Catskill Mountains Cultural Activities
American Museum of Firefighting
This Hudson-based museum has 83 engines on display and over 3000 pieces of related firefighting memorabilia. Open year round. Visit Website.
Greene County Council on the Arts (518) 734-3104 offers galleries, arts and crafts, shops, and information on cultural activities. Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery offers an art gallery, bookstore, special exhibits and literature readings.
The Bronk Museum complex of Dutch Colonial dwellings and 19th century barns includes the oldest surviving Dutch house in the Hudson Valley. The 1663 and 1738 dwellings are furnished with art, furniture, textiles, ceramics and silver. Open May through October.
Irish American Heritage Museum
Exhibits, films, lectures, and special educational programs chronicle the history and culture of the Irish in America. Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day. (518) 432-6598
Irish and Cultural Sports Centre
The Michael J. Quill Centre offers educational programs in language, music, and literature, as well as festivals, theatre, music and dance. A Gaelic sports field features traditional Irish sporting events. Open May through October. (518) 634-2286 or (800) 434-3378
Thomas Cole House
The Thomas Cole House is the Residence and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School of Painting contains galleries of oil paintings and prints as well as rooms with Cole artifacts and period furnishings. Open May through October.
Built without nails the traditional way, the Ukrainian Church and Grazhda is definitely worth a visit. Attend a concert or Ukrainian craft workshop, or simply enjoy the lovely hand-carved interior and works of art. (518) 734-5330
Zadock Pratt Museum
The Zadock Pratt Museum is located on the circa 1828 homestead of Zadock Pratt, the area’s most prominent tanner, the museum features period furniture, artifacts from Pratt’s life, and a tannery exhibit. Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
Bring an old pair of sneakers for creek walking — an old-fashioned Catskill Mountain activity that’s an absolute blast. Depending on the water level, you can creek walk up to the next town. It’s amazing to be able to observe nature so closely. This is definitely an activity for adults with good balance who don’t mind getting a little wet. The inn also has an old-fashioned swimming hole (sneakers required).
View more than 50 species of birds throughout the year from the inn’s grounds. We have the bird observatory and the nature trail for bird watching. The Bataviakill Creek also is home to numerous wildlife including birds, beavers, woodchucks, and occasionally deer.
Albergo Allegria has a nature trail between the inn and the Windham Path; a scenic multi-use trail (2.50mi.) accessing the Bataviakill Creek riverbed with amazing views of Black Dome Mountain.
View a map of the Northern Catskill Mountains Trails
Catskill Mountains Family Fun
Zoom Flume Water Park
Slide, spin, splash, and sun at Zoom Flume the Catskill’s largest water park. Waterslides and attractions offer a full day of fun. Open June-Labor Day. (518) 239-4559 or (800) 888-3586
A five-mile stretch of river winds through the beautiful mountains and greenery of the Catskills. Rent tubes at Town Tinker. (845) 688-5553
Bear Creek Landing built a wonderful million-dollar miniature golf course. You won’t see clowns and moving objects. Instead, this course has beautiful landscaping, waterfalls and a river. (518) 263-3839
Discovered in 1842, Howe Caverns is located 156 feet below ground. The one-and- a half-hour fun and informative tour is great for all ages. Located one hour from the inn.
Bowling, video arcade, snack bar, sports pub. Groups welcome. 30 miles from Windham Mountain. (518) 943-4980 — 305 W. Bridge St. Catskill, NY 12414 Open 7 days a week.
Catskill Corners is home to the world’s largest kaleidoscope — built out of an historical barn. (845) 688-5300
Cairo Purling Roller Rink
Traditional 1950’s era roller rink. Open weekends. 10 miles from Windham Mountain. (518) 622-3224
Fairs & Festivals
Call the Greene County Promotion Department for the county’s calendar of events. (800) 355-2287 or 518-943-3223
The Scenic Hudson River Valley & Catskill Mountains
A fascinating place, the Mountain Top Arboretum, features a living collection of both exotic and native trees and shrubs. Approximately seven acres of flowering trees, evergreens, and shrubs live in this beautiful natural surrounding framed by the Catskill Mountains. Don’t miss a visit to the nearby historic stone church. (518) 589-3903
You can spy a large variety of birds in our Northern Catskill Mountains. Call the inn for a bird watching brochure. 518-734-5560
Five State Lookout
View the entire Hudson River Valley and five states — New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont at this scenic overlook. Mohican Trail, Route 23, East Windham.
Enjoy the vibrant colors of the autumn season. Scenic drives, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding all take on a colorful look in the Fall. Also enjoy apple and pumpkin picking in the nearby bountiful orchards.
Wacky, and worth seeing, Pratt Rock is a miniature “Mount Rushmore of the East” that features 150-year old, white-painted relief carvings depicting the likeness and achievements of Zadock Pratt (see Zadock Pratt Museum). (518) 299-3395
Tidal Swamp Forest
A breeding ground and nursery for American shad and bass, the Ramshorn-Livingston Sanctuary offers more than 3 miles of trails and 480 acres of the Hudson’s largest tidal swamp forest. Following a half-mile walk, you can canoe from the tidal marsh out to the Hudson River.
Windham Mountain Shopping
Explore the treasure troves of Greene County’s antique shops. Ask an innkeeper for specific details. We also recommend antiquing in Saugerties and Hudson. Approximately 35 minutes from the inn, Hudson has over a hundred antique dealers along its main road, Warren Street.
Pick your own or select at the stand at Black Walnut Farm in East Durham.
Stores like the Catskill Mountain Country Store offer local products, old-fashioned candy and gifts in a unique country market setting. (518) 734-3387
Stroll through this interesting little town with unique shops. Purchase anything from tie-died shirts to handcrafted fine arts and jewelry.