Bethel NY


In my last post, I shared my impending 90’s megatour in Bethel, New York.  I’m taking a school bus from my hometown up for the night with a group of friends, which is fun because we won’t have to spend money on lodging, no DUI’s, and drinking on a school bus is more fun then drinking on any other mode of transportation.

The downside is that I won’t get to explore Bethel, which looks like a cool little town in it’s own right.  Now, I haven’t been there, but if we were to stay, here’s what looks worth checking out.

Bethel Woods: Aside from the concert venue, Bethel Woods also has a restaurant, museum dedicated to Woodstock, as well as a chance to traverse around the Woodstock grounds.

Bethel Woods
The museum and vistor center at Bethel Woods.

Dancing Cat Saloon & Catskill Distilling Company: The Dancing Cat Saloon looks like a cool bar, with a very appropriate hippiesque vibe.  It looks like an old country house (with a nice porch), has concerts, local musicians, and a distillery where you can take tours attached (their signature brand is Peace Vodka).

Catskill Distilling Company
The Distillery’s Peace Vodka
Dancing Cat Saloon Bethel NY
Dancing Cat Saloon with it’s Grade A porch.

Lake Superior State Park: Lake Superior State Park is located directly outside the town of Bethel.  It features a lake, boat rentals, a lifeguarded, beach, and picnic pavilions.  As with most NY state parks, a five dollar entry fee is required for all cars.

Kittatiny Outdoor Fun: I’m a big fan of Kittatiny campgrounds, it’s where my friends and I take our annual camping/ rafting adventure (we’ll be there the weekend of July 7th).  While it’s Barryville location is about a 20 minute drive from Bethel, there’s a ton to do.  Kittatiny offers ziplining (which is new, haven’t tried this yet), camping, rafting, tubing, and paintball.  It’s affordable and a lot of fun. Just figure out a way to transport yourself from the concert, to the campground.

Monticello Casino: A ten mile, sixteen minute drive east (thanks Mapquest) from Bethel will bring you to the Monticello Casino and raceway.  Gambling really isn’t my thing, but I’m familiar with Monticello as the place people in Pennsylvania would go before they brought the casinos to the Poconos and Lackawanna Valley.

Woodstock on the Lake Campgrounds: If you’re going to be at the site of the original Woodstock, shouldn’t you be camping?  This is the closest one to Bethel Woods.  It doesn’t have any website I could find, which means you know it’s extra hippie and legit.

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