Cold Spring became a popular day trip in recent years thanks to its Metro-North accessibility, its distance from one of the region’s most popular hikes, and a wave of Brooklyn-leaning shops. Beyond its Main Street, the village and its surrounding area have an uncommon number and variety of day-trip-worthy options.
Whether you’re into nature or architecture, shopping or art, Cold Spring is a consistent crowd-pleaser. With its distance from NYC, it also is one of the lower Hudson Valley’s most accessible day trip options – by train or car.
Things to Do In Cold Spring
– Main Street: Cold Spring’s main drag is lined with local shops and cafés. Hip spots like Cold Spring Apothecary and Old Souls are balanced with antique stores and local art galleries. The Shoppes, one of the more unique spots, features a collection of compartmentalized shops selling everything from vinyl to boutique soap to miniatures.
– Riverfront: The plaza at the end of Main Street and the adjacent Dockside Park are taking in scenic views of the Hudson & Storm King State Park across the way. In the summer, the Cold Spring Film Society screens movies in the park. Nearby, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are possible via Hudson River Expeditions.
– West Point Foundry Preserve (Free): WPFP is one of the Hudson Valley’s most unique and historic public parks. Originally the site of an 1800s industrial manufacturing operation, the park features easy-going wooded trails that take you through ruins, a waterfall, and sculpture. Best of all, it’s walking distance from the Cold Spring station.
– Magazzino Italian Art (Free): Magazzino is a young and unique museum that’s dedicated to showcasing contemporary Italian art. A free shuttle runs between the Cold Spring station and museum on weekends.
– Hiking: The trailheads for a few hikes are just a 20-minute walk from Cold Spring station:
– Bull Hill (AllTrails; Moderate, ~6 miles)
– Cornish Estate Ruins (AllTrails; Easy, ~1.8 miles)
– Little Stony Point (Easy, ~1 mile)
– Breakneck Ridge (AllTrails; Hard, ~3.2 miles) is the area’s most popular hike. The trailhead is a 10-minute walk from the Breakneck Ridge Metro-North stop (one stop past Cold Spring). Expect crowds!
Things to Do Near Cold Spring (With a Car) ⇧
– Manitoga (Tour: $20, Trails: Free): The estate of industrial designer Russel Wright and National Historic Landmark is a magical place where architecture flows with nature. Visit either for the experimental architecture or the meditative trails.
– Stonecrop Gardens ($10): Stonecrop Gardens is a place of both nature and experimentation. At an elevation of 1,100 feet, you’ll find 15 acres of distinct landscapes and rare plants. Open between April and October.
– Boscobel House & Gardens ($12): The early-1800s estate is a destination both for its historic architecture & decor and its gardens & woodland trails. Open April through December.
– Constitution Marsh & Indian Brook Falls: The nearby nature combo features a boardwalk stroll through a marsh, a bird sanctuary, and a waterfall. Note: there’s limited parking so avoid popular times if possible.
Where to Eat in Cold Spring ⇧
– Hudson Hil’s Market & Café: Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, Reservations Recommended
– Rincon Argentino: Empanadas, Desserts, Coffee
– Doug’s Pretty Good Pub: Burgers, Beer
– Juanita’s Kitchen: Mexican
– Moo Moo’s Creamery: Ice Cream