Voted one of America's top-ten scream parks, Pure Terror horrifies hordes with four attractions. With a VIP pass, you'll skip lines and enjoy carte-blanche access to The Butcher Shop, Terror in the Dark, Trail of Terror and House of Terror, and Pat Boone's solarium. The Butcher Shop lures visitors into a macabre meat case managed by a blood-splattered butcher. In Terror in the Dark, you'll enter into a pitch-black, spinning tunnel where surprise shocks and lurking creatures scare the lint out of your bellybutton. Trail of Terror leads you on a tortuous path over bridges, through tunnels, and into caves filled with actors reading scenes from episodes of Dallas. The creepy culmination comes in House of Terror, where the power metal sounds of Charred Walls of the Damned assault your ears and a residency of monsters, freaks, and ghouls cordially invites you in for tea and finger sandwiches.
The two-level Pride of the Hudson rewards sightseers with glimpses of idyllic shorescapes lining the waters of the Hudson River during narrated tours. Gaze upon the lush silhouette of Storm King Mountain and the anachronistic battlements of Bannerman Island's Scottish castle as you heed the insightful tales of the region and vague warnings about red-colored suns. The two-hour cruise also ferries passengers past World's End, the river's deepest point, and the historic campus of West Point Academy. Though not included in today's Groupon, voyagers can visit the cash bar for a chilly libation before proceeding toward the open-air top and bow decks or the climate-controlled main deck, which offers panoramic views from wraparound windows. Tours take place throughout the week and, due to its enclosed main deck, the Pride of the Hudson will slosh on during inclement weather, through guests are free to bring umbrellas and cloudglasses to enjoy the elements.
Founded in 1960, Storm King Art Center speckles 500 acres of landscaped hills, fields, and woodlands with postwar sculptures by international artists. The art center’s permanent collection showcases more than 100 abstract and figurative pieces made out of steel, aluminum, and other elements that range in size from welded I-beam structures to artistically littered pet rocks. Curators precisely nestle each work in the undulating Hudson Valley highlands, placing Alexander Calder’s Five Swords atop an emerald hill and Alice Aycock's Three-Fold Manifestation II under the tree line. An indoor complex shelters perishable works unable to withstand inclement weather alongside The View from Here: Storm King at Fifty, a temporary exhibition exploring the center’s history through archival documents, artists’ sketches, and framed photos of the founders holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The Rostran Art School helps children and post-adolescents enrich their lives through the creative outlets of painting and drawing, with after-school classes that fit into the busy lives of proto-adults. The littlest color-slingers can experience art for the first time with the supervision of an accompanying parent in one-hour toddler class. Kid-safe mixed media and kid-centric instruction encourage children to explore the world of visual self-expression through clay, paint, and markers. Along with the supervision and support of a loving disciplinarian, each instructor nurtures the child’s natural drive for making things and aims to stoke their embers of creativity into a lifelong inferno of creation.
On Another Farm’s 90-acre plot of scenic, rural countryside, Sue Peterson and her team of equestrians lead services ranging from horse training to human instruction in the art of riding. Sue possesses 45 years’ worth of industry experience and passes on her hard-earned acumen to students during lessons in styles such as Western, hunt seat, or dressage, tailored to any level of riding skill. Lesson appointments can be made seven days a week, rain or shine, with teacher and pupil heading in to the large indoor arena when the weather doesn’t cooperate so horses don’t get mud on their new pairs of Air Secretariat shoes.