The 10 Best Things to Do in New Paltz, New York

New Paltz (/ˈnuː ˌpɔːlts/; locally [ˈnupʰɔəɫz]) is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 14,003 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the southeastern part of the county and is south of Kingston. New Paltz contains a village also with the name New Paltz. The town is named for Palz (IPA: [ˈpalts]), the dialect name of the Rhenish Palatinate, called Pfalz (IPA: [ˈpfalts] ( listen)) in standard German.

1. Mohonk Preserve

3197 State Route 55, New Paltz, New York, New Paltz, NY 12561 Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Other Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
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4.5 based on 389 reviews

Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve is the largest private nature preserve in New York. The Preserve protects 8,000 acres of the Shawangunk Ridge and inspires people to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world. Preserve lands are open sunrise to sunset every day for hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, horseback riding, and nature study. A current membership or day pass is required to access the lands. Admission to the Visitor Center is always free.

Reviewed By marty344 - brooklynbrooklyn

Gorgeous sunset

I was all ready at least four times in the past two years at mohonk preserve and I can tell you that I am thinking to go more it's so gorgeous the rocks the hiking and most of all is the sun set

2. Historic Huguenot Street

81 Huguenot St, New Paltz, NY 12561-1413 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
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72%
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4.5 based on 303 reviews

Historic Huguenot Street

This 10-acre National Historic Landmark District includes a Visitor Center, seven historic stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, a replica Munsee Native American wigwam, exhibit and program spaces, archaeological sites, and an 18th-century burial ground that dates to the very first settlers. Huguenot Street also maintains an extensive archive that preserves early local history collections and family papers, along with a research library. See Huguenot Street come alive with fresh interpretations of the historic houses, tours across the settlement, and a diverse range of special programs year-round.

Reviewed By 167judyr - Somers, New YorkSomers, New York

Excellent Docent

We loved our visit on a cold, late-fall day. It seemed in keeping with the historical mood of this wonderful old place. Our docent was Anthony and he was excellent. Very knowledgeable and friendly, and so patient with all my questions! He made the history

3. The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

22 Miles of Linear Park, New Paltz, NY 12561 Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

Reviewed By at78rpm - at78rpmat78rpm

Meh

Would have been better used had it remained a rail line -- light rail connecting Kingston, New Paltz, and Wallkill. It could ease the pressure on Route 32, but....there's this long, boring, level trail that occasionally has a bicyclist hollering at you to

4. Robibero Family Vineyards

714 Albany Post Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561-3635 Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Robibero Family Vineyards

Family-Owned, Family-Operated, Family-Feel. We invite you to come taste our award-winning wines and discover why we are often referred to as the hidden gem in the Hudson Valley. Our vineyard and winery is set on a 42-acre property nestled in and around the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge. We are a family-friendly, pet-friendly establishment.

Reviewed By Brett G - West Nyack, New YorkWest Nyack, New York

Good wines, nice porch to drink them on

We did a tasting, all of the wines were good to very good. We then bought a bottle and enjoyed with a snack out on the porch. The setting was nice (not amazing), and the live music was good. A nice way to spend a few hours.

208 Bruynswick Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561-4122 Museums, Shopping, Art Galleries
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5 based on 203 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 TravelingJiya - New York City, New YorkNew York City, New York

Awesome art gallery

Loved visiting this place! Diane was super friendly and wonderful. I loved hearing her talk about her art and really found her pieces interesting. Bought a few prints to start but I love discovering artists like this in such quaint places like this. I wan

6. Mohonk Mountain House

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561-2814 Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 200 reviews

Mohonk Mountain House

Reviewed By Cindyd56 - Port Ewen, New YorkPort Ewen, New York

Beautiful wedding venue.

We attended an outdoor wedding here and it was so beautiful. The foliage was spectacular, the food was delicious and it was such a pleasure walking the grounds and seeing the inside of this unique landmark. Loved it !

7. Twin Star Orchard

155 N Ohioville Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561-3402 Sights & Landmarks, Farms
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5 based on 20 reviews

Twin Star Orchard

Reviewed By JoeHouston52 - Rhode IslandRhode Island

stop and enjoy

We tasted 3 of their ciders - 2 are "really good". Tasting is free. They market under "Brooklyn Cider House". And got the story/plans (as Brooklyn venue opening soon). In addition to their ciders, they sell fresh fruits, veggies, cheeses, and local produc

8. Dressel Farms

271 State Route 208, New Paltz, NY 12561-2726 Sights & Landmarks, Farms
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4.5 based on 46 reviews

Dressel Farms

A family-owned and operated fruit farm located in New York's beautiful Hudson Valley. The farmstand is open daily offering seasonal produce, fresh-pressed apple cider, and more. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins is offered on weekends in September and October. Pick-your-own strawberries is offered on select days in June.

Reviewed By Paul R - Kingston, New YorkKingston, New York

one of many apple farms in new paltz

went apple picking here over the weekend. it was fun. there are a ton of apple farms in new paltz. everywhere you go are apple farms. made an apple pie over the weekend, hmmmm yummy.We're glad you had fun, but we notice you only gave us 3 out of 5. Was th

9. DENIZEN Theatre

10 Main Street, Water Street Market, Suite 501, New Paltz, NY 12561-1762 Concerts & Shows, Theaters
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5 based on 14 reviews

DENIZEN Theatre

DENIZEN Theatre is a non-profit arts organization producing professional intimate live black box theatre at Water Street Market in New Paltz, New York. In a flexible 55-75 seat intimate space DENIZEN is committed to bringing burgeoning playwrights, powerful themes, and diverse perspectives to the community.

Reviewed By Mfrettoh - Bearsville, New YorkBearsville, New York

Gorgeous venue/ Professional performances

We've had two fabulous experiences at The Denizen Theatre - both "Cal in Camo" and "Adaptive Radiation" were thought-provoking, polished plays that left us thinking and talking about them for days. The space is intimate, which definitely adds power to the

10. Jenkins Lueken Orchards

69 Yankee Folly Rd, New Paltz, NY 12561-3627 Sights & Landmarks, Farms
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Jenkins Lueken Orchards

Reviewed By esopus35 - Hyattsville, MarylandHyattsville, Maryland

THE APPLE PLACE!!!!

I grew up in the Hudson River Valley and although I no longer live in the area I STILL return to go to Jenkins Luekens Orchards. So we are talking at least 40 years. You can pick your apples, or buy them from the stand. They have familiar varieties as wel

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