Tourism

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Located just 30 miles north of New York City, Rockland County features a unique mix of diverse and unmatched natural, cultural, historical, and commercial assets, attracting visitors from all over the world.

HOOK_MTN_2.jpgAs the "Gateway to the Hudson Valley region," Rockland County is situated along the majestic Hudson River and offers numerous attractions which include:

  • Scenic waterfront villages.
  • Mountain vistas and parks.
  • Hiking and biking trails.
  • Arts and culture.
  • Historic sites.
  • Retail & antique shopping.
  • World-class restaurants and five microbreweries.
  • Boutique hotels and charming bed and breakfasts.
  • World-class public, semi-private, and private golf courses.
  • Farms & Farmer's Markets.
  • Nyack Boat Charter.
  • Rockland Landing & The Path.

Enjoy Rockland's New Shared Use Path!


Rockland County welcomed the opening of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Path in June 2020. The 3.6 mile shared use path is one of the longest shared bicycle/pedestrian paths in the United States and connects pedestrians and cyclists between Rockland and Westchester counties.

Take a stroll or a bike ride across the walkway where you'll find breathtaking views of the Hudson River, and experience beautiful sculptures and exhibits created by some of the Hudson Valley's most talented artists. HHRT_Painters_Point_frames_the_river.jpg

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Rockland's Riverfront Villages & Downtowns


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Rockland's riverfront towns offer a variety of activities, attractions, and captivating views of the Hudson River. Visit historic sites and landmarks. Sail across the river on a Nyack Boat Charter. Take in a performance at one of our community theaters or visit one of our many art galleries and theaters.

Stop by the new Rockland Community College Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center located in the Village of Nyack which not only offers credited degree and non-credited programming to students, community and tourists, but also features an abundance of local and national artisanal foods, craft beverages and agro-tourism originating from the Mid-Hudson Valley region.

Enjoy fine dining at one of our world-class restaurants. Visit the Hudson Valley's best craft food and beverage establishments. Experience art galleries. Discover unique shops, and much, much more.

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Mountains & Parks


There are plenty of public parks and protected land in Rockland County where you can enjoy the pristine solitude of nature – and amazing Hudson Valley views.

The county's park system is designated as a Preserve America Community made up of over 2,700 acres within 23 parks which are situated on the Hudson River and offer mountain and river vistas as well as a variety of recreational opportunities. Some of Rockland's emblematic parks include:

  • Buttermilk Falls, West Nyack, NY.
  • South Mountain Park, Garnerville, NY.
  • Congers Lake Memorial Park, Congers, NY.
  • Kakiat Park, Montebello, NY
  • Clausland Mountain Park, Upper Grandview, NY.
  • Emeline Park, Haverstraw, NY.
  • River Hook - The Hester Haring Cason Preserve, Upper Nyack, NY.
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Hiking & Biking


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Experience magnificent views while you venture through Rockland's hiking trails which offer endless natural beauty across 32,000 acres of untouched park land, and are the entry point to numerous trails, including Harriman State Park – New York State's second-largest state park.

Other scenic vantage points include:

  • Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain, NY.
  • Blauvelt State Park, Blauvelt, NY.
  • Hook Mountain State Park, Upper Nyack, NY.
  • Rockland Lake State Park, Valley Cottage, NY.
  • Tallman Mountain State Park, Sparkill, NY.
  • The Path (Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Shared Use Path), South Nyack, NY.

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Arts & Culture


Rockland County has embraced the arts for more than a century, and is home to such attractions as art galleries, theaters, museums, music venues, and even the former homes of famous Hudson Valley artists such as Edward Hopper and actress Helen Hayes.

Catch a movie at the Lafayette Theater – a nationally acclaimed movie palace located in Suffern, New York, and the county's only single-screen theater. See Broadway-quality talent at Penguin Repertory Theater, or head to Levity Live to see some of the country's hottest stand-up comedians.

There are also a variety of special arts-related events taking place year-round, such as the annual Nyack Art Walk, the Nyack Street Fair, the Rockland Bergen Music Festival, the Haverstraw African American Connections' Juneteenth Celebration, and the Haverstraw River Arts & Music Festival.

Check out the GARNER Arts Festival, held at the GARNER Art Center -- an interdisciplinary arts center that features contemporary, experiential art within a repurposed 19th century textile mill complex.

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Historic Sites


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Rockland was once home to members of the Delaware and Lenape Nations, and a key position for General George Washington's Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Explore the county's historic landmarks and museums, including the Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, where General Anthony Wayne defeated the British in a surprise attack on July 16, 1779.

In October 2020, the county unveiled a historical marker recognizing the first African-American church in Rockland County which was built in 1846. Clinton Street, in Haverstraw, was renamed HAAC Way in recognition of the organization Haverstraw African American Connection.

Some of Rockland's other historic attractions include:


Shopping


Rockland County offers a variety of shopping options which draw residents and visitors from around the region and the world. The Palisades Center is the eighth largest shopping mall in the U.S., with more than 250 stores, restaurants, and entertainment.

The Shops at Nanuet, an open-air center, offers high-end retail shopping and exceptional dining. You can also walk the main streets of towns like Piermont and Nyack to discover quaint boutiques, antique stores, and unique shops.

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Award-Winning Food & Drink


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The restaurant scene in Rockland County is diverse and is a highlight of any culinary tour of the Hudson Valley. From five-star restaurants to casual pubs, Rockland has it all.

The county is also home to the oldest tavern in New York State, and the third oldest restaurant in America, The '76 House. Located in Tappan, NY, it was General Washington's headquarters and a patriot meeting place during the Revolutionary War. Some of the county's other eclectic and fine dining establishments include:


Craft Food & Beverage


The craft food and beverage industry are booming in Rockland County, attracting visitors from New York City and neighboring states. With several microbreweries, a winery and cidery, they include:

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Special Attractions


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Family fun is abundant in Rockland County and offers a variety of year-round indoor and outdoor activities and attractions for all ages, including:

  • NY Boulders Minor League Baseball.
  • Space Adventure Glow in the Dark Mini Golf.
  • Palisades Center Ice Rink.
  • Indoor Ferris Wheel & Carousel.
  • Apple & Pumpkin Picking.
  • Nyack Boat Charter.
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Places to Stay


Rockland's luxurious accommodations are beautifully designed and conveniently located throughout the county. From boutique hotels and charming bed and breakfasts to extended-stay hotels and conference centers, Rockland offers a variety of options for travelers and tourists, including:

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Golfing


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Rockland County is the destination spot for avid golf enthusiasts. You can play the finest courses, enjoy spectacular views of the New York City skyline, or challenge yourself with a variety of landscapes, all on Rockland's wide range of world-class public, semi-public and private golf courses, some of which include:


Farms & Farmers Markets


Rockland's seasonal farmers' markets provide an ample spread of locally grown products, baked goods, spices, fruits, fresh-cut flowers, and more. Here are just a few of the many farmers markets in Rockland County:

  • Nyack Farmer's Market, Nyack, NY.
  • Dr. Davies Farm, Congers, NY.
  • The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona, NY.
  • Cropsey Farm, New City, NY.
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Rockland Landing & The Path


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Located at 1200 Route 9W at Interchange 10 of the New York State Thruway, and less than a half a mile from downtown Nyack, the Rockland Landing is the entryway to the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Path which connects pedestrians and cyclists between Rockland and Westchester counties.

At 3.6 miles, The Path is the longest shared use trail in the United States and features six overlooks of the Hudson River, beautiful artwork, and interpretive displays.

Open 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., the Path is also accessible to residents and cyclists via a spur which connects to the Esposito Trail, local sidewalks, and State Bicycle Route 9. The Rockland Landing features a Welcome Center which includes:

  • Visitor parking.
  • Public Art.
  • Informational Kiosk.
  • 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.
  • Public Restrooms.
  • Bike Repair Station.
  • Picnic Area.

For more information about The Path, please visit https://www.newnybridge.com/the-path or call 844-822-8920.

Hudson Link H05 and H07 buses travel over the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge connecting Rockland and Westchester counties. The H05 stops at South Nyack (the path's Rockland Landing). The H07 stops at South Nyack and Route 119 (the path's Westchester Landing).

For more information including schedule and fares, please visit https://www.ridehudsonlink.com or call 844-822-8920.


HHRT Mobile Audio Biking and Walking Bridge Tours


Using the free TravelStorys app on your phone or accessing it on the website, you'll find lots of ways to explore Historic Hudson River Towns (HHRT). HHRT also offers a more expansive Driving Tour through historic towns, cities, and villages, over the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge at the Tappan Zee, and across the Bear Mountain Bridge in the Hudson Highlands.

For more information on HHRT tours, visit http://www.hudsonriver.com/river-towns/mobile-audio-tours.

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New Website Coming Soon!

The Department of Economic Development and Tourism's new, comprehensive website is under construction! Coming soon, visitors will be able to access information related to economic development, tourism, and film all in one convenient location at www.rocklandcommerce.com. Please be sure to check back regularly as we continue to make developments to enhance our new website.