The 10 Best Free Things to do in Catskill Region, Catskill Region

December 9, 2021 Darleen Reid

Discover the best top things to do in Catskill Region, United States including Upper Delaware River, Wightman Fruit Farm, DM Weil Gallery, Walkway State Historic Park, Union Grove Distillery, Overlook Mountain, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Benmarl Vineyards and Winery, Mystery Spot Antiques, DuBois Farms.

1. Upper Delaware River

Narrowsburg, NY 12764 http://www.delawareriverfishing.com/
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5.0 based on 45 reviews

Upper Delaware River

Reviewed By Unresolved_Issue - Edison, United States

This is my second drive thru the area this month. Well worth it. Very scenic with a number of stops along the way including Roebling's Delaware Aquaduct, Skimmer's Falls and other historic sites like the Corwin Farm to explore. Also several walking paths along what used to be the D & H Canal. The ranger at the Corwin Farm was very helpful with other things to see along the way.

2. Wightman Fruit Farm

130 Baker Rd, Kerhonkson, NY 12446-1705 +1 845-626-5319 [email protected] http://wightmanfruitfarm.com/
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5.0 based on 27 reviews

Wightman Fruit Farm

Reviewed By doczeuss - New Windsor, United States

Stopped by for apple picking before heading to Pine Ridge Dude Ranch - friendly and knowledgable owner, picturesque location, great selection of apples - so many varieties, colors and delicious flavors...they have grapes too. An overall enjoyable experience. Look forward to visiting again!

208 Bruynswick Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561-4122 +1 845-255-3336 [email protected] http://dmweilgallery.com
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5.0 based on 205 reviews

DM Weil Gallery

Available to view Mon - Thurs by appointment. Please call the gallery. At over 3,000 square feet, DM Weil Gallery may be one of the largest modern art galleries in New York's Hudson Valley. Just a short drive from the center of picturesque New Paltz, DM Weil Gallery offers the look and vibe of an exclusive Soho style exhibition space, but with the majestic Shawangunk mountains as a backdrop. The eye-popping abstract creations of acclaimed painter DM Weil -- has been praised by critics and collectors alike, the gallery's mission statement remains, "Why Can't Fine Art Be Fun?".

Reviewed By susannawolk - Albany, United States

Do not miss DM Weil gallery if you are in the New Paltz area! Donna's art is absolutely stunning--vibrant, colorful, joyful, radiating light. Donna works on premises and it is so special to hear her talk about her wonderful art on display. Donna, Sammy, and Ken are so sweet and welcoming, as well as incredibly knowledgeable with regards to both the art and the many printing services they do in house. This was a wonderful place to spend the afternoon, not to mention I picked up the most unique hand-painted overalls!

4. Walkway State Historic Park

87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY 12528-1610 +1 845-834-2867 https://www.facebook.com/walkwayoverthehudson
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5.0 based on 124 reviews

Walkway State Historic Park

Reviewed By krocking123 - New York City, United States

This place is great. You can rollerblade, bike, or walk.. lots of people watching. Parking lot is large and overflow parking is available ... FREE for all!!

5. Union Grove Distillery

Route 28, Arkville, NY http://www.uniongrovedistillery.com/
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5.0 based on 12 reviews

Union Grove Distillery

Reviewed By taylork339

The best part (other than the super friendly owners) was the vodka that had been flavored by steeping various things - jalapenos, cucumber, COFFEE, etc Try everything there, it's delicious!

6. Overlook Mountain

131 Ohayo Mountain Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498-2518 http://hikethehudsonvalley.com/overlook-mountain
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4.5 based on 261 reviews

Overlook Mountain

Located in the Catskill park region, Overlook Mountain beckons nature lovers with its trails and campgrounds.

Reviewed By ericamY9753SJ

This can be considered a difficult hike but I will venture to say it is not. There is constant sustained elevation gain that does knock the wind out of you, but its up an old roadway so the terrain is easy. This goes on for a bit over two miles with nothing to see. Stop and rest and have some water and it will be "easy", there are no rock scrambles or rough passages, just a very long very steep uphill walk. It is SO WORTH IT. Once you get close to the top you will come upon the ruins of an old hotel that are pretty rad, there are many walls and stairs still standing. I have spoiled my children. We do long hikes with great payoffs. This by far was their favorite. It has set the bar where they expect great ruins and incredible vistas on each hike. It is the standard of all good hikes for them (I like some physical challenges like a good scramble- but they sustained elevation gain on this one does give me my physical challenge I look for). After spending some time at the ruins, the top is just a short hike. The views are incredible, the fire tower is an added perk and the historic house an informative little rest. There is also an outhouse at the top. The first time we went there was a volunteer with Oreos at the top to congratulate you for making it! Even on a cloudy day it is worth it. We saw families with babies, elderly people and pregnant women at the top. If you take your time and slowly walk, it is doable for most anyone

7. Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

335 Mead Mountain Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498-1038 +1 845-679-5906 http://www.kagyu.org/
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

A beautiful and serene monastery that serves as a retreat and study center and is worth a visit.

Reviewed By GetOutTheMap - North Cape May, United States

Beautiful zen grounds, visitors are welcome to explore the monastery and gift shop. Free parking onsite. The monastery is located at the trailhead of an easy hike. We always stop here after a winter walk up the mountain. Very peaceful and educational. They have numerous events and programs.

8. Benmarl Vineyards and Winery

156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY 12542-6304 +1 845-236-4265 [email protected] http://www.benmarl.com
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

Benmarl Vineyards and Winery

Nestled in the lush green hills of Marlboro you will find Benmarl Winery. Overlooking the historic Hudson River Valley, it’s 37 acre estate lays claim to the oldest vineyard in America. The winery also holds New York Farm Winery license no.1.

Reviewed By DameonG38 - Mount Vernon, United States

The view at Benmarl Vineyard is just breathtaking. The services was excellent and the wines were everything you needed in a good glass of wine. I loved the experience at this Vineyard from the arrival to the end the service was top notch. The food was very delicious, the pizza is one of my favorite which is made on premises. Benmarl have some of the best pizza period. The cheese spread is another excellent choice. My favorite wine at Benmarl is the semi dry riesling this wine is so refreshing. I ended purchasing several bottles. If you are ever in the area this is a must do.

9. Mystery Spot Antiques

72 Main St, Phoenicia, NY 12464-5214 +1 845-688-7868 [email protected] http://www.mysteryspotantiques.com
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Mystery Spot Antiques

Now open for our 18th season! Every weekend a vintage & vinyl paradise in the Catskills! We've spent all winter prepping 7 rooms of estate-fresh vintage, vinyl and oddities. Described by Country Living as "a love-at-first-sight wonderland of oddball collectibles, vintage clothing, and objects d'art," The Mystery Spot is part store, part museum, part odditorium, and a whole lot of fun! Named for Homer & Langley, the infamous Collyer Brothers, this obsessive and artistic "Shrine to Clutter" is packed to the rafters with unusual antiques, tons of estate-fresh vintage clothing, 1,000's of used records & killer vinyl, found objects, vintage breakables, mid-century lighting, OOP art books, and downright oddities such as the Creepy Doll Exhibit, Petey the Petrified Piranha, and Desdemona, the Devil Girl of Phoenicia, Heck, even when we're closed, you're welcome to dig through our $1. record bins and Yard Sale in a Box on the front porch and use our honor money drop for 3AM crate-digging.

10. DuBois Farms

209 Perkinsville Rd, Highland, NY 12528-2138 +1 845-795-4037 [email protected] http://www.duboisfarms.com/index.html
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4.5 based on 63 reviews

DuBois Farms

DuBois Farms is a picturesque farm with an old New England feel, offering apples, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes, pumpkins, and more. We also offer lunch, a bakery, farm animals, pony rides, corn maze, and countless activities for the whole family. Come and visit our expanded farm market with easy checkout. Free admission and free parking.

Reviewed By MonicaP4852 - Beacon, United States

Never went apple picking before, for me or my girlfriend! We are seniors and felt like children again! They not only had many varieties of apples, but also tomatoes, egg plant, grapes and every size of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch. Also they sold goodies like apple cider donuts, and apple cider. They also have a restaurant and bar. They don't charge to go on the property (and picnic) and their prices are very reasonable. Their staff is very kind and friendly. There are free tractor rides. They have activities all Spring, Summer and Fall! Be sure to grab their flyer, as there are many more than I can mention here. DEFINITELY will return!

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