The Catskills has been the Upstate NY vacation destination of choice for generations of families. Why not get the whole gang together and create some new memories in a place that Grandma and Grandpa used to spend their vacations? Not only is the region a short drive from several major metro areas, but it also offers an incredible variety of family-friendly activities, live music and festivals, resorts, and attractions to keep all members of the family engaged and entertained.
Family Ski Vacations
Plan a winter vacation in the Catskills for the whole family. With ski resorts like Windham, Hunter, and Bellearye, the Catskills provide a close to home getaway when you want to enjoy the snow. Many of the resorts offer ski and stay packages to make your escape simple and easy to plan. When you want to take a quick weekend trip out of the city to see the majesty of the winter landscapes and snow-capped mountains, look no further than the Catskills for your family winter vacation.
Family Farm Stays
In Walton, Stony Creek Farm offers one of the many farm stays available in the Catskills, on 85 acres of pasture and woods. Families can escape into the country, help feed and care for the farm's animals, cut herbs and pick veggies for the evening meal, and relax in a gorgeous location while enjoying the simple pleasures of life – like making the perfect s'more.
All-Inclusive Family Resorts
Head to Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center in Callicoon for a one-stop adventure experience where guests enjoy access to a full range of classes in the resort's sports complex, including Zumba, yoga and sports courts, as well as fishing, rock climbing, bumper boats, and a paintball shooting gallery. On-site dining including an ice cream parlor and poolside grill, and an array of children's programming makes this one exciting vacation destination for all ages.
Each of the Catskills family resorts offers the traditional all-inclusive vacation experience to families looking to relax and reconnect while still enjoying amenity-and-attraction-rich offerings. At Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course, tradition meets adventure for a memorable getaway where the guest experience is carefully tailored to provide maximum enjoyment for all ages. Kids will enjoy carnival and fun rides, complimentary programs and spending time on the lake and splash pad, and parents will enjoy shopping trips, golf, and themed weekend parties.
Family Camping in the Catskills
Camping is one of Summer's rites of passage for many families, and luckily the Catskills offer several camping resorts designed with kids' and parents' needs in mind. At the Skyway Camping Resort in Greenfield Park, guests can tent or RV and thoughtful touches are provided, such as a dog run for furry children, a fitness center, toddlers-only area, and an indoor fitness center. On weekends, the resort offers group gatherings such as potluck suppers and complementary wing nights, family campfires and ice cream socials. In August, the campground celebrates Halloween early with a fun costume party and trick or treating.
Get back to the basics here in the Catskills of Upstate NY and discover what it's like to be a kid again.