Summer Fun!

There are so many ways to enjoy the pleasures of summer in the Valley — it all depends on your mood. Looking for something relaxing? Take a stroll through a formal garden or a cruise down the Hudson. Need more excitement? Watch a stock car race, rock out at a summer concert, or hurtle down a 600-foot water slide. The choices are endless. So gas up the car, and get going!


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Fast and Furious

Both horse and car racing have been traditions in the Valley for decades. The Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown has run auto races since 1919, while this year marks the Goshen Historic Track’s 100th year of Grand Circuit horse racing. Whether you’re into horsepower or powerful horses, it’s off to the races in these Orange County towns.

The Middletown speedway features races by drivers from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and is the oldest continuously operated dirt track in the U.S. (it opened in 1857 for horse racing, later switching over to cars). Events at the speedway are ongoing and continue through October.

The Goshen Historic Track is just a short drive away, at the entrance to the village. Opened in 1838, it is the world’s oldest harness track. Themed matinee races begin on June 6, and Grand Circuit races on July 2, just in time for the Goshen Great American Weekend (July 3-4) — a large, family-friendly fair in honor of Independence Day.

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