An official Path Through History Site! Bear Mountain State Park offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures. Visitors can picnic, fish, swim, hike, bike, cross-country ski, and more in the 5,000+ acres of the park. Seasonal activities include ice skating on the outdoor rink, open from late October to mid-March, and climbing the Perkins Memorial Tower for views, open from April to late November, weather permitting. Families especially should check out the Merry-Go-Round—featuring hand-carved animals you can find in the area and hand-painted scenes of the park—and Trailsides Museum and Zoo—which includes a Herpetology House with reptiles, amphibians, and fish, a Nature Study Museum, a geology museum, and a history museum.