The Tarrytown is a village 25 miles north of Manhattan. It's a family-oriented community that lies on the Hudson River and dates back to 1645. Originally inhabited by the Weckquaesgeek Indians, the area was later settled by the Dutch and then the English. While the village is worth a visit on its own, most travelers to the area are interested in it because of its proximity to Sleepy Hollow. Tarrytown is just a short ride from Manhattan, and there are quite a few ways to get there.
Things to Do in Tarrytown
There are plenty of reasons to get out of busy Manhattan and head to Tarrytown. Once in the village there are a number of things to do. First, visit the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, which inspired the idea behind Washington Irvin's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow." You can also visit Kykuit, which is Rockefeller's estate, or Lyndhurst Bowling Alley, which is one of the oldest bowling alleys in the United States.
By the Metro-North Train
One of the easiest and fastest ways to get from Manhattan to Tarrytown is by train. The Metro-North train system goes from Grand Central Station in New York to many cities and towns east and west of the Hudson River, including towns in both New York and Connecticut.
Tarrytown is situated east of the Hudson River. Visit Grand Central Station and ask for the train to Tarrytown. The ride will take anywhere from 37 to 51 minutes and there are no transfers. Trains run approximately three times an hour and the journey will cost $14.00 for a one-way peak ticket and $10.75 for a one-way off-peak ticket.
To get this price, you must purchase your ticket online or at the station, because if you have to buy it on the train, you will pay more. It's best to travel during off-peak hours, which includes weekends, major holidays and all trains arriving into the terminals outside of the hours between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and all trains departing from the terminals outside of the hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays.
If the train isn't for you, you can drive to Tarrytown from Manhattan by car. To get into Tarrytown, there are several routes you can take. One is via the Henry Hudson Parkway North, which you will take to the Saw Mill River Parkway. You can then take Exit 21 to Route 119, which will lead you into Tarrytown. This is the fastest way to go and the journey will take about 40 minutes.
The other option is to go via the Tappan Zee Bridge. Take NY-9A north to I-87 towards White Plains Road in Tarrytown. Then, get off at Exit 9. You can also take NY-9A to the Sprain Brook Parkway North. From there, go to NY-119 West, then take Exit 1 off of I-287 West.
Getting Around in Tarrytown
Once you get to Tarrytown, there are plenty of ways to get around. You can go by foot on Main Street, or you can take a taxi or ride-share like Uber to get from one place to another. You can also look at schedules and route maps for Bee-Line, which is the bus line for Westchester County.
Tips for Your Visit to Tarrytown
Tarrytown is an easy day trip from Manhattan. Travelers making a night of it can chose from a number of comfortable hotels, such as the Castle Hotel & Spa, the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott or the Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson. When you get hungry, be sure to check out the Rivermarket Bar & Kitchen, which was voted one of the county's best restaurants in Westchester Magazine's "Best of Westchester 2017".