Have fun this summer in Rockland County with our list of the top 20 things to do, including activities in Ramapo, Nyack, Orangetown, Clarkstown, Haverstraw, and nearby Bergen County, NJ.
1. Celebrate Memorial Day by traveling back in time.
Instead of battling beach crowds Memorial Day Weekend, take advantage of that extra day off to visit Historic Hyde Park, the former home of FDR in nearby Dutchess County, which hosts an annual WWII Encampment and Military Display. Dozens of re-enactors dress in uniforms and talk about military life in the 1940s, and there are vintage military vehicles on site.
2. Bring your sweeties to the Strawberry Festival.
The popular annual Strawberry Festival kicks off opening day at the Ramsey Farmers’ Market in Ramsey, NJ, in early June. Shop for fresh, local produce as well as artisan breads and cheeses, gluten-free baked products, homemade pastas, local honey, and more. Also enjoy music, children’s crafts, and a complimentary strawberry treat.
3. Pick your own strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and more!
Gather your brood and pick your own berries at Ochs Orchard in Warwick (in nearby Orange County) or another berry farm in the area. Check out our guide to find pick-your-own locations.
4. Take a spin on a carousel.
Take a ride on the carousel in Bear Mountain State Park (located on the southwest side of the baseball field), where kids can hop on the backs of some local animals or ride in the accessible chariot. Find another merry-go-round near you.
5. Play a round of miniature golf.
Play the 18-hole miniature golf course at Tappan Golf Center (116 Route 303, Tappan), which also boasts a driving range and batting cages. Or test your putting skills at another golf course in the area.
6. Go fishing.
See if the fish are biting at Piermont Pier and Marsh on the Hudson River. Boats, canoes, and kayaks can be rented if you prefer to laze along the river while you wait for a tug on your line. Find other fishing spots nearby, too.
7. Attend the Greek Festival.
The annual Greek Festival at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, held in early June, features Greek food, music, dancing, crafts, amusements for children, and wine and beer for parents—pretty much everything except the sun, sand, and scenery of the Greek isles. Find more cultural fairs in our area.
8. Stroll a street fair.
Nyack’s Famous Street Fair in mid-July (also held in the spring and fall) features nearly 300 exhibitors from five states displaying a large selection of handmade crafts, art and photography, retail items, collectibles, and festival foods, all at Main Street and Broadway in Downtown Nyack.
9. Get up-close with fluttery creatures.
See colorful butterflies and rare caterpillars during Butterfly & Caterpillar Weekend at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall (Orange County) in late June. And get up-close with lots of different animals at zoos and nature centers throughout the area.
10. Celebrate Independence Day.
An Independence Day celebration at Fort Montgomery State Historic Site in nearby Orange County around the first weekend of July includes costumed interpreters and demonstrations, artillery and musket firings, and period music.
11. Catch a minor league baseball game.
Cheer on the Rockland Boulders, our county’s resident minor league baseball team, at one of their home games in Pomona’s Provident Bank Park. Kids can often hit the field and run the bases after the last inning, and many games are followed by fireworks. Find more minor league teams in the area.
12. Sing along at an outdoor concert.
Enjoy a weekly outdoor concert at Bowline Point Park in Haverstraw, or find another free summer music series in Rockland.
13. See a drive-in movie.
Catch a Flick at the Warwick Drive-In, a park-like theater set on 11 acres of farmland that screens first-run movies on multiple screens and has homemade food for sale.
14. Celebrate The Bard at the Shakespeare Festival.
Introduce the kids to The Bard’s timeless work during the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, a summer-long event that allows you to watch Shakespearean tales unfold as you picnic and lounge on the lawn of Garrison’s Boscobel House and Gardens in nearby Putnam County.
15. Have a beach day.
Visit one of the beaches in Harriman State Park in Bear Mountain, where you’ll also find camping areas, 200 miles of hiking trails, and 31 lakes and reservoirs. Check out our full list of beaches in the area.
16. Ride the rides at the NJ State Fair.
From the area’s only Sky Ride to the official “Batcopter” from the 1960s TV show Batman, the New Jersey State Fair at the Meadowlands boasts more than 150 rides and attractions, with something for visitors of every age to enjoy. Typically held mid-June through early July, but check nymetroparents.com/calendar for exact dates.
17. Visit a historical site.
Throughout the summer, you can head to the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site for living history demonstrations, old-fashioned artillery drills, and tours of the Revolutionary War battlefield as well as the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Hudson River. Go to nymetroparents.com/historical-places for more historic sites in the NYC area.
18. Celebrate Native American history.
Check out a real teepee, play with Native American instruments, try some foods popular in Indian cultures, and take in an incredible dance performance by Native American groups from throughout the Americas at the Native American Heritage Celebration of the Hudson Valley in Stony Point in early August.
19. Thy passport to merriment awaits at the Renaissance Faire.
The New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park’s Sterling Forest (Orange County) kicks off in early August and runs through late September. Bring the kids for circus-type performances by costumed characters, a jousting match starring knights in shining armor, and lots of carnival-inspired games, all in a 16th-century setting.
Find our list of top family day trips in the NYC area.
20. Spend a day at the county fair.
Head to the area’s nearest county fair, the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck (Dutchess County), in mid- to late August to see farm animals and pig races, watch a variety of performances, shop for crafts, ride and play the amusements, and enjoy a mind-boggling selection of food. Plus, download our mega guide to summer fun.
Go horseback riding.
Take a horseback riding lesson at Nickel-O Farms in West Nyack or one of the other horse stables in Rockland, most of which also offer summer camp programs and birthday party packages.
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