Whether you’re looking to get in touch with your sporty side or cool off with a trip down a waterslide, Orange County offers many recreational opportunities.
Above the Clouds
Above the Clouds offers hot air balloon rides in the lower Hudson Valley. They are open year-round and fly daily as long as the weather permits. Flights end with a traditional champagne toast and all guests receive a photo keepsake. See the website for reservation information and prices or call 845-692-2556.
Frozen Ropes National Training Center
24 Old Black Meadow Road
Chester, NY 10918
Frozen Ropes National Training Center is the ultimate resource for baseball and softball players and coaches. The center offers summer camps for kids; travel teams; classes and clinics; private training; and a college-bound program that guides those who want to play college baseball or softball after high school. Frozen Ropes even has five Major League Baseball teams as clients.
Plenty of public and country club courses are available in Orange County, including the 18-hole Green Ridge Golf Club, known as Orange County’s best-kept secret; The Lynx at River Bend Club; the Town of Wallkill Golf Club; and Winding Hills Golf Club, a family-owned and operated club. Nine-hole courses are also available, including courses at Monroe Country Club, Scenic Farms Golf Course and Scotts Corners Golf Course. For a full list of public and private courses in Orange County, visit http://orangetourism.org/explore/attractions/recreation/golf.
This trail from Goshen to Monroe has multiple access points and is the first multiuse asphalt trail in the park system. The Heritage Trail is a 10-foot-wide trail that winds through a bird and wildlife sanctuary, historic landmarks, streams, meadows and friendly communities. Everyone can enjoy this trail by bike, walking and rollerblading.
Ice Time Sports Complex
21 Lakeside Road
Newburgh, NY 12550
While many parks offer ice skating, it is often limited due weather conditions; Ice Time Sports Complex is open year-round as a place to learn, play and just have fun on the ice. Develop your hockey skills or perfect your figure-skating choreography at one of the many classes offered for kids and adults. They also hold public skating events, if just gliding around to music is more your style.
16 Old Route 9 W
Fishkill, NY 12524
SplashDown Beach is “America’s biggest little water park” featuring water slides and rides, a wave pool and play areas plus several food options. See the website for hours and cost.