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A Perfect Day in Beacon

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Beacon is such a family friendly town, there is so much to do and so much to see!

I would like to share with you my itinerary for the perfect family day in Beacon. If your family is feeling adventurous I suggest taking the train a train which allows your family to see the town on foot, I feel this is the best way to experience Beacon! The station is very centrally located and everything I am suggesting is in walking distance, it will save you gas and your kids will be thrilled!

My walking tour starts at the Beacon train station(of course), from here a 9 minute walk will bring you to our first stop:

1. Dia, Beacon

This modern art museum is such a unique and fun place to explore. It is known as the "Daylight Museum" because of all the amazing natural light that pours in from the industrial windows. The installations are funky, and include things like light up elements or interesting materials, my daughter had a blast checking them all out! They offer free admission to Beacon residents on Saturdays & Sundays and all other Hudson Valley counties on quarterly Community Days.

From Dia Beacon, the next stop on the walking tour is a 15 minute walk to our favorite lunch place!

2. Tito Santana Taqueria

This local joint is one of our favorite family-friendly restaurants in Beacon. The inside is so colorful and lively and their menu has something for everyone. You can choose to sit inside at their chalkboard tables that the kids can draw on or outside, beside their garden and people watch.

Our next few stops are all about a 5 minute walk from the taqueria and within a few minutes walk of each other, all located on Main Street. Feel free to see them in any order!

3. Hudson Beach Glass

This place is a must see in Beacon. Your family can watch artisans blow glass, peruse the store or art gallery and/or, if you are feeling super adventurous, you can take a glass workshop.

4. Play Toys and Gifts

This toy store is like no other toy store I have ever been to. They sell every eclectic toy under the sun! We love to buy unique gifts here or something fun for ourselves. This place always makes us laugh!

5. Clutter Art Gallery

This gallery is very fun, they make and sell artisan toys and collectibles. They host art shows with artists from all over the world and if you are lucky you may even get to meet an artist while visiting. 

After all the walking and exploring why not indulge in a sweet treat! Our next stop on the walking tour is our favorite locally made ice cream shop!

6. Beacon Creamery

You can sit outside on their teddy bear bench while you eat their delicious homemade ice cream or grab a cone while you take a 15 minute walk to our last stop, a beautiful playground that will allow your kids to run off some steam before the train trip home!

7. Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park

This is the perfect last stop on the walking tour, as it is right next to the train station. Located on the Hudson River this park has a great, shaded playground, lots of grass to run in and lots of places to take in amazing views. It is by far one of my favorite playgrounds and parks in Dutchess County! After your kids have tired themselves out, hop on the train and head back home!

If you would like to follow my walking tour see it here.

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