Ah, the Hudson Valley and the Catskills! Two of New York’s most picturesque regions, especially when adorned in the rich hues of fall. As the trees take on shades of red, orange, and yellow, there’s no better time to explore the beauty these regions offer. And the best part? There are plenty of free activities to dive into.
Top 12 Best Free Things to Do in Hudson Valley and Catskills This Fall Season – Presented by Alluvion Vacations
Presenting our curated list of the best free things to do in the Hudson Valley and Catskills this autumn, brought to you by Alluvion Vacations – your go-to for wellness-focused vacation rentals in these beautiful regions.
1. Leaf Peeping at Kaaterskill Falls
One of the most renowned waterfalls in the state, Kaaterskill Falls becomes even more breathtaking surrounded by fall foliage. Accessible via a short hike, the sight of the cascading water with a backdrop of fiery colors is simply mesmerizing.
2. Walk the Walkway Over the Hudson
Stretching over the Hudson River, this pedestrian bridge offers panoramic views of the surrounding valley dressed in autumn splendor. It’s a tranquil setting ideal for morning walks or romantic sunset strolls.
3. Explore Minnewaska State Park Preserve
With miles of trails, serene lakes, and dense woodlands, this preserve is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Whether you prefer hiking, biking, or simply picnicking with a view, Minnewaska offers it all, and the fall colors only enhance the experience.
4. Discover Historic Rhinebeck
The charming town of Rhinebeck, with its historic homes and quaint shops, becomes even more enchanting in the fall. Take a leisurely walk around, savoring the architecture and the crisp autumn air.
5. Join a Harvest Festival
Many communities in the Hudson Valley and Catskills host harvest festivals celebrating the bounty of the season. While some events may charge an entry fee, many are free and offer activities like pumpkin carving, wine tastings, hayrides, and live music.
6. Drive the Catskill Mountain Scenic Byway
For those who prefer to take in the fall colors from the comfort of their car, this scenic route offers vistas of rolling mountains, flowing rivers, and dense forests – all bathed in the glow of autumn.
7. Visit the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
Located at SUNY New Paltz, this museum boasts a diverse collection of art, often featuring local artists. Admission is free, making it a perfect spot for culture vultures on a budget.
8. Summit Adventure at Mt Beacon
For those seeking a blend of adventure and scenic beauty, hiking up Mt Beacon is a must-do. As you make your way up the well-trodden paths, you’ll be greeted with the evolving tapestry of fall colors, leading you to the pinnacle of your journey: the Mt Beacon Fire Tower.
Climbing this historical structure rewards you with a bird’s-eye view of the Hudson Valley and Catskills. With the panoramic vistas stretching out before you, it’s a reminder of the grandeur of nature and the simple joys of a well-earned viewpoint.
9. Attend a Farmers’ Market
The fall harvest means an abundance of fresh produce at local farmers’ markets. While you might be tempted to buy, simply strolling through, enjoying free samples, and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere is a joy in itself.
10. Relax at Alluvion Vacations’ Properties
Okay, so staying isn’t free – but the feeling of rejuvenation and wellness you’ll experience at Alluvion’s vacation rentals? Priceless. Think of it as your basecamp for all the fall adventures the Hudson Valley and Catskills have to offer plus all the complimentary amenities like fire pits, grills, fully-equipped kitchens, hot tubs, and more. You can even have your very own picnic at a private pond at our Pond Life Farmhouse.
11. Paddleboarding Paradise
If you’re looking to blend relaxation with a touch of adventure, bring your paddleboard and head to one of the local lakes in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. The serene waters, framed by fiery fall foliage, offer an unparalleled paddleboarding experience. It’s not only a great workout but also a unique way to soak in the breathtaking views that these regions boast during the fall season.
12. Authentic Tractor Rides at Local Orchards
Experience the true essence of the fall harvest season with a free tractor ride at one of the local orchards. Wind through rows of apple trees, feeling the crisp autumn air on your face. And the best part? You only pay for the apples you pick. It’s a delightful, authentic way to engage with the land and take home a sweet, crunchy souvenir of your visit.
From natural wonders to cultural treasures, the Hudson Valley and Catskills are brimming with activities that won’t break the bank this fall. With Alluvion Vacations as your trusted accommodation partner, you’re all set for an unforgettable, wellness-centered autumn escape. Book your stay today, and immerse yourself in the magic of the season.