“Over the past decade, the town has gone from sleepy working-class community to popular weekend getaway… farm-to-table restaurants, world-class art… all within a leisurely afternoon’s walking distance.” – Condé Nast Traveler
“And through the influx of galleries, craft beer breweries, organic food shops and more, the town has harmoniously kept its industrial character while also preserving the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley… Beacon has it all!” – Design*Sponge
Calendar of Events: Second Saturday & Beyond (continuously updated)
Helpful links for visitors:
BeaconArts Business Members
NYS Parks – Hudson Highlands
Directions to Beacon:
Beacon is served by Metro-North Railroad trains from Grand Central Terminal and Poughkeepsie. Trains run hourly in either direction during museum operating hours. For train information, visit www.mta.info or call 212.532.4900. For train travel from north of Poughkeepsie, take an Amtrak train to Poughkeepsie and transfer to a Metro-North train. Beacon is the second stop.
Purchase Metro-North’s One-Day Getaway Package to Dia:Beacon and save! Visit any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (except Beacon station) to receive discount round-trip rail fare from your boarding station, plus discount admission to Dia:Beacon (adults, $8; seniors, students, and children 12-18, $6; children 11 and under, free).
Getting Around Beacon
Click here for a map of Dia:Beacon showing the museum, the train station, and George Trakas’ installation “Beacon Point.”
Main Street Beacon is approximately a 1/2 mile (15 minute) walk from the train station. Keep in mind that once you get there, our Main Street is almost 1.5 miles long! There are a few options for transportation from the train station to Main Street; the walk down our Main Street is manageable for most, and highly recommended:
The Beacon Free Loop
BeaconArts, Dutchess County Transit and the City of Beacon have joined together to transform the former Dutchess Transit “G” Loop into a FREE Loop to benefit visitors and residents alike. Ride the Beacon Free Loop for free Monday through Saturday all day, from the Beacon Metro-North Station and Dia:Beacon, up to Main Street and to Mount Beacon, for FREE. Note: The Beacon Free Loop does not run on Sundays or Holiday Mondays.
Download the Beacon Free Loop schedule here.
The Cold Spring Trolley runs on Sundays when the Beacon Free Loop does not. It also drops off/picks up at popular hiking destinations along route 9D between Beacon and Cold Spring, as well as popular historic, arts, and hiking destinations in Putnam County. Take the trolley and avoid the hazardous parking and walking! Saturdays and Sundays, June through December.
Download the Cold Spring Trolley schedule here.
Download the Cold Spring Trolley Route Map here.
Taxis – (the following list is given as a service and not as an endorsement)
- A1 Taxi – 845.896.8294
- Classy Coach – 845.490.3580
- Economy Taxi Service Express – 845.269.1826
- Joe’s Transportation – 845.309.1149
- Blue Star Transit Inc. – 845.444.4735
From New York City
Take Upper Level of George Washington Bridge New Jersey bound. Take first right off Bridge to Palisades Parkway North. Take Palisades Parkway North to end. At rotary, take 6 East/202 across Bear Mountain Bridge. Take the first left onto Route 9D North. Continue 16.5 miles north on 9D into the city of Beacon. (Travel time: approximately 80 minutes.)
From New Jersey and points South (and by bus from New York City)
Take the Garden State Parkway North until it merges with the New York State Throughway 87/287. Take I-87 North to Exit 17, I-84. Follow local signs to I-84 East and continue on I-84 East across Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. Immediately after the toll booths, take exit 11. Turn right at the top of the ramp onto Route 9D south, and into the City of Beacon.
From Westchester and points Southeast
Take either 287 West until it merges with I-87 and continue to Exit 9, Route 9. Travel north on Route 9 to Fishkill. Take I-84 West two exits to Exit 11: Route 9D. Make a left turn onto Route 9D South and into the City of Beacon.
Parking in Beacon
Beacon’s long and bustling Main Street was formed when two distinct villages (Matteawan on the East end adjacent to Mount Beacon and Fishkill Landing on the West end adjacent to the Hudson River) merged just a little over 100 years ago. Parking can sometimes be difficult to find during a busy weekend if you don’t know where to look. There is free parking all along Main Street, but there is a 2 hour limit, and parallel parking can be tricky. Below is the City of Beacon official parking map (download here). The parking lot most often overlooked is the Dutchess County DMV, located at 223 Main Street, just past the West End shopping and gallery area (aka “Bank Square”). Parking is free and plentiful at the DMV on the weekends; the signage is not particularly clear. The Beacon Free Loop and the Cold Spring-Beacon Trolley both stop at the MTA Station on the river end of the city, and the Beacon Free Loop traverses Main Street all the way to the Roundhouse. The schedule is Monday through Saturday, 6a – 9p. The Beacon Free Loop schedule can be found here, if you think you will be parking at the MTA Station (not located on the parking map below). Parking is free and plentiful at the train station on the weekends and is highly encouraged.
Download Parking Map (pdf)
PO Box 727
Beacon, NY 12508
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