Just shy of a two-hour drive from New York City is the Forsyth Nature Center in Kingston. Explore its 24 animal exhibits and gardens, complete with a petting zoo. Visitors cite the family-friendly park as relaxing, informative and welcoming. A picnic area is open to visitors who want to take a load off. Want a sneak peek of the experience? Listen to an audio tour here. The grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
You have two options for post-nature walk dining. Brought your kids? Diego’s Taqueria is less than five minutes away and is ranked among the best Hudson Valley tacos, with classic (Al Pastor) and modern (Buffalo Wing) styles alike. More importantly, they have street corn. Call ahead to make a reservation. Help keep Diego’s open by donating to a GoFundMe created by the owners’ family here.
Adults only? Try Kingston Standard Brewing Co. Just under 10 minutes away, the nano brewery has a selection of craft beers on draft. Also available are select wines. Fan favorite bites include the Maine-style lobster roll and oysters. Indoor and outdoor dining is available from Thursday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can also order for pickup here.