Hastings on Hudson
Hastings-on-Hudson attracts residents with a penchant for the arts. Famed Hudson River School artist Jasper Cropsey once called this town home, and his former residence and studio, Ever Rest, is open for guided tours. The village’s quaint downtown is filled with eclectic shops and restaurants in all price ranges.
Hastings-on-Hudson owns 11 parks and fields for sports, but its biggest recreational draw is access to the Old Croton Aqueduct Trailway that follows the path of an aqueduct used to bring water from the Croton River to New York City during the 18th and 19th centuries. It runs 26 miles from its northernmost point, Croton Gorge Park, south to Van Cortlandt Park, affording spectacular views of the Palisades and Hudson River along the way.
Your Beyond-Perfect Day in Hastings-on-Hudson:
Brunch in the Village: Wild Culture Waffles is a can’t-miss quick bite for families, sample fresh-caught seafood at Bread & Brine fish house and raw bar, or mosey down to the saloon-style Maud’s Tavern.
Farmers market: Stop by the Saturday farmers market (late May through mid-November).
Shop the downtown: Stock up on vinyl at Clockwork Records, apothecary goods at Found Herbal, multilanguage books at Galapagos Books and antiques at Suburban Renewal. Eco-minded visitors can shop with a clear conscience at In2Green home goods, Fashion Without Trashin’ sustainable boutique and the Refill Room.
Hit the trail: Stroll or bike the Aqueduct trail.
Music and a view: End your day with live outdoor music at the Hastings-on-Hudson Sunset Concert Series, one of downtown’s Welcome Back outdoor dining events, or Hastings on Jazz concerts. Or, catch the sunset over dinner at Harvest on Hudson or sprawled on a blanket at a riverfront park—both Kinnally Cove and MacEachron Waterfront Park offer gorgeous views of New York City, the Palisades and the Hudson River.
Stay longer: Extend your getaway with a hotel stay.
- Newington-Cropsey Foundation Gallery of Art
- Hastings Historical Society, home to Draper Observatory, where some of the earliest photographs of the moon were taken.
- A variety of parks, such as MacEachron Waterfront Park and the dog-friendly Draper Park.
- Easy access by train from New York City and the Hudson Valley via Metro North’s Hudson Line.
Walks and bike rides:
- Hastings-on-Hudson to Dobbs Ferry—A Walk or Bike Ride Along the Aqueduct
- Historic Rivertowns Circuit
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