Feeling sick of the city? Although New York is a hub for interesting activities, the Metro North gives New Yorkers access to a wide variety of places to explore upstate. Below I have included two very fun and beautiful places to go for a weekend excursion up the Hudson.
Once used as a storage site for Francis Bannerman, construction for the Scottish style castle on Pollepel Island began in 1901. Today, the castle now sits among ruins, which was caused by a great fire, atop a lush island just off of the coast of Beacon, NY. Access to the island is given by the Poughkeepsie bound Metro North from Grand Central to the Beacon stop and then by a small ferry from the Beacon dock which is walking distance away from the train station. The island is also accessible by kayak as well. Tours of the island and of the castle are from the months of May to October. The island is stunning to witness and is surely a unique oasis away from the city.
Also available from the Poughkeepsie bound Metro North train, the art museum of Dia at Beacon is filled with grand works of art. The museum is mainly composed of large-scale pieces that fill up entire rooms. My personal favorite was a room filled with swirling structures that are composed in a maze-like fashion. This museum is definitely something only available outside of the city simply because of its gigantic size. The lush area around the museum is spectacular, and the town of Beacon is filled with good lunch spots and coffee shops.