Approved by the Professional Miniature Golf Association, the Bear Creek Landing mini-golf course boasts 18 holes on two acres of land. The course is surrounded by beautiful views of the nearby Catskill Mountains, including nearby Hunter Mountain. Night play is available. In addition to the mini-golf course, Bear Creek Landing features a golf driving range, regulation size hockey rink, restaurant, bar and video game arcade on the premises.
Named after Zadock Pratt, the eccentric founder of the nearby town of Prattsville, Pratt Rock Park features stone sculptures carved directly out of the mountain. The pieces were commissioned by Pratt during the mid-1800s and include a bust of himself and his son, as well as a sculpture of his horse. Picnicking is permitted. There are also benches and chairs carved out of the rocks for visitors to use on their way to the top of the park.
Located in the center of town, Zadock Pratt museum highlights the history of Zadock Pratt and his family, as well as the surrounding region. A renowned businessman and former U.S. Congressman, Pratt planned the town himself and built approximately 100 homes for its citizens; many of these houses are still standing today. The museum grounds contain an herb garden and carriage house. In 1976, the house was restored to its original look. The place is a center for educational and cultural events in the city.
For long a subject of interest for authors and painters, Kaaterskill Falls is certainly a wonder of nature. Located within the Catskill Forest Preserve, it is the highest waterfall in New York State-that's right, at approximately 260 feet (79 meters) high, it's even taller than Niagara Falls (albeit far less powerful). The Kaaterskill Falls were especially popular with the Hudson River School of American painters during the mid-1800s. Today, there are numerous hiking and camping opportunities in the immediate area, and many visitors come to the falls in good weather.
Located 2500 feet above sea level, the non-profit Mountain Top Arboretum is both a preserve, and a garden complete with native trees, wildflowers, shrubs and a peaceful pond. Personally-guided tours are available, as well as lectures and programs on nature, the arts and local history. Among the many events offered is the popular outdoor awareness program for children. There is no fee to visit, although you may choose to become a member; all proceeds go towards maintaining the arboretum.
An 18-hole public golf course, Windham Country Club offers both scenic beauty and a professional level golf experience to visitors. Open since 1927, the course includes putting greens, bag storage, a practice area, pro shop, and playing lessons for adults and youths. Specials are available, including reduced senior and afternoon fees, and group rates.
Hunter Mountain is best known as a ski mecca, but in the summer and fall you can also take advantage of the Hunter Mountain Skyride, the longest chairlift in the Catskills (over one mile long). It travels from the base to the summit of Hunter Mountain, with magnificent views of the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, Green Mountains of Vermont and the surrounding Catskills. It lifts you up 1600 feet to see the breathtaking views of the neighboring mountain ranges. Admission: $8 ages 13 and up, $6 ages 7-12.
25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 +1 518 462 3825
Albany Aqua Ducks and Trolley Tours are one of the best ways to experience the capital. On land or on river, explore the city on one of the amphibious, Hydra-Terra vehicles that tour the river and all the sights around the Downtown and Empire State Plaza. The 80-minute trolley tours offer hop-on-hop-off city tours during the summer months, with 20 stops, such as Washington Park, Cherry Hill, the Riverfront and the Ten Broeck Mansion. Tours are available from mid-April through October.
25 Quackenbush Square Albany, NY 12207 +1 518 434 0405
An official NASA space place, the Henry Hudson Planetarium at Quackenbush Square is located on the premise of the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. Come learn about history, the arts and more importantly, outer space, through several different science-themed shows for kids of all ages.
9 Ten Broeck Place Albany, NY 12210 +1 518 436 9826
Current home of the Albany County Historical Association, the federal-style Ten Broeck Mansion was built in 1798 as home to the prominent Ten Broeck and Olcott families. Visitors can tour the home and gardens upon the hillside. The residence became property of the Historical Association when it was donated to them by the Olcott family in 1948.
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