Hudson Valley fun NY Renaissance Faire

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Hudson Valley fun NY Renaissance Faire

Last weekend, my husband and I surprised the girls with a trip to the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY. Huge fans of anything theatrical, we had a feeling they would love it. We were right, of course.

Open on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day between August 6th and October 2nd this year, the Renaissance Faire is a summer/fall staple for lot of families in the Hudson Valley. If you’ve never been, you absolutely have to check it out. Tickets regularly cost $25 for an adult and $12 for a child (5-12), but there are definitely sales and coupons available if you look hard enough.

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There is so much to see and do there, that we didn’t even scratch the surface. Our favorites from this trip were the amazing Acrobatrix and the always-popular joust. Actually, we started our day with Acrobatrix and ended it with the joust. They were the perfect bookends to a really great day.

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Tips for bringing kids to the NY Renaissance Faire

Pay attention to the weather. It was really hot this weekend. While we had a blast, we probably would have enjoyed it even more if we had waited until it cooled down a bit. A sweaty mom holding all of the things is not exactly the happiest mom.

Be prepared to spend a pretty penny. Yes, you can make your way through the faire without spending extra money. But you’re not really going to want to. Between all of the talented artisans, the food, and the games and rides, it will be hard to escape without buying something. The best thing to do is plan ahead and set a budget.

Acquaint thyself with the privvies. Yeah. This is highly important with kids in tow. There are bunches of porta potties sprinkled throughout the faire. According to the map (note: print one out at home unless you want to shell out $1 for one), it looks like there may be one actual bathroom at the far end of the faire. There are also restrooms in the parking area across the street.

Make sure the entertainment is kid friendly before you sit down for a show. The website is pretty good at explaining the entertainment and lets you know when something contains adult humor or is rated PG13. I also saw a couple of signs posted with upcoming acts that said PG13, which was good because we knew to skip those.

Dress up! Since we sprang this trip on the girls at the last moment, they weren’t exactly prepared to get in the Ren Faire zone. Ellie wore a flower crown and some fairy wings, but we couldn’t find anything that worked for Sam. Next year we’ll plan ahead and at least have some flower crowns to traipse around in.

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If you have any other tips for visiting the Renaissance Faire with kids, leave them in the comments!

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.