25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!
Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends
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19. Take a spin on the Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round
The kids will of course have a grand time riding this colorful carousel — and adults will appreciate its beauty and Valley-centric focus. After a lack of funds scuttled plans to build a merry-go-round at Bear Mountain State Park not once, but twice (in 1916 and again in the 1930s), the ride finally debuted in 2007. Housed in an 8,000-square-foot stone and timber pavilion (which includes a fireplace and catering space for small events), the carousel is now one of the site’s main attractions. Rather than the usual horses, the 42 hand-carved and painted seats on the whirligig represent animals native to the Hudson Valley: bears, bobcats, swans, river otters, eagles, foxes, geese, et al. The rounding boards illustrate the park’s early history, with hand-painted scenes of the Hudson River, Perkin’s Tower, and the Bear Mountain Inn; the recorded music comes from a 1926 Wurlitzer Pipe Band Organ. The merry-go-round operates from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Labor Day.
845-786-2731 or www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/13/details.aspx
Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain