Attractions in Hudson, New York

Attractions in Hudson, New York
Hudson is a town in Columbia County, New York, located along the Hudson River Valley and has the Catskill Mountains as its backdrop. The town's locale made it an important port city in the 18th century as well as a place of solace for artists such as Frederic Edwin Church. Hudson attractions include one of the oldest U.S. theaters, as well as museums and other historic buildings. The Hudson River Valley and its wooded landscape boast hiking, fishing, skiing and boating areas.

Olana State Historic Site

Olana is the historic home of artist Frederic Edwin Church and is situated on the outskirts of Hudson. The Persian-style mansion with arched doorways and high ceilings sits on a 300-acre property atop a hill surrounded by forests and overlooking the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains.

The home has received recognition from the Cultural Landscape Foundation. It features paintings by Church and original antique furnishings. Year-round activities on the palatial property encompass tours of the home, hiking, cross-country skiing and picnicking. Children under 12 can visit the property for free.

Olana State Historic Site
5720 State Route G
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-0135
olana.org

Time and Space Limited

Time and Space Limited, located in downtown Hudson, opens the world of art to all ages, providing live theater, movies and opera. The 84-seat theater features 1940s-style theater chairs.

On Saturdays and Sundays, enjoy movies and try a variety of sandwiches made by a local vendor, as well as other snacks and vegan Vietnamese foods. Educational programs include workshops and youth programs about movie making, art, theater and circus performance.

Time and Space Limited
434 Columbia St.
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 822-8448
timeandspace.org

FASNY Museum of Firefighting

The FASNY Museum of Firefighting was constructed in 1925 after a resolution by the presidents and secretaries of the Volunteer Firemen's Association and the Exempt Firemen's Association of the City of New York.

The 50,000-square-foot facility contains firefighting apparatus, equipment, gear and memorabilia, including antique New York City fire trucks, speaking trumpets dating back to 1752, axes and 1807 water buckets. The museum offers interactive programs that teach children about safety and how firefighters worked in the past.

FASNY Museum of Firefighting
117 Harry Howard Ave.
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-1874
fasnyfiremuseum.com

Hudson Opera House

Built in 1855, Hudson Opera House once served as the Franklin Library and the First National Bank of Hudson. Frederic Church exhibited his paintings in this building. After Paris built a new Opera House in the late 1800s, town leaders converted the second floor into the Hudson Opera House performing hall, while the first floor housed a post office, police station and other civic offices.

Currently, the opera house features live performances of music ensembles, choruses, stage performances and puppet shows. Programs encompass community reading groups, dance and instrument lessons, and painting workshops. This edifice is one of the oldest theaters in America.

Hudson Opera House
327 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 822-1438
hudsonoperahouse.org

Article Written By Cicely A. Richard

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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