Bear Mountain State Park is well known in these parts for its picturesque hiking and biking trails, fun boat rentals and breathtaking views of the Hudson River. But did you know that it’s also home to a gorgeous wooden carousel?
The Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round, which sits in a soaring 7,800-square-foot pavilion, was designed to highlight the indigenous animals and natural scenes of the Hudson River Valley area. Included in the menagerie of 42 hand-carved animals are a red fox, a river otter, a bobcat, a skunk (!) and, of course, several black bears. The fully handicap accessible carousel is open seasonally, and birthday parties can be held in the beautifully designed pavilion, which contains a concession stand as well.
The best part about the carousel, though, is that it’s only $1 per ride for kids; adults are free if they’re accompanying children. You just don’t find deals like that anymore! Also free is Bear Mountain State Park’s Trailside Zoo, which features live versions of many of the animals found on the carousel. You and your family could easily make a day out of these two attractions alone.
Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round, Route 9W South, Bear Mountain, NY; 845-786-2731. The carousel is located at the south end of the parking lot for Bear Mountain Inn.