A 15 minute drive from Jellystone Park™, New York’s historic New Paltz is filled with family-friendly activities to enjoy throughout the year!

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1. Mohonk Preserve

Home to the beautiful Shawangunk Ridge, the Mohonk Preserves protect 8,000 acres of land and is the largest private nature preserve in New York. It is open every day from sun up to sun down and visitors stream in to climb, bike, hike, and observe the beautiful scenery. Check it out next time you’re at the park!


2. Historic Huguenot Street

After fleeing religious persecution in France, the Huguenot settlers landed in New Paltz in 1678. The seven stone houses they built for their village are beautifully preserved and are now a National Historic Landmark! Go visit the house museums today to learn more about their stories and how they helped make America through guided tours, reenactments, and story-telling!


3. DM Weil Gallery

This modern and trendy art gallery creates a unique space with colorful abstract pieces that all will enjoy. Come visit for an afternoon and enjoy free admissions, complimentary wine and espresso, and even a studio tour!


4. Robibero Family Vineyards

Up for some wine tasting? This boutique winery is nestled in the breathtaking Shawangunk Ridge and has a handful of delicious wines for tasting – handcrafted by the Robibero Family for yours to enjoy! With live music on the weekends, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy at this beautiful, tucked-away vineyard!


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5. Wallkill Valley Rail Trail

One of America’s most iconic rail trails, the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail boasts 22 miles of beautiful scenery, caverns, quiet vistas, and interesting bridges! Spanning rivers and gorges, its bridges enable visitors and daily users to connect with nature. Dog-walkers, joggers, bikers, and walkers are welcome!


Well, there you have it! 5 great reasons to visit Jellystone Park near New Paltz, New York! There’s so much to do here at Jellystone Park, you may never want to leave. But our family vacation resort is also a great “home base” for those who want to explore attractions in the surrounding area like Mohonk Preserve, Historic Huguenot Street, DM Weil Gallery, Robibero Family Farms, and Wallkill Valley Rail Trail!