Ice Rink-Bear Mountains State Park:
Highlands, NY 23 Jan
I still prefer outdoor trips when I can squeeze them in in the winter. Refreshing, invigorating, intoxicating mountain air, coupled with gliding on ice with mountains as the backdrop, equals divine. Nothing like ice skating outdoors on a random Tuesday in November. The rink was not crowded. It was relaxing and enjoyable at the same time. Although the thermometer posted outside read 40 degrees, it felt much warmer. The sun was shining and we kept peeling off the layers until we were just wearing sweaters.
Outdoor ice skating is so much more refreshing and enjoyable than indoor skating. It feels airy and not inhibiting. The ice skating at bear mountains has an especially relaxed pace since it is not located in the city but rather out in the Mountains. Later in the season, there is an excellent sledding hill right near the rink. It can either be done one after the next, or else non-skaters can sled while the skaters are on the rink.
Posted: November 29, 2017
Across the merry-go-round at Bear Mountain State Park.
Route 9W North
Bear Mountain, NY 10911
Check the website for hours:
Non-skaters and seniors: $2.00
Children ages 4 and under: free
Skate Rental-per pair: $5.00
Parking-weekends and holidays: $10.00
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 1 hour
Lakewood: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Monsey: 30 minutes