Hudson River Valley Recreation

Keep active during your visit with outdoor pursuit. Tee off at one of many 18-hole championship courses in the area, including Red Hook Golf Club (845-758-8652), or the historic Dinsmore Golf Course (845-889-4071) — the second-oldest course in the nation. Each features a pro shop and putting greens.

Glide down the river on a guided kayak tour from Atlantic Kayak Tours. The $50 per person fee includes a 2.5 hour tour and all equipment. Our favorite river activity, is to go sailing with Tivoli Sailing. For those who are especially adventurous, on a hot summer day, rent an inner tube from the Town Tinker (845-688-5553) and drift with the current down the Esopus Creek.

Practice your target or clay pigeon shooting at Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds (845-677-9701), the oldest licensed shooting ground in the US, or simply take a scenic stroll through the incomparable Innisfree Garden (845-677-8000) — a Chinese-style 40-acre lake surrounded by cliffs, waterfalls, and streams.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday between June and September don’t miss the gardens at Wethersfield estate.