New York Renaissance Faire with Kids

After years of hearing about and seeing pictures of the Renaissance Faire, we finally went. It was a 600 degree day. It was super hot (bring a hat, sunblock and water). It was a lot of fun for everyone.

Renaissance Faire in NY. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Renaissance Faire in NY. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

If you haven’t been, here’s what to expect.

The Faire is set up like a village, with actual buildings that are adorable, fields, stages, woods, a lake and more. It’s on 65 acres of land (we got lost a number of times), and has 20 stages and 100 craftspeople. Plus 250 costumed actors – plus costumed guests. You won’t be bored!

Castles to explore at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Castles to explore at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

 

  • Everyone (almost everyone) dresses up. Costumes, make-up, hair, you name it. The costumes were fantastic. We wore regular clothes. It’s okay, no one threw things at us.
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  • It’s great people watching. Such an interesting crowd.
  • Lots of entertainment. You can see everything, but take a look at the schedule when you get in, so you can pick out what you want to see. Some of our favorites were
  • Expect crowds (no shock there)
You can get your hair or make-up done at the NY Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
You can get your hair or make-up done at the NY Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

People were friendly and there were lots of kids. I went with a group of teens, who all had fun – several of them go yearly.

Entertainment

There’s lots of free (and fun) entertainment – see the stage schedule here. We started out watching a father/son team in a comedy routine that ended up with knife throwing (that’s an audience member getting knives thrown at her).

Knife throwing at the NY Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Knife throwing at the NY Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We watched a female Shakespeare troupe that was funny, as well as our favorite, Ded Bob. This was a super funny act that you should not bring the little ones too. We weren’t even supposed to bring our 12 year old, but we did – and it was the highlight of his day. Inappropriate humor – imaging a tween loving that!

Ded Bob at the NY Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Ded Bob at the NY Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

There’s also jousting, human chess (that one went on forever and was a bit boring, but we liked the set-up). Also listened to some singers and other side entertainers.

There’s a glass blowing demo as well as glass for sale. Maybe they have a different guy this year – not sure. The one last year bored us to tears and it was hot hanging out by the oven, imagine that.

Just walking around is fun. There’s a fairy trail with some little fairy villages on the hillside.

There were plenty of activities focused on the kids, plus parades.

Plenty of paid activities as well:

Archery at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Archery at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

My son had fun shooting some arrows at the archery booth. You can get your fortune told by one of several psychics.

Psychics at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Psychics at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Get your aggression out throwing tomatoes. I saw very few people hit the target, but it was still good to watch.

Tomato throwing at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Tomato throwing at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Get out on the water – rent a boat!

Boating at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Boating at the New York Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

As it’s set up like a village, there are lots of cute shops to explore. You can even rent a costume!

Rent a costume or buy one while you're here. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Rent a costume or buy one while you’re here. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Your kids will be interested in the small games and rides area. I almost forgot about that, because my kids are now too old!

 

Good to know: 

-strollers are allowed. Much of the grounds are wheelchair accessible. They have regular bathrooms (not porta-potties)

-they have a variety of food for purchase (no outside food, but I don’t recall them checking our bags too carefully), including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and food kids like. The Renaissance Faire website has a list of vendors and offerings.

-you can buy alcoholic drinks there

Lots of food for sale at the Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Lots of food for sale at the Renaissance Faire. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

When: August 6-October 2, 2016 (Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Different weekends have different themes, so if that’s of interest, check it out before planning your date.

Where: Tuxedo Park, NY

Fun stuff to buy and play with. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Fun stuff to buy and play with. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Tickets to the New York Renaissance Faire:

Tickets are $25/adult, $12/child ages 5-12, $20/seniors 62+, $20/military with ID, free ages 4 and under

Discount tickets to the New York Renaissance Faire:

There are several places to get New York Renaissance Faire discounted tickets or codes.

Goldstar offers tickets for $21.

-Get $20 tickets at Walgreens ($10 for kids)

-Join the Renaissance Faire mailing list and get a coupon mailed to you (undisclosed discount – I didn’t sign up)

-Advanced tickets are good for any day.

-Look for coupons in Clipper Magazine and some newspaper ads.

Everything done in the spirit of the Renaissance. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Everything done in the spirit of the Renaissance. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

Parking: There are 2 options – preferred parking across from the gate for $10, or free parking further away. There’s a bathroom by the paid lot, by the way.

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