Parking at the Millponds provides access to the popular Erie Main Line Heritage Trail - 18 miles from Middletown to Harriman. Orange County is relatively flat, with great terrain for a golf course - there are several including the Golf Club at Mansion Ridge and the Monroe Country Club. There's a tennis club, and Monroe also boasts a competition-level waterskiing facility, Twin Lakes Waterski Park.
Now that you know there's no lack of outdoor activity available in Monroe, let’s move into the town itself (pun intended!), originally a farming community, as with so many of its Ramapo Valley neighbors, these days Monroe is known for its friendly village festivals and happenings. Events like the Village of Monroe Farmers Market, Summer Concert Series, the Summer Carnival at Crane Park, Community BBQ, 4th of July at Millponds and Founders Day Street Fair make it easy to make new friends.
If you love gardening and want to share your passion, there’s the Monroe Garden Club. Or, maybe you're more of an actor, in which case you’ll want to visit the Playhouse at Museum Village, home to the Creative Theatre-Muddy Water Players. And, speaking of that, you don’t want to miss one of the things Monroe is best known for, the Museum Village of Old Smith’s Clove. Sounds picturesque, no? Not only can you wander around absorbing living history, but you can also volunteer, take classes, and enjoy programs from outside presenters, like a craft beer festival. Food lovers love Monroe; there are nearly 40 restaurants in the Village of Monroe alone—Mexican restaurants, Italian restaurants, American restaurants, Japanese restaurants, Dominican/Puerto Rican cuisine, O'Toole's bar, a bubble tea shop, and a coffee/wine/beer bar.