Largely untouched by excessive development, this beautiful village in a rural setting is in the Warwick Valley, a short distance from New York City. Formed on March 7, 1788, Warwick, New York is an agricultural haven offering rest and relaxation like no other. Here, sophisticated charm go hand in hand with history, culture, and commerce and there is much to experience and explore throughout the year. Remarkably preserved, visitors will find a historic district with ten museum buildings on the village green. A well-traveled route passed through Warwick since the earliest colonial times and now, within the boundaries of Warwick, there are three incorporated villages. Read on to learn about the best things to do in the area!
1. Mount Peter Ski Area
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The Mount Peter Ski Area offers visitors verticals of 400 feet (122 m) and 69 acres (28 hectares) of day/night ski-able runs with runs divided almost equally: 30% beginner, 35% intermediate, and 35% advanced. Located a few steps from the lodge, there’s “The Hub,” which is a learning area with a handle tow.
Starting off as a savvy marketing tool for Macy’s Department Store to show off and to sell their ski fashion in 1936, the mountain grew to be a cherished place to fall in love with winter. New York State’s oldest operating ski area and one it’s few family operated ski areas has a long, fast tubing area that is fun for the entire family. The trails are 100% open for night skiing.
Mount Peter Ski Area
Address: 51 Old Mt Peter Rd, Warwick, NY 10990
Website: Mount Peter Ski Area
2. Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
This refuge can be found in a scenic valley along the north-flowing Wallkill River. With a reported 225 species of residents or migrating birds, a variety of habitats, from swamps and floodplain forests to scrub/shrub and grasslands, the refuge is enjoyable whether you are on foot or in a boat. Five natural trails provide excellent opportunities to view wildlife from sunrise to sunset with no permit or fee required.
Snowshoeing and cross country skiing are permitted on the trails under proper snow conditions in winter months and hunting is allowed on and near these trails at various times in spring, fall, and winter, the exceptions being Sundays and the Liberty Loop Trail where hunting is strictly prohibited.
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 1547 County Rd 565, Sussex, NJ 07461
3. Warwick Valley Farmers' Market
The Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market is one of the top ten destinations in the Hudson Valley, with a reputation as a unique community to call home as well as a lovely place to visit for a weekend getaway. The Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market sets up every Sunday from May to November in the middle of the downtown South Street parking lot.
With the aim of creating a market that reflects the community of Warwick, each farm is multidimensional and encouraged to express diversity. Showcasing a variety of conventional, organic, and certified naturally grown produce and fruits, all sorts of delicacies can be found here from each farm or kitchen. These include mushrooms, chicken, sausages, bison and ostrich charcuterie, and even fresh pizza.
Warwick Valley Farmers' Market
Address: South St & Railroad Ave, Warwick, NY 10990
Website: Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market
4. Warwick Historical Society
The Warwick Historical Society has been protecting, preserving, and promoting the rich heritage of the town of Warwick and its villages since 1810. After a series of meetings in 1906, The Historical Society of the Town of Warwick was established. Now functioning as its headquarters since January 2011, the former Albert Wisner Public Library was donated to the Historical Society and re-named A.W Buckbee Center (1927). It is home to extensive archives, static exhibitions, and more.
Warwick Historical Society
Address: 2 Colonial Ave, Warwick, NY 10990
Website: Warwick Historical Society
5. Fitzgerald Falls
Fitzgerald Falls is a demanding hike on a wild stretch of trail with a bayou boardwalk, rocky vistas, a romantic lake, and rugged gorges. The all-year-round accessible Appalachian Trail, primarily used for trail running and hiking, stretches from Fitzgerald Falls to Little Dam Lake, leading to a 30 foot (9 m), dynamic waterfall with a good-sized pool (depending on the weather) at its foot. Climb the steps that run up by the fall to take in an eyeful of the scenery it provides. Head back for some time in the woods, or hike another 3 miles (4.8 km) on the trail to West Mombasha Road.
Address: Appalachian Trail, Warwick, NY 10975
6. Pacem in Terris
Providing free admission, Pacem in Terris is a trans-religious oasis with an old mill and grounds of the house filled with sculptures referred to as icons. It is open to the public from late spring to early fall. Paintings can be viewed in the Boyle and Joyful galleries on the grounds. You can also enjoy the creek and the art of Dr. Franck (author of The Zen of Seeing) as well as bask in music events held here on Saturday afternoons. Enjoy a contemplative walk in a unique place or tour the transformed ruin of a watermill across the river from Dr. Franck’s NY home into Pacem in Terris.
Pacem in Terris
Address: 96 Covered Bridge Rd, Warwick, NY 10990
Website: Pacem in Terris
7. Warwick Town Park
Home to the Town’s Parks Department, this 47.9 acre (19.38 hectare) park protects valuable natural resources and preserves safe, scenic areas for its visitors to wind down, socialize, exercise, and relax. You can also engage in physical activities at the baseball diamonds and soccer fields. Children can enjoy time in the playground and the walking trail provides a space for those looking for a serene stroll. Two pavilions share a total of 30 benches and there’s also an 18 hole disc golf course.
Warwick Town Park
Address: 117 Union Corners Rd, Warwick, NY 10990
Website: Warwick Town Park
Experience the beauty of nature
Visitors to Warwick, New York can enjoy museums around the village green, outdoor activities, and more in a very restful environment not far from the bustling Big Apple.
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