What is a Renaissance Faire?
A Renaissance Faire is a recreation of a Renaissance or Medieval village. It is filled with costumed actors, crafts and games to give patrons the illusion that they have stepped back in time. The New York Renaissance Faire features more than 125 performances on 20 stages, and over 100 craftspeople, all set within 65 acres of beautiful forest.
How long does it take to see everything?
It is quite impossible to see everything in one day. We recommend arriving as close to our 10:00 AM opening as possible and planning to spend at least 5 hours to see most of the key performances and have a chance to do some shopping.
I’ve been to another Renaissance Faire, is yours the same?
No. Renaissance Faires range from single weekend street shows to huge productions that run for several months. The New York Renaissance Faire has over 250 costumed actors, more than 20 independent specialty acts and over 100 craftspeople. The buildings of our village are permanent and the grounds are only used for the Faire.
Do you take your Faire to other locations?
No, however our parent company Renaissance Entertainment Productions produces two other Faires: the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, California and the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, Wisconsin (near Chicago.)
How long has the New York Renaissance Faire been operating?
Our first season was 1977! We’ve been celebrating for more than 38 years!
Do you close if it rains?
No. We are open rain or shine. There is shelter in the craft shoppes and other covered pavilion areas for heavy rain and some performances may be delayed or canceled if the rain is very hard and there is danger of performers being injured. Otherwise the show continues as scheduled.
How long does it take to get there from New York City?
We are approximately 45 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.
Is there a fee to park?
We offer a preferred parking lot close to the gate of the Faire for $10 per vehicle. There are free parking options further from the gate.
Is there public transportation available?
Yes! We have direct bus transportation provided by Shortline from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to the Faire. They offer either a round-trip bus-only ticket to the Faire OR a Day Trip Package which includes round-trip bus ticket plus Faire admission and a Faire Program. Please contact Shortline for further details: 1-800-631-8405 or shortlinebus.com.
Can I bring my pet?
No. Our insurance does not allow for the public to bring pets.
If I leave the Faire, can I come back during the same day?
Yes, but you must receive a hand stamp on your way out, and show this to the front gate personnel on your return back to the Faire.
Do you have a lost & found?
Yes, check the Information Booth to see if your item was returned.
Do you host weddings or private parties?
We do not have facilities for weddings, birthdays, corporate or private parties.
Are there hotels near the Faire?
Are the shows included in the admission price?
Yes! All 125-plus performances are included in the ticket price.
Are there VIP seating opportunities at any of your shows?
Yes. You can purchase VIP covered seating right on the edge of the action at our NEW Roselawn Tournament Jousting Field. Click here for more details.
What is a joust?
A joust is a form of competition between two knights upon horseback, in which they gallop toward each other carrying long poles called lances. They use the lances to try to knock each other off of their horses. Often the unhorsed knight will continue the fight with his (or her!) sword.
Are there shows suitable for children?
Yes! We have a variety of shows that are especially good for children. Kids can also be made a knight or lady of the realm at the Queen’s Knighting Ceremony, join Robin Hood’s Band, experience the magic of the Fairies in the Enchanted Forest and participate in the Maypole Dances! Check the stage schedules for exact performance dates & show times.
Are there other forms of entertainment besides shows?
Yes! You can shop among our crafts vendors, have your fortune told by one of our psychics, enjoy human-powered rides or try your hand at clever games of skill. These do have an extra charge.
Can I push a stroller around?
Yes! Much of our site has paved roads and nearly all of it is accessible with strollers.
Are there diaper changing facilities?
Yes! Our Royal Flush Privies feature diaper changing facilities in both the mens and ladies rooms and at the Parking Lot #2 restrooms.
Is there food my children will like?
Yes! We have pizza, turkey legs, bagel dogs, french fries, fried cheese, and pickles to name a few. We also have a large assortment of offerings for the sweettooth. Our complete menu is available here.
Can I come in costume?
Yes! Many of our visitors come in costumes ranging from simple to elaborate. It’s a great way to add extra fun to your day.
Do I have to come in costume?
No. We advise you to come and enjoy the Faire in comfortable clothing. Costumes are optional.
If I wear a costume do I get in free?
No. Unfortunately we cannot offer that as it would require our ticket takers to make judgement calls as to what constitutes a costume. With nearly 10,000 visitors per day this would hinder our ability to get people through the gates and in to where the fun is.
Can I rent a costume when I get there?
Yes! We have a shoppe called “The Belrose” which rents costumes by the day. This shoppe is located inside the Faire, near the Information Booth. The best choices are early in the day so plan to arrive as close to our 10:00 AM opening as possible. Child sized costumes range in price from $8 – $25 (Average price is $15.) Adult sized costumes range in price from $18 – $65 (Average price is $39.)
Visit www.thebelrose.com and click Renaissance Faires for more information.
Can I bring my costume weapon?
Yes! All weapons must be sheathed and peace-tied. This means they are sheathed in such a manner as to make them unable to draw. You may bring a bow and arrows, however the bow must be unstrung or strung with yarn or some other cord that cannot hold tension. Arrows must be untipped and peace-tied into their quiver. Our security personnel will check the weapons at the gate and will assist you if you need help with this.
Are there restrictions on costumes?
Yes. We encourage creativity and permit costumes from all eras and fantasy realms, but we must comply with Orange County decency laws. Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times.
Is the Faire wheelchair accessible?
Most areas of the Faire are handicapped accessible. A large percentage of the Faire has paved paths, with the remainder hard compacted gravel. We also have wheelchair accessible portable restroom facilities.
Can I rent a wheelchair there?
Yes. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available to borrow from the main office. They are first-come first-served. No reservations are taken.
Do you have motorized wheelchairs or scooters?
Sadly, we do not have any motorized chairs or scooters at this time.
I am on a restricted diet. What do I do about food?
The Faire offers a wide variety of food including vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. Our complete menu can be found here. If you are on a very special diet, you are welcome to return to your vehicle to eat. Please ensure that you receive a hand stamp on your way out so you can rejoin the fun!
I require a regular treatment which I will need to return to my car for. Will I be able to get back into the Faire?
Yes! Be sure to have your hand stamped on your way out and returning will be no problem.
Do you have medical staff available in case of emergencies?
Yes! Our emergency medical services are provided by RPS/Tuxedo Ambulance Corp. There is an ambulance stationed at First Aid throughout the day.
Are service animals allowed?
Yes! Service animals under the ADA are happily welcomed at the Faire.
How much does it cost?
Prices vary during the year. We often have special offers available through the website. Click here to see what is currently being offered.
Do I have to buy tickets at the gate?
No! Tickets are also available online via Ticketfly or at participating Walgreens locations Click here for all ticket information.
Do I have to purchase tickets for a specific date?
No. Advance tickets are good any one Faire day for the season.
Are there discount coupons available?
Yes! Our box office coupon is available here, in some local newspapers, and through Clipper Magazine.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes! VISA and MasterCard are accepted at the box office and the Renaissance Collection Shoppes. Many of our craftspeople also accept credit cards. All food and beverage stands are cash only. ATMs are available at the Faire.
How many people are required for group rates?
Group Rates are for groups of 15 or more. They must be purchased by credit card via phone only. 845-351-5171.
How much money should I bring?
A lot depends on your tastes and how long you plan to visit. Typically you should allow for $10-$15 per person for food and beverage. Crafts range anywhere from $1 through $5,000 and all prices in between. Games and rides are $1 -$2.
If I don’t bring enough cash is there a way to get more?
Yes! We have ATMs located near the Front Gate as well as on Spende Penny Lane near the Hawker’s Crossing Tavern.
What kind of food do you sell?
We have a wide variety of food ranging from simple to exotic. Roasted Turkey Legs might be considered the “don’t leave without trying one” Renaissance food. We’ve also expanded our menu to include vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options! Click here to see our complete menu.
What kind of beverages to you serve?
We serve a variety of Pepsi products, iced tea, lemonade and bottled water. Our specialty drinks and alcoholic selection can be found here.
What form of ID do I need to purchase alcohol?
We accept official state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards, Military IDs and passports. A valid ID must include photo and date of birth.
What is mead?
Mead is the oldest form of alcoholic beverage known to man. It is simply fermented honey made in a similar brewing process as beer.
Can I bring my own food or drink into the Faire?
No outside food or drink is permitted into the Faire. The Faire offers a wide variety of food including vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free. Our complete menu can be found here. If you cannot eat any of our food options, you are welcome to return to your vehicle to eat. Please ensure that you receive a hand stamp on your way out so you can rejoin the fun!