A Day Trip to Beacon, New York

A few weeks back I was surprised with a day trip. I had no idea where we were headed until we got to the train station. When we arrived; I could hardly believe I was still in New York. Beacon is an incredibly quaint city that reminded me a lot of small towns in Louisiana and overall a place I could see myself going again to escape the city.

How to Get There:

Beacon is right off the MetroNorth, and it is only an 80-minute train ride from Grand Central. If you’re driving, it’s about an hour and a half of a drive from New York on the Palisades Interstate Parkway. We took the MetroNorth which was the best option for us because after eating and site seeing a quick nap on the way home was much needed! MetroNorth also has a getaway package where you can buy round trip train tickets and an admission ticket to Dia:Beacon for only $39.50.


If you take MetroNorth to Beacon, Dia:Beacon will be right next to the station. Dia:Beacon is the quirky art museum where most of these photos above were shot, and it is a must. This one of a kind gallery is housed in an old printing factory and has tons of natural lighting and a variety of exhibits. Beacon itself has plenty of other smaller art galleries in town, but you could spend hours roaming around this spot.

Main Street

After you’re done roaming around Dia:Beacon, head over to Main Street for shopping, food and a quaint-small town environment. Every Sunday from April-November, they have a flea market from 8 am-3 pm, weather permitting, where you can shop pieces from 50+ different vendors. Main Street also has dozens of delicious farm-to-table restaurants, eclectic boutiques, and a pretty incredible distillery.

Nearby Spots:

If you opt to drive to Beacon, you can easily access other gems in the Hudson Valley: Storm King Art Center and  Graft Cider.  Also nearby is Woodbury Commons if you’re craving some outlet shopping.


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    Pretesia Hunt
    September 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I love it that there is so much green there. Unlike the city.

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