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Spring Break Ideas in the Catskills

Adventure Is Here

The Catskills may not be the first place you think of when you are considering Spring Break destinations but we’re here to tell you that it should be. Why? Because between adventure sports opportunities, including ziplining on the longest, fastest, and highest zipline canopy tour in North America, to relaxing poolside at a family-friendly resort, it’s a close-to-home destination that’s fun for the whole family.

Mountaintop Spring Break Adventures

Head to the mountains, where Hunter Mountain’s ski season may be winding down, but the adventures continue at the New York Zipline Adventure Tour. Go for a wild ride 600 feet above the ground, or stick to the Adventure Tower and conquer the aerial ropes courses and cable walks a mere 60 feet above the ground. After returning to terra firm, head to the Mountaintop Arboretum, where nature trails and special programs offer a chance for kids to learn about the landscape while frolicking among the trees, meadows, and flowers.

Spring Break for Outdoor Enthusiasts

For anyone who has been waiting all winter to trade skis for bikes, head to Windham Mountain where the Windham Mountain Bike Park will reopen for downhill mountain biking this spring. Sign up for a lesson, a guided excursion, or just take the chairlift to the summit and let loose on the park’s trails. Afterward, take those tires for a spin on the Round Top Trail Network’s singletrack. As far as spring break destinations go, Round Top is a contender for coolest retreat in North America. This secret haven for adventure lovers offers incredible mountain biking, waterfall walks, and is home to the recently renovation Glen Falls House, where hip accommodations and gourmet comfort food await at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Trotwood.

Better than a Beach Vacation

Who needs the beach when you have cool, pristine mountain lakes to dive into and explore? North-South Lake offers some great paddling, and access to the best hiking trails in the Catskills. Pitch a tent and enjoy the birdsong this spring. Dolan’s Lake Park offers a park setting surrounded by wild forests and mountain views, and the lake is a great place to bring kids for a swim. In summer, a lifeguard is on duty, and picnic tables provide a great home base for a day of fun on the water. And, unlike the ocean, the Catskills offer waterfalls for exploring. Take a waterfall hike, and feel the clean spray of a cascading falls.

Budget-Friendly Spring Break Ideas

For families on a budget, the Great Northern Catskills all-inclusive family-resorts offer a bundled package price that includes accommodations, three meals a day, activities, and access to discounts at area attractions. If you’re looking for an affordable spring break idea, head to the Catskill Mountains, where a fun alternative to a beach destination awaits!