Sightseeing in Middletown

Explore the Beacon Arts District With an Insider

Arts-District Walking Tour

Beacon

$25 $25

Photographer and writer Larry Guzman leads a walking tour that includes artist talks and a glass-blowing demonstration

Up to 60% Off Art Center Membership

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Peekskill

$40 $18

Museum membership includes free admission for one year and discounted access to special events and public programs

Up to 44% Off a Sunset or Daytime Cruise

Trinity Cruise Company

Peekskill

$40 $25

The sunset casts a new glow over the scenic Hudson River; sightseeing tours visit the West Point area and include historical commentary

49% Off from Woodridge Segway Tours

Woodridge Segway Tours

Woodridge

$45 $23

Along 2-mile rustic trail where trains once roared, Segways now effortlessly glide along path that affords fresh air and mountain views

Up to 53% Off Campsite

Kymer's Camping Resort

Branchville

$130 $65

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This 200-acre campground in the Kittatinny Mountains offers on-site activities, and access to hiking trails

Up to 52% Off at Bailiwick Ranch & Discovery Zoo

Bailiwick Ranch & Discovery Zoo

Bailiwick Ranch

$30 $15

Kids explore a petting zoo, a playground, and train rides at a park that houses exotic animals including camels, bears, and alligators

Up to 53% Off Distillery Tour at Hudson Valley Distillers, LLC

Hudson Valley Distillers, LLC

Clermont

$20 $11

Come see the distilling operation and orchards, learning what makes the spirits here special

FASNY Museum of Firefighting – 50% Off Visit

FASNY Museum of Firefighting

Hudson

$14 $7

Museum traces the history of firefighting from ancient Rome to today through a collection of 60 engines and gear such as helmets

Up to 63% Off a Wild-Food and Ecology Tour

Wildman Steve Brill

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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Forage for wild mushrooms, salad greens, fruits, berries, and medicinal herbs while learning about the ecology of local parks and open space

48% Off Helicopter Adventures

Wings Air Helicopters

West Harrison

$288 $149

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Instructors supervise as students try their hand at flying helicopters themselves; tours provide aerial views of NYC sights as the sun sets

Up to 59% Off Harlem Walking Tours

Welcome to Harlem

Harlem

$50 $25

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Knowledgeable Harlem residents guide tours through the neighborhood's centuries-old architecture and jazz clubs

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Colossal train engines once pulled hefty freight along the O&W Railway's main line. Today, where the rails lines formerly cut through glistening tree canopies, a 2-mile unpaved trail splices through six rural hamlets, just 90 miles from New York City. It's along this rails-to-trails path that Woodridge Segway Tours whisks its adventurers through beautiful mountain views, clean country air, and the sounds of fresh water trickling. With safety helmets securely atop their heads, tour takers steer the two-wheeled segway transporters with intuitive gestures: leaning forward to go ahead, leaning backward to reverse, and pulling on their ears to make the segways sing.

13 Greenfield Road
Woodridge,
NY
US

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.

Old Pleasant Hill Rd
New Windsor,
NY
US

Founded by the Marc and Livia Straus family, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art strives to present interdisciplinary programs that enrich the community through many forms of contemporary art. Works from renowned and emerging contemporary artists share the Center's 12,000-square feet of exhibition space with a variety of long-term installations, several made by participants in the nonprofit’s artist in residence program. The HVCCA supplies artists with studio space, living quarters, and an extended stipend in order to foster creative work on-site and engage in an active discussion with visitors or talkative muses. Special events range from panel discussions and film screenings to a monthly family art day with lessons for parents and kids based on current exhibits. The Center has also organized special projects including the Banner Project, where artists mentor more than 300 youth in creating a large-scale installation, and the Public Tile Project, where 2,000 students design tiles that for a trail from Peekskill Train Station to the Center.

1701 Main St
Peekskill,
NY
US

Mahwah Pizza Master has dished out delectable edibles constructed from fresh ingredients for more than two decades, delighting diners with a menu of circular savories, hearty pasta dishes, and other casual cuisine in a family-friendly setting. Silence the unseemly echoes of an empty belly with starters such as jalapeño poppers ($6.99), buffalo chicken fingers ($8.10), or chicken wings (hot or mild, 10 for $7.75). Famished pizzavores can sate their desire for a delicious discus with one of Mahwah Pizza Master's specialty pies, such as buffalo chicken ($19.50) or chicken teriyaki ($19.50), or they can simply stick to a conventional 16” cheese ($13.50). The comprehensive menu features familiar and reliable favorites that greet taste buds with back slaps and secret handshakes, including a veal parmigiana hero ($8.95 for large), penne ala vodka sauce ($9), and veal marsala ($14.75).

15 Franklin St
Mahwah,
NJ
US

A Maze in Pottery invites brush-wielders of all ages and skill levels to select and custom-slather functional ceramic canvases. The studio's shelf-lined wall brims with more than 300 enticing and unpainted pieces, including cereal bowls ($14), coffee mugs ($13.50), and cat figurines ($13.50), which make ideal chew toys for brave mice. After selecting a piece, customers can get cozy at a table and spend two hours beautifying blank surfaces with more than 50 food-safe and lead-free paints and glazes.

76 N State Rd
Briarcliff Manor,
NY
US

Family owned since 1968, WestArt Gallery charges toward the half-century mark behind its motto, "You name it, we'll frame it." The business services both retail and wholesale clients at two locations, including one in Yonkers, where all orders are completed on the premises. WestArt clients can also browse the Thornwood show room, stocked with a variety of artwork and custom framing choices. There, steady hands seal special mementos behind glass, such as photographs, diplomas, and apprehended art thieves. When they're not situating frames around keepsakes, the WestArt staff is re-varnishing oil paintings to ensure that pigments remain glossy and vibrant well beyond their expiration date.

966 Broadway
Thornwood,
NY
US