The New York Renaissance Faire opened up last weekend and runs through September 21st. The whole family jumped into a Zipcar minivan (yes, don’t judge) and did the easy 1-hour drive from New York City to Tuxedo Park, New York. While there, we rounded up 8 helpful tips for other families who will be heading up and enjoying a step back in time to 16th Century Elizabethan England.
8 Tips to Know Before Going to the New York Renaissance Faire
1. Spend the $10 on the “VIP” parking. It’s closer to the entrance, and with kids, it’s just easier.
2. Bring a lot of cash. Everything that you do once you are in the Renaissance Faire requires money: camel rides, the dungeon museum, the maze, games, rides, face painting, and of course food, requires cash-money. There are ATM’s at the entrance but if you run out of cash, you’ll have to go back to the entrance, and you don’t want to do that.
3. Bring sunscreen and bug spray. It’s all outdoors, and if it is a nice day, you’ll definitely get some color. Also, its in the middle of the woods, so there’s a lot of trees and grass so if you are like me and attract bugs, bring the bug spray.
4. Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking around basically on unpaved sidewalks and grass, so make sure your feet are comfortable!
5. Costumes or no costumes? It’s about 50/50 here on whether attendees go all out and wear full-on costumes or, they go like our family in regular clothes. Whatever is most comfortable for you is always the best. BUT, just remember that going to the bathroom in a full ballgown can be a little challenging. Especially in a port-o-potty.
6. The Bathroom Situation. There are many port-o-pottys around, so you won’t have any issues finding one. Bringing hand sanitizer can make you feel better after a port-o-potty visit. There is one real bathroom area (with toilets that flush, soap and sinks with running water) at the opposite end of the park entrance, near the Kissing Bridge, just past the food court area. Again, if you are wearing a renaissance outfit, disrobing in a porta-potty could be a bit… cumbersome.
7. Bring Strollers especially if your kids are young. Don’t expect them to walk. There’s a lot of walking around.
8. There are healthy food options. We enjoyed the Mediterranean salad at Real Falafel and Sir George’s Garden have salad options. There are many food stalls, just wander around, you’ll find something good and yummy.
The New York Renaissance Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, 10am – 7pm; and runs through September 21st. For more information and tickets, visit New York Renaissance Faire, and explore the interactive map.
I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are mine.