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How to Spend a Saturday on the Riverfront in Croton-on-Hudson

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Find a fun-filled family excursion in Croton-on-Hudson, one of the Hudson Valley’s most scenic waterfront locales. We’ve planned your whole day!

By Samantha Garbarini and Anthony Tornatore

If you spend a day in one Westchester town this summer, it should be Croton-on-Hudson. This little enclave along the Hudson has everything you could want to escape the season’s swelter, from great coffee (iced, of course) and verdant parks with sweeping views and space for swimming to historic homes and homemade ice cream cones.

10 a.m. – Pick up coffee and a bagel for vreakfast

Start your day with a jolt of caffeine at The Black Cow Coffee Company (4 Old Post Rd S; 914.271.7544). This cozy coffeehouse stocks beans from around the world (earthy Bali Blue Moon, aromatic Tanzania Peaberry, and splurge-worthy Jamaica Blue Mountain) alongside its French-style house blend. Coffee in hand, take a short drive to Bagels on Hudson (171 S Riverside Ave; 914.271.5412), where bagels get a heavy-handed coating of everything spice. Have the kids with you? Nella’s Nutri-Bar (2 Maple St; 914.259.2296) offers fun and healthy smoothies and açai bowls in a variety of fun colors and flavors.

 

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11 a.m. – Shop for comics and collectibles at 3rd Universe Comics

Pop into 3rd Universe Comics (35 N Riverside Ave; 914.827.3600) to check out the staff picks and peruse the selection of board games to keep the fun going long after you get home.

 

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12 p.m. – Have lunch at The Tavern at Croton Landing

Nothing screams delicious quite like plump chunks of lobster, simply dressed and piled into a buttered bun. Few places in Westchester do traditional lobster rolls better (or have a better view) than The Tavern at Croton Landing (41 N Riverside Ave; 914.271.8020).

1:30 p.m. – Snap pictures at Croton Park Point

Take advantage of the (hopefully) warm, sunny weather with a visit to Croton Point Park (1 Croton Point Ave; 914.862.5290). Snap an Instagram-worthy shot of the view as you stroll along the RiverWalk, catch some rays at the beach, go for a quick dip, or just find a patch of grass under a shady tree and relax. Want to get out on the water? Hudson River Recreation (914.682.5135) offers hourly kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals from the park until 5 p.m.

3:30 p.m. – Ride a horse at Westchester Trail Rides

Jump on one of three horses available to ride at Westchester Trail Rides (6 Croton Lake Rd; 914.539.2987) and experience something new. With acres of prime untouched land, there will always be something new to see. You’ll also learn about horses, saddles, and much more while here.

6 p.m. – Savor dinner at 140 Grand

For dinner, there’s no going wrong with 140 Grand (140 Grant St; 914.271.1127), with its menu of small bits, pub burgers (try yours with peanut butter, if you’re feeling adventurous!), and sandwiches. If you aren’t feeling that daring, we recommend the 140 Grand Sandwich, made with smoked brisket, house made jalapeño jam, and smoked gouda on a hero wedge.

 

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8 p.m. – Grab dessert at Baked by Susan or The Blue Pig

Treat yourself to something sweet to end your day in Croton-on-Hudson. It’s a hard choice between a slice of summer-fruit pie at Baked by Susan (379 South Riverside Ave; 914.862.0874) and some of the county’s best scoops at The Blue Pig (121 Maple St; 914.271.3850), where superb iterations of the classics — garden mint chip, salted caramel, and the Really Good Chocolate, made with bittersweet Callebaut — share freezer space with fruity flavors like strawberry or August peach.

 

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9 p.m. – Rest and get pampered at The Abbey Inn & Spa

Just a few miles outside of Croton-on-Hudson lies the four-star, immaculate hotel, The Abbey Inn & Spa (900 Fort Hill Rd, Peekskill; 914.736.1200). Formerly the convent of the Episcopal Sisters of Saint Mary’s, The Abbey Inn tempts with a farm-to-table restaurant, private yoga classes, fully equipped fitness center, and a spa featuring treatment rooms, saunas, and a whirlpool.

 

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