Welcome to the summer of local adventures! One of the benefits of having to stay local and not putting the kids in traditional camp this year is having the time to explore nearby adventures and excursions that weren’t previously on our radar.
From drive-ins to new beaches to strawberry fields, it has been really fun to find cool, engaging things to do with my kids that are outside of our bubble. This week, we added visiting the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Path, a 3.6-mile shared path that features six scenic overlook points, interactive displays and public art, to that list.
The Path can be used for walking, biking, or running as visitors can soak in the gorgeous panoramic views of the Hudson Valley that starts either at the Westchester Landing (Tarrytown) or Rockland Landing (Nyack). We started on the Westchester side that was super easy to access and find right off 87. There were signs that led right to a parking area (which is free!) that was emblazoned by a bright, yellow welcome sign.
The welcome area is also home to the bathrooms (masks have to be worn there), an outdoor pavilion, art, and displays to learn about the bridge and the path as well as a bike rental kiosks and drink/food truck.
We then ventured on The Path, walking towards the right, as there was many bikers also enjoying the 12-foot wide blue pathway. Along the way, we searched for the six scenic overlooks, which I called a treasure hunt to keep them engaged and excited. These were welcome points along our way where we could sit to rest a bit, admire the views, and enjoy a snack.
It was super hot when we went, which was poor planning on my part so the girls were getting really tired and cranky. Since it was just me with them, we ventured to around 1.8 miles (just right after the Rockland point) and then decided to walk back (another 1.8 miles) with the intent to get ice cream.
While it was hot, it was incredible to see the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge up close with its massive beams and pillars. Having driven over that bridge so many times, it was amazing to be able to be so close and really admire its expansive structure.
Also, while the bridge/path is amazing, it is also really loud as huge trucks and cars continuously pass by, which might be challenging if your sensitive to noise. Also, bring plenty of water (we didn’t bring nearly enough) and use the bathroom beforehand (there’s only restrooms at each of the landing points. And, being that we are still in the height of COVID-19, it is critical to follow their safety guidelines, which includes maintaining social distance and wearing a mask (more on that below).
While we didn’t make it all the way to the 3.6-mile crossing on the Rockland side, we did a lot of walking (3.6 miles) and happily devoured our Italian Ices on the Westchester Side as we high fived and hugged, feeling strong (and exhausted) after walking so many miles in the heat.
How to Enjoy the Path Safely
- Be conscious and maintain a 6-foot distance.
- Wear a face covering
- Be aware of your surroundings
- If you don’t feel well, go home.
- Need help? Use the blue light phones.
Check out more about the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Path.