25 Best Things To Do in Warwick, NY, with Kids

The Village of Warwick hosts family-friendly events throughout the year, including a free summer concert series. Photo courtesy the Village of Warwick
The Village of Warwick hosts family-friendly events throughout the year, including a free summer concert series. Photo courtesy the Village of Warwick
2/2/24 - By Marisa Iallonardo

Warwick, New York, is the southernmost town in Orange County. Bordering New Jersey, it's geographically, one of New York state’s largest towns—is a perfect family-friendly destination for a daycation. It boasts a cute, walkable village, plenty of shops and restaurants, and it is a great destination to visit with kids.

Warwick also has an agriculturally rich environment, with numerous orchards and wineries within its borders—perfect for pick-your-own outings with kids. It's also an official Appalachian Trail Community, making it a great place for hiking and other outdoor fun.

Read on for our in-depth look at Warwick, and all our picks for the best things to do with kids during a visit to this picturesque Hudson Valley town. Find more local fun in our Guide to the Hudson Valley


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Best Things To Do in Warwick, NY, with Kids

1. Warwick Drive-In Theater

Go old school and take in a feature at the Warwick Drive-In theater. Helpful note: It’s cash-only!

2. Warwick Applefest

Try apples in all of their delicious forms—pie, doughnut, butter, and more—plus, shop the craft vendors, listen to music, and ride the ponies at the Warwick Applefest, one of Orange County’s largest festivals.

3. Duck Derby

Claim a rubber duck at the annual Duck Derby and cheer for it to finish first in this race down the Waywayanda Creek.

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Things to do in Warwick, NY: Dream Donuts
Dream Donuts is well-known for its hot-and-fresh mini doughnuts, which come with a variety of delectable toppings.

4. Dream Donuts

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to Dream Donuts, where you can score traditional options like jelly and chocolate-with-sprinkles as well as fun alternatives, like rainbow cookie and strawberry pop tart.

5. Hit the Book & Nook

Browse the collection at The Book & Nook or attend one of its events.

6. Warwick Food Truck Festival

Sample the various offerings—and listen to live music—at the annual Warwick Food Truck Festival. Bonus: The under-12 crowd enters for FREE!

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Things to do in Warwick, NY: Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery
Enjoy live entertainment alongside locally made beverages at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

7. Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

Enjoy locally made wine and listen to live music while kids pick apples at the Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery.

8. Board & Brush

Head to Board & Brush to design your own sign or board. On weekend afternoons, it often offers a “pick your project” workshop.

Fun Free Things To Do in Warwick, NY, with Kids

9. Summer Concerts

Pack chairs or blankets and listen to music during the annual Summer Concert Series on Railroad Green, which typically runs from June through September.

10. Hit the Playground

Swing, climb, play, and run at Stanley-Deming Park, which has everything from your traditional playground equipment to a basketball court, sandbox, and more.

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Things to do in Warwick with kids: Warwick Children's Book Festival
The amenity-packed Albert Wisner Public Library is home to tons of family-friendly programming.

11. Visit the Library

Read to the therapy dogs, visit drop-in Saturday storytime, or check out the used-book store at the Albert Wisner Public Library. If you visit in October, don’t miss the annual Warwick Children’s Book Festival, held at Stanley-Deming Park.

12. Check out the Farmers Market

Bring home local, farm-fresh produce, eggs, meat, and scrumptious baked goods (more apple cider doughnuts, anyone?) at the Sunday farmers market, which runs spring through fall.

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Things to do in Warwick with kids: See The Nutcracker at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center
See local dancers on stage at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center.

Top Attractions in Warwick, NY, for Families

13. Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center

Take in a show or concert at the nearby Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, just 10 minutes outside Warwick.

14. Wright Family Farm

Take a hay ride to pick pumpkins, see the animals, ride the cow train or pedal carts, and then make your way through the corn maze, at The Wright Family Farm.

15. Mount Peter

Head to the family-friendly Mount Peter for a day of skiing, snowboarding, or snow tubing. Bonus: We love the Little Tikes Tubing sessions for kids under 3 feet tall.

16. Ochs Orchard

There are plenty of places to pick-your-own produce near Warwick, but we love Ochs Orchard, where you’ll find everything from apples to berries, peaches, and tomatoes, depending on when you visit.

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Things to do in Warwick with kids: Greenwood Lake
Greenwood Lake is a lovely spot to cool off on a hot summer day. 

17. Greenwood Lake

Head to Greenwood Lake for some kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. If you’re a local resident or staying overnight in the area, you can also spend the day at the beach.

18. Pennings Farm

There’s plenty to do at Pennings, no matter when you visit—from playing lawn games and listening to live music at the beer garden (there’s an indoor option, too!) to enjoying brunch on Sunday to eating ice cream while climbing on the wooden train. And of course, there's apple and pumpkin picking, too.

Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Warwick, NY

19. Fetch Bar & Grill

Try the Thanksgiving eggrolls at Fetch Bar & Grill and check out the dozens of original dog paintings and photographs blanketing the walls.

20. Wolfies of Warwick

While there’s a dedicated kids’ menu at Wolfies of Warwick, there are plenty of things on the regular menu—like burgers, grilled cheeses, and fries—to appeal to little ones.

21. Eddie’s Roadhouse

Tacos, salads, burgers—there are plenty of great options at Eddie’s Roadhouse, which has been open since 2010.

22. Fizzy Lifting

While not a restaurant, kids love a stop at this candy store, which has nostalgic treats galore.

23. Bellvale Farms Creamery

Take in stunning valley views while eating homemade ice cream at the seasonal scoop shop at Bellvale Farms Creamery. (Fun fact: The dairy farm has existed for more than 200 years!)

Where to Stay in Warwick with Kids

24. Rent a Home

This charming three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is just a five-minute walk from the village center and offers easy access to all the area's amenities.

25. The New Continental Hotel & Restaurant

With just 15 rooms, this lovely boutique hotel is set near Greenwood Lake. In the summer, opt for a weekly cottage rental.

Originally published in 2015. Lisa Johnston contributed additional reporting.

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