Span Sights, History & Dine in PeekskillYear Round
Located just under an hour train ride up the Metro-North's Hudson Line, you'll find the City of Peekskill situated on a bay along the east side of the Hudson River. Home to the original CRAYOLA factory, Peekskill is a flitting mix of restaurateurs, artists, young families, long-time residents and weekend visitors.
Explore Downtown and the Riverfront
Peekskill today is celebrated as one of Westchester's most vibrant downtown and riverfront communities. A compact, highly walkable city, access to everything from art galleries, bookstores, and records shops to jewelry boutiques and thrift stores is within easy reach. No matter what you're craving, Downtown Peekskill is a destination for a hot cup of joe, salon-style tea, handspun pizzas, California rolls and more.
Peekskill’s waterfront, with over three miles of continuous parkland, is a regional destination with a variety of active and passive recreation, as well as breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Just steps away from the train station, the waterfront is also home to many outdoor public art sculptures.
A short one-minute walk from the Metro-North station is Peekskill’s Lincoln Depot Museum, a 3,000-square foot 19th Century freight and passenger rail depot where President-elect Abraham Lincoln stopped to greet New Yorkers on February 19, 1861 during his inaugural train ride between Springfield, IL and Washington, DC.
History enthusiasts can also grab a Lyft or Uber and head to West Point for a tour. The one hour and 15 minute tour is the perfect introduction to this historic landmark. Docents lead informative tours that explore America's past as it relates to West Point, on the way pointing out the most impressive vistas of the Hudson Highlands.
Admiring the Arts
Peekskill is home to a robust, diverse arts community. The Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) works with an international roster of renowned artists as well as emerging local talent in their 12,000 square foot exhibition space. Visit the Peekskill Arts Alliance for information on a wealth of nearby galleries and local artists.
About 4 minutes northeast from Peekskill station, you'll find Pedal Peekskill Bicycle Rentals where you can conveniently rent a bike and embark on a two-wheeled journey through Historic Peekskill. While exploring, you can also sample some of Westchester's best restaurants or ride to Blue Mountain Reservation amongst other things.
Get the Most Out of Your Trip
For more ideas on what to see and do in this charming, vibrant city, check out Escape Brooklyn’s Guide to Peekskill and the Peekskill Business Improvement District’s Discover Peekskill website. Those interested in Peekskill’s multimedia offerings can also browse the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce’s Arts Industry Media (AIM) Media Directory.
Take the Hudson line to Peekskill Station.
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