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 10:00 am to 4:30 pm (Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day)

The Bears & Coyotes go off exhibit at 3:45 pm.

Admission: $1/person suggested donation.

Parking: $10/vehicle at Bear Mountain State Park

Autumn Trail

Allow 15 to 20 minutes to walk from the parking lots into Trailside Museums & Zoo and 1 to 2 hours to enjoy the wildlife on exhibit, the views, museums & landscape.

This portion of the Appalachian Trail is paved and suitable for strollers. It follows the rugged terrain and much of it is not suited to wheelchairs. The northern end is easier for people with more limited mobility and wheelchairs.

Parking for people with disabilities is located at the north gate of Trailside in a small parking lot for NYS Parks and other Official Vehicles. It’s located on the Service Road of the Bear Mountain Bridge Road. The permit or plates must in the vehicle.

NO Pets, Smoking any substance or Picnicking are permitted

in Trailside Museums & Zoo.

Please Note: Trailside does not permit wedding or other professional photography and birthday parties or other celebrations.