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Excursions

Unless otherwise noted, all excursions leave from the designated parking lot and carpool to the destination.

Fees do not include travel expenses or tolls for travel from SUNY New Paltz to excursion site and back and that participants will need to bring their own food and water, as appropriate to the excursion.

Click on the Title field to see more about the excursions.

Besides the planned and guided excursions, there are many other local attractions which you can do on your own.

Excursion leaders get a discount on the conference registration fee. We are still looking for more leaders. Click on the Volunteer tab above.

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E0603 Central Park stroll in New York, NY

See the gems on the non-touristy, north end of Central Park, including the formal Conservatory Garden.  There will be an opportunity to buy lunch or participants can bring their own lunch.

15 minutes (walk to bus station at 139 Main Street), 100 minute bus ride, 20 minute subway ride Park entry is free, but participants must buy their own bus/subway tickets 08/06/2022 8:20am-7:45pm Hills
E0604 Tour of Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Home in Hyde Park, NY

Self-guided tour of FDR home, visit burial site, visit to the gardens, exhibits at the visitor center

30 minutes (drive) $11/adult, $7/senior (62+), free admission for youth (15 and under), military, accessibility pass holders, and members 08/06/2022 8:15am-12:30pm Wheelchair accessible
E0605 Historic Huguenot Street

A guided walking tour of one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the US.

20 minutes (walk) $13/person 08/06/2022 9:55am - 12:20pm Hills on walk to/from site
E0606 Visit to the Francis Loeb Art Center and Arboreteum in Poughkeepsie, NY

See a collection of over 22,000 works charting the history of art from antiquity to the present and walk the Vassar College campus gardens.

30 minutes (drive) Free 08/06/2022 12:45pm - 4:30pm Wheelchair accessible
E0607 Ride the Catskill Mountain Railroad in Kingston, NY

Ride the open air train cars of the historic train line into the Catskill Mountain foothills

30 minutes (drive) $20 adult, $19 senior/military/vet, $13 child (2-12), $0 <=2yo 08/06/2022 2-5pm None
E0711 Visit to Opus-40 in Saugerties, NY

Wander amidst this world-famous sculpture park consisting of 6.5 acres of earthwork sculpture.

45 minutes (drive) $12 adult, $10 senior/vet/student, $0 child (5 or under) 08/07/2022 8:45am-1:00pm Stairs, some uneven rock surfaces which can be slippery when wet
E0712 Paddle the Wallkill River in New Paltz, NY

Enjoy views of the Wallkill Valley around New Paltz by canoe or kayak

20 minutes (walk) $43/person 08/07/2022 9:15am-12:30pm Hills on walk to/from site
E0714 Indoor Skating at Roller Magic in Hyde Park, NY

For a change of pace, spend a couple of hours at a traditional indoor roller rink! Bring your skates if you have them (either quad skates or inline skates) or rent either on site.  It may be busy on a summer Sunday afternoon--kids often hold birthday parties here. Beginner skates are available for children. A snack bar is available. 

30 minutes (drive) Pay on site: $10 to skate, $5 for non skaters, $5 roller skate or roller blade rental 08/07/2022 1:00pm-4:30pm The viewing area is accessible.
E0715 Bike Minnewaska State Park in Kerhonkson, NY

Enjoy a long bike ride through the scenic Minnewaska State Park out to Lake Awosting for a swim and back.

30 minutes (drive) Free, but there is a $10/vehicle park entry fee 08/07/2022 1:30pm-5:30pm Hills
E0816 Bike to the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY

Bike local roads and the Empire State Trail out to and back (~20 miles RT) from the Walkway Over the Hudson and enjoy breath-taking Hudson Valley views.

N/A - leave from SUNY New Paltz campus Free 08/08/2022 8:45am-12:00pm Hills