Residents of Beacon like to say Mount Beacon is the town's backdrop and the Hudson River is their front porch. Art and history are at home here, too. Main Street welcomes you with art galleries, antique shops, cafes and restaurants amid 1800s architecture. Visit Dia:Beacon
, an art museum residing in a former printing factory. The contemporary collection ranges from fluorescent light works by Dan Flavin to Andy Warhol's 430-foot-long Shadows.
You can also visit homes of the 1700s, like the Madam Brett estate
and Mount Gulian
, a restored Dutch homestead and Revolutionary War headquarters. The Beacon Sloop Club, founded by folk singer Pete Seeger to help protect the Hudson, invites you to riverside festivals and free rides on their sailboat, The Woody Guthrie.