Your Tale Begins Here!

Two of the most scenic rivers in the United States have attracted visitors to New York for hundreds of years. The fascinating tales they tell come alive through their museums, historic sites, parks, events and art institutions. Come explore the region's rich history. It will leave you with tales to tell of your own.

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Site of the 1969 Woodstock festival on 800 acres of manicured grounds, the center offers multiple stages with diverse artists and performances, an award-winning museum, and educational programs in arts, history, and civic engagement.

200 Hurd Road, Bethel 12720 | 866-781-2922 |

Sullivan County

Byrdcliffe Art Colony

A locus for inspiration and creative collaboration for artists, students, arts professionals, and the public.

34 Tinker Street, Woodstock 12498 | 845-679-2079 |

Ulster County

Dia: Beacon

Houses Dia Art Foundation's renowned collection, comprising art from the 1960s to the present. 300,000 square-foot facility located on the Hudson River

3 Beekman Street, Beacon 12508 | 845-440-0100 |

Dutchess County

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

Permanent exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt presidency beginning in the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal years and World War II. Special interactives, immersive audio-visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts

4079 Albany Post Road, Route 9, Hyde Park 12538 | 800-FDR-VISIT |

Dutchess County

Hudson River Museum

Six modern galleries with 19th and 20th century American art, the restored Glenview mansion, and interactive Hudson Riverama permanent installation. Hands-on exhibits for children, with weekends featuring a 45-minute star show in the Andrus Planetarium

511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers 10701 | 914-963-4550 |

Westchester County

Neuberger Museum of Art

One of the region's finest cultural resources, featuring 10-12 changing exhibitions annually of modern, contemporary and emerging artists, as well as a permanent exhibition of African art.

735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase 10577 | 914-251-6100 |

Westchester County

Opus 40

Six-acre environmental bluestone sculpture built from an abandoned quarry by one man, Harvey Fite. Open to the public.

50 Fite Road, Saugerties 12477 | 845-246-3400 |

Ulster County

Senate House Museum

Located adjacent to the Senate House, the two-story, limestone-faced colonial revival structure was built in 1927 to house its expanded collections.

296 Fair Street, Kingston 12401 | 845-338-2786 |

Ulster County

Storm King Art Center

500-acre, world-renowned outdoor sculpture park and museum known for its harmonious, yet dramatic interaction with the surrounding landscape. Guided tours, family programs, concerts, hikes and café. Handicap accessible tram tours. Bicycle rentals.

1 Museum Road, New Windsor 12553 | 845-534-3115 |

Orange County


Sitting on 45-acres, the Boscobel House and Gardens showcase early 19th-century Federal design overlooking Constitution Marsh. Includes a museum, and serves as home of the annual Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

1601 Route 9D, Garrison 10524 | 845-265-3638 |

Putnam County

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, "Val-Kill"

"Val-Kill," the home of First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Includes memorial garden, grounds, and hiking trails.

Route 9G, Hyde Park 12538 | 845-229-9115 | or

Dutchess County

Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Springwood, lifelong home of 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Includes his and Eleanor's gravesites, rose garden, grounds, stable and hiking trails.

Route 9, Hyde Park 12538 | 845-229-9115 | or

Dutchess County

Hasbrouck House

An outstanding example of Dutch stone house architecture of the early 1700s, with a huge beehive chimney of imported brick, long center beam and enormous loft, reflecting the economic and class standing of its builder.

Huguenot Street and Front Street, New Paltz 12561 | 845-687-0736 |

Ulster County

Historic Huguenot Street

10-acre National Historic Landmark District preserves the village created by Huguenot refugees who founded New Paltz. Includes a visitor center, seven early-1700s stone houses, reconstructed Huguenot church, exhibit and program spaces, archaeological sites and burial ground.

88 Huguenot Street, New Paltz 12561 | 845-255-1660 |

Ulster County

Kiersted House

An architecturally significant example of early 18th- and 19th-century building practices. The homestead's first recorded owner was Hiskia Dubois in 1724, later purchased by Dr. Christopher Kiersted in 1773.

119 Main Street, Saugerties 12477 | 845-246-9529 |

Ulster County

Kykuit - the Rockefeller Estate

Landmark home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Tours of the main rooms of the stone house, terraced gardens with a collection of 20th century sculpture; art galleries with works of Picasso, Moore, Calder, Nevelson and Smith; and Coach Barn.

381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow 10591 | 914-631-9491 |

Westchester County

Locust Grove Estate

Historic country estate includes 40-room Italianate mansion featuring original furniture and paintings, Carriage House, 180 acres of historic gardens with Hudson River views, carriage roads, and visitor center with exhibit galleries.

2683 South Road, Route 9, Poughkeepsie 12601 | 845-454-4500 |

Dutchess County


1838 Gothic Revival mansion designed by Alexander Jackson Davis overlooks the Hudson River. Owned by railroad magnate Jay Gould after 1880, the mansion is fully furnished and contains collections of 19th and 20th century decorative arts.

635 South Broadway (Route 9), Tarrytown 10591 | 914-631-4481 |

Westchester County

Montgomery Place Historic Estate

380-acre National Historic Landmark estate with A.J. Davis-designed, neo-classical style mansion, gardens, landscaped grounds, waterfalls and views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. Self-guided tours of the grounds with picnicking.

River Road, Route 103, Annandale-on-Hudson 12571 | 845-758-1036 |

Dutchess County

Philipsburg Manor

Late 17th-early 18th century milling, farming and trading complex was part of the Philipse estate, tenanted European farmers, operated by enslaved Africans. Costumed interpreters lead tours of the manor house, grist mill, barn, slave garden and farmhouse. Museum shop, picnic area, and café.

Route 9, Tarrytown 10591 | 914-631-3992 |

Westchester County

Staatsburgh State Historic Site - Mills Mansion

The country home of Ogden and Ruth Livingston Mills, remodeled by McKim, Mead and White in 1895-96, represents the "Downton Abbey lifestyle" in turn-of-the-century America. Located on 192 acres directly on the Hudson River in Mills-Norrie State Park.

75 Mills Mansion Dr. (off Old Post Rd.), Staatsburg 12580 | 845-889-8851 |

Dutchess County


The cozy "snuggery" of beloved author Washington Irving, whose Legend of Sleepy Hollow has delighted generations of readers. The charming home sits on the banks of the Hudson amid a romantic landscape. Museum gift shop and picnic area; tours led by costumed guides.

West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown 10591 | 914-591-8763 |

Dutchess County

Top Cottage

FDR's hilltop retreat from 1938-1945, Top Cottage was designed by FDR specifically to accommodate his disability. Includes grounds and hiking trails.

Route 9, Hyde Park 12538 | 845-229-9115 | or

Dutchess County

Van Cortlandt Manor

Once the home of New York's prominent Van Cortlandt family, the Manor contains an outstanding collection of American decorative arts, beautiful gardens, a tenant farmer's house, and tavern. Museum gift shop and picnic area. Tours led by costumed guides.

South Riverside Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson 10520 | 914-271-8981 |

Westchester County

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Gilded Age mansion was the home of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt from 1896-1938. Includes formal gardens, grounds, hiking trails and spectacular views of the Hudson River.

Route 9, Hyde Park 12538 | 845-229-9115 | or

Dutchess County


Victorian home of Margaret (Daisy) Suckley, cousin and confidante of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Queen Anne-style mansion, designed by J.B. Tiffany; grounds designed by Calvert Vaux. Tours, walking trails, gift shop and Hudson River views.

330 Morton Road, Rhinebeck 12572 | 845-876-4818 |

Dutchess County

Fort Montgomery State Historic Site

Scene of a fierce Revolutionary War battle for control of the Hudson River. Museum with movie and exhibits, interpretive programs by costumed staff, and hiking trails past historic ruins with views of the Hudson River. Footbridge connects with Trailside Museums and Zoo.

690 Route 9W, Fort Montgomery 10922 | 845-446-2134 |

Orange County

Stony Point Battlefield

Site of the last major Revolutionary War battle in the north.

44 Battlefield Road, Stony Point 10980 | 845-786-2521 |

Rockland County

United States Military Academy at West Point

Guided tours of the U.S. Military Academy trace the footsteps of our country's great leaders, with spectacular views of the Hudson River. Tour buses depart daily from the West Point Visitor Center.

2107 New South Post Road, West Point 10996 | 845-446-4724 |

Orange County

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

Gen. George Washington made this fieldstone farmhouse his Continental Army headquarters and spent more time here than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. In 1850 the property became the nation's first public historic site.

4 Liberty Street, Newburgh 12550 | 845-562-1195 |

Orange County

Bear Mountain State Park

The 2100-mile Appalachian Trail was born here in 1933. Site of a Revolutionary War fort, the park includes a tower with scenic views, hiking trails, zoo, boating, playing fields, a museum and wildlife center, carousel, and an historic inn.

Route 9, Bear Mountain 10911 | 845-786-2701 |

Orange/Rockland County

Walkway Over the Hudson

Parking and access: Formerly a railroad bridge c. 1888, this 1.28 mile long "park in the sky" offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and connects to 18 miles of contiguous rail trails in Dutchess and Ulster counties. Non-motorized vehicles and dogs allowed.

Dutchess: 61 Parker Avenue and Washington Street, Poughkeepsie 12601 Ulster: Haviland Road, Highland 12528 | 845-454-9649 | or

Dutchess/Ulster County

West Point Foundry Preserve

Located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, the Preserve offers hiking, picnicking, sightseeing and other outdoor activities. A half-mile hiking trail offers views of the historic landmarks left behind from Foundry.

68 Kemble Ave., Cold Spring 10516 | 845-473-4440 |

Putnam County