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Finding History and culture in the Hudson Valley is not difficult and Cold Spring is no exception. Here are a few of our favorites that are easily accessible around town.

Hudson Valley Shakespeare

Celebrating its 33rd (!) summer season in 2019, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is an institution in and around Cold Spring and the greater Hudson Valley at large. Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Wall Street Journal, this professional, non-profit theater company performs under an iconic, open-air theater-tent overlooking the Hudson River at historic Boscobel House and Gardens.

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Magazzino Italian Art

Magazzino Italian Art Foundation is a museum devoted to Italian Postwar and Contemporary Art. Founded by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, this wonderful addition to our town serves as a resource for scholars and students and offers an extensive library and archive of Italian Art. The minimalist design of the 20,000 square-foot space was pioneered by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo and has become a cultural hub for the Hudson Valley community. Admission is free to the public, there are no reservations required, and a shuttle is available from Cold Spring to the museum's location just a couple of miles outside of town. 

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Putnam County History Museum

The mission of the Putnam History Museum is to collect, preserve, interpret, and present the history of Putnam County, Philipstown, the West Point Foundry, and the Hudson Highlands. Through exhibitions, programs, and events, the museum uses its collections to engage the community with the vibrant history of our region, and to foster greater understanding of the role it has played in the growth of our nation.

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Boscobel House & Gardens

Built between 1804 and 1808, Boscobel was originally the dream house of wealthy Loyalists. By the 1950s, after falling into disrepair, it was demolished. Preservationists saved as many architectural fragments as possible and reassembled them fifteen miles north, where the Neoclassical mansion was restored back to—and even beyond—its original grandeur.

Now an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts from the Federal period, Boscobel offers tours of our Neoclassical mansion and access to 68 acres of our grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River.

More at Boscobel.


The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming is a non-profit organization serving food and farming changemakers from New York’s Hudson Valley and beyond. Glynwood advances local food production in our region, and educates a national audience about efforts to regionalize food and agriculture.

Glynwood features a fantastic farm store that is very much worth a visit to stock up at before heading home, and hosts a ton of great farm and food-centric events and dinners throughout the year. We highly recommend the any of their fantastic farm dinners and burger nights.

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Butterfield Library

Cold Spring's home town library. Stepping into Butterfield is like going back in time to the libraries of our youth. A truly charming old library in lovely setting at the end of Main st with a  wide collection of books and movies to borrow or browse.

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Cold Spring Farmers Market

A Cold Spring institution! The Cold Spring Farmers market is held every Saturday on the grounds of Boscobel from 8:30am - 1:00pm. The market is chock full of all of the fresh regional produce and meats you would expect to find in the Hudson Valley. A few vendors even sell food to snack on while you fill the fridge and shop hand crafted, farm-sourced home goods.

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