I know it’s weird, but winter really is my favorite season. The cold, the snow, the woodpeckers & cardinals, the quiet. My kids have a book called Winter is the Warmest Season and it pretty well describes why the snow season is my jam. It’s adorable – if you’ve got young kids and are looking for a great new bedtime read, check it out! But, I digress.
Growing up in Los Angeles, snow wasn’t a thing. Heck, winter wasn’t really even a thing. But, that never stopped our family from driving up north to the mountains for some skiing & snowball fights.
So, now that I’ve been transplanted in a place that boasts a winter wonderland on occasion, our family makes a point to actually get OUT and enjoy it. Sounds crazy, but it really is so much more fun than finding ways to stay cooped up indoors. Yes, even when it’s 10 degrees outside.
If you have any inclination to venture out into the cold & white stuff (if we ever get any – come on, Mother Nature!), take a gander at some fun things to do and see with your kids in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Snow Tubing (Warwick) – Mt. Peter is so much fun! Not far from the city, it has an awesome snow tubing park at the base of the mountain. Seriously, this is fun for kids AND adults. We try to head up once a winter and make a day out of it, with lunch on the way home.
Bear Mountain Ice Skating (Tomkins Cove) – This is one of those things that never ever gets old. Classic outdoor ice rink, frosty air, upbeat music playing overhead. You can rent skate or bring your own. It can get a little crowded at peak times, but it’s never been terrible. And it beats the old mall rink any day, hands down. Once you’re done skating, walk down the path to the historic Bear Mtn. Carousel for a little nostalgic fun.
Wolf Conservation Center (South Salem) – While the endangered wolves eligible for re-release into the wild are generally not on exhibit, you can get up close and personal with some of WCC’s ambassador wolves at their many events throughout the winter. And, since wolves are more active when it’s cold out, this really is the time to see them. Check the center’s calendar for special photographic events (where you can see some of their endangered wolves) or other kid-friendly events!
Muscoot Farm (Katonah) – My entire family absolutely loves this place any season of the year. They have so many different events throughout the winter season, ranging from birding hikes on the trails around the farm, kids winter themed crafts, to maple sugaring demonstrations and lessons beginning in February. Also, the baby goats are pretty darn cute!
Seal Watching (Freeport, Long Island) – This one is new to me this year. I didn’t even know there was a seal watching season here in southern NY! But, what a cool way to spend a day. Dress warmly and head out on the water off Long Island to get up close to the seasonal seal colonies that reside here.
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