Emerson Kaleidoscope


No mind-altering substances are needed to get the trippy effect of laying on the floor and gazing up at the colorful patterns created by the world's largest kaleidoscope. The sound-and-light show is staged in the 56ft-tall 38ft-diameter silo that was once part of the old farm now occupied by the Emerson Resort.

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1. Empire State Railway Museum

2.21 MILES

Maintained by enthusiasts since 1960, this small museum occupies an old railway station on the largely decommissioned Delaware & Ulster line.

2. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra

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3. Center for Photography at Woodstock

8.72 MILES

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5. St John the Baptist

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6. Opus 40 Sculpture Park & Museum

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Beginning in 1938, artist Harvey Fite (founder of the fine arts department at nearby Bard College) worked for nearly four decades to coax an abandoned…

7. Kaaterskill Falls

15.18 MILES

For the best view of New York State's highest falls – 260ft, compared to Niagara's 167ft – without a strenuous hike, head to the viewing platform. Popular…

8. Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform

15.28 MILES

This viewing deck, linked by a forest trail to a parking area, offers the best view of the waterfall that you can get without making a strenuous hike.