ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. – When's the last time you acted like a tourist in your own backyard? Even if you're going out of town this summer, there's still time to explore the following Orange County hidden gems. (Feel free to tell us more you like in our Comments or on Facebook.)
- Elks-Brox Park: Route 97, Port Jervis. Magnificent view of the Neversink Valley and the Delaware River. The mountain top overlooks Historic Port Jervis, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Eleven miles of groomed hiking trails, picnic and barbecue areas. Open dawn to dusk. Call 845-858-4000 or visit www.portjervisny.org/about/attractions .
- Pacem in Terris: 96 Covered Bridge Road, Warwick. A garden place with sculptures by internationally known artist Frederick Franck. Chamber music series. Open May–October, Saturdays and Sundays 11 am–6 pm, weather permitting. Visit www.frederickfranck.org .
- Seligmann Center for the Arts: 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf. Located on the estate of the famous surrealist painter and sculptor Kurt Seligmann. An intimate collection of modern sculptures set into the landscape. Call 845-469-9459 or visit www.occitizensfoundation.org.
- Gomez Mill House: 11 Mill House Road, Marlboro. Oldest manor house in Orange County and the earliest extant Jewish residence in America. 1714 Mill House, ice house, restored mill and dam. It was a fur trading post and home to merchants, patriots, farmers, craftsmen and statesmen. National Register of Historic Places. Call 845-236-3126 or visit www.Gomez.org .
Go to www.orangetourism.org for more details.
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