New York January 16, 2017
5 Incredible New York Day Trips You Can Take By Train
New York is a considerably large state, so we couldn’t be more thankful for that vast railroad systems that give us the ability to quickly travel around our various regions. There are a handful of scenic train rides that you can experience during our warmer months, but one railroad you can always count on? The Metro-North! The Metro-North Railroad features the
Hudson Line, running along the Hudson River and allowing you to see some of the Empire State’s most exciting and historic locations. There are quite a few stations that you can visit on this line, but the five we’ve featured below make for unforgettable day trips.
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One of our favorite places to visit along the Metro-North Hudson Line, the city of Beacon is full of charm. Hop off at the Beacon station and you'll be close enough to walk to most of the city's exciting attractions, unless it's too cold out then you can take the quickest cab ride of your life. Just a half-mile from the station, you'll find
, an art museum that's currently open Friday through Monday from 11AM to 4PM.
After making your way through the museum where you'll be able to soak in electrifying exhibits, you can dine at one of New York's uniquely themed restaurants. A two-minute car ride from Dia:Beacon and a four-minute car ride from the train station,
-themed restaurant. Even if you're not familiar with the British TV show, you'll love the menu that this place has to offer and it's quirky characteristics.
Another stop that's worth hopping off the Metro North for is the village of Tarrytown. In the village you'll find enchanting locations like
, a historic mansion that you can take guided tours of that's less than ten minutes south of the train station.
Other areas you should check out in town? The
Tarrytown Music Hall
is a great place to check out not only live music, but screenings of your favorite movies and other live performances. If you decide to check out the music hall, afterwards you can walk directly across the street to
. Closed on Mondays, the Portuguese restaurant is known for their amazing pasta and other specialty menu items.
3. Sleepy Hollow
The best part about Tarrytown's station along the Metro North Railroad, is that it gives you the best of both worlds. Not only can you get off at this station and explore the village of Tarrytown, if you head north you'll be able to explore all that there is in the village of Sleepy Hollow. Aside from visiting obvious locations like the
Original Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
, other locations like the historic
are worth checking out as well. Visitors who decide to visit the historic site will be able to step back into the year 1750, diving into its history of once being a farming, milling and trading center.
If it's warm enough and you're looking to visit out near the water, you can head towards the Hudson to take a look at the Tarrytown Lighthouse! From
Kingsland Point Park
you'll be able to view the lighthouse and other amazing views from this waterfront park that's just a ten-minute car ride from the Tarrytown train station.
Our Peekskill station is for our adventurers! The scenic station is less than a 15-minute car ride from
Bear Mountain State Park
, one of our more unique state parks that has so much to offer. Explorers will have the options of visiting the park's museum, enjoying a waterfront view of Hessian Lake or exploring the endless
that will lead you to incredible places. You could easily spend an entire day exploring this state park that covers over 5,000 acres of New York!
Like so many of the towns and cities you'll find along the Hudson River, the village of Croton-on-Hudson is filled with fascinating history. Those who are looking to take a step back in time and explore a National Historic Landmark can make the
Van Cortlandt Manor
their first stop. Many make a point to visit the historic site during the fall when they throw their famous
Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
, but throughout the year visitors can also explore the gorgeous gardens and take walks by the Croton River while learning about the areas history. The site is less than a five-minute car ride from the Croton-Harmon station.
Another area you'll want to see while you're in town? The
Croton Gorge Park
! The Westchester County park is just a ten-minute car ride away from the train station, the perfect place to take enjoy a picnic during our warmer months. Explore this 97-acre park and you'll be able to see the New Croton Dam that offers amazing views from the top. The park is open all year long from 8AM until dusk.
Do you have a favorite place to visit along the Metro North Railroad? For more fantastic adventures, check out these
9 Epic Train Rides In New York That Will Give You An Unforgettable Experience!