Trees, Mountains, the Hudson River, small towns and bustling cities. Welcome to the Hudson Valley, a mix of old and new, history and art. Because of all these things, it’s very easy to plan Hudson Valley Day Trips several times a year.
There is so much to do in the Hudson Valley, that it seems like the list is endless. With every season, comes new opportunities to do new and exciting things.
If you’re looking to plan your own perfect Hudson Valley day trip, I’m breaking down the top tips and the best things to do to make your Hudson Valley Day Trips successful, special, easy and most of all – Fun.
Ready to plan your own Hudson Valley day trips? Get inspired and start planning!
How to Plan perfect Hudson Valley Day Trips
What to Know before you take your Hudson Valley Day Trips:
> Depending on the season, the weather in the Hudson Valley is not always predictable. Check the weather beforehand to make sure you are prepared for any changes.
> Weather is also vastly different depending on the area of the Hudson Valley where you are traveling: Lower Hudson Valley, Mid-Hudson Valley, Upper Hudson Valley. Plan accordingly.
> For Autumn: The best leaf-peeping times are between October and November. Leaves in the Lower Hudson Valley change over later than the ones in the Upper Hudson Valley.
> You can access many parts of the Hudson Valley without a car, but it’s best to have a car if you’ll be visiting several locations in one day or in a weekend.
> The Hudson Valley has many fantastic events going on throughout the year. There are events for art lovers, food lovers, music lovers, etc. Plan your getaway around an event and make it extra-special.
> Some of the locations listed in this post are open seasonally, typically from April through November. Check each individual website for updated information.
How to get to the Hudson Valley
Taking the train from NYC to the Hudson Valley is quite simple. There are five train lines that will take you to different areas of the Hudson Valley.
The Metro-North Train system is fairly reliable. Once you arrive at your stop, there are usually taxi services that can easily take you to your destination. Some toys are located near the train stations, so all you need are a good pair of shoes and you’re on your way!
The Metro-North Lines are:
- Hudson Line
- New Haven Line
- Port Jervis Line
- Harlem Line
- Pascack Line
A list of the stops associated with the various Metro-North lines can be found here.
If you’re planning to fly into the Hudson Valley region, there are several options available to you.
Your choices differ greatly depending on where your final destination is.
Hudson Valley Day Trips
Hudson Valley Day Trips For Art Lovers
Visit Storm King Art Center
Take a stroll through this open-air museum in New Windsor, NY. Storm King Art Center is home to large-scale sculptures and is an impressive place to visit. In addition to the works displayed during their season (April – November), they also have special events throughout the year, such as their winter weekends.
Go to Opus 40
This impressive sculpture created by Harvey Fite is located in Saugerties, NY, and is made of the blue quarry from this land. The most interesting part is that the sculpture is comprised of ramps and pedestals that you can walk on. You must see Opus 40 to believe it and you can visit this impressive place from May – November.
Visit a former Nabisco printing plant turned into an art museum. Walk around DIA:Beacon, both inside and out, while admiring award-winning art and installations. The permanent exhibitions and visiting artwork will mesmerize and inspire you. Open year-round, this museum is conveniently located near the Beacon Train Station.
READ MORE ABOUT DIA:BEACON
Check out the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
If you’re looking to spend the day in New Paltz, then a visit to the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art should be on your list. In addition to being located on the campus of SUNY New Paltz, the museum houses over 6,000 pieces of art and is an important influencer in the Hudson Valley when it comes to art. Open year-round, they welcome all visitors to enjoy their permanent and temporary exhibits.
Hudson Valley Day Trips For Nature Lovers
Visit Untermyer Gardens
A visit to Untermyer Park & Gardens is essential for anyone who wants to be amazed and enchanted. This ‘Walled Garden’, located in Yonkers, NY, is an impressive place to spend an afternoon. The park & garden overlooking the Hudson River is open year-round and, best of all, it’s free to visit.
Discover Stonecrop Gardens
Discover a splendid garden high up in the Hudson Highlands with a visit to Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY. Open from April through the end of October, a visit to this magnificent garden is essentially perfect for any day away from the busyness of life.
Visit the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park
Walk over the Hudson River on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Connecting Highland, NY to Poughkeepsie, NY, this spectacular structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is open year-round. It’s a popular place for walkers, joggers, bikers and rollerbladers. They also host popular events throughout the year.
Explore Croton Gorge Park & Old Croton Aqueduct State Park
You can fish, picnic, hike and take amazing photos of the Croton Dam and the spillway at Croton Gorge Park, located in Cortlandt, NY. This popular park consists of over 90 acres and is the beginning of the Old Croton Aqueduct. Cross-country skiing and sledding are popular here during the winter.
Hudson Valley Day Trips For History Lovers
Tour West Point & Visit the West Point Museum
Take a guided tour of Historic West Point and the United States Military Academy offered by West Point Tours. Choose from a one-hour or two-hour tour and then make your way to the West Point Museum and Frederic V Malek Visitors Center.
Spend an afternoon at West Point, the West Point Museum and the Frederic V Malek West Point Visitors Center. West Point Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets historically significant artifacts pertaining to the United States Military Academy, United States Army and the Profession of Arms. The Visitors Center Exhibits include a full-scale cadet barracks room, a cadet uniform room, cadet daily life, academic fields of endeavor and the admissions process.
READ MORE ABOUT THE WEST POINT MUSEUM &
THE FREDERIC MALEK VISITORS CENTER
Explore Boscobel House & Gardens
Visit a majestic historic home overlooking the Hudson River in Garrison, NY. Boscobel House & Gardens is unique because it was saved in pieces and rebuilt in another area of New York as a piece of art. Open for tours from mid-April through December, admission to the house, gardens, grounds and seasonal exhibition takes place every day, except for Tuesdays.
Take the Bannerman Castle Tour
Take a ferry ride on the Hudson River, from Beacon or Newburgh, and learn all about Bannerman Castle located on Pollepel Island. They offer several tour options that do not disappoint. Although you cannot enter Bannerman Castle, there are still plenty of photo opportunities on the tour. Open seasonally, they also host musical performances and outdoor movies.
Go to Washington Headquarter State Historic Site
Stand where George Washington stood when visiting Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site in Newburgh, NY. Open year-round for tours of Hasbrouck House, this majestic property overlooking the Hudson River played an important role during the last year of the Revolutionary War.
Tour Historic Huguenot Street
Here is another reason to visit New Paltz. Stroll down Historic Huguenot Street, lined with original 18th-century homes that are in their original village setting. Open from May through December, guided tours are available.
Hudson Valley Day Trips for Wine Lovers
Shawangunk Wine Trail
The Shawangunk Wine Trail is located between Ulster and Orange counties. Most of the 15 members of the wine trail are easily accessible by way of Interstate 87 and Interstate 84.
This 80-mile trail is full of award-winning wineries that not only offer tastings but also offer special events during the majority of the year. It’s easy to plan a Hudson Valley Day Trip visiting these wonderful wineries.
Here is a sample of some of the popular wineries:
> Angry Orchards, Walden, NY
> Benmarl Winery, Marlboro, NY
> Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville, NY
> Palaia Winery & Meadery, Highland Mills, NY
> Robibero Winery, New Paltz, NY
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