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Bear Mountain State Park Tomkins Cove

Where is it at?

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Bear Mountain State Park
Off Seven Lakes Drive
Tomkins Cove
NY
10986
Tel: 845 786 2701

Directions

The park is located along the Hudson River, near Iona Island. You can get into the park on Seven Lakes Drive, which is off the 202.

Where are we going today?

Bear Mountain State Park is more than just an amazing piece of nature in New York state. It's a fantastic day out with the kids, with their range of active family entertainment on offer.

Located in the rugged mountains which rise from the Hudson River, this great park features many things to do with the family. There is a large playing field where kids can run around, a beautiful lake with river fishing access for those who want to spend a couple of hours trying to catch dinner, a crisp swimming pool, and those great outdoor activities.

Spend the day hiking the lovely nature filled trails, or following the bike routes on your own mountain bikes. In winter, you can even enjoy the many cross-country ski trails on offer! If you really are loving those winter activities, there is even an ice-skating rink open from late October to Mid-March. 

There are some spectacular views of Bear Mountain State Park, so it seems a shame not to really take advantage! The Perkins Memorial Tower right stop Bear Mountain is a great place for the family to take in those views of the highlands and the park. Best get there from April to late November for that one!

Those little kids will of course love the very sweet Bear Mountain Merry-Go-Round too, with 42 hand carved seats, all in the images of native animals. Maybe you will try out the bear, or the deer, or even have a turn on the raccoon!

A scenic, relaxing, and adventurous family day out in New York State - Bear Mountain State Park is ready to entertain and amaze you!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8 per vehicle, and pay and play activities.
  • ChildrenPay and play activities. Pool $1 (under 12), Ice skating $4 (ages 4 - 11)
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Park hours 8am to sunset. Hours vary for individual activities.

Open all year round

I'm Hungry!

There are shady picnic areas available so why not bring your own lunch and enjoy some great home made treats! There is also a restaurant there where you can enjoy some meals. .

Healthy Eating!

It's always good to pack plenty of water and healthy snacks - these gives kids the energy and nutrients they need to stay energized across the day! .

Any Top Tips?

Remember to check the Bear Awareness page of their site before going with children..

Doing our bit

The park are dedicated to looking after the flora and the fauna. There is even a bird conservation area where they continue to research and protect bird species in the area. .

Need a little extra help?

Most of the attractions are accessible, including boat rental, fishing, the gift shop, museum and visitors center, nature trails and picnic tables. .

Can I get one of those?

Head to the gift shop where you can pick up some special items just for you to take home. .

More information

Whilst the park itself is open all year round, some activities are seasonal, such as swimming and the viewpoint, so just check before you visit. .

What people are saying?

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    To all prospect tourists, please visit the Perkins Observatory just opposite this mountain. The whole region is Bear Mountain and as such this point only demarcates the location. Kinda like you mark the middle of a lake as so-and-so lake. You can drive to Perkins Memorial for an astounding 360 degrees view from a hilltop. You can even hike to Perkins Observatory. Follow the hike trail.
    This Bear Mountain Park map-point marks a hiking trail which is truly wonderful. It gets dark pretty soon around 4pm in the fall so always start early and come down...Read More

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    If I rated this park a few years ago, it would get four stars out of me. Further back? Five. I'm still in love with all that this park has to offer - a beautiful inn, spacious fields for sports, zoos, museums, and scenic hikes. However, when I returned on Labor Day, I was horrified and saddened by what I saw. I expected it to be crowded, but NO ONE respected the park and littered everywhere. The water in the lake was filled with trash and had a nasty film on top. People were banging on the animal cages and glass at the zoo. I think the worst of...Read More

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    Great park very close to NYC. I enjoy taking day trips up here to hike or visit the lakes. Also, plenty of fun motorcycle roads to ride on!

    The view from the top of Bear Mountain includes a look at the NYC skyline on clear days. Memorial Drive is the 2 mile approach to the summit of Bear mountain and is a nice drive, but is closed in the winter. Be sure to check to see if it is open when you go.

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    I can't count how many times I've been here. This place is a really family-friendly state park. They have so many areas for hiking and sight seeing (fantastic views!), the zoo is perfect for couples or families to go visit, and they even have swimming here! This is really a good, reputable place. Be careful on the weekends, this can get crowded. They have picnic areas for BBQs too!

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    I use to always go to Bear Mountain back in the 70's with my family..it was close to where I lived in NYC. It use to be soo clean, i went recently and it was soo dirty..garbage everywhere. I wish people would respect our national parks. They even put trash cans out to throw garbage away, but people dont use them.

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by Adrit Adhikari

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To all prospect tourists, please visit the Perkins Observatory just opposite this mountain. The whole region is Bear Mountain and as such this point only demarcates the location. Kinda like you mark the middle of a lake as so-and-so lake. You can drive to Perkins Memorial for an astounding 360 degrees view from a hilltop. You can even hike to Perkins Observatory. Follow the hike trail.
This Bear Mountain Park map-point marks a hiking trail which is truly wonderful. It gets dark pretty soon around 4pm in the fall so always start early and come down quick. Should take 2-3 hrs either way. Do take your dog along. Follow one of the two trails or better still download and buy an app specifically for it. You will love the hike.

by Alyssa Schneider

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If I rated this park a few years ago, it would get four stars out of me. Further back? Five. I'm still in love with all that this park has to offer - a beautiful inn, spacious fields for sports, zoos, museums, and scenic hikes. However, when I returned on Labor Day, I was horrified and saddened by what I saw. I expected it to be crowded, but NO ONE respected the park and littered everywhere. The water in the lake was filled with trash and had a nasty film on top. People were banging on the animal cages and glass at the zoo. I think the worst of it all was the fact that the park rangers and staff did NOTHING to improve the condition of the park. I didn't even see anyone patrolling the grounds. I just hope they get their acts together in time for Oktoberfest.

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