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The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts - Provides audiences with a world-class complex that inspires risk-taking performances and provocative programs in orchestral, chamber, and jazz music and theater, dance, and opera by American and international artists.

Performing Arts Center at Purchase College - For more than two decades, The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, State University of New York, has continued to provide residents of Westchester, Fairfield, and the surrounding areas with diverse performing arts programs of the highest caliber.

Boscobel House and Gardens - Situated on the east bank of the Hudson River opposite the United States Military Academy at West Point. The mansion and surrounding grounds have panoramic views of the Hudson Highlands and the river. Guided tour of the mansion are available April through December.

D&H Canal Museum - Maintained by the D&H Canal Historical Society whose purpose is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the unique history of the Delaware and Hudson Canal particularly in Ulster County, the museum features diagrams, photographs, working technological models, maps and artifacts that tell the story of the D&H Canal.

Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck - Dedicated to presenting, promoting, and providing educational experiences in multiple forms of the performing arts and manifold styles of expression. The center features plays, musicals, dance concerts, lectures, stage readings and workshops.

Dutchess County Fairgrounds - Host to the second largest agricultural fair in New York State and a variety of events from April to November. The Fairgrounds is situated on 140 acres and features Antiques Shows, a Sheep and Wool Festival, an antique Car Show, the Iroquois Indian Festival and more.

Eisenhower Hall Theatre - For more than 25 years Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point has been the Hudson Valley's premier home for the performing arts. The massive (193,000 sq ft) red brick venue is situated on the West bank of the picturesque Hudson Highlands on the historic grounds of the United States Military Academy.

FASNY Museum of Firefighting - To really experience 300 years of firefighting history - whether you are a fire buff, family, firefighter or tourist - you'll want to visit the FASNY Museum of Firefighting in person to see one of the largest collections in the world of firefighting equipment, apparatus, art and other related objects.

Gomez Mill House - The oldest house on the Historic Register in Orange County and is the earliest extant Jewish residence in America. Mill House offers a variety of lectures, children and family events and art exhibits.

Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame - Tells the story of harness racing. The facility also serves as a community cultural center and educational institution. Visitors can discover the thrill of harness racing with a 3-D simulator and a variety of computer interactive exhibits.

Hudson River Museum - Located in a beautiful 23 acre park facing one of the most magnificent riverscapes in the world. The museum houses six modern galleries, a restored 1876 Victorian mansion and the Andrus Planetarium.

Hudson River Cruises - Providing passengers the ability to view first hand shoreline that has remained virtually unchanged since the seventeenth century. During your cruise you will see millionaires' sumptuous estates, picturesque lighthouses and quaint sleepy villages surrounded by the natural beauty of vineyards, orchards and scenic preservation sites.

Montgomery Place - An extraordinary 434-acre Hudson River estate with magnificent views of the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains. It is located on historic River Road in the hamlet of Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, just north of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

Lyndhurst - America's finest Gothic Revival mansion and a remarkable example of the Hudson River's grand and historic estates. Lyndhurst has always been a place to escape the city and to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Hudson River and the peaceful surroundings of the country.

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum - Find over 50 'hands-on' exhibits for children and adults to explore together, weekly programs, playgroups, guided educational tours, birthday parties, summer camp, museum store and special events.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum - Offers programs designed to help illustrate the cultural, historical and natural diversity of the local and regional environment, using the living outdoor classroom of forests, wetlands, ponds, streams, meadows and farm fields.

Neuberger Museum of Art - Westchester County's premier museum of 20th century modern and contemporary art. A visit to the Neuberger offers viewers insights into the work of 20th Century masters, emerging artists and cutting edge innovators.

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art - The Museum is dedicated to collecting, researching, interpreting, and exhibiting works of art from diverse cultures. The permanent collection spans a period of almost 4,000 years. Areas of specialization include 20th century prints and paintings, Asian art, Pre-Columbian art and artifacts, decorative arts (metals), and photographs.

Olana State Historic Site - 250-acre historic estate of Frederic Edwin Church, 19th-century Hudson River School artist. Today, you can tour the house and stroll the grounds of the site hailed by many as the queen of Hudson Valley estates.

Opus 40 Sculpture Park and Museum - A six acre environmental bluestone sculpture built from an abandoned quarry by Harry Fite. The Quarryman's Museum house Fite's collection of quarryman's tools and artifacts.

Hudson River Valley Tours - Spend a week on America's most important river getting to know her as few people ever do. Head northward up the mighty Hudson aboard the Crescent visiting the historic sites of Ossining, Philipsburg Manor, Union Church of Pocantico Hills, Bear Mountain, Washington Irving's home at Sunnyside, West Point, Boscobel, just a few of the places you'll see.

Russel Wright Design Center - Russel Wright's mid 20th century designs transformed the appearance of the American home. His objects were exceedingly popular in their day, and they have become sought-after decorative arts items today. Most frequently, his objects were generated in large quantities for mass consumption, reaching every corner of the country.

Shadowland Theatre - Dedicated to high-quality, challenging productions, Shadowland is located in the charming village of Ellenville, in Ulster County NY. The theatre feature five plays showcasing the best of contemporary theatre and playwrights.

Storm King Art Center - A museum that celebrates the relationship between sculpture and nature. Five hundred acres of landscaped lawns, fields and woodlands provide the site for postwar sculptures by internationally renowned artists.

Trolley Museum of New York - Features a variety of static displays of trolley, subway and rapid transit cars from the United States and Europe. The museum also offers an excursion ride that runs 1 1/2 miles from the foot of Broadway in downtown Kingston, to picnic grounds on the shore of the Hudson River.

Wilderstein - Features a historic Victorian house surrounded by 40 acres of trails overlooking the Hudson River.

Arm-of-the-Sea Theater - Each performance by the Arm-of-the-Sea Theater celebrates and defends the beauty of this living planet, whose multi-faceted images are explore through a large-scale, highly visual style of theater that incorporates Masks, Puppets and Live Music.

Bardavon - For more than 130 years the Bardavon Opera House has presented legendary performances to the Hudson Valley. The oldest continuously operating theatre in New York State and among the oldest in the nation, the Bardavon has long been considered the cultural jewel of the region.

Westchester Broadway Theatre - A dinner theatre featuring Broadway musicals, plays and concerts.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts - A Mediterranean-style mansion set on 100 acres of formal gardens and woodlands. Visitors can enjoy some of the world's greatest Classical and Jazz performances. The center also features an International Music Festival during the summer.

Hudson Highlands Cruises - Offers three hour Hudson River cruises aboard historic vessels. Put on a pair of sea legs and hop aboard!

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies - Located at the Mary Flagler Cary Arboretum, the Institute is internationally recognized for its ecology research and education. The Institute's strong commitment to public education is reflected in its regularly scheduled ecology programs and seminars as well as by free visitor access to display gardens, walking trails and a tropical greenhouse.

Emelin Theatre - Dedicated to enriching the lives of Westchester residents with a full range of performing arts programs including concerts, plays, film, dance and a variety of children's events.

Clermont State Historic Site - Seven successive generations of the family left their imprint on the site's architecture, room interiors, and landscape. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Clermont is also an anchor in the 1990 Hudson River National Landmark District.

Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden - Founded in 1957 as a not-for-profit center for the humanities. Through programs and events, music and art, the Museum seeks to provide links between the East and the West. In addition, the 3 acre Japanese Stroll Garden is a unique public garden in Westchester County.

Helen Hayes Theater - Named in honor of Helen Hayes MacArthur and in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the American theater and to all performing arts. The historic center features musicals, plays, children's series and film series.

Hudson River Maritime Museum - The only museum in New York State exclusively preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries that developed around it.

Van Cortlandt Manor - Working estate and elegant country house that brings the new nation period vividly to life. Van Cortlandt Manor is situated on the banks of the Croton River. Guides dressed in the clothing styles of the Federal period escort visitors through the property.

Locust Grove Estate - Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, the 150 acre estate of Samuel F.B. Morse includes an Italianate villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis containing extensive collections of American and European decorative and fine arts. Three miles of carriage roads wind through landscaped grounds, romantic gardens and shady groves.

The Mac-Haydn Theater - Home to the great American musical. The theatre is dedicated to presenting and preserving musical theatre, the only truly American theatrical art form. Since 1969, The Mac-Haydn Theatre has been bringing musicals to life in a unique, intimate, charming 350-seat theatre-in-the-round, where every seat is less than 30 feet from the stage!

Mid-Hudson Civic Center - The Center is conveniently located mid-way between NY City and Albany on the banks of the beautiful Hudson River. The facility is the site of performances by international and world famous artists of all varieties, as well as a community meeting place and recreational ice skating facility.

Museum Village - A living history museum for families, students, and teachers. A variety of exhibits, living history demonstrations and special events related to 19th century life and work are held throughout the year featuring costumed villagers.

Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation - Work a bilge pump or tiller on a full-size canal boat replica, watch a working canal lock model, hear canal songs, explore canal remains and imagine what it was like to live along the canal over a century ago at the Neversink Valley Area Museum.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site - Perhaps the best, most intact example of the types of estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century. The fully-furnished, 54-room mansion is placed in a wondrous landscape with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains. If offers a glimpse into a past world known by only an elite few.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome - Antique airplanes in their natural setting and recaptures the thrill and excitement of old-time flying from the period of 1900 to 1940.

Paramount Hudson Valley - Historic theater featuring live performances, films, gallery showings and educational programs for schools.

Rockland Center for the Arts - Tucked away on a scenic plot of 10 wooded acres in West Nyack NY is Rockland Center for the Arts, - it's mission: to serve the community with excellence in the arts. Music concerts, exhibitions, art classes, children's activities, and arts-in-education programs have opened the world of art to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Playland - Features arcade games and 45 major rides for children and adults, including roller coasters, vertical thrills, log flume, and plenty of twists, turns and shouts. The Park also offers a beach and boardwalk, swimming pool, lake boating and kayaking, picnic area, miniature golf and ice-skating.

Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon - Housing over 18,500 objects, the Shaker Museum and Library preserves, collects and interprets one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Shaker artifacts.

Southeast Museum - Established in 1963, the Southeast Museum offers exhibits on the history of the Town of Southeast, including the early American Circus, the Harlem Line Railroad, the Tilly Foster Mine, the Borden Milk Condensery, and the Croton Reservoir System.

Sugar Loaf Art & Craft Village - Nestled in scenic Warwick Valley, only 60 miles from New York City, and is an interesting mix of practicing artisans, eclectic shops and galleries. Established in the early 1700's, many of the buildings are still being used today. The village of working craftspeople features over 50 galleries, studios and shops full of interesting and unusual hand made items.

Greenburgh Nature Center - Features a 33 acre woodland preserve, with live animals, a museum, a greenhouse with botanical exhibits, and a hands-on discovery room.

West Point Military Academy - The nation's oldest service academy has operated since 1802. A Visitors Center and West Point Museum are open to the general public on a daily basis. The museum features what is considered to be the oldest and largest diversified public collection of militaria in the Western Hemisphere.

Unison Arts Center - A non-profit arts center offering performance and visual arts programming, personal growth workshops and recreational, arts and educational activities for children and families.

Splash Down Beach - A family waterpark featuring waterslides, kiddie slides, water spray areas, miniature Golf, water balloon games and plenty of picnic areas.