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“Nature at it's Best”

Bear Mountain State Park
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Come with a picnic basket, a blanket, a frisbee or a ball and you're SET. There's a beautiful carousel, a playground, boats to take out onto the lake (paddle or canoes) and a ZOO! Not to mention the AMAZING Tapas bar for after your day of fun....come and enjoy!!

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Bear Mountain State Park is a wonderful place! It’s hard to believe it’s just 40 miles from Manhattan because it’s wilderness.

We haven’t seen such an inn since the National Park great lodges out West. We had a special morning first walking to the carousel with its variety of animals including a fox, otters, a lynx, three bears, frogs, mountain lion, deer, and the occasional horse. Since we were there early and no one else was about, we took a ride. The attendants didn't blink an eye at two adults enjoying the merry go round.

Next we explored the Main Inn. The gift shop was closed. The public spaces are vast and nice.

Finally we moved on to the zoo. The animals were mostly rescues: some were orphans, some were injured by gunshot or autos. They were quite active and had very healthy coats. There was no "pacing" that you often see with animals in captivity. The three-legged fox was especially touching. It was difficult for him to climb rocks. We're glad the animals were rescued and not left to die in the wild.

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Reviewed May 14, 2013

So many cool places to hike and camp! Excellently blazed trails, gorgeous views, and very little in the way of littering (always a concern these days).

Thank gbbloom
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Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

I come here very often just to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Its so serene and refreshing. Just driving through is an absolute treat. Kayaking is wonderful here and there is plenty of hiking available on the dozens of trails. Can't wait to be up there again.

Thank Alex-C-Photos
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Went there with my brother and his wife. We found it a most beautiful place to visit. The views were fantastic. The lodge beautiful and the park itself well maimtained.

Thank Dan R
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