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Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain

Oktoberfest is underway at historic Bear Mountain. Open and free to the public on weekends through October 27, including Columbus Day, Bear Mountain makes the perfect jaunt from the city.

You can even get there by boat–the scenic Circle Line cruise along the Hudson is, in itself, a celebration of the crisp air and resplendent colors of fall. But the real party awaits at the park, where traditional German bands, lots of beer, and authentic Schaller & Weber sausages make us feel as if we were back home in Bavaria.

Once there, you might even find yourself throwing inhibition to the wind and spewing off something silly like this: Come be German for a day the Oktoberfest way!

But hey—we said it first.