Summer is finally here, and it's time to start truly enjoying some outdoor fun. Here's something the whole family can get in on: going to one of the beer gardens in the area. Sure, a beer garden might not seem like the first place you’d take little ones, but with kid-friendly food and even games and toys, it can be a great spot to spend a sunny afternoon. If you're searching for some other family-friendly fare this season, bookmark this list of kid-friendly outdoor dining spots.
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There’s outdoor seating and a kids' menu at this Poughkeepsie Brewpub, which includes lots of favorites—from pizza to grilled cheese, plus the not-just-on-the-kids-menu, soft-serve "Mill-shakes." On the adult side, there are sausages, burgers, sandwiches, and more, with the opportunity to imbibe in its beer, including the award-winning Kold One. Order a flight if you’re not sure which brew to choose.
The outdoor beer garden at this Yonkers-based brewery is great for kids. Weekend brunch is a popular time for families. Kids can dig into Nutella French toast, churro waffles, and avocado toast. The large, regular lunch and dinner menu features wings, burgers, tacos, salads, and other kids-will-definitely-eat-it fare.
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Birdsall House in Peekskill serves up craft beer along with kid-friendly fare.
At this craft beer gastropub in Peekskill, families can hang out in the large, 2,000-square-foot beer garden, including patio seating and picnic tables. Most of the beers hail from New York, and the weekday happy hour goes until 7pm if you’re looking for a mid-week break from cooking. The pub serves lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends, with a kids’ menu featuring favorites like mac and cheese and mini burgers. For the youngest visitors, there are highchairs available, too.
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The family-friendly Seven Lakes Station has lots of toys and games to keep kids busy.
There are plenty of games and toys to keep kids occupied at this Sloatsburg taproom, including Matchbox cars, checkers, chess, Uno, and dominoes. While there's no specific kids' menu, there are lots of choices to keep them happy, including burgers and fries. (And you might even get them to try the cauliflower wings). Parents can go for the craft beer, while kids can enjoy craft sodas—as well as organic iced tea and more.
Originally published in 2019.
Photos courtesy of the beer gardens