Orange County has an abundance of natural beauty to immerse yourself in, from rolling countryside to pristine lakes and forests. Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.
Bear Mountain State Park
Palisades Parkway or Route 9W North
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
Bear Mountain State Park is in the rugged mountains towering above the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, picnic areas, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, hiking trails, an outdoor ice skating rink (from late October to mid-March), and a beautiful merry-go-round with hand-carved native animals and hand-painted scenes of the park.
Harriman State Park
Seven Lakes Drive/Bear Mountain Circle
Ramapo, NY 10974
Located in Orange and Rockland counties, Harriman State Park is the second-largest in the state. It features 31 lakes and reservoirs, two beaches, two public camping areas and over 200 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy a variety of year-round activities from biking, fishing and hiking to ice fishing, ice skating and even cross-country skiing.
Orange County Arboretum
Montgomery, NY 12549
Located in Thomas Bull Memorial Park, the arboretum is open to the public and is free of charge. Magnificent raised gardens and cascading water features follow the pathways. The Arboretum is home to the Remembrance Walkway and Garden to honor those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attacks, including plaques with the names of the 44 Orange County residents who perished that day.
Thomas Bull Memorial Park
Montgomery, NY 12549
Year-round activities for every age, from toddlers to senior citizens. Thomas Bull Memorial Park features an 18-hole golf course along with a driving range and pro shop, tennis courts, ball fields, horse stables, horseshoe pits, a 5-acre pond, playgrounds, picnic areas and more.
From malls and major department stores to unique boutiques and souvenir shops, there’s something for every taste and budget.
Galleria at Crystal Run
1 Galleria Drive
Middletown, NY 109410
Along with the more than 100 retailers to choose from, you also have your choice of dining, from sit-down restaurants to a food court and snacks. If you need a break from shopping, the Galleria at Crystal Run offers a movie theater with reclining seats, an indoor play place for the kids and an escape room to test your detective skills.
1401 Route 300
Newburgh, NY 12550
Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Newburgh Mall is the home to many of your favorites, from large retailers to smaller, specialty stores. Sign up online to receive emails on family-friendly events throughout the year.
West Point Town of Highlands Farmers Market
Main Street in Highland Falls,
New York 845-446-3992
Enjoy local fresh produce and goods, food concessions, books, music, specialty items and more. The West Point Town of Highlands Farmers Market is open mid-June through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court
Central Valley, NY 10917
Featuring 220 stores, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is one of the largest contiguous outlet centers in the world. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi and Market Hall’s dining options.