the adult seating provided in each space.

Just a few things to note before you arrive:

  • Admission is $8.00 per person
  • Check their website for activities that day
  • Free parking
  • Tables for eating are present but you must bring your own food.
  • Monday’s they are closed.

The Poughkeepsie Children’s Museum

75 N Water Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Midhudson Children’s Museum website

The Vanderbilt family history is rich with details of the Gilded Age life style. Our tour at the Hyde Park Vanderbilt Mansion did not disappoint. Our guide provided an assortment of details relating the Vanderbilt family history to the lifestyle and politics of that day.
But my favorite part was walking leisurely through the gardens. From June through October they are in full bloom. What a sense of peace and serenity while sitting on one of the many benches gazing at the variety of purple, red, green, and yellow palates.

Just a small piece of history about the garden. The head gardener was actually with the family for nearly 40 years. When Frederick passed away the Gardner was willed a very large sum of money and a parcel of land with a house.  Enough for him to retire with and suddenly be a very wealthy man in Hyde Park.

If you enjoy touring the historical sites, this is not to be missed. Tours are from 9:00am-5:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you stay at Sam’s Cottage Bed and Breakfast, just ask Alyssa to help you book a tour.

We can’t wait for our next adventure in the Hudson Valley.