by Arundhati Bhand Updated on 15 Oct 2018
Red Hook is a beautiful neighborhood of the New York City with a picturesque backdrop of shipping yards with deep historical roots. The name ‘Red Hook’ is because of the red clay found in the peninsula projecting into the Upper New York Bay. This place gives you the feel of a laid-back countryside charm yet is vibrant with some upscale boutiques, museums and art galleries. With a number of independent distilleries and wineries; Red Hood offers some best wine tastings and tours. If you are looking for top tourist attractions in Red Hook in a day or two, here is the whole-hog.
Let's explore Red Hook points of interest and 10 best things to do in Red Hook:
1. Learn the evolution of aircraft at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome museum displays an overwhelming number of historical aircraft right from the Wright-era reconstructions to the monoplanes and biplanes of the 1930s. It has also an envious collection of antique automobiles and aircraft from the World War I. The air show that happens in this aerodrome museum is definitely a no-miss thing.
2. Shop horse-centric pieces of art at Equis Art Gallery
If you are passionate either about horses or art, the Equis Art Gallery is for you. The Art Gallery owned by Juliet Harrison is an enchanting place filled with various arts like paintings, photographs and pictures created by artists worldwide with the horse as the core subject. All the pieces are nominally priced. So, gift yourself the most alluring one!
3. Learn history at the Red Hook Waterfront Museum
This museum is appropriately located inside a boat, the 1914 Lehigh Valley Barge #79. The museum was founded in 1985 and fill you with knowledge about the maritime history in that area and promote the waterfront access. This barge museum filled with time preserved artifacts is also a great spot to catch the sunset.
4. Dawdle through the Poet's Walk Park
If you would just like to have a laid-back day, head to the Poet's Walk Park. The sprawling 120 acres of the park have gravel paths lined with wooden benches for a leisure walk around the garden. The park also lets you have some amazing views of the sunset. The place is great to visit with family, friends or solo and the meadows and woods soothe you from within.
5. Revel in the beautiful views at the Valentino Pier
Louis Valentino, Jr. Park and Pier is a waterfront park that features a pier to view the front side of the Statue of Liberty. The park also has kayak boat launch and the flower-filled green park is a great place to picnic to family or to peacefully read a book with boats floating by peacefully in the backdrop.
6. Relish the Key lime pie at Steve's
Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies is a wholesale bakery that lives up to the hype. You just cannot afford to miss treating your taste buds with pies from this bakery during your visit to the NYC. Tasting the Swingle, a frozen chocolate covered key lime pie on a stick is heaven on Earth.
7. Visit Brooklyn Crab for the foodie in you
This is the place to eat, play and enjoy in Red Hook. The tri-level seafood restaurant offers a delighting range of crab of raw oysters. The spacious outdoor seating with water views makes the place really warm. The restaurant has mini golf, bocce and cornhole for a perfect food experience.
8. Tour the Widow Jane distillery
Widow Jane distillery is built from the recycled bricks from Dutch Red Hook Houses. The Widow Jane Distillery, the Cacao Prieto Rum and Liquor Distillery, a bar, Cacao Chocolate making facility and Botanica are all nestled within a complex and you can your this place at a nominal fee. Tours are arranged every Saturday and Sunday and are priced $15 for the tour and a tasting.
9. Visit the Pioneer Works
Pioneer Works is a non-profit organization and is a beautiful collaboration between arts and sciences and is a place to kindle one's multidisciplinary creativity. The Pioneer Works Lab has a super fast computer and state of the art microscope for research. There is also a vast garden to relax and rewind in the lap of nature.
10. Pick your fruits at Red Hill Farm
Red Hill Farm is a massive 100 acres of farmland with trees like apples, plums, peaches and cherries. You can book your visit to the farm and enjoy a beautiful day spending time amidst the lush green farm filled with fruits; picking them and munching them.