Westmere and North Bethlehem are situated near many parks and reserves. North Bethlehem Park, in the town of North Bethlehem, is a kid-friendly park with a clean and well-kept playground. Admission is free. The playground features slides and swings as well as monkey bars and bridges. The traditional playground is set back from the road in a semi-wooded area for a safe play environment. No dogs are allowed in this tobacco-free park.
Henry Hudson Park features a boat launch that is open daily to the public on the banks of the Hudson River. The park has ample space for children to play and features a clean playground with modern play equipment. Admission is free. The park also has a large area designated for picnics. Fishing and other water activities are also permissible at this park. No dogs are allowed in this tobacco-free park.
North Bethlehem has a 1.3-acre dog park for those wishing to bring their furry friends for a day out. The dog park, located on Elm Avenue, requires residents with dogs who use the park to purchase a permit for each dog at City Hall in downtown Bethlehem. The park is open every day all year round, and rules are posted at the entrance of the park.
Thacher State Park, located in Westmere, provides a wonderful day hike experience. The park is located along the Helderberg
Enscarpment and provides breathtaking views of Upstate New York, Massachusetts and Vermont. This park features six miles of limestone cliffs and caves to walk through, with beautiful waterfalls throughout the park. The park also has volleyball courts and other sports fields, as well as a playground for children. This dog-friendly
park provides ample space for picnicking or sunbathing with friends and family. Admission is free, and the park is open in the spring and summer seasons.