Kids in the Catskills

Here in the Catskills, nature is the main attraction. Kids will love splashing in streams, climbing mountains and toasting marshmallows by the campfire. Mix in stops at some of the many kid-friendly museums, farms, parks and more for an adventure they’ll never forget.

Fostering a Love of Nature and Culture in Kids

Research shows that children benefit from access and exposure to nature, arts, and culture. Here are some tips for connecting your kids with everything the Catskills have to offer.

Grab a picture book or activity guide
Let your child choose a book on a subject that interests them and let that guide your adventure.

Check out local libraries, museums, and nonprofit organizations for programming
Community organizations offer public programming on a huge range of topics for kids of all ages. Many of these programs are free!

Go camping
Whether you prefer backwoods tent camping or campgrounds with amenities, camping provides a great way for kids to connect with nature in new ways.

Try nature journaling
All you need is some paper and the writing utensils of your choice. Encourage kids to sketch what they see or write poems or stories.

Family Friendly Walks

Loop through woods, wetlands, and fields in Sullivan County
Loop featuring scenic views and a covered bridge over the Batavia Kill. Stroll or bike to take in the wildflowers and end your walk with quick access to local businesses and restaurants.
A new, crushed-stone trail running along the north side of the Ashokan Reservoir. Woodstock Dike Trailhead located at 1285 NY-28 in West Hurley. Ashokan Station Trailhead located at 3045 NY-28 in Shokan. Boiceville Bridge Trailhead located at 5080 Route 28A in Boiceville.
The Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (CVC) is a partnership between the Catskill Center and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Opened in 2015, the CVC connects residents and visitors with the ecology, history, and culture that make the Catskills unique Interpretive Loop Trail (red trail markers, easy): approximately ½ mile, […]
Two different loops offer great options for hiking and cross-country skiing. This is a lovely, forested trail with multiple stream crossings. Good for the whole family.
This popular trail leads to some of the best views in the Catskills. There are multiple ledges providing sweeping vistas. You can continue on the trail to summit Panther Mountain for additional views. Parking is limited and the trail sees high traffic, especially during the summer and autumn.
Giant Ledge view in winter

Playgrounds and Indoor Recreation


651 County Highway 38 Arkville, NY 12406

An indoor recreation center with a pool, gym facilities, fitness classes, and kids’ activities.
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1 Main St, Catskill, NY, USA

Playground and picnic tables right on the beautiful Hudson River
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glasco mini park, Hudson Street, Saugerties, NY

A Hudson River-front playground and boat launches
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859 Wittenberg Road, Mt Tremper, NY, USA

Stay at the campground or pay a day-use fee to enjoy the many amenties, including a pond, picnic areas, and a new, rustic-style playground.
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stamford village pool, south street, stamford, ny

Community pool with a kiddie pool and nearby playground
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161 Minekill Road North Blenheim, NY 12131

Mine Kill State Park has an Olympic size pool, wading pool and a diving pool available at no cost and 8 miles of trails.
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