The uncertainty of the upcoming school year is weighing heavily on parents and their children. Will there be school? What will it look like? Do I want my kid(s) to go or not to go? The questions are endless – but so are the opportunities to help your children continue to learn new things both now, and in the future, in more non-traditional ways.

Pack up your bags and hit the open road – it’s time for an educational experience your family will never forget! Whether you’re considering roadschooling, or just want to take a family vacation, with Jellystone Park™ Gardiner as your home base, there are plenty of opportunities to explore nearby in fun, educational ways. Keep reading our blog for a few suggestions.


Minnewaska State Park Preserve – Distance from Camp-Resort: 6 miles

Situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, rising more than 2,000 feet above sea level, Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a premier natural attraction the whole family will enjoy. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, hardwood forests, cliffs, and much more. No matter the season, the views are endless and will make you want to come back time and time again.


Historic Huguenot Street – Distance from Camp-Resort: 9 miles

At Historic Huguenot Street, visitors can experience over 300 years of history across seven historic stone-house museums, a reconstructed 1717 French Church, the Huguenot community’s original burying ground, and much more. These exhibits tell the stories of a French Huguenot settlement while revealing the history of the area’s Native and enslaved African people and Dutch settlers. Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum and is nationally recognized as a historic site – making this a go-to destination.


The Bronx Zoo – Distance from Camp-Resort: 83 miles

The Bronx Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals across 700 different species! The park is located on 260 acres of hardwood forest in the Bronx, where they also established the first modern zoo animal hospital with a full-time veterinarian staff! Learn all about the Mini Donkey, Red Panda, Malayan Tiger, and Grizzly Bear during your visit.


Mad Science of the Mid-Hudson – Distance from Camp-Resort: 26 miles

Mad Science of the Mid-Hudson offers a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Expand your understanding and appreciation of the world of science through workshops, shows, and parties. Not only are the programs educational, but they are also entertaining and are known to spark curiosity and imagination!


Jellystone Park™ Gardiner is full of fun things to do! Play a game of basketball or sand volleyball with your family, go mini golfing, swim in the outdoor pools and Water Zone, and more! Your kids won’t be kids forever – now’s the time to have some family-friendly fun!

*Activities have limited availability during non-peak season.


Camping, along with the great outdoors, offers tons of opportunities for kids to experience new things – from star gazing to learning how to build a campfire. Here at Jellystone Park™, your family will be able to have a safe, fun-filled getaway. And while you’re in Gardiner, take advantage of the nearby educational experiences that can be found!