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A Quick Guide of Orange County, NY

Guide of Orange County

I’m going to tell you a little story… When we purchased our home in 2013, we were living in Yonkers. We loved the idea of moving to Orange County, NY and looked forward to it all. It took us some time to settle into our new surroundings and get a feel for how close and how far things were from our new home.

Looking back, I wish I had had some guidance and someone to tell  me about the surrounding areas and things that we could see and do near our new home. Now, as a more knowledgeable Mid-Hudson Valley resident, I am here to show you some great things in Orange County, NY.

Things to do in Orange County, NY.

Where is Orange County, NY?

Map of Orange County, NYOrange County, NY sits along the Hudson River and is sandwiched between Rockland County and Ulster County. It is a large County and diverse. Its landscapes varies from farmlands, small towns to small cities. Some places that you may already know in Orange County include: Monroe, Woodbury (as in Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets), Middletown and Newburgh.

But, did you know that Orange County, NY is the only county that sits along the Hudson River and the Delaware River? This makes it an ideal location for anyone who loves the outdoors and beautiful scenery. Additionally, if you love the outdoors, then you need to visit Harriman State Park and Bear Mountain State Park while you’re here.

One of the best places to visit in Orange County is the Bear Mountain State Park.

Bear Mountain State Park

According to orangetourism.org:

“Some of New York State‚Äôs biggest attractions are right here in Orange County, including West Point, Storm King Art Center, and Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Orange County is just 50 miles from New York City, a place to dine on the Hudson River, visit wineries, raft the Delaware River, hike the Appalachian Trail, and spend the night with a view of our beautiful mountains.”

How do you get to Orange County, NY?

Orange County is home to Stewart International airport. Many major carriers now fly in and out of Stewart Airport. This makes it a convenient location to travel into and from.

If you’re already in New York, you can hop on the Metro-North Port Jervis Line and several bus companies. These transportation methods can take you right into the heart of Orange County without a hitch.

By car, major highways to and in Orange County include I-84 (East/Westbound) and I-87 (North/Southbound). The Palisades Parkway also crosses into Orange County. For a more scenic route, you can also travel up US Route 9W and be amazed by the scenery and you drive up and down the mountains.

Don’t forget to find a way of crossing the Bear Mountain Bridge while you’re out exploring. Stop and take amazing photos of the bridge. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed…

Bear Mountain Bridge is a historic suspension bridge connecting Rockland/Orange Counties to Westchester/Putnam Counties.

Bear Mountain Bridge

Highlights of Things to do in Orange County, NY

To be honest, I am always surprised by all the things to see and do in Orange County. The thought of not seeing it all makes me a little anxious. Deep breaths…

Have you ever walked amongst enormous sculptures? Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY is a wonderful place to visit during warm days and offers the opportunity to roam and explore wonderful sculptures.

Storm King Art Center

George Washington's Headquarters is located along the Hudson River in Newburgh, NY. It's one of the best things to do when you visit Orange County, NY

George Washington Headquarters, Newburgh, NY

A trip to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is like no other. Located in New Windsor, NY the Hall of Honor honors the men and women who received a Purple Heart from the armed forces.

The New York Renaissance Faire is the premier event of the year in the Hudson Valley, New York

Where to find things to do in Orange County

In addition to the Events Calendar on this blog, the Events Calendar at the Orange County Tourism website is full of events taking place within the County. It is one of the most comprehensive County Events Calendar I’ve personally seen.

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If you plan to spend an Autumn day or weekend in Orange County, NY, make sure to download my List of Hudson Valley Orchards and check out some of the best places in the county to pick apples.

A Few Things to Know before visiting Orange County, NY:

  • Orange County is perfect for everyone
  • Many places listed here are open seasonally. Check each individual location for the days/times they are open to the public.
  • Many places charge an entrance, admission and/or tour fee. Check each individual location for more detailed information regarding prices.

For Additional & Updated Information, Visit the:

County Tourism Website: orangetourism.org/
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/orangetourism

With so many things to see and do in Orange County, comment below with your all-time favorite.

Until the Next Adventure…

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Jackie is the HV blogger behind Hudson Valley Exposed, featuring the hottest things to do, places to see and weekend getaways. Get information from a local who is seeing it all! She lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley Region with her hubby, kids, and doggies.


  • Nina | Lemons and Luggage
    July 9, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Wow, there are so many places in the US I haven’t even heard of! Looks really lovely and interesting!

    • Jackie
      July 9, 2018 at 6:12 PM

      Hi Nina! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, there is a lot to do here. The entire Hudson Valley is chockfull of fun and interesting activities.


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