ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (July 28, 2023) – While Orange County, N.Y.’s major attractions are widely known – think the United States Military Academy at West Point and LEGOLAND® New York Resort – the county is also brimming with less famous, but equally fun and fascinating summer activities to be discovered at every turn. Attractions allow you to visit a Revolutionary War site, catch a movie 1950s-style at a drive-in theater and even meet friendly alpacas.
“Visit Orange County, N.Y., and find out what the locals know: there’s much more fun and adventure to discover here than you’ve heard!” said Amanda Dana, Director of Orange County Tourism & Film. “You can watch a movie under the stars, learn about George Washington’s stay in Newburgh, wander a museum that encompasses an entire village or visit a working farm. Or make a weekend out of it by staying in one of our comfortable and attractive accommodations and visiting several sites.”
Here are just some of the many summer attractions in Orange County, N.Y.:
Warwick Drive-In Movie Theater, 5 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, N.Y.: One of about 300 drive-in theaters left in the country, the Warwick Drive-In Movie Theater blends a classic experience with the latest blockbusters. Opened since 1950, the open-air theater shows six first-run movies each night on three screens. And it’s cheaper than indoor theaters. Two snack bars offer fried and grilled foods, popcorn and more. https://www.warwickdrivein.com/
Museum Village, 1010 Route 17M, Monroe, N.Y.: Explore a full-sized village dedicated to re-creating late 19th-century life in small-town America, from rural communities to the evolution of industry and technology. Visit shops, a firehouse, farm buildings and a one-room schoolhouse. Museum Village of Old Smith’s Cove, its full name, also reflects the interests prevalent from the time, including a fascination with prehistoric eras and a Centennial-inspired wave of nostalgia. See an authentic log cabin from the late 1700s and the skeleton of Harry the Mastodon. https://museumvillage.org/
The Castle Fun Center, 109 Brookside Ave, Chester N.Y.: The family fun is endless at this action-adventure center, with a more than a dozen attractions. They include the InflataPark, Ballocity, a laser maze, bumper cars, a zipline, axe throwing, rock climbing, laser tag, go karts, miniature golf, a golf driving range and batting cages. Need a break? Grab a bite at Jesters Restaurant and Pub. thecastlefuncenter.com
Urban Air Adventure Park, 1 North Galleria Drive, Middletown, N.Y.: An indoor adventure park where the whole family can jump, soar, race, climb and play. The park, one in a national chain, features attractions perfect for all ages and is an ideal destination for unforgettable kids’ birthday parties and other special events. urbanair.com/new-york-crystal-run
Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty St., Newburgh, N.Y.: The nation’s first publicly owned historic site is where Gen. George Washington stayed for months, taking actions and making decisions that still influence the United States. For one, he created the forerunner of the Purple Heart medal. Explore the museum’s award-winning exhibit and climb the steps of the Tower of Victory to a newly restored belvedere (weather and staffing level permitting). https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/17/details.aspx
Stagecoach Trails Alpacas, 12 Alpaca Trail, Middletown, N.Y: Visit a working farm and meet live alpacas by appointment. Stop in the farm store for alpaca-related gifts. https://stagecoachtrailsalpacas.com/
Orange County Arboretum, 15 Grove St., Montgomery, N.Y.: Wander the 35 acres of trees, shrubs and gardens. The features include an Asian tea garden, an alpine garden and a Sept. 11 memorial garden. Pathways connect the gardens and teak benches throughout. https://www.orangecountyarboretum.org/
About Orange County Tourism & Film
Orange County Tourism & Film, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism and film production headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, events and film resources can be found at www.OrangeTourism.org. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download at orangetourism.org/travel-guide/.
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