What can you do with less than $20 around the Hudson Valley? The answer to this question is actually very simple. Many students do not know that there are so many different resources around the Marist College campus. From daily specials offered at local restaurants to touring the Vanderbilt Mansion, there is something for every student on a budget.
“When I feel myself getting stressed out I take a drive down Route 9 and play with the animals at the local pet shop, Puppies N’ Kittens. The animals are so playful and adorable. It really helps relieve my stress I feel when I have piles of homework to tackle. The employees are extremely friendly and they enjoy when Marist students play with the animals and keep them company as they await their adoption.” Dan Grabarz, a senior at Marist College explains that he feels comforted and relaxed while he and his friends play with the animals at the pet shop. This is something anyone can do, and it is absolutely free! The only expense is the gas it takes to travel just fifteen minutes on Route 9. However, going with a group of people can eliminate the costly expense of gas if everyone agrees to pitch in.
Just 20 minutes away from the Marist College campus is the Benmarl Winery located on 156 Highland Avenue in Marlboro, NY. Here students (21+) can enjoy an $8 wine tasting which includes six different wines. If you want to make the experience a little more special you can purchase the wine glass for just an additional $2. Courtney Ferguson, a Marist College alum explains, “I was surprised that the wine tasting is so cheap! It was a very enjoyable experience, and I learned a lot about various wines and where the grapes actually come from. They explained the history behind their imported grapes from Long Island, and I really liked that because it adds to the familiarity of the winery. I felt right at home on the rustic and family oriented winery with my closest friends. Also, the fact that the tasting is only $8 dollars really adds to the experience because I was having a great time, and was not worried about spending too much money.”
The Walkway Over the Hudson is a non-profit organization that provides the public (free) access to the scenic beauty of the Hudson river. There you can walk over the river, have a picnic at one of the many picnic tables that line the Walkway, or take a brisk walk or jog with a group of friends and take in the breathtaking scenery. The Walkway Over the Hudson is great for any occasion, Morgan Faller a senior at Marist College explains, “during my sophomore year I went on a date on the Walkway Over the Hudson. It was really special and something different to do.”
The website for the Walkway Over the Hudson states their mission, “Walkway Over the Hudson now works with New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to make visiting Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park a truly memorable experience.”
Depending on your interests there are plenty of fun and cheap activities around the Hudson Valley. These range from going on a scenic hike, roller skating, ice skating, daily specials at local restaurants, $5 movie tickets, the FDR National Historic site and so much more! For those who love to go shopping, see a movie, or grab a bite to eat at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall that is an inexpensive activity that Marist College will help you out with. A shuttle runs for just $1 out of the midrise parking lot on the weekends to take students who do not have their own transportation to the mall.
If you feel yourself getting stuck and want to find fun activities to do with your friends, there are plenty of opportunities to do so right outside of the Marist College campus.