The Catskills: Year Round Fun!
The Catskills offer cool getaways year-round! An easy drive from New York City, this region’s awesome natural beauty and friendly hospitality have made it a favorite vacation retreat since the 1800s. And still today, with wild zipline tours, rock-climbing in the Gunks, quirky celebrity-run hotels, award-winning spas, Zen retreats and one-of-a-kind attractions, there’s always something new to discover!
Find great outdoor adventures in the “forever wild” Catskill Forest Preserve. There’s no entry gate or admission fee, just 300,000 acres of high peaks, waterfalls and breathtaking views. You can swim and kayak in mountain lakes and fish in legendary trout streams. Go tubing and whitewater rafting or pitch a tent at scenic campgrounds like North-South Lake. The 26-mile Catskill Scenic Trail is ideal for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Winter transforms the Catskills into a frosted wonderland. Skiers flock to cool terrain parks at Belleayre, Hunter and Windham, where perfectly groomed trails run from beginner to black diamond. Family fun includes snowtubing, ice-fishing and holiday celebrations. Extreme athletes encounter some of the country’s best ice-climbing sites: vertical walls of ice, gorges and frozen waterfalls.
Mountaintop resorts at Windham and Hunter Mountain feature four-season adventure parks. Hunter’s New York Zipline is the longest and highest in North America. Just down the road from Belleayre, the Emerson features an award-winning spa and the world's largest kaleidoscope. Step inside for a mesmerizing experience! You just have to see the rooms at Fodor’s top-rated Roxbury Motel & Shimmer Spa to appreciate them!
Other unique attractions include the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum at Bethel Woods, celebrating the groovy Sixties on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. The open-air Belleayre Music Festival presents top performers all summer. Windham’s US National Mountain Bike Race rolls in June. Hunter Mountain’s springtime TAP New York festival showcases craft breweries, and Oktoberfest highlights the Catskills’ spectacular fall foliage. Family time for kids of all ages occurs each summer at the Hi-Way Drive-in movies - munch on some popcorn while sitting under the stars or tucked into your car with the feature film playing loud and clear on your car stereo.
Put on your coolest shades and head to the Woodstock Film Festival in October. Browse the friendly shops, galleries and historic Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. In Catskill visit Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole’s 19th-century home. Hike amid magnificent landscapes that inspired him along the new Hudson River School Art Trail.
Follow country roads to antique shops and farmstands. Take a relaxing ride on the scenic Catskill Mountain Railroad or Delaware & Ulster, offering open-air cars, white-linen dining, or themed trips like wine-tasting and Christmas trains. Want a bold adventure? You can even fly - when you try hang-gliding lessons with Mountain Wings in Ellenville. For a splashdown of fun, head to Zoom Flume Water Park!
Belleayre Music Festival
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Catskill Fly Fishing Center
Catskill Forest Preserve
Catskill Mountain Railroad
Catskill Scenic Trail
Delaware & Ulster Railroad
Emerson Resort & Spa
Hi-Way Drive In Theater
Hudson River School Art Trail
Hunter Mountain/TAP NY
Hunter Mountain/NY Zipline Adventure Tours
Kate's Lazy Meadow Motel
Kittatinny Canoes & Rafts
Landers River Trips
Museum at Bethel Woods
New York Zipline
North-South Lake Campground
Plattekill Mountain Resort
Roxbury Motel & Shimmer Spa
Town Tinker Tube Rentals/Whitewater
Windham US National Mountain Bike Race
Woodstock Film Festival
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
Zoom Flume Water Park