Introduction to Beacon, New York
Beacon, New York, in Dutchess county, is 27 miles W of Danbury, Connecticut and 52 miles N of New York, New York. The city is included in the Dutchess County metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 13,808 people lived in Beacon.
The modern day City of Beacon was originally settled in by Europeans in 1709. The area was made up of two towns, Matteawan Village and Fishkill Landing. Later, the two villages were combined to form Beacon. It was incorporated in 1913. The place was named after Beacon Mountain. Dia: Beacon, one of the largest contemporary art museums of the world, was opened in Beacon in the late 1990s.
Beacon and nearby Attractions
- Hudson Highlands State Park
- Mount Gulian Historic Site
- Madam Brett Homestead
- Storm King State Park
- Van Wyck Homestead Museum
Things To Do In Beacon
Beacon offers a number of recreational activities both for its residents and visitors. The Memorial Park, Green Street Park, South Ave Park, Riverfront Park, Hudson Highlands State Park, Hammond Field and the Forrestal Park are some of the local parks. The Storm King Art Center, Museum of the Hudson Highlands and West Point Museum are also nearby.
International flights are available from Stewart International Airport.
Beacon Higher Education
The United States Military Academy, Dutchess Community College, the Culinary Institute of America and Rockland Community College offer facilities for higher studies.