Happenings @ New Paltz
Before you venture off campus, check out what's happening on campus!
SUNY New Paltz Events Calendar
ACTIVITIES AND RECREATION
New Paltz Cinema
Location: 2 New Paltz Plaza, Route 299
Cost: $8.50/adult; $6/matinees; $6/adult on Tuesdays!
Click Here for the current showtimes!
BC's Climbing Gym
Location: 234 Main Street (behind Rite Aid)
Cost: $5 Day Passes for New Paltz Students; see website for all pricing
More Information: BC's Climbing Gym Website
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail
Location: New Paltz and surrounding areas
More Information: Wallkill Vallley Rail Trail Website
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail is a multi-use, naturally surfaced trail, welcoming hikers, joggers, bicycle and horseback riders, dog walkers, and, in the winter, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. One of America’s ten most iconic rail trails, its 22 miles offers unsurpassed vistas, quiet arbors, ever-chilly caverns and a variety bridges. Spanning rivers and gorges, its bridges enable visitors and daily users to connect with nature, new friends, with our shared history and with a more sustainable future. Passing through orchards, organic farms, lakes, rivers and streams, it also links villages and towns including the Historic Huguenot District in New Paltz, the towns of Gardiner and Rosendale and ending near the historic Stockade District in the City of Kingston. Walk, skate, or ride your bike (rent one from the AWC)!
Walkway Over the Hudson
Location: 87 Haviland Road Highland, NY
More Information: Walkway Over the Hudson Website
At 212 feet above the Hudson River, this 1.28 mile linear park boasts scenic views north to the Catskills and south to the Hudson Highlands. The bridge now known as the Walkway Over the Hudson opened in 1889 as the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge to transport western raw materials to eastern industrial centers. A fire destroyed the tracks in 1974; in 2009 the bridge was rebuilt and reopened as the Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park.
MUSEUMS & HISTORY
Samuel Dorksy Museum of Art (SDMA)
Location: SUNY New Paltz Campus
Cost: FREE for SUNY New Paltz students
Learn More: SDMA Website
Located at the State University of New York at New Paltz, The Dorsky Museum comprises more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries. The museum was launched more than 65 years ago by a dedicated committee of faculty members to enhance the teaching mission of the university. Originally known as the College Art Gallery, The Dorsky Museum was dedicated in 2001. The opening of The Dorsky Museum transformed the original College Art Gallery into one of the leading art museums in the region. Check the website for a list of upcoming events and programs!
John R. Kirk Planetarium
Location: SUNY New Paltz Campus
Cost: FREE for SUNY New Paltz Students
Learn More: Planetarium Website
The Planetarium is an indoor domed theater that seats 44. The Planetarium's projection system was upgraded in 2013 with the installation of a fish-eye lens projector that can display digital simulations of the sky and mimic celestial motions. It allows the audience to see and zoom in on images of stars, constellations, planets, galaxies and other deep sky objects. It also allows the audience to view the sky as seen from different planets and moons, and has many other features. The original Spitz Space Systems A3P projector is still in use and can display the stars and planets of any season, as seen from any latitude, either in their current positions or those of the deep past or far future. Check the Planetarium's website for a list of upcoming shows!
Historic Huguenot Street
Location: 81 Huguenot St., New Paltz N.Y. 12561
Cost: FREE with SUNY New Paltz Student ID
Learn More: Historic Huguenot Street Website
In 1677, a group of Huguenot families established a community in the Hudson Valley of New York in the hope of creating a home where they could worship as they chose. In 1894, their descendants formed what is now Historic Huguenot Street to protect their legacy in the buildings, objects, and stories they left behind. Today, the 10-acre National Historic Landmark District includes a Visitor Center, seven historic stone houses, a reconstructed 1717 Huguenot church, a replica Munsee wigwam, exhibit and program spaces, archaeological sites, and a 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.
HIKING AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Location: 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY
Cost: $10 per vehicle
More Information: Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Located in Ulster County, NY Minnewaska State Park Preserve is situated on the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level and is surrounded by rugged, rocky terrain. The park features numerous waterfalls, three crystalline sky lakes, dense hardwood forests, incising sheer cliffs and ledges opening to beautiful views, clear streams cut into valleys, 35 miles of carriage roads and 50 miles of footpaths on which to bike, walk, hike and simply enjoy.
Location: Visitor's Center 3197 State Route 55, Gardiner, NY
Cost: $15/day hiking pass
More Information: Mohonk Preserve
Mohonk Preserve was named one of the five best city escapes nationwide by Outside magazine. Only have an hour? Come to the Visitor Center for a friendly introduction to the Mohonk Preserve and the Shawangunks. Get hike suggestions... visit a butterfly garden...enjoy exhibits and activities for kids...or take a stroll. Hike over 75 miles of carriage roads and trails, or climb the world-famous Gunks cliffs.
Mohonk Mountain House
Location: 1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz
Cost: Day Hiking Pass $21/weekday or $26/weekend
More Information: Mohonk Hiking Day Pass
Whether you seek the challenge of steep trails over boulders and cliffs or prefer a relaxing stroll along carriage roads, you’ll find your path on the private property of Mohonk Mountain House. There are 85 miles of winding trails to experience, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. Hike the path to Skytop Tower, stroll around Mohonk Lake, or challenge yourself on the Labyrinth and Lemon Squeeze -- all surrounded by beautiful views of the valley!
The Hudson Valley is home to many local farms and seasonal farm markets. Visit a farm market to purchase fresh produce, for apple picking in the fall, or for berry picking in the spring/summer.
Apple Hill Farm
124 State Route 32S, New Paltz
Hurds Family Farm
2187 State Route 32, Modena
271 State Route 208, New Paltz
Jenkins & Lueken Orchards
69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz
210 State Route 32, New Paltz
Minard's Family Farm
250 Hurd's Road, Clintondale
Tantillo's Farm Market
730 State Route 208, Gardiner
Wallkill View Farm Market
15 State Route 299, New Paltz
699 State Route 208, Gardiner