New York state experienced a warm spring filled with the return of furry outdoor friends, flowers blossoming and an excitement of what's to come.

The warmer, sunnier days have also been filled with the sound of happy, chirping birds and the sightings of chipmunks and squirrels.

Residents of New York state look forward to a warm summer ahead. I personally thrive during the warmer months here in the Hudson Valley.

Although summer solstice does not occur until June 20, 2024, it has already felt like summer for a few weeks. Summer solstice is known for being the longest day of the year and for being the start of this bright season.

The Hudson Valley area has already started outdoor, live music concerts along with events and activities for all age groups. We don't have to travel far to enjoy experiences related to summer.

There are signs that I recognize every year of how to tell that summer is right around the corner. Take a look at this guide and see if you recognize any of these signs of summer already or are waiting to experience it soon.

From familiar sounds and scents to the opening of our favorite businesses, we can share relatable ways to know that a new season has kicked off in the Hudson Valley.

5 Things Only Hudson Valley Residents Can Relate To About Summer

Gallery Credit: Allison Kay

What are things that Hudson Valley residents can relate to about summer? Did any of your answers make the list or do you have something to add? Tell us more below.

Eat Your Way Through The Hudson Valley With The Best Ice Cream

I have always enjoyed stopping by my favorite local ice cream shops and choosing a new flavor. Whether it's a hot fudge sundae, chocolate peanut butter ice cream in a cone, or an ice cream sandwich, count me in.

The Hudson Valley has strange ice cream flavors. From lemon poppyseed to thai iced tea and barn boots, there aren't any boring flavors in our area.

A 'Premiere' Hudson Valley treat shop was expanding their space during the winter months to prepare for a busy summer season.

Thankfully, we have a large selection of local ice cream shops to visit in the Hudson Valley.

Gallery Credit: Allison Kay

Escape To This Enchanting Hudson Valley Treehouse

When searching for something different, fun and peaceful to experience in the Hudson Valley, guests don't have to look far.

A Hudson Valley treecastle provides a space unlike any other Airbnb.

Gallery Credit: The Treecastle at the Roundhouse Homestead, Airbnb,

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