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Summer Activities In Bear Mountain State Park

Merry-Go-Round Pavilion
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Merry-Go-Round Pavilion

This Pavilion is home to the always enjoyable Merry-Go-Round ride. Bring your kids and enjoy a pleasant ride on this fan-favorite.

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People having fun in a large pool at Bear Mountain Inn
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Bear Mountain State Park Pool

This beautiful, spacious pool operated by the state park is open to the public for the summer season from 10:00am – 5:30pm starting in mid-June. Children’s Playground and Basketball Court are both available in the park. Ask the front desk for more information and directions.

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turtles - trailside museum and zoo
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Trailside Museums and Zoo

There are four museums at Trailside open daily from 10:00am to 4:30pm.

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A waterfall in the woods
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Hiking and walking trails

There is an abundance of different hiking and walking trails located in the Bear Mountain area for you to choose from.

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The top of a building's tower
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Perkins Memorial Tower

Located at the top of Bear Mountain, this tower has viewing benches, telescopes, and a spectacular 360-degree view of the Hudson River, Harriman State Park, and the Palisades.

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A mountain covered with changing trees sitting at the edge of the water where boats are lined up
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Boat Rentals

We offer pedal boat rentals from 11am to 5pm, every day (last boat departs at 4pm), weather permitting. Those under 16 years old MUST have someone over 16 in the boat with them, no exceptions. Ask the front desk for more information.

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Iona Island National Estuary

Iona Island is one of the largest tidal wetlands along the Hudson, with about 270 acres of freshwater and brackish cattail marshes. It is dominated by narrow leaved cattail, but non-vegetated tidal flats, subtidal aquatic beds, and rocky uplands also occur. Bald eagle sightings are not uncommon here.

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