My mom was visiting and I wanted to take her somewhere new, so we hopped in the car with my three-year-old and drove to Hastings-on-Hudson. I heard that MacEachron Waterfront Park on River Street has a great playground with spectacular views of the Hudson, and on this hot Friday that’s what I craved.
We parked on Hasting’s main drag, Warburton Avenue, because we wanted to check out the shops, which is about a fifteen minute walk to the park. The entrance to the park is at the end of River Street next to the restaurant, Harvest-on-Hudson. But there is a large parking lot right in front of MacEachron Waterfront Park, if you’re not in the mood for a walk.
We were in awe when we spotted the park — there are wide open views of the Palisades across the way. My mom and I kept sniffing the air and saying “I can smell the river!” The slight breeze from the river made me dizzy with happiness and the occasional boat passing by was nothing short of dreamy.
The playground itself is nothing special, standard boat-shaped climbing equipment with separate areas for younger and older children. Still, MacEachron is worth a visit for the views alone. My daughter played on the playground happily and got a little too close to some geese. There were benches along the river, plenty of grass for running around, and lots of trees for some much needed shade. I could have spent hours staring at the water. Note to self: Next time bring a picnic lunch!
Kids who love to splash and wade will enjoy Kinnally Cove, a small sandy crescent next to the playground. You can also launch kayaks from here.
If you feel hungry, and didn’t come prepared like me, the famous Harvest-on-Hudson restaurant is right next to the playground with spectacular views that will make you feel like you’re on vacation. The Hudson Valley Health & Tennis Club (100 River Street) has a snack bar inside that sells drinks and chips. (Disclaimer: I did not go inside, although my mom used their bathroom and bought a Diet Coke.)
MacEachron Park: River Street, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY