Lake Welch Beach
Even in the inland area of Monroe locals can enjoy some time at the beach thanks to Lake Welch Beach at Harriman State Park. The beach is the largest in the park, sitting on the edge of a manmade lake that was created out of a small pond due to dam building in the early 1940s. All sorts of activities are available at the park, such as fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and camping at one of the nearby campgrounds. If you want to relax on the water with the cool breeze in your hair, then come on down to Lake Welch Beach.
Monroe's families depend on the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District to give their children an excellent education, and they do not end up disappointed. The school's mission is to provide a safe environment where students can achieve academic success, a mission bolstered by the schools' anti-bullying efforts. The district is academically ahead of the class, with high marks for all schools. The district also offers a full range of athletics programs to be sure that students develop themselves physically as well as mentally. These include football, basketball, swimming, wrestling, lacrosse, track and field, and plenty of other sports.
Monroe Cheese Festiva
One of Monroe's claims to fame is that it is the home of Velveeta Cheese, the beloved "cheese food" product that often forms the base for queso dip and grilled cheese sandwiches. Monroe celebrates this and the rest of the area's cheese history with the yearly Monroe Cheese Festival. The festival has many events, not the least of which is the Wine & Cheese Party where festival-goers can sample some local wares paired with fine wine. There are lots of family friendly events too like a parade, musical performances, a singing competition known as "Monroe Idol," and a cheesecake-eating contest.