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Cold Spring in 24 Hours: How to Spend a Day Trip in Town

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Use this sample itinerary to plan a perfect weekend of dining, shopping, and strolling in the Hudson Valley’s lovely waterside town.

If the Hudson Valley is a day-tripper’s paradise, then Cold Spring is an absolute wonderland. With cozy cafés, riverside views, and artisanal shops, the waterfront town delights visitors and locals alike. Browse through our guide before you make a socially distant visit to town, then get exploring! If you find any hidden gems while you’re out and about, be sure to tag us @hudsonvalleymag on Instagram.


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9:30 a.m. – Grab breakfast at Hudson Hil’s Café & Market

This cheerful café opens early for breakfast and lunch and features fresh ingredients from local Hudson Valley farms.  The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor dining, and reservations are highly recommended. The market includes New York cheeses, baked goods, jams and jellies, grass-fed beef, and even coffee and teas, making it the perfect place to stop before a picnic in the area. If you plan to go here for your a.m. meal, just make sure to call in for a reservation in advance, since this spot is a local favorite on the weekends.

129-131 Main St


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11:00 a.m. – Pop over to Dockside Park in Cold Spring

It’s on the far end of West Street, right by the water, and it is gorgeous. Take a blanket, books, board games, a Frisbee, or whatever else you feel like toting along and just enjoy the glorious sunshine for a few hours. Soak up some rays right on the Hudson. Whenever you get hungry enough, bust out the provisions you oh-so-wisely picked up from Hudson Hil’s after breakfast.

34 West St

Moo Moo's Creamery

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12:30 p.m. – Post-park ice cream at Moo Moo’s Creamery or pastries at Paulette Cold Spring

You’re already there, since the park is literally next door to Moo Moo’s. You’d be a fool not to head in for a little delicious, high-quality, homemade ice cream (or a lot of it). Moo Moo’s rotates between 16 different varieties daily, but check the website to see the close to 100 popular flavors it can make.

Because Moo Moo’s is only open seasonally, Paulette Cold Spring is the perfect option for the winter season (or any season, really). Stop by for a coffee and sweet treat while browsing the curated selection of fashion and accessories inside the store.

32 West St and 75 Main St

2 p.m. – Walking audio tour of the West Point Foundry Preserve

Open dawn ‘til dusk, the Foundry Preserve offers both a lovely hike along the Hudson and the benefit of being an open-air museum of sorts for the ironworks that once supplied artillery to West Point. The exhibits are fascinating on their own, but, for the full experience check out www.foundrytour.org from any web-enabled device for a full audio-visual tour as you walk through the site. Give yourself a good two hours to explore one of Cold Spring’s top attractions.

68 Kemble Ave
Open year-round


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3 p.m. – Exploring Post War Italian Art 

Located in a 20,000-square-foot building, the Magazzino Italian Art center is a massive museum to explore outside central Cold Spring. The art center is a non-profit museum and research center that focuses on highlighting post war and contemporary art Italian artists in the United States. Admission is free but reservations are required in advance. 

2700 Route 9

Cold Spring

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4 p.m. – Antiquing on Main Street

Cold Spring is known for its antique shops. On your way back into town for supper, take a little time to peruse the local antique stores and curio shops that line Main Street. The Cold Spring Antique Center is a great place to stop and dive headfirst into the treasures of the past in the Hudson Valley.

77 Main St

6 p.m. – Grab dinner in Cold Spring

This is your improvisational portion of the evening. The natural beauty of Cold Spring’s parks and trails is matched only by its many wonderful restaurants. While there’s something for everyone – Asian, Italian, Latin, cafes, bistros, and even a few standard chains – some of our favorites include Riverview (classic American, wood-fired pizza, pasta, seafood, and some solid dessert choices), Cold Spring Depot (comfort food served in a converted 1893 train depot), and Doug’s Pretty Good Pub (don’t let the name fool you, this tongue-in-cheek pub offers “burgers,” “not burgers,” and “fried things” that are all solid picks, as well as a rotation of more than thirty beers on tap, about half of them brewed right here in New York).

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