Riverside Charm: A Look at 6 Westchester Rivertowns

Mar 27, 2024

Experience the scenic beauty and community feel of Westchester’s Rivertowns

Craving a laid-back lifestyle with access to nature and the city? Meet the Rivertowns. These charming, walkable suburbs on the banks of the Hudson River have something for everyone. With exciting food scenes, thriving art communities, hiking and kayaking opportunities and train lines to Manhattan, it’s no wonder these towns are popular. We can’t stop raving about the Rivertowns, but if you don’t know where to start, kick off your tour by checking out these six suburbs.

Hastings-on-Hudson

Hastings-on-Hudson is home to a dynamic community of creatives and young professionals. The vibrant downtown has an art gallery, wine bar and local seafood restaurant, all within walking distance from the Metro North train station. On certain Saturdays, farmers market vendors set up in the commuter lot across from the train station. 

MacEachron Waterfront Park and the Hudson river
MacEachron Waterfront Park and the Hudson River

While exploring, stop into The Good Witch for a latte or Clockwork Records to look for a new vinyl to add to your collection. Don’t be surprised if you see a film crew in town – Hastings-on-Hudson is often featured in movies and TV due to its small-town charm. Make sure to bring a picnic blanket so you can relax and soak in the views from the scenic MacEachron Waterfront Park. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Manhattan.

Ossining

Ossining is a picturesque and historic town with an impressive food scene. Active residents love Ossining’s riverfront walking paths, plus there are multiple places to play pickleball, and a 1,000-acre nature preserve with hiking trails.

Rows of Victorian buildings sit side by side in downtown Ossining, New York

With a summer concert series, a year-round farmers market, access to a boat and canoe club and a community theater, there’s always something going on in Ossining. Grab a drink at Sing Sing Kill Brewery, the local favorite watering hole hosting trivia nights and running clubs, or stop into Docas Restaurant for authentic Portuguese food.

Dobbs Ferry

Dobbs Ferry, just north of Hastings-on-Hudson, is a relaxed small town with mom-and-pop shops and nature trails. Grab your hiking shoes before heading to Dobbs Ferry to explore the 76-acre Juhring Nature Preserve. Exploring during the fall? Don’t miss the foliage in Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park – a favorite among “leaf peepers.”

The New York City skyline, George Washington Bridge, and the Hudson River as seen from Dobbs Ferry, New York, in November

Moving to Dobbs Ferry means you’ll still have access to city-style amenities. The town has a train station, boutique fitness studios and gourmet restaurants. But it’s also a quiet, laid-back, artsy town where residents can enjoy the slower pace of suburban living.

Croton-on-Hudson

Croton-on-Hudson blends urban and outdoorsy charm. Festivals and concerts, like the beloved Summerfest, take place downtown throughout the year. Even if there isn’t an event, locals love going downtown for the art galleries, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. 

This suburb is known for its natural beauty and Senasqua Park is a popular place to watch the sunset. The 500-acre Croton Point Park, with campsites, a boat launch and fishing spots, is a great place for a staycation. 

New Croton Dam, Croton Gorge Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY

Nyack

Once home to iconic American artist Edward Hopper, Nyack is a charming town that continues to attract creatives. There are multiple art galleries and a community theater in town, plus Nyack’s Art Cafe regularly hosts live music. 

The thriving art scene is just one reason to love Nyack. This town is also popular with cyclists who often gather at Boxer Donut and Espresso Bar to refuel after a ride. The Nyack Beach State Park is a year-round destination where outdoor enthusiasts can hike or cross-country ski. 

Nyack, New York along the Hudson River

Briarcliff Manor

Briarcliff Manor is on the Hudson and Pocantico rivers, giving it the nickname “a village between two rivers.” This charming town is less than 6 square miles and feels like a hidden gem. Head’s up, commuters: Briarcliff Manor is just 53 minutes to Manhattan via Metro-North train from the Scarborough station.

Most of the town’s shops and eateries are clustered along Pleasantville Road. Stop into The Patio for a diner-style breakfast, or snag a table at Dive Oyster House for a nice dinner. Law Memorial Park, in the heart of town, has a huge pool complex, multiple tennis courts and a playground. Outdoor summer concerts are held in the park, so bring a lawn chair if you’re exploring during the warmer months. 

Ready to explore the Rivertowns – or any spot in the NYC suburbs? Let’s talk! Schedule a free Suburbs Strategy session now. 

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