Located in Orange County roughly one hour and twenty minutes north of Manhattan, Middletown is in many ways an appropriately named crossroads town. It is the junction of I-84 and Route 17, a stop on the Metro North Port Jervis Line, and a stone’s throw from the northern corners of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A bedroom community for New York City, Middletown and the surrounding area is often much like the middle child—overlooked for the in the shadow of the big city splendor. But Middletown, on the fringe of the Catskills and the Mid-Hudson Valley Region, on the cusp of three states, deserves a second look.
This write-up will take a look at Middletown and its thirty-mile radius, from Monticello to Beacon. Middletown (Orange County) – If you’re thinking of the Orange Couny Choppers, you’ve got the right Orange County (www.orangecountychoppers.com/). Orange County New York is one of the most beautiful locations in the Greater New York City area. Check it out: http://www.co.orange.ny.us/orgMain.asp(approve sites).
Built in 1930, the downtown Paramount Theater boasts beautiful architecture and great acoustics. This theatre is proud host to lectures, dance recitals, plays, films, and more. Check out the show schedule, and be swept away! Visit the Web site: http://www.middletownparamount.com/(approve sites).
The Tyler Arboretum – features horticultural specimens and collections, hiking trails, rare plant specimens, a hedge labyrinth, a butterfly house, and more. Beautiful, natural, educational fun: http://www.tylerarboretum.org/(approve sites)
Storm King Art Center — This art park is a 500 acre sculpture park covering forests, hills and fields, featuring famous modern sculpture artists for the past 50 years. This wall-less museum will change with every angle of light, and with every weather condition. Pack a picnic and take a walk! Located in Mountainville NY, south of New Windsor. http://www.stormking.org/(approve sites)
New York State Renaissance Fair – The New York State Renaissance Faire is located in Tuxedo Park, NY. And features artisans, food, shows, games, rides, and more. A fun day of time travel and role-playing! Open on specific weekends in the summer and autumn.
For a town and city rundown of attractions, visit the Orange County Web site: http://www.ocny.com/attractions/(approve sites)
Monticello (Sullivan County) — featuring a beautiful set of covered bridges and a lot of mountain charm, Sullivan County was once the heart of the Borscht Belt, a series of Catskill Mountain resorts like the fictional Kellermans of the movie Dirty Dancing.
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts – Established in 2006 at the site of the original Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY. The center boasts various stage venues for concerts, lectures, and more. http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/home.aspx(approve sites)
Monticello Casino and Raceway – Love to gamble? Love the horse races? Monticello Raceway is the place for you in Southern New York State! http://www.monticellogamingandraceway.com/(approve sites)
Museum at Bethel Woods – Experience the 60s again—or for the first time! http://www.bethelwoodscenter.org/museum.aspx(approve sites)
Beacon (Dutchess County) — Dutchess County is the Northmost county of the NYC metro area, and the heart of the Hudson Valley.
DIA - Beacon: Opened in 2003, this modern art museum is located in a former factory, and has been credited by some to be the reason for the economic turnaround of the city of Beacon. Truly a cultural treasure. http://www.diabeacon.org/(approve sites)
Retro Arcade Museum: Love video games so much that you’re frequently scoffed at? Nevermind them! Come visit the arcade museum, and embrace your inner dork! Visit the Web site for more information: http://www.retroarcademuseum.com/(approve sites)