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Exciting Family-Friendly Attractions In New Paltz, NY

Staying on-site at our Camp-Resort offers a wide variety of things to do, but have you thought about exploring New Paltz, New York? From shopping and family-owned restaurants, to exploring the great outdoors, New Paltz, NY offers a variety of things to do for all ages. Keep reading for our top 5 recommendations!

Check out the Water Street Market for great shopping while camping in New Paltz.

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Water Street Market

If you're looking to experience great shopping while camping in New Paltz, you must check out the Water Street Market. This is a European inspired collection of boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Located right off Main Street, this market is the perfect spot to pick up a souvenir to help you remember your vacation at Jellystone Park™ Gardiner! This local attraction is less than 15 minutes away from our Camp-Resort and is a favorite spot for our campers to explore.

Visit Minnewaska State Park for an outdoor adventure when New Paltz camping.

Minnewaska State Park

One of New Paltz's best attractions is the surrounding nature! Visit Minnewaska State Park to experience it for yourself. This 22,275-acre nature preserve on the Shawangunk Ridge is a perfect place to spend an afternoon hiking, biking, or swimming. We recommend packing a picnic and spending the whole day here! One the best family-friendly trails is the Lake Minnewaska Loop Trail. This 1.9-mile loop features stunning scenery and an easy hike. The fee for parking at Minnewaska is $10 per car, and is only a short 10 minute drive away from our Camp-Resort!

Robibero Family Vineyards features views of the Shawangunk Mountains and is great when staying at a New Paltz campground.

Robibero Family Vineyards

Robibero Family Vineyards features 42-acre sprawling vineyards with views of the Shawangunk Mountains. Just under 10 minutes away, you won’t want to miss this family owned & operated vineyard. The tasting fee is $20.00 per person and includes a sample of 4 wines. Stay for dinner to enjoy one of their woodfire pizzas OR bring your own food to picnic on the lawn while enjoying the views with a glass of wine! 

Dressel Farms is family-owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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Dressel Farms

15 minutes away from Jellystone Park™ at Lazy River lies Dressel Farms. This family-owned and operated fruit and vegetable farm in New York’s Hudson Valley is a must-visit. Famous for their apples, strawberries, fresh apple cider, and hard cider, they have an ever-changing menu based on the season. Make sure to check their website ahead of time to see what's available. U-pick strawberries begins in June, making this the perfect New Paltz attraction for all ages!

Main Street Bistro is the best place for breakfast when camping in New Paltz.

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Main Street Bistro

In the heart of downtown, you will find Main Street Bistro - a must stop for breakfast! Enjoy eclectic feature dishes like chicken & waffles, frittata skillets, breakfast sandwiches, and so much more! If you are looking for a sweet treat, their in-house bakery offers wonderful, freshly-baked breads, cookies, brownies, pies, and other delicious desserts. After breakfast, explore the rest of Main Street’s shops, bars, and more. It's easy to spend an entire day here!


As you can see, there is so much to do in New Paltz, New York that the whole family will enjoy. Whether you're looking to spend the day hiking, shopping, or taking in the views from a local winery while camping near New Paltz, there is always something exciting to do in this town. If you and your family are interested in additional New Paltz experiences, check out this list for everything New Paltz, NY has to offer. Start planning your day trip to New Paltz now!