The beautiful Hudson Valley is home to 18 New York state parks, which offer tree-lined trails, stunning panoramic views, and lots of special features like waterfalls, swimming lakes, and sandy beaches. With so many beautiful state parks near NYC, it's hard to know where to start!
To help, we've picked our favorite kid-friendly state park hikes in the Hudson Valley. In addition to opportunities to enjoy nature and wildlife, some of these parks—like Bear Mountain and Franklin D. Roosevelt state parks—boast additional attractions such as zoos, playgrounds, pedal boats, and even a giant swimming pool. Best of all, these hikes are just a quick day trip from NYC or southern Westchester.