10 Things to Do in Chatham That You Shouldn't Miss

February 20, 2018 Janean Rudisill

Chatham in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Nature & Parks. Discover best things to do in Chatham with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Chatham

1. Art Omi International Arts Center - Fields Sculpture Park

59 Letter S Rd, Ghent, NY 12075-3800 +1 518-392-7656
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

Art Omi International Arts Center - Fields Sculpture Park

More than 40 pieces cover the 90 acres of this free, outdoor sculpture garden, part of the Art Omi International Arts Center.

Reviewed By nanabnyc - New York City, New York

A little known outdoor sculpture and architect park outside of Hudson, is just spectacular. There are rolling hills that stretch for acres dotted with babulous works of art. Many are child friendly, so it is definitely a family adventure. Dogs are allowed and, if needed, a cart is available.
I highly recommend alittle detour to see this unique outdoor exhibit.

2. Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

1013 Old Post Rd, Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605 +1 518-758-9689
Excellent
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4.5 based on 156 reviews

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

The estate and home of Martin Van Buren, the eight president of the United States, is spread over 38.5 scenic acres, many of which retain a high degree of integrity to the period of the former president's residence.

Reviewed By kzsull01 - Windsor, Connecticut

We visited the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, New York on Saturday, October 28th. The introductory film at the Visitor’s Center as well as the guided house tour provided great information on Martin Van Buren’s life including his early years, political career, accomplishments, family, retirement and his home, also known as Lindenwald.

Connor was our tour guide for the Van Buren house on the Lindenwald estate. He was very knowledgeable and informative, providing great details about Van Buren’s life and his home. His tour was well done, enjoyable, interesting and educational. He answered everyone’s questions and provided many details to help understand Martin Van Buren’s life from both a historical and political perspective, including the events of turmoil that occurred during his lifetime. Our guided house tour took about an hour and was well worth our time.

The guided house tour included a tour of several rooms on 3 floors of the Van Buren house. The interior of the house was very elegant and nicely restored with beautiful furnishings, wood work, and wall coverings, even an impressive mural made from wall paper panels and a very long table in the downstairs hall/dining room. Several items in the house are original. The exterior of the house is well preserved and includes a unique tower which was part of an addition that Martin Van Buren’s son built. The surrounding grounds of the house were nicely maintained, with picnic tables and hiking trails. It is a nice place to walk around and enjoy the outdoors. The outdoor interpretive markers along the Wayside Loop Walking Trail provided good background information, including information about Van Buren’s agrarian lifestyle and the location of the Old Post Road. There is also plenty of free parking.

We enjoyed our visit and recommend it to others. It is definitely enjoyable and educational from both a historical and political perspective. It is worth a visit and we hope that you enjoy it as well!!

Our entire visit at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site took a little over an hour and a half and included the introductory film, the guided house tour as well as walking around the Lindenwald estate. It was a great use of our time.

3. Old Chatham Sheepherding Creamery

155 Shaker Museum Rd, Old Chatham, NY 12136-2603 +1 888-743-3760
Excellent
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3.5 based on 18 reviews

Old Chatham Sheepherding Creamery

Reviewed By HudsonValGal - Hudson Valley (NY)

This sheep farm used to be a must-see place in Old Chatham, with buildings for pregnant sheep, milking sheep, and new born lambs, plus thousands of other sheep and their donkey shepherds in the outlying fields. But for at least three years, the 2000-head dairy herd has been living hundreds of miles away in the Finger Lakes. Their milk is trucked to the Old Chatham facility which maintains its creamery to produce the award winning Old Chatham cheeses. But there are no longer sheep in the pens, and for a while there were no animals at all. Now a flock of maybe thirty sheep and a young and older donkey are kept in the field close to the road, possibly as a come-on. On the premises there is a monitored self-serve case of cheese and yogurt for sale and a money slot. The buildings are attractive, but don't expect to see an operating farm with animals.

4. The Mac-Haydn Theatre

1925 State Route 203, Chatham, NY 12037-2108 +1 518-392-9292
Excellent
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

The Mac-Haydn Theatre

All Musicals, All Summer! Acclaimed professional theatre, presenting classic and contemporary musicals in a charming, unique theatre-in-the-round setting since 1969. Talented professional performers, wonderful singing, dazzling dancing, lots of laughs = exciting fun for all ages in standard favorite and delightful new musicals. Youngsters and parents alike giggle and gasp at original musicals for ‘children of all ages’. The audience says: "Wonderful entertainment", "Fabulous job!", "Love your shows", "…truly outstanding…Kudos!". Mid May through mid September.

Reviewed By NewYorkLime - New York

Second play here. Nice small*** venue. No bad seats. Good performances. Nice local spot. Theater needs a little sprucing/cleaning but nice plays.

5. Harvest Spirits

3074 US Highway 9, Valatie, NY 12184 +1 518-758-1776
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Harvest Spirits

Our little distillery is a special place where the "lucky" apples go to become immortal, preserved forever in the form of our award-winning vodka, applejack and brandy. We established Harvest Spirits in 2007 in order to make the best use of our surplus apples, and in turn support our farming heritage and preserve agriculture in the Hudson Valley. Today, our thriving little distillery attracts visitors from far and wide with our acclaimed spirits, distilling over 600,000 lbs. of fruit per year. We buy locally grown fruit from farms across New York to produce many of our products as well.

Reviewed By Jeannene A - Hannacroix, New York

We were out for a ride and came across the farm stand. We went for fresh veggies and fruits and saw the sign for the distillery. In the crowd were some friends who told us they get all their vodka here. We walked over to...MoreWe're happy you enjoyed the vodka and look forward so seeing you and your camper back here soon. Happy trails!

Stever Hill Rd Off Route 203, Spencertown, NY +1 518-392-5757
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Taconic Sculpture Park & Gallery

Reviewed By Elsa C. L - New York City, New York

Mr. Kanwit is a talented sculptor, and Mrs. Kanwit is pleasant. Their property has a nice view of the blue mountains in the horizon and of the fall foliage. The sculptures are attractive but it’s their four-story stone house with floor to ceiling walls on the center that appeals to me the most. Mrs. Kanwit shared with us that her husband built the house. That’s awesome!

We do not understand though why we were charged an entrance fee of $10. Indoor galleries do not charge fees to view their merchandise. Mr. Kanwit sells his sculptures. Prospective clients and viewers should be welcome to his gallery with no fee.



7. Samascott Orchards

5 Sunset Ave, Kinderhook, NY 12106-2316 +1 518-758-7224
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Samascott Orchards

Reviewed By M C - Troy, New York

I have been going here since I was a kid. Nice farm with lots of variety. We picked apples, pumpkins and all season strawberries, which were delicious. Reasonable prices (4 giant pumpkins, 2 bags of apples and a small basket of strawberries was $60).

8. Valatie Free Library

3203 Church St, Valatie, NY 12184-2304 +1 518-758-9321
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4 based on 6 reviews

Valatie Free Library

Reviewed By ScarlettO1 - Buenos Aires, Argentina

I was so happy to see this tiny house that was a town library, I thought it would be charming and being close to home, plenty of good reads ahead for me. The place is a mess, the books are all donated old and beaten up and when I was there, most of the books were in boxes and there was no appeal at all in staying there for a minute more.

9. Spruce Ridge Farm

434 County Route 13, Old Chatham, NY 12136-3309 +1 518-330-6294
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Spruce Ridge Farm

Reviewed By HudsonValGal - Hudson Valley (NY)

Spruce Ridge Farm is a great, free destination for anyone visiting the Hudson Valley: couples, families, photographers. It's a real working farm with a large herd of gorgeous, differently-colored alpacas, all with super-cute faces, names, and personalities. The friendly, knowledgeable staff is happy to show folks around and answer questions. TIP: Check out the farm's website for hours--as they change during the year. (In spring and summer, visit on Saturday afternoons.) While the alpacas are the stars of the show, there are also Guinea hens, piglets and cattle to be seen. The shop sells primarily alpaca products--a wide variety of hats, shawls, sweaters, toys and more--including the socks that get many upstaters through the winter. In November and December, the shop is open all weekend for unique Christmas shopping.

10. Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond

480 Rock City Rd, Chatham, NY
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Ooms Conservation Area at Sutherland Pond

Reviewed By L Frank - Texas

They mow just enough to provide a walking path from the parking areas down to the side of the pond, with a few large picnic areas as well. This is a very simple place to get away. The day was breezy enough that there were no flying insects. We saw a fisherman and two people walking their dogs but otherwise it was just quiet and nice. We brought a picnic from Our Daily Bread in Chatham and spread out a blanket and had a wonderful lunch break.

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