These museums and festivals will recharge brain cells before school even begins!
ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (August 16, 2016) – Parents looking to end the summertime “brain drain” don’t need to look further than the Hudson Valley. August is a great time to enjoy family outings with unique learning opportunities cleverly disguised as fun. From history to geography, museums and festivals in Orange County, N.Y. will get kids up close and personal with subjects they may previously have only studied in books.
“It’s time travel with an education,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “Kids can explore several centuries in different entertaining atmospheres, all fun!”
Top educational family outings include:
The New York Renaissance Faire: Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, August 6 – October 2, 2016, 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park. Enjoy a rollicking romp through Elizabethan England complete with 16th Century games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance – set within the majestic groves of Sterling Forest. www.renfair.com
Museum Village: 1010 Route 17M, Monroe. Walk at your own pace through one of New York’s largest living history museums. Costumed interpreters demonstrate crafts in a 19th century village setting. The skeleton of a local mastodon is housed in one of the buildings. www.museumvillage.org
Neversink Valley Museum: 26 Hoag Road (off Route 209), Cuddebackville. Museum offers a self-guided walking tour along a one-mile section of the D&H Canal. Permanent exhibits show the history of the canal and early film making produced in this region. Exhibits also include the history of the Lenape Indians, blacksmithing, and archeology. The grounds are open for hiking, fishing, and picnicking. www.neversinkmuseum.org
Washington’s Headquarters: 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh. Take a guided tour through the fieldstone farmhouse that served as General George Washington’s Continental Army headquarters during the Revolutionary War. View rare objects in the museum’s “Unpacked and Rediscovered” exhibit. The great lawn overlooking the Hudson River is a wonderful place for a picnic. www.palisadesparksconservancy.org
Be sure to visit Orange County Tourism’s Facebook page: Orange County Tourism NY. It’s a fabulous guide to up-to-the-minute postings of area events and activities, great times, and memorable experiences for visitors.
Also visit Orange County Tourism’s new website: www.orangetourism.org.
About Orange County Tourism
Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-615-3860.