I am always looking for things to do with the kids over the summer that allows us to be outside without breaking the bank. Can be hard to do. We are lucky to live in a state where there are several state and national parks. These offer reasonable natural treasures and camping opportunities. We also have multiple museums and art attractions. I found this article was great – I want to go to Storm King (a sculpture park in New Windsor), Bear Mountain (with a zoo, lodging, and nature trails), Opus 40 (in Saugerties, another sculpture park) this summer.
A few years ago Jackie and I did a central NY tour – staying around the Finger Lakes. However our favorite stop was the Corning Glass Museum – we made several objects ourselves and it was a great experience for us to share. I highly recommend it!