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What to Do in Nyack: Spend a Day in This Peaceful Waterfront Town


With restaurants and shops galore, the Rockland County spot is the ideal destination for a Hudson Valley day trip and a reprieve from busy city life.

Nyack is a charming waterfront town in Rockland County just over the Mario Cuomo Bridge from Westchester County. Because Nyack is only 19 miles north of the Manhattan border, it’s the ideal destination for a day trip and a reprieve from the busy city life. Nyack gives you that small town feeling with an abundance of local businesses and is rich in history. Nyack offers something for everyone. In just one day, you’ll get your dose of nature, artisan shops, art, and adventure.

9 a.m. – Find your coffee fix at Boxer Donuts

Fuel up for your day ahead with freshly brewed Stumptown coffee and a homemade donut. Their house specialty is maple bacon but they also have seasonal flavors like apple cider.

18 N Franklin St, Nyack
Mon-Fri 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

10 a.m. – Get your dosage of nature at Nyack Beach State Park

Walk along Nyack beach and enjoy spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Mario Cuomo Bridge. The in and out trail is just over 2 miles but if you’re feeling up for a challenge, hike up Hook Mountain.

698 N Broadway, Nyack

12 p.m. – Take in some art at the Edward Hopper House

On the way back towards the epicenter of town, stop at the Edward Hopper House. The home, which was built in 1858 by Hopper’s maternal grandfather, was his childhood home. On the ground floor, there is a rotating display of contemporary artists. Another part of the house is dedicated to Hopper’s memorabilia and early work.

82 N Broadway, Nyack
Wed-Sun 12-5 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Eat a healthy lunch at Bari

After a brisk walk along Nyack Beach, nourish your body with a healthy lunch at Bari. Try one of their delicious smoothie bowls or a falafel bowl.

86 Main St, Nyack
Open daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

2 p.m. – Walk around the shops in Nyack on Main Street and Broadway

The Main Street Beat is owned by two musicians Jennifer and Amy who moved to Nyack from Brooklyn. This eclectic store sells more than vinyl records; there’s a unique collection of books and clothing that is reminiscent of the 80’s and 90’s.

95 Main St, Nyack
Wed-Fri 12-7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., 12-6 p.m.

Pickwick Book Store is truly a unique mom and pop shop. You might just walk past it but make sure you go inside because there are books piled up from the floor to the ceiling. The owner Jack Dunningan seems to know where each book is located. It is a Nyack institution.

8 S Broadway, Nyack
Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Crystals on the Rocks
From the novice stone and gem collector to the more metaphysical users, Crystals on the Rocks offers it all with their massive inventory and classes.

11 S Broadway, Nyack
Mon 12-5 p.m., Tues-Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Photo provided by Simard and Co.

4 p.m. – Cheese tasting at Simard and Co.

It’s time for a snack! Taste some cheese from the Loire valley or indulge in a decadent grilled cheese. Simard and Co. will fulfill of your cheese fantasies.

4 S Broadway, Nyack
Tues-Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

photo by Susan Stava

5 p.m. – Sunset sail with Nyack Boat Charter

Sail the Hudson River with Nyack Boat Charter and experience Nyack from a different perspective. Taste some of the local beer and wine that Rockland County has to offer and watch the sunset on the Hudson River. There’s truly no other experience quite like this one.

7 p.m. – Dine in a historic building at The Hudson House

Have dinner at this historic building that was a former village hall and jailhouse. It dates back to the 1800’s and is a landmark in Nyack. Make sure you leave room for co-owner Matt Hudson’s famous black bottom banana cream pie and butterscotch pudding.

134 Main St, Nyack
Tues-Thurs 4:30-10 p.m., Fri 4:30-11 p.m., Sat 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 4:30-11 p.m., Sun 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m.

Did we miss a spot? Let us know where to go to find the best of Nyack in the comments or by email at edit@hvmag.com.

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