American Museum of Firefighting: (518) 828-7695. This Hudson-based museum has 83 engines on display and over 3000 pieces of related firefighting memorabilia. Open year round.
Arts Councils: Greene County Council on the Arts: (518) 734-3104 offers galleries, arts and crafts, shops, and information on cultural activities. Main Street Windham offers many gallery experiences starting with the Susumu Sato Photo and Fine Art Gallery located at the Inn.
Bronck Museum: (519) 731-6490. This Dutch Colonial dwelling complex includes the oldest surviving Dutch house in the Hudson Valley, the other houses, from 1663 and 1739, are furnished with art, furniture, textiles, ceramics and silver. Open May through October.
Irish American Heritage Museum: (518) 432-6598. Exhibits, films, lectures, and special educational programs chronicle the history and culture of the Irish in America. Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
Irish and Cultural Sports Centre: The Michael J. Quill Centre (518) 634-2286 or (800) 434-3378 offers educational programs in language, music, and literature, as well as festivals, theater, music and dance. A Gaelic sports field features traditional Irish sporting events. Open May through October.
Olana State Historic Site: (518) 828-0135 or www.olana.org On Rte 9G south of Hudson, the Persian-style home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Church is located on his farm. Grounds are open year-round, dawn to dusk, with panoramic views of the Hudson River and the mountains in which nestle Windham and this Inn. Check for house tours and special events.
Pleshakov Piano Museum: (518) 263-3333. At the Doctorow Center for the Arts in Hunter, houses a unique collection of early and modern keyboard instruments, famous pianos, and musicological research materials.
Thomas Cole House: (518) 943-7465. The Residence and studio of the founder of the Hudson River School of Painting contains galleries of oil paintings and prints as well as rooms with Cole artifacts and period furnishings. Open May through October.
Ukrainian Church: (518) 734-5330. Built in the traditional way, without nails, the Ukrainian Church and Grazhda is worthy of a visit or attend a concert, Ukrainian craft workshop, view the lovely hand-carved interior and works of art.
Zadock Pratt Museum: (518) 299-3396. Located on the homestead of Zadock Pratt, circa 1828, the museum has displays featuring Pratt’s life as the area’s most prominent tanner. There is period furniture, artifacts from his life and a tannery exhibit. Open Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
Family Fun Activities
Baseball Hall of Fame: (888) 425-5633. This museum that houses one of America’s favorite sports is located one hour and fifteen minutes in Cooperstown, NY. Open year round.
Fairs & Festivals: (800) 365-2287 or (518) 943-3223. You can also visit the Greene County Promotion Department website for the county’s calendar of events.
Cairo Purling Roller Rink: (518) 622-3224. Traditional 1950’s era roller rink. Open weekends in Cairo 10 miles down the mountain from Windham.
Giant Kaleidoscope: (845) 688-5300. Catskill Corners is home to the world’s largest kaleidoscope – built out of an historical barn.
Hoe Bowling: (518) 943-4980. In Catskill, 30 miles from Windham. Bowling, video arcade, snack bar, sports pub. Available year around. Groups are welcome.
Howe Caverns: (518) 296-8900. Discovered in 1842, the caverns are 156 feet below ground. The tours are an hour and a half of fun and information. Great for all ages. The caverns are an hour from Windham.
Miniature Golf: Windham’s mini miniature golf course is between the movie house and Bataviakill Creek.
Bear Creek Landing (518) 263-3839 has a beautiful million-dollar miniature golf course featuring wonderful landscaping, waterfalls and a river.
Movie Theater or Rent Videos: Windham has three movie theaters available, in the large building behind Key Bank on Main Street with weekend matinee and night shows.