There's adventure just north of the city
Clarke Outdoors offers kayaking and canoeing on the Housatonic.
Special to amNewYork
Looking for a little adventure this summer? You dont have to go far.
Theres rock climbing in the Catskills, not to mention canoeing and kayaking in Connecticut.
There are also flights in an antique biplane, and plenty of hiking, too. Heres where to find it all.
Canoe the Housatonic
Tucked into the foothills of the Berkshires, in the northwestern part of Connecticut, the Housatonic River provides scenic daytrips for canoers and kayakers.
ARRANGE THE TRIP
In addition to renting canoes, rafts and kayaks, Clarke Outdoors offers instruction and guided trips.
(860-672-6365, clarkeoutdoors.com, 163 U.S. 7, West Cornwall, Conn., canoe rentals $55 on weekends)STAYING OVER
Camp out along the banks of the river at one of the sites at the well-maintained Housatonic Meadows Campground. Try your hand at catch-and-release fishing. There are flush toilets and showers, too. (860-672-6772, U.S. 7, Cornwall Bridge, Conn.
$18 per night, Note: Make reservations online through Reserve America at reserveamerica.com)
Climb the Gunks
The Shawangunk Mountains, south of the Catskills, are a nearby resource, and theres plenty of adventure there.
Among our favorites is rock-climbing, but you can also just go for a hike.
The most famous hiking is in the Mohonk Preserve, but you neednt pay the day-use fee to hike in nearby Minnewaska State Park (a parking fee applies).
ARRANGE THE TRIP
If rock climbing is what youre after, contact High Xposures Adventures, which leads classes all summer. Family rates are available. (800-777-CLIMB,
Nearby is the KOA campsite, located a short distance from the town of Newburgh.
The site has two swimming pools, catch-and-release fishing and mini-golf.
As an added bonus, there are showers, toilets and a Laundromat.
With 65 wooded acres, the site is a pleasant place to stay, stroll or go for a bike ride. (800-562-7220, 119 Freetown Hwy., Plattekill,
newburghkoa.com,$48.59 for two during June weekends)
In Hudson Valley, head to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome for a ride in an old-fashioned biplane. Besides the ride, there are air shows every weekend.
(Season starts June 13, 845-752-3200, oldrhinebeck.org)
Another way to take to the air in the Valley is with Enchanted Balloon Rides, which lifts you up above the areas magnificent landscape, wafting you along in a gentle flight. Sunrise and sunset flights are available, starting at $225 for an hour-long flight. (845-649-9654, 577 Ridgebury Rd., Slate Hill, balloon-rides-ny.com)
In Ellenville, in the Catskills, Mountain Wings Hang Gliding Center can arrange a hang-gliding course for you. (845-647-3377, 77 Hang Glider Rd., mtnwings.com)