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Best things to do in Ulster County

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Diner
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“This diner is amazing and highly recommended. It gets very busy on the weekends so plan accordingly.”
192 locals recommend
Ski Area
“Great family ski resort good in all seasons. Gondola runs on summer weekends as well. Beautiful views from the top. ”
125 locals recommend
Trail
“Awosting Falls in 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. And, all this within an hour and a half drive from New York City. Visitors can also enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, picnicking, scuba-diving, rock-climbing, bouldering, boating and marveling at the scenery. Horseback riding and cross-country ski trails are available as well. Technical Rock Climbing permitted. ”
130 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Large portions of great food. A little more expensive than other local restaurants but good quality and great service. Fun outdoor fire pit for roasting marshmallows for dessert. Great for kids and families. Reservations recommended.”
148 locals recommend
Resort
“The whole experience was wonderful. The location in the Catskills is amazing. The resort was quiet despite having hundreds of families visiting. The food was very good - there is something for everyone. The swimming area is fabulous and refreshing and so clean, and the hiking, is great. Highly recommend.”
128 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Amazing Italian food. Country elegant/chic dining experience. Great & friendly service. ”
118 locals recommend
Park
“Mohonk Preserve is a haven for true Hikers and Climbers. A world wide destination that beckons to many during all seasons for challenges and views.. Their are guides to assist and a welcoming lodge when you pay your entrance fee per person for the day. ”
87 locals recommend
Park
“Amazing rock sculptures built by one man over his lifetime. Event venue. And open to the public ”
86 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Grab a beer and and appetizer at the wonderful bar at sundown, while watching the Sawkill Creek roll under the deck. Then sit at a table in the main dining room, or on the deck in the summertime, and enjoy a romantic dining experience with great food. ”
100 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“It’s not about the journey with this one: It’s about the destination. You’ll walk uphill along a gravel road with power lines the entire way -- not quite the bucolic getaway you traveled all the way from the city for. But you’ll hit the first cool landmark after about 2 miles -- the ruins of an old hotel from the area’s heyday as a resort destination ). A climbable fire tower (which you should definitely scale) is a half mile further. Follow the trail a little bit longer for a jaw-dropping cliff edge view of the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley. Told you it was worth it.”
87 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Legendary. Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison... so many greats have played here ”
66 locals recommend
Trade School
“Great restaurants on premises from the next rising stars in the culinary world!”
80 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Absolutely beautiful mansion & drivethrough area with picnic benches, parking, and a breathtaking view of the Hudson. ”
56 locals recommend
Office
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“Venerable vegetarian restaurant located on the Woodstock Green (center of village) with cute, shabby chic decor.”
77 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Best bread, pastries and breakfast sandwich! We recommend getting the grilled ham egg sandwich the way they make it with their special sauce - it’s awesome. It is a staple here in town and a must visit.”
86 locals recommend
Lake
“Beautiful Walk - Easy level paved, along the berm of the Ashokan. Great for everyone from Kids to Grandparents! Views, Bald Eagles even. ****Take a Right out of driveway - 28a south - east for about 2 miles, SEE Parking Area on LEFT as you approach Routet 213.*** As you reach the wooded area after the stone arch bridge, there is a trail on the right ,.. a short distance to a stone tower monument. ”
71 locals recommend