Visitor Information

Trailside Museums & Zoo is CLOSED

until further notice.

CANCELED: Little Cubs Story Time & Earth Day.

Our staff is continuing to provide excellent care for Trailside’s resident wildlife. They are observing strict social distancing requirements and disinfection practices to keep themselves and each other healthy.

NOTICE-Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please be safe. Stay home except to obtain necessities. Practice social distancing, wash hands thoroughly and follow all mandates and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control ( and NY State and local Governments.

Call your health care provider or NYS Department of Health 1-888-364-3065 (24/7) if you or anyone in your family is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, tiredness, shortness of breath).

We hope that all of you, your families, and communities stay well. Let’s all work together to get through this difficult time.

FYI–The Bear Mountain Inn and all its services are CLOSED, including the Merry-Go-Round.

The WEBSITE will be updated as changes arise.



Open Daily, Year Round 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
(Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day)
Bears & Coyotes go off exhibit at 3:45 pm

Allow 20 minutes to walk from parking lots to Trailside. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit at Trailside.The bears go off exhibit at 4:00 pm.

Admission: $1.00/person suggested donation at Trailside.

Parking: $10/vehicle at Bear Mountain State Park

Empire Pass $80.00: Unlimited Day Use at most NY state parks & recreational facilities. Available for purchase online at Empire Pass or at Bear Mountain State Park as well as at other NYS Parks and Historic Sites.

Parking for People with Disabilities

Pay Parking Fee at Bear Mountain State Park & Display Parking Fee ticket on Dashboard. Park in designated Handicap Parking Spaces next to Service Gate of Trailside on Access Road for Bear Mountain Bridge Authority

Map of Trailside Museums and Zoo

Click here for a map of Trailside

NO Pets, Smoking any substance or Picnicking are permitted

in Trailside Museums & Zoo

Fieldtrips & Group Tours – To arrange a fieldtrip or group tour, please contact Environmental Educator Chris O’Sullivan at or 845-786-2701 x 293.