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Beacon is a city in Dutchess County, New York.

Get in

By plane

By car

Interstate 84 runs through Beacon providing east-west connections to Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Route 9D is the main north to south road through the city.

By train

  • Metro-North Railroad - Hudson line, [1]. Express service between Beacon and New York City's Grand Central Terminal is about 75 minutes, local service considerably longer. Local service is also available to other Metro-North commuter stations. On-board train fares are subject to a stiff surcharge, so buy your tickets at the vending machines located on the platform. On trains departing from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, get a seat on the left side of the train. Opposite Yonkers and Hastings-on-Hudson you will be treated to great views of the sheer cliffs of the Palisades and between Cold Spring and Beacon you will get a glimpse of Bannerman Castle on an island offshore.
  • Amtrak, [2]. Connection to Amtrak's long-distance service is available at New York City's Penn Station and Metro-North's Poughkeepsie station.

Get around


Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman St, +1 845 440-0100, [3]. Museum for the Dia Art Foundation's collection of modern art, including works by Andy Warhol. Located in a 300,000 square foot historic factory on 31 acres of riverfront. Summer hours Th-M 11AM-6PM (closed Tu-W). Winter hours (mid-October to mid-April) 11AM-4PM F-M (closed Tu,W,Th). Adults $10, students and seniors $7, children under 12 free. Free admission for Dia members.

  • Mount Gulian Historical Site, 145 Sterling Street, +1 845 831-8172. Hours: April–October 31, W-F,Su 1PM-5PM. last tour given at 4PM. Mount Gulian Historic Site, open for the purposes of a guided tour, special event, school or group program,weddings, or simply something to do on a lovely afternoon. The site is about the Verplanck family which contains an assortment of stories about husbands and wives, army generals, and an escaped slave. $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for members.


Rent a kayak or canoe or take a guided kayak trip on the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Pack & Paddle, 45 Beekman St, +1 845 831-1300, [4]. From New York City to Albany the Hudson is a tidal estuary, so be aware of tides and currents as well as ships and barges. There is a public launch to the west of the Beacon railroad station.




  • Max's on Main, 246 Main St, +1 845 838-6297, [5]. Newcomer in downtown is open 7 days. Lunch and dinner from 11:30AM. Su-Th to 10PM and F-Sa to 11PM. Karaoke on Th, Live Music Friday and Saturday nights.


  • Swann Inn of Beacon (Neil Caplan and Darlene Swann), 120 Howland Ave. (9D to Howland Ave.), +1 845 831-6346. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Relaxed Victorian B&B at the foot of Mt. Beacon. $137.50-$187.50.

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Routes through Beacon
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ENDPoughkeepsie  N Metro-North Hudson icon.png S  Cold SpringCroton-on-Hudson

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