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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, New York, 12720
Located in scenic upstate New York, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts hosts numerous indoor and outdoor concerts each year. Check the center’s calendar for details on all events. Buy tickets to summer concerts early, as they tend to sell out quickly. Many travelers plan a day trip to Bethel Woods from New York City, or pair a visit to the center with a hiking excursion in the Catskill Mountains.
Things to Know Before You Go
Bethel Woods is a must for music fans.
The museum, center, and pathways are accessible to wheelchairs, and limited accessible seating is available for concerts.
Strollers are allowed on the lawn for pavilion stage performances; inside the pavilion, strollers must be stored outside the aisles.
How to Get There
The most convenient way to reach Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is by car. If you’re driving the 90 miles (145 kilometers) from New York City, get on I-87 North to NY-17 West. Take exit 104 and continue on to Bethel Woods, located on Hurd Road. General parking is free, and premium parking is available for a fee. Alternatively, look into coach transportation—services typically run from New York City and Monticello Casino.
When to Get There
Bethel Woods is busiest on performance days and on weekends in the summer months. If you’re going to a concert, arrive early enough to park your car, find the pavilion, and locate your seat.
Visiting the Museum at Bethel Woods
While at Bethel Woods, don’t miss the museum and its Woodstock and the Sixties exhibit. Enjoy discounted admission with a Bethel Woods concert ticket, but book your museum ticket in advance, as availability is limited on concert days. A docent-led tour is included in your visit. If the sun’s shining, stop by the Woodstock festival site. You’ll see a monument at Hurd Road and West Shore Road, then use an old festival map to explore.
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