National Parks / Natural World in ALBANY with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Albany has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Albany, New York State offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Albany itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Western Gateway Heritage State Park

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    (33 miles) North Adams

    A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering ...

  • Natural Bridge State Park

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    (34 miles) North Adams

    Visit the ONLY naturally formed white marble arch in the whole of the USA - right in Massachusetts!

  • Molly Stark State Park

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    (50 miles) Wilmington

    The park has open lawn areas, woods, and Mt. Olga rising to the east where there is an old fire tower with spectacular views. The area is very popular during the fall foliage season for its colors, ...

  • White Memorial Conservation Center

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    (70 miles) Litchfield

    A fascinating education center and nature museum set within 4,000 acres of Connecticut hills.

  • Roaring Brook Nature Center

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    (72 miles) Canton

    We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students.

  • Flanders Nature Center

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    (78 miles) Woodbury

    Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature, and supports the conservation, preservation and management of the natural resources. We offer a broad range ...

  • Wolcott Park and Spray Pad

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    (82 miles) West Hartford

    Great park with a new summer splash pad offering interactive play features in New Hartford...and it's FREE!

  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park

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    (92 miles) Woodstock

    Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls. This is a landscape of ...

  • Pillsbury State Park

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    (93 miles) Washington

    One of the more primitive gems in New Hampshire, this state park is filled with wildlife, from moose to loons, historic attractions as well as hiking trails and kayaking.

  • Bear Mountain State Park

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    (93 miles) Tomkins Cove

    A great New York state park with hiking, biking, and ski trails. With a zoo, museum, ice skating and swimming, it makes for a very fun family day out!

  • Brooksvale Park

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    (94 miles) Hamden

    The entire family can enjoy of all sorts of outdoor adventures. Playground & Swings, hiking, sledding, Softball Fields, and an animal petting zoo.

  • Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

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    (94 miles) Portland

    More than just a park in Portland, with activities like cliff jumping, rock climbing, zip lines, kayaking, and even diving!

  • Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center

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    (97 miles) Ansonia

    An outstanding adventure playscape for younger children in Connecticut, with butterfly and hummingbird gardens, nature trails, and real life animals!

  • Quechee State Park

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    (100 miles) White River Junction

    Quechee Recreation Area is a large park spread out over a vast area. It is unique in that 611 acres of the park are not owned by the state, but leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tract ...

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  • New York State Museum

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    Albany

    A cultural family day out in New York State with exhibits and collections covering all forms of art, photography and artifacts that reflect the wonderful history of New York.

  • Berkshire Museum

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    (29 miles) Pittsfield

    3,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and experiments, permanent collections plus travelling and special exhibitions, don't overlook the sub level aquarium and the Little Cinema.

  • The Bennington Museum

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    (32 miles) Bennington

    The Bennington Museum is known as the trusted caretaker of the largest collection of Grandma Moses art and memorabilia available to the public. Located in the heart of Vermont, our galleries evoke ...

  • Kidspace at Mass MoCa

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    (33 miles) North Adams

    An interactive art gallery and studio designed for children offering hands on exhibitions and educational experiences.

  • Animagic Museum of Animation

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    (35 miles) Lee

    You will see original models used in famous movies and a real Academy Award. You will discover how blockbuster movies as Chicken Run, Predator,X-Men,The Matrix was made.Special: $20 Workshop includes ...

  • The Chocolatorium

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    (42 miles) East Arlington

    The Chocolatorium is not only a chocolate exhibit, but a fun and tasty place to explore! Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of chocolate, the history, the culture, and how it's made!

  • House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

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    (53 miles) Lake George

    Be warned the House of Frankenstein is not just another Wax Museum. No indeed. When you walk the steps of the haunted stairs you are on your own. Don't turn back, there is no turning back, you must ...

  • Rex Museum

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    (56 miles) Gallup

    A museum on the history of Gallup displaying verious artifacts and information.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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    (59 miles) Cooperstown

    As they enter the Museum, kids under 12 can choose to participate in one of two Discovery Tours, which are self-guided educational scavenger hunts. The answers can be found throughout the Museum, and ...

  • Amherst History Museum

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    (66 miles) Amherst

    Housed in the 1750-era Strong House, the Amherst History Museum takes visitors on a journey from the town's colonial past, through its industrial age and into the computer-driven present.

  • Mid Hudson Childrens Museum

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    (66 miles) Poughkeepsie

    Series of large and intricate interactive exhibit rooms with learning through play design ideal for curious kids. Newest features include a Baby Park just for the smallest guests, plus a giant ...

  • Childrens Museum at Holyoke

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    (66 miles) Holyoke

    The Children's Museum at Holyoke provides a unique setting in which children and adults learn together about art, science and the world around them. Through hands-on exhibits, children challenge ...

  • The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

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    (66 miles) Amherst

    A fun Massachusetts museum to inspire a love of reading through picture books! Celebrating illustrations from around the world, it's a fun and colorful day out for kids!

  • The Nature Museum at Grafton

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    (68 miles) Grafton

    The Nature Museum is a dynamic and educational place to visit. The exhibits at The Nature Museum at Grafton encourage you to open the door to Vermont\'s natural beauty.

  • Springfield Science Museum

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    (70 miles) Springfield

    Visitors to the Springfield Science Museum will find a world filled with the wonders of natural and physical science. The Museum also is home to a live animal center with fish, insects, reptiles and ...

  • Basketball Hall of Fame

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    (71 miles) Springfield

    The Hoop Hall features interactive and historic exhibits about every aspect of the game.

  • New England Air Museum

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    (74 miles) Windsor locks

    For some Family Fun, bring your kids to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, a ninety minute drive from Boston and only twenty minutes from Hartford CT.

  • New England Maple Museum

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    (77 miles) Rutland

    The museum offers a trip through over 200 years of maple sugaring history starting with the Native American discovery that maple sap cooked over an open fire produces a sweet syrup.

  • The Connecticut Trolley Museum

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    (78 miles) East Windsor

    The Connecticut Trolley Museum invites you to take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday.

  • Vermont Marble Museum

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    (79 miles) Proctor

    We have been presenting the past present and future of marble, as used in art, as building material and amazing world of everyday uses for more that 20 years!

  • Norman Rockwell Museum of Vermont

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    (79 miles) Rutland

    Our nationally recognized collection of Norman Rockwell\'s art, established in 1976, commemorates Norman Rockwell\'s Vermont years and the entire span and diversity of his career (1911-1978). ...