5 Things to Do in Cold Spring

Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

By Liza Rodriguez Krontilik July 7, 2021

Some times the biggest challenge in keeping the family happy is finding a place that can accommodate lots of different interests and personalities.  If this is your dilemma, then Cold Spring is for you as it has something for everyone.  Here are five things to do mostly year round!

1-Main Street: For those that enjoy shopping and hunting for unusual finds, you need to go antiquing on Main Street.  You can even have fun with the kiddos looking at old fashioned phones, retro toys, comic books and more!  Architecture buffs will enjoy the quaint homes that line village with their stunning details.  Of course, all this walking about certainly builds up an appetite and/or a need for sugar which brings me to my next point.

2- Ice Cream: Perhaps the hardest decision of the day will be WHERE to get a scoop.  You have Moo Moo's Creamery that makes its ice cream on premises and serves it the next day for premium freshness.  Homestyle Creamery was created when owners/ siblings Jason Elias and Laura Elias Timmons thought that pairing ice cream and desserts from their bakery Homestyle Desserts would be their best creation to date. Here you'll find things like warm pressed donut ice cream sandwiches to banana foster milkshakes.  Yum!

3. Hiking the Great Outdoors: Pretty much wherever you turn, the town is pretty much surrounded by Highlands State Park.  Two attractions encompassed in the Hudson Highlands include Little Stony Point Park and Breakneck Ridge (both along Route 9D on the way from Cold Spring to Beacon).  Little Stony Point is an easy place to bring littles as there is a large sandy beach.  However, families with more experienced hikers will find Breakneck Ridge absolutely breathtaking with its more challenging rock scramble.

4.Trolley:  All aboard!  The Cold Spring Trolley operates Saturdays and Sundays (Memorial Day to Veterans Day Weekend) with stops at Cold Spring MetroNorth train station, Main Street, Putnam History Museum, Boscobel and Magazzino Italian Art.  More on schedule here.

5. Hit the Water: For those seeking adventure, hit up Hudson River Expeditions for kayak and stand-up paddleboard tours, rentals, and instruction for the novice to the experienced paddler.  If you are looking to travel back in time, check out Foundry Dock Park.  Once upon a time, this riverfront oasis was once the busy loading dock of the West Point Foundry, an important 19th-century ironworks (located nearby in what’s now our West Point Foundry Preserve). In addition to offering magnificent views of the Hudson Highlands, Foundry Dock Park is a great place to begin excursions into Foundry Cove and Audubon New York’s Constitution Marsh Sanctuary, havens for waterfowl and migratory birds.