NYS Region: Hudson Valley
Distance: NYC: .5hrs - Hartford: 1.5hrs - Philly: 2hrs - Boston: 3hrs
Famous for: History, River towns and Entertainment
Not to miss: Diverse and eclectic river towns.
Perfect for: Couples, Families, Outdoors Lovers
- Publish Date: April 12, 2017
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Why It's Famous
Just 30 miles north of New York City, sitting on Hudson River, you’ll find Rockland County—known for its quaint villages, spectacular river views and outdoor recreation.
- Enjoy diverse and complex river towns with fabulous views, art, music and food.
- Shop at Palisades Center, the eight largest mall in America.
- Explore 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, and 32,000 acres of untouched park-lands.
- Visit American Revolution history at the Stony Point Battlefield.
- Taste fresh produce from community farmers markets all summer and fall.
Visit Rockland County's historical sites, state parks and landmarks.Stroll through Rockland's diverse and beautiful river towns.
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Stony Point is a historic community that played an important role in securing our country’s independence in the American Revolution. On weekends see a living history camp with blacksmithing, musketry, artillery, cooking, 2 pm battle tour, and demonstrations.
History: Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site and Lighthouse
44 Battlefield Rd.,
Stony Point, NY
The Palisades Center is the 8th largest mall in America and has become an indoor entertaimnet venue. But, don’t miss the genuine feel of the downtown shops in the river towns and small villages that are ready for exploring.
32,000 aces of untouched parklands should be enough for you to get a start in Rockland County. The towns of Suffern and Sloatsburg are reachable by train and are wonderful entry points for Harriman State Park - NY’s 2nd largest state park. and they are reachable by train. Go hike, then retreat into one of these two towns for some foodie eats.
From the River Towns to the Ramapo Highlands there’s much beauty and history to explore cycling along Rockland County bike routes 9W, 59, 202, 304. The Gran Fondo New York is a huge bike tour that comes through Rockland County once a year and is worth experiencing. Consider following Seven Lakes Drive which traverses Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks.
Experience Art & Soul on the Hudson in Nyack. The energetic, eclectic village is a creative hub with unique opportunities to enjoy music, film, theater, crafts and art. Beyond that Nyack is a great recreational destination, for sailing, kayaking, fishing, cycling and hiking. A vibrant center for entertainment and nightlife, the village is a haven for foodies of all persuasions.
Haverstraw is rich in history—once known as “The Brick Making Capital of the World.” Haverstraw is also a great outdoor destination with a handful of parks perfect for fishing, boating, relaxing and more. Visit the 34-acre Haverstraw Bay County Park on the west bank of the river and its Sept. 11 Memorial, a commemorative tribute to the Rockland County natives who were affected by Sept. 11th.
Piermont is an active art and music community with fabulous riverviews of the Hudson. Visit the SOUK on Sparkill Creek an indoor epicuran upmarket with a diverse selection of prepared fine foods and produce from Hudson Valley farms and restaurants.
Stony Point is home to a great mix of activities and experiences like the Penguin Rep Theatre—the only professional theatre in Rockland County and critically acclaimed as “the gutsiest little theatre” by the New York Times. Grab the clubs and head for Patriot Hills Golf Club—a 195-acre, 18-hole golf course.