Nyack is a small village located approximately 20 minutes north of Manhattan, within the picturesque Rockland County hamlet community known as the Nyacks. The village, which sits on the border of the Hudson River's west bank, is known for its hip live music scene and lovely cultural attractions, including the Edward Hopper House Art Center, the former boyhood home of the American realist painter. Charming children's playgrounds, independent bookstores, and local restaurants line the city's quaint downtown district, which is home to landmarks like the historic Elmwood Playhouse. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Nyack Beach State Park
Nyack Beach State Park is a lovely 61-acre state bark in Upper Nyack, sandwiched between the banks of the Hudson River and the massive cliffs of the Palisades. The park is part of the Palisades Interstate Park system, which also includes the beautiful Hook Mountain, Rockland Lake, and Haverstraw Beach State Parks. Since 1980, it has been designated as a National Natural Landmark. Visitors can enjoy excellent opportunities for hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing along the park's gorgeous two-mile stretch of the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Fishing, kayaking, and windsurfing are popular activities along the river's beachfront shoreline. Hawks, raptors, and other birds of prey are often visible from the park's beaches.
698 N Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-358-1316
2.Edward Hopper Birthplace and Boyhood Home
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Edward Hopper Birthplace and Boyhood Home preserves the birthplace and childhood home of famed American realist painter and printmaker Edward Hopper, best known for its urban and rural oil paintings of modern American life in the early 20th century. Hopper was born at the Greek Revival-style home in 1882 and lived at the home until his move to nearby Manhattan in 1910. Since 2000, the home has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, it is open to the public as a living history museum and art center, showcasing gallery exhibits dedicated to Hopper's life and work and the work of his contemporaries. Art workshops, lectures, concerts, and classes are offered throughout the year for visitors of all ages.
82 N Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-358-0774
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3.Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, New York
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Oak Hill Cemetery has been a central community gathering space in the Nyack community for generations. The cemetery's grounds back to the early 19th century, showcasing stunning scenic views of the nearby Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge. Its gorgeous lawns are flanked by lush trees, lit with ample sunshine, giving it a park-like setting that serves as a popular community park space for meditation and relaxation. Large mausoleums sit atop the cemetery's landscaped hill, commemorating the region's most notable ancestors. Researchers and family historians can access genealogical records connected to interred residents by contacting the cemetery. The cemetery is also known as a popular dog-walking spot for area residents and visitors.
140 N Highland Ave, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-358-0012
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4.The Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, NY
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The Elmwood Playhouse has been the Nyack region's premiere theater troupe since the early 20th century, originally known as the Curtain Callers and later the Rockland Community Theater. The company moved to its current theater complex, which formerly housed St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in 1958, changing its name to its current version. Today, the four-building complex is home to a 99-seat theater and three rehearsal and technical spaces. A full season of dramas, comedies, musicals, and children's theater performances are presented each year, along with special traveling show performances. Acting workshops offered throughout the year include children's stage workshops and technical staff mentoring programs.
10 Park St, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-353-1313
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5.Maureen's Jazz Cellar
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Maureen's Jazz Cellar is an intimate jazz cabaret bar named in honor of late jazz vocalist and Pittsburgh native Maureen Budway, known for her jazz and classical opera performances during the mid-20th century. The venue, which is run by Nyack artists Brianne Higgins and David Budway, showcasing piano, classical, cabaret, acoustic, and comedy performances throughout the week. Gorgeous lush decor includes a glass piano bar, purple and gold accents, local artwork, and a disco bar. Delicious flatbread pizzas and bar appetizers are served up throughout the night, along with an extensive selection of beers, wines, and premium liquors.
2 N Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-535-3143
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6.The Hudson House, Nyack, New York
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The Hudson House is a delightful rustic-chic New American restaurant housed within Nyack's historic village hall and jailhouse building. The restaurant, which is owned by restaurateur duo Amy Lehman and Matt Hudson, serves up contemporary American cuisine in a space with original tin ceilings and design elements dating back to the 19th century. Diners can choose from hearty entree options like farm-raised Scottish salmon in pomegranate gastrique, Berkshire pork chops with Spanish-style chorizo, date and five-spice puree duck breast, and housemade potato gnocchi. Several outdoor areas offer al fresco seating in season, including an intimate back patio.
134 Main St, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-353-1355
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7.8 North Broadway, Nyack, New York
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8 North Broadway is the vision of executive chef Constantine Kalandranis, serving up delicious Mediterranean-style cuisine in the heart of Nyack's Rivertown. The restaurant sits on the banks of the Hudson River and sources all of its seasonal ingredients from the freshest, best local producers in the Hudson Valley. Menus are inspired by locally-sourced seafood catches and organically-grown produce, crafted in collaboration with area farmers. Lunch, brunch, and dinner are served weekly, highlighting entree selections like sizzling Spanish octopus and cucumber garlic tzatziki-grilled lamb chops. Mezze platters showcase favorites like melted baba ganoush, smothered lemon chicken wings, and red caviar taramsalata. Small artisanal wine producers from around the New York region are featured on the restaurant's drink menu.
8 N Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-353-1200
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8.Wasabi, Nyack, New York
Wasabi is a delicious Japanese concept restaurant opened in Nyack in 2003 by executive chef and owner Doug Chi Nguyen. The restaurant is one of Nyack's top nightlife destinations, known for its vibrant bar culture and late-night party scene. Diners can select from an extensive sushi menu showcasing favorites like kamikaze and tempura rolls or enjoy a chef's omakase selection featuring house specialties like East and West Coast yuzu ceviche. Signature entree selections range from sesame-encrusted salmon with wasabi sauce to jumbo pineapple shrimp with sweet chili sauce. For a romantic dinner option, couples can enjoy signature Wasabi sushi love boat platters for two. Decadent desserts play on traditional Japanese flavors like matcha and mochi.
110 Main St, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-358-7977
9.DPNB Pasta and Provisions, Nyack, NY
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DPNB Pasta and Provisions is downtown Nyack's most acclaimed pasta shop, owned and operated by married duo Louiedell and Tony Scotto. The shop is known for its hand-cut, freshly-extruded, and filled pastas, which can be purchased by the pound or prepared in special carry-out dinner packages. A rotating selection of pasta dishes on the shop's menu highlights both traditional and locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, all tossed and cooked to order. A limited number of cafe tables are available for in-house seating. Pasta-making classes offered throughout the year teach participants tips and tricks for making handmade pasta and entrees at home.
21 N Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960, Phone: 845-353-2167
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9 Best Things to Do in Nyack, New York
- Nyack Beach State Park, Photo: GCapture/stock.adobe.com
- Edward Hopper Birthplace and Boyhood Home, Photo: Edward Hopper Birthplace and Boyhood Home
- Oak Hill Cemetery, Nyack, New York, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- The Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack, NY, Photo: Media Whalestock/stock.adobe.com
- Maureen's Jazz Cellar, Photo: Day Of Victory Stu./stock.adobe.com
- The Hudson House, Nyack, New York, Photo: The Hudson House
- 8 North Broadway, Nyack, New York, Photo: 8 North Broadway
- Wasabi, Nyack, New York, Photo: Wasabi
- DPNB Pasta and Provisions, Nyack, NY, Photo: DPNB Pasta and Provisions
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