Upstater Destinations: Olana on the Move

  |  May 16, 2013
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Olana Historic Site, via National Park Service website


May is such an action-packed month in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Farmers markets are opening up for the season, outdoor street festivals are ramping up (speaking of ramping up, we hope you were able to get to Ramp Fest in Hudson this year; we hear it was big fun), and spring-time family activities abound. Looking for something to do with the kids? Head over to Olana, the legendary home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. Every Thursday-Sunday from April to December, Olana offers “Olana on the Move with Backpacks”, which gives families the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the grounds. Every participant gets a backpack filled with maps, activities to do during your tour, and sketch paper in case you find yourself artistically inspired by Olana’s breathtaking surroundings. The program offers two themed tours and backpacks: “Exploration Today: Discover Olana”, or “View it Like an Artist”.

The tour is free, but it costs $5 to park. You can learn more about this program and others like it on Olana’s public programs page.

Looking for even more activities to do with the family? Check out Chronogram Magazine’s “May Kids and Family Listings” on their website, and bid your cabin fever a fond Good Riddance.


One of Olana’s majestic views of the Catskills, via Wikipedia

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