Discover the best top things to do in Chester, United States including Storm King Art Center, Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, Brotherhood - America's Oldest Winery, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, Soons Orchards & Farm Market, Warwick Valley Winery, The Castle Fun Center, New York Renaissance Faire, Tuxedo Park, NY, Above the Clouds, Exposures Gallery.
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4.5 based on 619 reviews
Widely celebrated as one of the world's leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.
We actually went to Storm King Art Center on a cloudy/rainy day and it was an enjoyable experience. The ground are so beautiful and the massive sculptures and exhibits defies the imagination. Means of getting around the grounds are provided if walking is difficult. Make sure you spend time in the museum (especially when the sun is not shining). Make it a whole day.
4.5 based on 45 reviews
Housed in a Tudor-style building that was once William Cane's Good Time Stable, this museum honors the sport of harness racing through its history, its heroes and its story today.
The museum is very interesting and the gift shop is lovely. There is harness racing in the summer, especially during the Great American Weekend Fair, which is usually on the Fourth of July weekend. That has tons of great artisans and vendors and a great variety of food as well as entertainment all day. Its a great weekend. I have attended many business events at the museum in their banquet rooms which also are used for formal gatherings such as weddings, etc. Its worth a stop if you are in the area.
4 based on 294 reviews
Oldest winery in America.
Smooth wines, even the dry reds were smooth- dessert wines, ciders, everything is great tasting. $7 person for tastings.
Tours available also, as is dining across the Tasting Room in a Cafe- not cheap though.
Unfortunate to learn sugar is added to some of their wines, not a big fan of adding sugar to anything, but overall a nice day trip.
If you are intending to visit NY for shopping, you should start in this outlet. Literally al brands are available (over 200 shops) and the experience is very convenience. Free parking, clean center and convenient stores. We visited this outlet just after Easter and still good bargains were available. There are enough food outlets and the staff is generally friendly. After visiting many outlets across the countries, this is definitely my favorite. Don't forget to download the coupons from the web.
4.5 based on 62 reviews
Apple picking & so much more! We grow 50+ kinds of apples plus peaches, nectarines, vegetables, pumpkins, and sweet corn. We make peanut butter, applesauce, apple cider donuts, apple cider, fudge and pies from scratch. Tons of unique products in a friendly, affordable store. Lots of samples too! Tasting Room w/our hard cider, spirits and wines. Monthly dinners w/ Chef Shawn Hubbell. Our U-Pick apple orchard, with kid-friendly trees and the best apples, is open weekends starting Labor Day. Hay wagon rides to our U-Pick pumpkin patch start late September. Founded 1910. Visit us and taste the difference. Open daily all year (except June and part of July!)
Soons puts their Heart and Soul into everything they make. Everything is Fresh and Baked to perfection. The Pies, Fudge Brownies, Cider Donuts, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are the best. They have a wide selection of different salsa's, homemade peanut/cashew butter, fresh produce, just to much to list. Prices are very reasonable, and the Staff is Friendly, Helpful and ready to help with any questions. Betty Wilchek
4 based on 298 reviews
Very nice for an outdoor day sipping good wine, or whatever else you fancy, withe friends. Best if you bring your own chairs and/or plaid, find a spot on the huge loan. Food available, but you can also go with your pickNick basket. In season l, you can also enjoy picking apples.
4 based on 68 reviews
Located just 50 miles from New York City, in the center of Orange County, NY. The Castle Fun Center features Roller Skating, Laser Tag, Go Karts, Ballocity, Mini Golf, Zip Line, Laser Maze, Swing Ride, Dragon Frenzy 360, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Free Fall, Arcade, Jesters Cafe, Restaurant and Pub and Event Center. Perfect for families, groups, adults, kids and more! Our hours change seasonally, please visit our website for our current hours of operation and for Holiday hours.
We go here when we can to enjoy a bit of family competition at mini golf. But this time it was sad. People have obviously gone around the courses and intentionally damaged things. Additionally the course coverings are worn and need to be replaced. Still fun but not like the earlier days.
4 based on 159 reviews
My wife and I took a ride to Tuxedo Park, NY this past Sunday to visit the NY Renaissance Faire. This was my first time, and it was a lot of fun. It's amazing to see how many of the paying customers go to the fair in full costume (Maybe I should have said authentic period dress). Some of them are really elaborate, and look great. If you didn't dress for the occasion and want to, you can actually rent costumes there. We booked our tickets online and saved $2.00 off the price of the adult admission ($23 vs. $25). Note: Children under 5 are free. There are also discounts available for groups and for people who purchase tickets in advance at Walgreens/Duane Reade. Check the faire's website for details. Buy the program for $2.00. The map inside the program is really helpful to find you way to the different events. As far as I could tell, all of the shows are free. You can literally spend the entire day walking throughout grounds going from show to show. Sometimes, the show comes to you, almost like a flash mob. Various performers interact with attendees along the paths and trails throughout the day. Our recommendations for shows are; Any of the Jousts, Cirque de Sewer, Sky Kings Falconry & Ded Bobs Comedy/Ventriloquist Act & our personal favorite - Macbeth, Death by Fluffy Kittens. Ded Bob is a bit "R" rated. The humor is that dry-type that little children (And, some adults) won't get the joke. There are all types of food and drink (alocholic & non-alcoholic) available for purchase. There is even a pub crawl. The prices are comparable to what you would pay at a professional sporting event or a concert. The food is actually pretty good. A bottle of water is $4.00. You will definitely need to drink water, or something else, throughout the day as it is a lot of walking and it can get very hot in the summer sun. My tip is to buy a $5.00 VIP ticket, at the information booth, for one of the jousts. For the $5.00 you get to sit in the covered seating area where you get a "free" bottle of water and a "free" pennant Basically, you pay for the water and pennant and get to sit in the shade for free. There are plenty of things to do for both children, and adults. A lot of those things cost extra and some are free. Much of the faire is like an open air market with all types of goods to purchase. Elf ears, face painting, candles, psychic readings, pirate, squire & knight costumes & assorted regalia, etc. You name it, they have it. The overall atmosphere of the place is just plain fun. The faire ends on October 1st, so if you are planning to go, you only have a couple of weekends left. Everything is outside, so make sure you pick a day without rain. We will definitely go again next year, we might even dress the part. They do have "specialty" weekends. This past weekend was "Romantic Weekend." We didn't, however, see anything on the printed schedule of events that told us what was "Romantic" about this particular weekend. I found out after we left that the things that were specifically related to Romance were mark on schedule that is posted on the website with "hearts." So if you are going for a specific weekend theme, make sure you check the website schedule before you go.
5 based on 32 reviews
Hot air balloon rides in the Lower Hudson Valley. We are just an hour from NYC and even closer to NJ! Come see the rolling green hills and beautiful countryside of Orange County, NY. Fully insured flight operations. Voted Best in the Valley! Reservations required, call today!
My wife and I Hate Heights and were a little apprehensive to fly. Our children 8 & 11 not so much.We were notified at 2pm that we were good to go for our 6pm flight. We met the crew at the Airport and were greeted with smiles and Most of All a Sense of reassurance. They drove us to the lift off location where we climbed into a basket that had four sections. Two people per section and one in the middle for pilot. We were soon flying above the clouds and looking out as far as the eye could see. The flight lasted about an hour but passed too quickly. We landed near a corn field and celebrated with champagne. It is so peaceful and calming as if you were on a beach watching waves. This is a Must to Do in Life!
5 based on 4 reviews
The photographs at Exposures Gallery will take your breath away. Nick captures nature at its best. He is a truly gifted photographer. His work is tastefully displayed. We first discovered the gallery by accident and returned to purchase a few photographs to display in our home. We have pieces from Europe, and will be proud to display Nick's work beside them. He has photographs of the Hudson Valley, Italy, and other European countries. Nick is patient and helpful; however, he is not pushy in any way. Stop in and browse at his work. You will be glad you did!
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