10 Things to Do in Middletown That You Shouldn't Miss

December 6, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Discover the best top things to do in Middletown, United States including Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, Juckas Stables, Soons Orchards & Farm Market, Warwick Valley Winery, The Castle Fun Center, Above the Clouds, Bashakill Vineyards, Fantasy Balloon Flights, Orange County Distillery, Orchard Hill Cider Mill.
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1. Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

240 Main St, Goshen, NY 10924-2157 +1 845-294-6330
Excellent
69%
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

Housed in a Tudor-style building that was once William Cane's Good Time Stable, this museum honors the sport of harness racing through its history, its heroes and its story today.

Reviewed By kathleen e - Warwick, New York

The museum is very interesting and the gift shop is lovely. There is harness racing in the summer, especially during the Great American Weekend Fair, which is usually on the Fourth of July weekend. That has tons of great artisans and vendors and a great variety of food as well as entertainment all day. Its a great weekend. I have attended many business events at the museum in their banquet rooms which also are used for formal gatherings such as weddings, etc. Its worth a stop if you are in the area.

2. Juckas Stables

1204 New York 302, Bullville, NY +1 845-361-1429
Excellent
88%
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5 based on 16 reviews

Juckas Stables

Located only 1.5 hours from the George Washington Bridge, Juckas Stables is a family owned and operated stable nestled in New York State's beautiful countryside. We specialize in trail rides and lessons for people of all ages and abilities. We also host summer camps and an overnight camping trip. Our horses are gentle and friendly, and our wranglers are the best of the best. Juckas Stables has been in operation for over 48 years and is still going strong. Call us to reserve your horse today!

Reviewed By Emily M - Cold Spring, Ny

I've been riding here since I was 13, for the past 21 years now! I've loved it each and every time, and Karen, the owner, is such a dear lady, and I look forward to seeing her each and every time I visit!! The horses have always been wonderful, as is the staff and scenery. I went out today for an hour and half, and it absolutely renewed my love for horses and for riding. This is the only place in the tri-state area to go to for horseback riding!!!

3. Soons Orchards & Farm Market

23 Soons Cir, Just off I84 and Rt 17, New Hampton, NY 10958-4853 +1 845-374-5471
Excellent
61%
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Soons Orchards & Farm Market

Apple picking & so much more! We grow 50+ kinds of apples plus peaches, nectarines, vegetables, pumpkins, and sweet corn. We make peanut butter, applesauce, apple cider donuts, apple cider, fudge and pies from scratch. Tons of unique products in a friendly, affordable store. Lots of samples too! Tasting Room w/our hard cider, spirits and wines. Monthly dinners w/ Chef Shawn Hubbell. Our U-Pick apple orchard, with kid-friendly trees and the best apples, is open weekends starting Labor Day. Hay wagon rides to our U-Pick pumpkin patch start late September. Founded 1910. Visit us and taste the difference. Open daily all year (except June and part of July!)

Reviewed By Betty W - Chester, New York, United States

Soons puts their Heart and Soul into everything they make. Everything is Fresh and Baked to perfection. The Pies, Fudge Brownies, Cider Donuts, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are the best. They have a wide selection of different salsa's, homemade peanut/cashew butter, fresh produce, just to much to list. Prices are very reasonable, and the Staff is Friendly, Helpful and ready to help with any questions. Betty Wilchek

4. Warwick Valley Winery

114 Little York Rd, Warwick, NY 10990-2231 +1 845-258-4858
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
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4 based on 298 reviews

Warwick Valley Winery

Reviewed By Andrea N - Rome, Italy

Very nice for an outdoor day sipping good wine, or whatever else you fancy, withe friends. Best if you bring your own chairs and/or plaid, find a spot on the huge loan. Food available, but you can also go with your pickNick basket. In season l, you can also enjoy picking apples.

5. The Castle Fun Center

109 Brookside Ave, Chester, NY 10918-1058 +1 845-469-2116
Excellent
36%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4 based on 68 reviews

The Castle Fun Center

Located just 50 miles from New York City, in the center of Orange County, NY. The Castle Fun Center features Roller Skating, Laser Tag, Go Karts, Ballocity, Mini Golf, Zip Line, Laser Maze, Swing Ride, Dragon Frenzy 360, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Free Fall, Arcade, Jesters Cafe, Restaurant and Pub and Event Center. Perfect for families, groups, adults, kids and more! Our hours change seasonally, please visit our website for our current hours of operation and for Holiday hours.

Reviewed By WadeandLori - Greenville, South Carolina

We go here when we can to enjoy a bit of family competition at mini golf. But this time it was sad. People have obviously gone around the courses and intentionally damaged things. Additionally the course coverings are worn and need to be replaced. Still fun but not like the earlier days.

6. Above the Clouds

100 Airport Rd, Randall Airport, Middletown, NY 10940
Excellent
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5 based on 32 reviews

Above the Clouds

Hot air balloon rides in the Lower Hudson Valley. We are just an hour from NYC and even closer to NJ! Come see the rolling green hills and beautiful countryside of Orange County, NY. Fully insured flight operations. Voted Best in the Valley! Reservations required, call today!

Reviewed By cpac9 - Long Island, New York

My wife and I Hate Heights and were a little apprehensive to fly. Our children 8 & 11 not so much.We were notified at 2pm that we were good to go for our 6pm flight. We met the crew at the Airport and were greeted with smiles and Most of All a Sense of reassurance. They drove us to the lift off location where we climbed into a basket that had four sections. Two people per section and one in the middle for pilot. We were soon flying above the clouds and looking out as far as the eye could see. The flight lasted about an hour but passed too quickly. We landed near a corn field and celebrated with champagne. It is so peaceful and calming as if you were on a beach watching waves. This is a Must to Do in Life!

7. Bashakill Vineyards

1131 South Rd, Wurtsboro, NY 12790-7437 +1 845-888-5858
Excellent
64%
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Bashakill Vineyards

Reviewed By honeypup - New York City, New York

Winery offered for free tastings had a lovely beer selection and cocktail also views were amazing from the top deck lovely way to spend an afternoon with a live band it was food to purchase but we were told you were allowed to bring in a picnic lunch yourself if you had wanted to definitely will try to make a trip back soon

8. Fantasy Balloon Flights

Randall Airport, 100 Airport Rd, Middletown, NY 10940
Excellent
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5 based on 26 reviews

Fantasy Balloon Flights

Reviewed By deliciats - New York City, New York

Amazing time. Super organized staff. Lana is wonderful and so is Ken. Spectacular and very experienced pilots! Just simply a magical experience. Loved every minute of this Excursion. Fantasy Balloon flights is Professional and really caters to the needs of their customers ensuring each person has the time of their life. It is a one of a kind experience. How lucky are they to share their love of flying with the world. You are literally floating in air and taking in the incredible vistas.

Thanks Lana and Ken for helping me kick off an amazing Birthday!

9. Orange County Distillery

19B Maloney Ln, Goshen, NY 10924-6107 +1 845-651-2929
Excellent
54%
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35%
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11%
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Orange County Distillery

Reviewed By Gershwin12 - Forest Hills, New York

After a day of birding the black dirt region of Orange County, we needed a break and just happened upon this lovely distillery. For $5 we tasted three craft spirits grown, and distilled on site. We could smell the soothing scent of barley, like bread baking, and enjoyed chatting with the distillery master while sipping our libations. I especially liked the Vodka and the honey flavored whiskey and now have the bottles in my liquor cabinet to share with friends while I rave about this special place and recommend a visit.
When we return I will be sure to pack a lunch to sit at their picnic table and enjoy this special place.

10. Orchard Hill Cider Mill

29 Soons Cir, New Hampton, NY 10958-4853
Excellent
60%
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30%
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Orchard Hill Cider Mill

Hard Cider and NYS craft wine, spirit, and beer tasting room open seasonally March to Dec. 31st, by appointment Jan. 1 to Mid March.

Reviewed By Dumbspkpassword

We read about Orchard Hill in the 2016 New York State guide to cider mills in the Hudson Valley.

After driving to the address we finally noticed a small sign that said tasting room. It is really an adjunct to the Soons Orchard indoor farm store.

Since the publication mentioned a tour when we got inside we made inquiry. We were told there is no tour and we were not given any information about the cider distilling process.

The tasty room was tiny perhaps 20 feet by 20 feet. I decided to try the tastings. Except for the last item they were poured one after another into the same glass so that the flavors melded together. My wife decided not to try the tasting. When I offered her a taste from my glass our server appeared to take umbrage. This whole process took less than five minutes.

The right side of the room consists of shelves containing alcoholic beverage. The majority were not produced on site.

While the servers were knowledgable about their products I believe that you can obtain a more complete experience at other cider mills located in the vicinity.

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