Boscobel House and Gardens is situated in scenic Garrison, New York, in the heart of the Hudson River Valley area. Whether you plan to spend two hours or an entire day at Boscobel, here are our top suggestions for making the most of your visit.
Engage with History on a Docent-led Tour
Boscobel House, built between 1804-1808, is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country and contains one of the nation’s leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. Tours of the house cover the unique architectural details, furniture and decorative arts of the house, daily life in the early 1800s, the fascinating history of the lives and perseverance of both States and Elizabeth Dyckman, and the dramatic story of the rescue and preservation of the house. With knowledgeable docents guiding you on the hour-long tour, individuals and groups of all ages and interests will be sure to be enlightened and entertained.
Take in a Special Exhibition
Each year, Boscobel collaborates with a variety of arts organizations and institutions to bring special exhibitions to its gallery and grounds. From outdoor sculptures to indoor shows that range from Currier & Ives prints to contemporary Hudson River Valley landscapes, Boscobel’s rotating exhibits are not to be missed. Visitors interested in the recent history of the house can also learn more about its dramatic preservation story in a special exhibition located in the Visitor’s Center. More information about past, current and upcoming exhibitions can be found on the Special Exhibitions page.
Explore the Gardens and Grounds
A great day at Boscobel always includes time spent walking through its beautiful gardens and grounds. Whether you are drawn to examining some of the over 150 varieties of roses in the Rose Garden, discovering plants that would have been staples of cooking in the early 19th century in the Herb Garden, searching for tadpoles and frogs in the pond or simply wandering through the beautifully landscaped grounds, Boscobel is sure to delight for the senses.
Artists are welcomed to the grounds for painting and sketching, at no admission fee, on the second Tuesday of each month (Boscobel is open to visitors every day except Tuesday.)
Attend a Special Event
Boscobel prides itself on presenting a rich and diverse calendar of events throughout our open season, from family-friendly Big Band concerts to special art-related lectures, children’s environmental programs and weekly yoga on the lawn. Boscobel is also home to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival which produces critically-acclaimed productions of theatrical performances in their grand tent throughout the summer.
Enjoy a Picnic Lunch and the Breathtaking View
Pack a picnic lunch and spend the afternoon enjoying breathtaking views near the picnic areas. Relax and enjoy your refreshments at one of the patio tables near the garden and then walk out to the Belvedere to view the Hudson River and its Highlands, Constitution Island and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (don’t forget your camera!). Plan a guided house tour beforehand or attend an evening event after, and it’s a great way to spend a summer day.
Hike the Woodland Trail
This 1.25-mile, groomed trail winds through 29 acres of rustic landscape and features spectacular vistas of the Hudson River. Benches and wooden gazebos provide a welcome respite and a great place to take in the exceptional views. The groomed trail is an easy difficulty level but does have a few inclines. Self-guided maps are available at the Visitor’s Center.
Shop for Unique Gifts
No visit to Boscobel would be complete without a visit to the Museum Shop. The newly refurbished shop is stocked with specially-selected items from books, jewelry, house and garden wares, children’s gifts and unique, handmade products local to the Hudson River Valley. Open to the general public Wednesday through Monday.