7 Must-Do Activities Near Wander Hudson Ridge

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 Natalie Kowalewski
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7 Must-Do Activities Near Wander Hudson Ridge

If you're planning a trip to Wander Hudson Ridge, you can’t miss the opportunity to walk around downtown Hudson. Hudson has often been referred to as the ‘’Brooklyn’’ of Hudson Valley due to its focus on local artisans, thrift shops, and galleries. 

Keeping Hudson’s cultural and historical significance in mind, we crafted a list of activities that you should check out during your stay.

Go on a River Tour

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This is the experience to try for sightseeing trips and river tours along Hudson River. This 2-hour river cruise will take you from Hudson down to Hyde Park, doubling back to return to Kingston.

Tours run from May through October. While outside food and beverages aren't allowed, there is a snack bar available on board (additional costs apply).

Visit Olana State Historic Site

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  • Distance from Wander Hudson Ridge: 2.4 miles 

  • Location: 5720 NY-9G, Hudson, NY 12534

  • Hours: 8AM-5PM daily  

  • Phone: (518) 828-1872

  • Website: https://www.olana.org/ 

During the mid-19th Century, Olana was home to renowned painter Frederic Church, his wife Isabel, and their four children. The home is an eclectic mix of Victorian design with Middle Eastern accents, collected through Church’s many travels.

There is a 60-minute, one mile-long walking tour for $12 per person that discovers the naturalistic landscape of the area that inspired some of Church’s works.

For $40 per person, you can go on an guided tour through an electric vehicle that takes you on an hour drive where you can experience river and mountain views. A 30-minute version of the vehicle tour is offered too for $20 per person.

Lastly, there are guided and self-paced tours of the interior rooms of Frederic Church’s home ranging from $10-$25 per person.

Shop at Hudson Farmers Market

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  • Distance from Wander Hudson Ridge: 4 miles

  • Location: Corner of 6th and Columbia St (Put in 653 Columbia St. into your GPS) 

  • Hours: Saturdays 9AM-1PM

  • Phone: (518) 300-3496

  • Website: http://www.hudsonfarmersmarketny.com/

You can find the Hudson Farmers' Market every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM. You can find a wide variety of local produce, baked goods, body care products, and so much more, which is perfect if you need to go on a grocery run for your trip to Wander Hudson Woods.

There are also some local distillers that sell their products at the market from time to time. Market runs from mid-April through mid-November each year. Refer to their website to see the updated list of vendors.

Walk Along Hudson River Skywalk 

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If you're looking to get some steps in, walk along the Hudson River Skywalk—a six-mile out-and-back pedestrian walkway that connects Hudson and Athens. As you stroll along, take in the natural beauty of the landscape around you. Fun fact: these views inspired the works of Frederic Church’s Olana and Thomas Cole’s site. 

Visit Downtown Hudson 

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  • Distance from Wander Hudson Ridge: 3.5 miles

  • Location: 535 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

The main strip of downtown Hudson lies on a mile-long Warren Street. If you're interested in boutiques and antique shopping, downtown Hudson is the place for you.

Hudson is home to over 30 antique shops that feature rustic pieces, mid-century modern furniture, and even some ancient Greek-inspired statues. A few shops to check out include the following:

Go Gallery Hopping Along Warren Street

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  • Distance from Wander Hudson Ridge: 4.1 miles

  • Location: 123 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

If you’re an aspiring art critic or simply enjoy pursuing art installations, look no further! Warren street is also home to dozens of local art galleries for you to enjoy.

We listed some of our picks below but we'll let the art critic in you make the final judgment on which is your favorite. 

Visit First Presbyterian Church

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  • Distance from Wander Hudson Ridge: 4.1 miles

  • Location: First Presbyterian Church of Hudson, 369 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

As you stroll along Warren Street, pay close attention to the historic architecture. Some of the buildings along the street date as far back to the 18th century.

Many of the houses in Hudson embody distinctive features of New England building traditions. We suggest walking by one of the principal landmarks of the town, the First Presbyterian Church of Hudson built in 1837.

You can find more information on Hudson historic buildings along with a self-guided walking tour here

In case you didn't find what you were looking for, text Wander Concierge for some travel tips and recommendations. We can't wait to welcome you to Wander Hudson Ridge!

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