What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a bachelor or bachelorette party? Many assume it’s a night full of drinking and debauchery or a guys or girls weekend somewhere with your “squad.” But that’s not always the case. If you are looking for something different and memorable, here are 11 Hudson Valley experiences perfect for a unique bachelor or bachelorette party.
Laugh it Up Comedy Club at Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse, Poughkeepsie
Laugh it Up Comedy Club is one of the Hudson Valley’s premier comedy clubs and is perfect for the guy or girl who wants a fun, affordable, lighthearted night out with friends. They bring in some of the most sought-after comedy acts in the country, including, most recently, Gilbert Gottfried (you may remember him as the voice of Iago in the Disney animated classic “Aladdin”) and Colin Quin (from “Saturday Night Live” fame). Instead of making a trip to NYC to see great comedians, they bring them to you. You can also come early to chow down on some delicious Irish/American cuisine and drinks.
Hudson Valley Renegades, Fishkill
This is definitely the place to be for baseball fans! The Hudson Valley Renegades are the short-season, Class A affiliate of the American League’s Tampa Bay Rays and offer some great opportunities – not only for bachelor or bachelorette parties but engagement parties, as well. For a small group, you can try Leo’s Table for 6, which is a private table for you and five friends, catered by Leo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. If you and your significant other want to combine parties, they offer luxury air-conditioned suite rentals for 15-20 people or picnic area rentals on both the first- and third-base lines, for 20 or more people. Both come fully catered and include mention on the video board.
iFLY Westchester Indoor Sky Diving, Yonkers
If you are up for a massive rush of adrenaline, you might want to try indoor skydiving at iFLY Westchester. Imagine being propelled into the air in a giant vertical wind-tunnel that simulates what it’s like to actually go skydiving. Having fun is always a must, but safety, of course, is their number one priority, so certified instructors prepare you for this 1½ – 2-hour experience. Participants will have to sign a waiver; and once all safety precautions are taken, you and your party can live it up and also take advantage of the flight enhancements and catering options they provide for your party. You can also purchase photos from the day, which would make an awesome gift. Imagine the stories you and your bridal party will have. It’ll certainly be a party no one will forget.
Skydive the Ranch, Gardiner
If you and your bridal party are true risk-takers and want to jump from 13,500 feet in the air, then Skydive the Ranch might be for you. Their team of certified instructors make sure you have an experience of a lifetime. Safety, again, is their number one concern so be prepared to watch training videos, sign paperwork, and be fully instructed for your jump. Assuming this is your first jump, your jump will be a tandem jump, meaning you are jumping with a licensed, experienced professional on a parachute built for two. Plan for about 3 hours, from the time you arrive to the time you’re finished, but add more time for more jumpers. The best part: Professional videographers film the whole jump. What a great film to play during your cocktail reception!
New York Zipline Canopy Tours, Hunter
Popular for skiing, Hunter Mountain is also home of the New York Zipline Canopy Tours, the largest zip line canopy tour in North America. You can zip line during the day or even at night, and they have three different options for thrill-seekers. The adventure tower takes you through nine different obstacles as you make your way up a 60-foot-tall tower. The mid-Mountain Tour can be done during the day, or at night, and has six zip lines and four suspension bridges. The tallest, fastest and longest zip lines are found in the Skyrider tour. Fly 600 feet above the valley at speeds of nearly 50 miles per hour! The Skyrider Tour is not for the faint of heart, but certainly, an experience to remember.
Angry Orchard, Walden
Nestled on a 60-acre orchard in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Angry Orchard – yes, THAT Angry Orchard – is a great day-trip for you and your friends. For over 200 years, cider has been made in the Hudson Valley, and this farm has all your cider wants and needs covered. You and your bridal party can take one of three tours, including one of their gorgeous treehouse tasting room, designed and built by Animal Planet’s “Tree House Masters”; all tours include cider tastings. After your tour, make your way to the Cider Garden, where you can casually relax by the fire sipping your favorite cider. Time it right and you can also catch some great live music from bands such as Sublime during their Angry Orchard Rock the Roots one-day music festivals.
Table to Farm Tours, Roxbury
Located in the Catskill Mountains of Delaware County, Table to Farm Tours are perfect for any bride or groom that considers themselves to be a ‘foodie’ and who appreciates the local bounty the Hudson Valley has to offer. Table to Farm Tours brings you face-to-face with the farmers who grow the food you eat, gives you a chance to hear their stories, tour their farms and taste the food they put the time and effort into growing. They also offer dinner and drink tours that take you to local vineyards, distilleries and cideries and pairs that experience with a home-cooked, farm-to-table meal. They can even curate a tour specifically for you, which would be a perfect way to celebrate with your bridal party.
Hudson Valley Wedding Yoga, Kingston
A wedding is a joyous occasion, but planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful occasions – not just for the bride or groom, but for the bridal party as well. The folks at Hudson Valley Wedding Yoga understand and want to help you de-stress naturally. In fact, their slogan is “Adding peace and presence to life’s joyous celebrations.” Yoga classes would be perfect for you and your significant other alone, just to center, breathe and relax, but also makes a great outing for your bridal party. If you think you can’t ‘do’ yoga, don’t worry. They’ll customize a program based on your specific needs and abilities. Each session includes a guided meditation and breathwork, all designed to calm your body, mind, and spirit.
Savor Beauty, Saugerties / NYC
How does a spa day with your girls sound? If that sounds right up your alley, Savor Beauty is for you. Savor Beauty is an organic skin care line based upon Korean beauty traditions, have three locations in New York City and Saugerties, and offer spa packages for the bride and bridal party (6-12 people). Each 90-minute spa party includes a dedicated party host who shows you how to create your own face mask using exotic clays, and a Savor Beauty masterclass (featured on Allure.com) teaching you how to create a one-minute self-care skin ritual. You’ll also have time to explore their clean, eco-conscious makeup line to enhance what you already have in your makeup bag, get a beauty goodie bag and credit toward a day-of purchase. It’s a BYOC (Bring Your Own Cake) party but they provide a bottle of champagne!
Hudson River Cruises, Kingston
Explore the Hudson River in the way it was intended – by cruising. Hudson River Cruises on the Rip Van Winkle is not only a great option for you and your bridal party, but can also be a great location for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. They offer a huge array of tours including sightseeing tours, happy hour sightseeing tours, July sunset cruises and themed music cruises with both DJ or live music. Each cruise leaves Kingston, goes south to Hyde Park and back to Kingston again and lasts about 3 hours. On your cruise, you’ll see majestic mansions, historical homes, and breathtaking scenery. Add more fun to your cruise by checking out one of the many restaurants in the Kingston Rondout before or after your trip.
A Maze in Pottery, Briarcliff Manor
If you want to explore your artistic side and create a really cool wedding gift or keepsake for your home, try A Maze in Pottery. They are a paint-your-own-pottery studio and provides a whole showroom full of unglazed pottery such as vases, dishes, pots, and jars. All you have to do is choose what item you want and paint it. No appointment is necessary, but groups of five or more are required to call ahead. The studio fee is nominal and the unfinished pieces start at $4, with the average price being between $15 – $25. Once you choose your item, their staff will guide you through the painting process. They use non-toxic, lead-free, food-safe glazes and paints and have idea books, stencils, sponges, and stamps to really make your piece one-of-a-kind. When you’re done painting, they glaze it and fire it in their kilns to make it shiny, and safe for food, the microwave, and the dishwasher. Your item is then ready to be picked up one week from the day you paint it. Imagine making a serving dish for the couple, or a first-date guest book.
What are you planning for your bachelor or bachelorette party? Would you consider any of these experiences for yours?
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