How to Spend a Saturday on the Cold Spring Riverfront

Use this sample itinerary to plan your perfect warm summer day in Cold Spring.


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The Hudson Valley is a day-tripper’s paradise. Use our suggestions and recommendations when planning your own weekend excursion in Cold Spring.


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

This cheerful café opens early for breakfast and lunch, featuring fresh ingredients from local Hudson Valley farms. The market includes New York cheeses, baked goods, jams & jellies, grass-fed beef, and even coffee and teas. If that sounds like the makings of a fantastic picnic basket, Hudson Hil's agrees. They’ve partnered with Boscobel House in nearby Garrison to provide the favorite picnic destination with sandwiches and salads, snacks, sweets, and drink options for guests who’d rather not pack their own baskets. Which is actually a great idea….

129-131  Main Street

Wed-Mon 8 a.m.-4 p.m 

Related: Farm Fresh Brunch, and Other Entrees: a Love Story

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

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 taking 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 just oh-so-wisely picked up from Hudson Hil's after breakfast.

34 West Street

Caroline Kaye | courtesy of Moo Moo's Creamery

12:30 or 1-ish – Post-park ice cream at Moo Moo’s Creamery

You’re already there, 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 in 16 different varieties daily, but check their website to see the close to 100 popular flavors they can make. You can even order off-menu as they take requests!

32 West Street

Sun 12 p.m.-9:30p.m.
Mon-Thurs 1 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Fri 1 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sat 12 p.m.-10 p.m.


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 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.

68 Kemble Ave
Open year-round

Photo by Kate Walsh

4 p.m. - Antiquing on Main Street

Cold Spring is known for it's 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 smell the musty pressed roses.

77 Main Street
Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Related: Get Your Buzz on at Cold Spring's Barber & Brew

6 p.m. – Dinner

This is your improvisational portion of the evening. The natural beauty of Cold Spring’s parks and trails is matched only by the beauty of so 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).

Jennifer Zwarich | Courtesy Cold Spring Film Society


Dusk – Movie Night with the Cold Spring Film Society

We’re always suckers for a good outdoor movie. Head on back to Dockside park jus as the sun’s going down and take in a free Saturday evening film. (Or get there earlier if you want better seats.) The Cold Spring Film Society is a non-profit with the mission statement of “fostering good will, community fellowship and appreciation of the moving image arts by screening enjoyable films in local venues.” Recent selections have included Stand By Me, Rushmore, Song of the Sea, Psycho, and The Italian Job (the original); a little something for everybody.


Have your own ideas on how to spend a day on the Cold Spring riverfront? Tell us in the comments below! 

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