Pool Hours (summer), Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Weekends & Holidays 9:30am-7pm. Trailside Museum Hours, Saturday-Sunday 10am–4:30pm. Separate admission for pool, ice rink, and museum.
I recently took my two boys ages 3&5 to Bear mountain. We road bike around the lake and enjoyed the beautiful park. We returned another day and decided to use the Pool. Being an inner city kid growing up, I wasn't expecting anything fancy. But I have to say my husband and I were so disgusted with the comfort station. It is so old and run down and dirty. The changing rooms were they have the showers looked like there has to be diseases in there. They threw down thick mats in the shower floors trying to cover up what could be underneath. I only saw the staff of kids that take your money and give you a wristband to show you paid other than that no maintenance or cleaning staff. Your not allowed to bring in any type of food or drinks besides water. Exceptions are mothers with babies. The toilets were on useable. My 3 yr old had to use the BR so we left. No way he was going inside those toilets. Just so sad the way Albany has abandoned parts of this park. Will never go back to that Pool!
We love it here. The pool is huge so even if there are a lot of people there, it doesn't seem it. There is an extra fee for the pool but it is only $2 for adults, $1 for children, and children under 5 are free. The zoo is cute. The larest of the animals being the bears. Along the way you can read about the tress and the history of the Hudson River area. We haven't gotten around to hiking around the lake, but plan to go back in the fall to do so. There is also a playground and merry-go-round for the kids. A lot of people also come for the day to cook on the grills and picnic.
We brought our kids to Bear Mountain for my daughter's first birthday. We did not realize it until we arrived, but the day we went was during Bear Mountain State Park's Octoberfest. The kids had a great time. We rode the carousel a countless number of times. We enjoyed walking through the park and visiting the zoo. We also had the added fun of enjoying all the vendors at Octoberfest.
There are so many hiking trails here that you can go several days in a row and never hit the same trail twice. They have a zoo (for a very small donation), pool, paddle boats, playgrounds. It is a wonderful place to go for a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors. The worst park of the expense is the parking cost which I believe is $6. You get to see the country at it's finest!!!!
Covering more than 5,000 acres of the Hudson Highlands and adjacent to Harriman State Park in the south, Bear Mountain offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River and, on a clear day, the skyline of Manhattan. Cruise by car to the summit along Perkins Memorial Drive and enjoy the panorama, or visit the Trailsides Museum and Wildlife Center, a refuge for rescued animals of the area. The newest animals in the park are of the carousel kind, carved creatures representing Hudson Valley wildlife circle daily in summer aboard the Bear Mountain merry-go-round. The Appalachian Trail runs through the park, and the nature trails in the area are some of the oldest in the country. Check at the Park Visitor Center for maps and current special events schedules.
We have been going to Bear Mountain since I was little. We used to camp here with my parents as kids and now we take our kids to the park area for Ocktoberfest and just to hang out. There's a carousel that cost $1 to ride and an updated playground. Lots of picnic tables surround the playground near the lake and it's a great place to visit. Last year's Oktoberfest offered music, small vendors and german food & beer - it was really fun.
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