Seeing and Doing - Attractions
Columbia County offers so much to see and do… catch a performance of the latest off-Broadway show or professional equity theater, watch a stock car race, visit the State Parks to hike and swim, take a balloon ride, a scenic flight or a horseback ride and tour a winery or distillery… it’s all here in Columbia County.
110 South Front St, Hudson
A reclaimed 1880s industrial factory, this multidisciplinary arts center supports the creation, production and presentation of arts and culture, and fosters the sustainable community. With events in music, performance, film, food and literary programming, as well as a regular film screenings series and art exhibitions, Basilica Hudson invites the discovery of Hudson and the area.
Catamount Adventure Park
Catamount Ski Area
3290 Rt 23, Hillsdale
An aerial forest adventure with 12 courses including two 2,000’ zip line courses, 170 elements and 50 zip lines. For ages 7 to adult. Group discounts. Open Spring, Summer and Fall.
Catamount Ski Area
3290 Rt 23, Hillsdale
Snow conditions: 800-342-1840
33 trails, 3 terrain parks, 1,000’ vertical drop,128 acres of terrain, 6 lifts- including summit quad, novice triple, 2 Wonder Carpets, 99% snowmaking, private and group lessons, ski & snowboard rentals, night skiing, Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages children’s lessons and a children’s playroom.
59 Main Street, Chatham
Brewed fresh, brewed local, Chatham Brewing’s fine selection of beers are brewed in the British tradition using the finest hops and malts available. These top-fermented ales are unfiltered, giving them a unique, lively character, and are available at many dining establishment in Columbia County. Custom and signature brews available for special events and restaurants. Growlers and kegs are available at the brewery, where you could see the process if you stop by most Saturdays.
Chatham Skate Park
Crellin Park, 2940 Rt 66, Chatham
A 2600 square foot concrete park open every day year round - weather permitting. Only skateboards and roller blades are permitted. Free and open to the public.
Club Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia Street, Hudson
One of the country’s leading live-music and art venues, steadily presenting both hot upcoming new talent and spectacular legendary artists in a theatre setting that is both warm, comfortable and visually stunning
Columbia County Fair
Rt 66 & 203, Chatham Village
One of the oldest fairs in the country featuring full midway, nightly grandstand entertainment including Demolition Derbies, national rodeo, and national country singing stars, volunteer firefighters parade, daily animal shows; six days starting Wednesday through Labor Day 10am-11pm daily. Fair buildings and grounds available for weddings, festivals, events and celebrations.
Copake Iron Works
33 Valley View Road, Copake Falls, NY
The 19th century Copake Iron Works historic site in Copake Falls is one of the most complete examples of 19th century industrial ironmaking in the northeast. The site is home to more remaining buildings and structures – including the centerpiece Copake Blast Furnace with its water jacket hearth – than most other iron works of its era. Established by 19th century industrialist Lemuel Pomeroy in 1845 at the base of the Taconic Ridge, the ironworks operated from 1845 until 1903. Components of this extraordinarily intact 19th century industrial complex include the rare blast furnace, the blowing engine house, a machine shop museum with original equipment and artifacts, an original condition ironworkers’ residence, a Carpenter-Gothic style office building, and the elegant residence of Isaac Chesbrough, one of the first ironmasters for the site. A three-mile loop trail circumnavigating the Copake Iron Works Historic District and Bash Bish Falls State Park has been extensively interpreted with signage designed and installed by Friends of Taconic State Park.
Farm to Glass Tours
Kelley Slagle, 518-945-8611
Farm to Glass Tours crafts authentic and educational tours that focus on the bounty of Columbia County farms. Supporting the local farms and agricultural economy in the Hudson Valley and New York is at the heart of everything they do. From fine wine, craft beers, and artisan spirits, farmstead cheeses and more. It is their mission to inspire, educate and delight while contributing to the well being of the local farm producers and environment. “We don’t just taste, we experience.” Find the detailed tour of Columbia County wineries, brewery and distilleries here
Harlem Valley Rail Trail
A paved bicycle/pedestrian path built on the old railroad bed that connected New York City, the Harlem Valley, and Chatham, NY.
Undermountain Rd, off Rt 22, Ancram
Valley View Rd, Copake
Taconic State Park Entrance (near Depot Deli), Copake Falls
2074 US Route 9, Valatie
The first distillery in New York to be able to offer tastings and retail sale directly out of the distillery, Harvest Spirits has converted one of the massive cold storage rooms at Golden Harvest Farms into the region’s newest micro-distillery. Harvest Spirits makes alcohol from nature’s most perfect fruit: the apple, with apples grown on-site. Apples are grown, where they are pressed, fermented, distilled and bottled at the same location. Come see how this incredible tasting vodka is made. Also uses area pears for their Pear Brandy. Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm.
Hawthorne Valley Farm
327 Cty Rt 21C, Ghent
Since 1972, they have been producing high quality, Biodynamic and organic foods while providing farm-based learning experiences for children and adults. The 400-acre Biodynamic farm includes dairy cows, vegetables, a creamery, organic bakery, sauerkraut cellar, and more. The Farm Store is a full-line natural foods store open 7 days a week. Learn about land stewardship practices and the role of agriculture in education, cultural enrichment and scientific inquiry during a guided tour. Public tours held on the 1st and 3rd Wed of month at 11am, donations accepted, advance notice of arrival is required. Visitors are also welcome to take a self-guided tour; maps are available in the Farm Store. Attend our Fall Festival, held on the Sunday of Columbus Day Weekend; and our Yuletide Fair the first Saturday in December. Monday-Sunday 7:30am-7pm.
Hillrock Estate Distillery
408 Pooles Hill Road, Ancram
Proud to be one of the few “field-to-glass” whiskey producers in the world, Hillrock is the first U.S. distillery since before Prohibition to floor malt and hand craft whiskey on site from estate-grown grain. Led by Owner Jeffrey Baker and renowned Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, Hillrock’s commitment to quality embodies the rich history of craft distilling in the Hudson Valley. The estate features a Georgian house overlooking the Distillery and 100 acres of farmland growing heirloom varieties of rye and barley. The Distillery complex is comprised of the Malthouse, Granary and Visitor Center as well as the Distillery which features a custom made 250 gallon copper pot still. Open for weekend tours by reservation only (email email@example.com for reservations).
Hudson Antique Dealers Association - HADA
Fifty antique shops fill seven historic walking blocks on Warren St. An amazing array and range of merchandise, spanning all continents and centuries, can be found in Hudson’s antiques shops. Formal, country, art modern, European and American furniture, clocks, architectural items, garden furniture, rugs, paintings, porcelains, lighting, ephemera, and decorative accessories abound in Hudson. Shop days and hours vary - please check their website for details.
Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail
Tucked in between the Hudson Valley and the Berkshire Mountains, the trail extends from Southeast of Albany down to Hudson. You will find handcrafted, award-winning and celebrated wines, beers, and spirits. You will also experience farm fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, 100% natural maple syrup, fresh apple ciders, and other gourmet, local food products. Their annual Food & Wine Festival is held in late May at the County Fairgrounds
Hudson Chatham Winery
1900 Rt 66, Ghent
Award wining wines, including gold medals from the NY State Fair, Hudson Valley Wine & Grape Association and the NY Food & Wine Classic among others. In the picturesque tasting room you can also sample a wide range of locally produced gourmet products, including many Hudson Valley cheeses, The winery hosts events throughout the year and is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 - 5:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday, too during Summer.
Hudson Cruises, Inc
Waterfront Park, Front Street, Hudson
Riverboat passenger vessel, Spirit on Hudson for sightseeing and dinner cruises, and the luxury Yacht MARIKA, available for charter. May-Oct; please check website for schedule.
Hudson Athens Ferry Boat:
Fri and Sat 5-10:30pm
Hudson Opera House Center for the Arts
327 Warren Street, Hudson
A multi-arts center housed in the 1855 former Hudson City Hall. The second floor performance hall is the oldest surviving theatre in New York State. Ongoing programs include concerts, exhibitions, lectures, readings, theatre and dance presentations, hands-on workshops, after-school programs and large-scale community events like the annual Winter Walk. The building is open every day from 12-5 (many days longer hours) and closed on National Holidays. Building tours, exhibitions, lectures and readings are always free.
Hudson Valley Distillers
1727 Rt 9, Germantown
Backed by over 20 years of friendship, the Yozzos and Moyers built a family business creating distinctive spirits with ingredients sourced from their farm and those of their neighbors. Housed in a 150 year old barn, you’ll have the chance to see how small batch spirits are made from start to finish, or relax on the patio overlooking the orchard and have a cocktail. You’ll be welcomed by a member of the family and experience creative spirits found nowhere else. Tours, tastings, and cocktails Friday through Sunday 12-6. Call or email for weekday availability.
Hudson Walking Tour - A Portrait of a Fascinating City
MaryAnn Zimmerman, Hudson Valley Journeys
917-880-6732 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour the city of Hudson - the History of the city from its founding in 1784, its vibrant architecture, its cultural diversity. Fee: $12 per person
Lake Taghkanic State Park
1528 Rt 82, Ancram - 1 mile South of Rt 82 interchange with Taconic State Parkway
Camping: tent, trailer, cottages, and cabins; swimming, boat rentals, trails, ice fishing, skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing & snowmobile trails; deer & turkey hunting(bow only) in designated areas in season. Camping Season: May-October; park open YR - fee to enter Memorial Day - Labor Day.
Lebanon Valley Dragway
1746 Rt 20, West Lebanon
NHRA sanctioned drag racing April - October
Lebanon Valley Speedway
1746 Rt 20, West Lebanon
DIRT Sanctioned stock car racing; Saturdays mid April - September, Mid-Week special events during July and August.
1925 Rt 203, Chatham
Award-winning professional theater presents classics and contemporary musicals, with talented professional performers, singing, dancing and lots of laughs and excitement. Creative in-the-round staging brings the action up close and personal. ;Late-May-mid Sept. Children’s musicals: July and August.
Old Chatham Sheepherding Company Farm
99 Shaker Museum Road, Old Chatham
Visit this farm and observe the milking and cheese making process.
Old Chatham Tennis Club
105 Cty Rt 13, Old Chatham
Two hard courts, one HarTru. Open Fall, Winter and Spring, hourly rates available.
Omi International Arts Center
1405 Cty Rt 22, Ghent
Over 80 works of art in a beautiful outdoor setting; an indoor gallery with rotating exhibitions, art workshops for children & young adults, and a weekend café offering seasonal, locally grown food. Visitors Center is open daily April-Oct11am-5pm and Nov-March 11am-4pm, Café open weekends 11am-4pm for lunch and weekdays during Center hours for beverages and snacks.
2980 Rt 66, Chatham
A performance venue integrating the beautiful rural quality of the Town of Chatham with state of the art technology hosting both world class music and dance performers and local professional, amateur and student artists.
Richmor Aviation, Inc
Columbia County Airport, 1142 Rt 9H, Ghent
Discovery Flights from the largest flight school in the Northeast along with aircraft management, maintenance and charter.
41 Cross Street (opposite Amtrak), Hudson
The only professional Equity theater company in the area; providing ground breaking and adventurous theater.
Taconic Sculpture Park & Gallery
Stever Hill Road off Route 203 Spencertown
Gallery of sculpture Roy Kanwit which is visible from the Taconic State Parkway, (Find more information on Mr. Kanwit on Google).
Taconic State Park
Rt 344 (off Rt 22), Copake Falls
Camping: tent, trailer, cabins and cottages; swimming; fishing; extensive trail system offering biking and nature trails, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobile trails; Bash Bish Falls; Deer hunting in season; Camping Season mid-May - December 6 with 6 Cabins open year ‘round; park open YR - fee to enter Memorial Day - Labor Day.
654 Rt 20, New Lebanon
Currently in their 33rd year, The Theater Barn is a critically acclaimed professional theater presenting 3 plays and 3 musicals each summer. Featuring nationally-recruited professional performers, shows run Late-June through Mid- September.
Time and Space Limited
434 Columbia Street, Hudson
Home to the Met Opera Live in HD, Oscar Shorts, UK National Theatre broadcasts and Outdoor Movies.
1774 Rt 9, Germantown
The goal was to produce wines that they would like to drink themselves. “Wines that are enjoyed with food just as much as friends.” Success marks their first year with five wines and a cassis sweetened with honey, not sugar. Their Cabernet Franc has been well received by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Tousey Winery is a proud member of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail. Hours are Sat and Sun 12-5pm.
Won Dharma Center
361 Rt 23, Claverack
Available for group retreats, corporate off-sites, or self-retreat. Enjoy captivating views of the Catskill Mountains, hike numerous trails on the 426-acre property, and indulge in delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals. Daily meditation, weekly dharma service and moving meditation (yoga) classes are on-going. Site is available year round with accommodations up to 60 people. Over 7 miles of hiking trails – trail maps available. Enjoy snow shoeing and cross country skiing when available. Contact email@example.com