What's the Best Local Day Trip Destination Accessible by Mass Transit?

You want to take a day trip in the Hudson Valley but don't have a car. Where would you go?

A couple from Denmark visiting New York City said they wanted to take a day trip "upstate." They don't have a car, so they'd have to rely on mass transit, which in this case, would probably mean Metro-North.

Most people use Metro-North primarily as a commuter train, to get back and forth to the city for work or entertainment. What about taking Metro-North (or other mass transit) from the city for a fun day trip in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam?

I thought I'd ask the experts—Patch readers. Where should this Danish couple go to have a great day out in the Hudson Valley without using a car to get there?

Let us know in the comments section below—they're only here for a week!

Nature Lady July 07, 2011 at 11:07 PM
The Botanical Gardens are right across the street from the station. The food is wonderful. It's catered by Abigail Kirsch. The gift shop is loaded with unique things. $6 gets you into the grounds, $20 for the exhibits. And a walk or quick cab ride to Arthur Avenue can be added on to the trip. Did it all last week.
Candy Pittari July 12, 2011 at 05:09 PM
I would agree that if the weather is nice, forget the train and take a boat ride up the Hudson. Rent a car and visit West Point and drive back down 9W to see the beautiful scenery and stop in local towns such as Nyack for antiques and great restaurants.
Sammy Smith July 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM
How about Sleepy hollow. Take the train to the tarrytown station. take a nice walk up beautiful Cortlandt st. to Beekman avenue. check out all of the equadorian shops and deli's they are fabulous. walk to the cemetary check out the old dutch church and the rusted horseman maybe stop in Philipseburgh manor and go up to the rockefeller house so, that they can see what old bootlegger money got you in the USA back in the old days.
Jerry Eimbinder July 16, 2011 at 01:05 PM
My vote goes to Sammy's suggestion: tour Sleepy Hollow. The return route to the Tarrytown train station could be along beautiful Broadway to magnificent Main Street, Tarrytown. Paula's recommendation for eating at Piri-Q in Mamaroneck is a good one. More information about this one-year-old Portuguese restaurant can be found in the Patch July 1, 2011 article "Meet the Chef: Rui Correia of Piri-Q," which can be seen at www.larchmont.patch.com. Enter Piri-Q in the search box.
glen johnson July 16, 2011 at 06:41 PM
Sammy - I guess you haven't been on Cortland Street for a while. Once the sun sets it's no place for tourists.The predators come out after dark. I personally know 2 people who have been attacked on Cortland in the past week. One spent the night in the hospital after being mugged and robbed. Who knows how many others go unreported. Outside of Mt Vernon or Yonkers it is one of the ugliest streets in Westchester. And you sure can't use the terms "beautiful" or "magnificent" to describe any of the main streets in Sleepy Hollow. But once we have our "master plan" in place I am sure all of that will change.


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