Seeing & Doing: Arts, Attractions, History & Outdoors
Look anywhere in Columbia County and find a feast for the senses.
More and more, Columbia County is becoming the cultural gem of the Hudson Valley. Here in a bucolic countryside setting you can view provocative works from international and regional artists. Exhilarating musicals from the Broadway stage. And classical concerts of every size and shape. You can take in a play, a poetry reading, or be charmed by an old-time bluegrass band. Opera, chamber music, dance: it's all here, year-round, for your pleasure.
Columbia County offers life's simple gifts in a place that's simply historic. Start with a jewel of Columbia County architecture: Olana—the home of one of America's premier landscape painters. Stroll the lush gardens at Clermont, with its 18th-century great house. Wander through the Federal mansion of Judge James Vanderpoel and the Georgian home of our eighth president, Martin van Buren. Or, journey into classic simplicity with the Shaker way of life and the foremost collection of its culture. And save room in your historic journey for one of the world's most unusual museums: the American Museum of Firefighting.
To many visitors, the great outdoors is simply the best part of being in Columbia County. Take an invigorating hike in our forests. Play a round of golf in our lush countryside. Catch rainbow trout in our crystal streams. Ski a breathtaking trail just waiting to be conquered. From the untamed beauty of Bash Bish Falls to cycling on quiet country lanes. From family-swimming in our state parks to leaf peeping among our hillsides of stunning reds and golds. Race fans thrill to lightning-quick action at one of New York State's best DIRT & NHRA tracks: Lebanon Valley Speedway & Dragway. Fresh, crisp air. Boundless serenity. And exhilarating outdoor sports.
It's all here, all a short country drive away.