Things to do in Inwood

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Inwood, the northernmost neighborhood in Manhattan, has so much to offer—especially as the weather warms up. Two subway lines (1 and A) service Inwood, so getting there couldn’t be easier. Come and explore the neighborhood everyone is talking about. You’ll be glad you did.

Below is a short list of things to do:

A harbor seal, nicknamed "Sealy," makes an appearance on the Spuyten Duyvil in Inwood Hill Park.
A harbor seal, nicknamed “Sealy,” makes an appearance on the Spuyten Duyvil in Inwood Hill Park.

1)  Take a hike in Inwood Hill Park.  Explore the rich history of this 196-acre treasure. Highlights include caves once inhabited by Native Americans, glacial potholes and stunning views of the Hudson River. The park is dog friendly, so be sure to include your four-legged friend.

2) Wine and dine on the Dyckman Strip. From crispy fish tacos at Mamajuanas to bangers and mash at the new Tryon Public house, there’s something for everyone. The strip is also a great place to people watch—especially when the weather heats up. (More neighborhood dining options here.)

Dyckman Farmhouse on West 204th Street and Broadway
Dyckman Farmhouse on West 204th Street and Broadway

3) Tour the Dyckman Farmhouse. Built around 1785 this Dutch Colonial home is the only remaining farmhouse in Manhattan.  Located on 204th Street and Broadway.  Admission is only a buck. Check website for hours.

4) Have brunch at the Indian Road Café This charming café, with a stunning view of Inwood Hill Park, has a locally sourced menu and cocktails to die for.

Thirsty work at the Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park.
Thirsty work at the Medieval Festival in Fort Tryon Park.

5) Explore the spectacular gardens and medieval art at the Cloisters.  Who knew Manhattan had its very own castle.

6) Break out the bicycles.  Jump on the Hudson River Greenway at the west end of Dyckman Street and follow the path south to Battery Park.

A bountiful harvest at the Inwood Farmer's Market.
A bountiful harvest at the Inwood Farmer’s Market.

7) Shop for locally sourced goodies at the Inwood Farmer’s Market Sample organic cheeses, apples, breads and so much more.  Open year-round on Isham Street between Cooper Street and Seaman Avenue.  Every Saturday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

8)  Pack a picnic lunch and head for Isham Park.  Once the estate of leather merchant William B. Isham, this hilltop park has commanding views of the city.

9)  Soak in the beauty of Swindler Cove.  This east side gem located inside Sherman Creek Park features a charming garden, water features and plenty of shade for those sweltering summer afternoons.

Inwood Canoe Club
Inwood Canoe Club

10) Visit the Inwood Canoe Club.  Founded in 1902, the ICC is the oldest canoe and kayak club in Manhattan.  Every Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day the canoe club offers free Hudson River canoe excursions to the general public.   It’s a blast.  Check website for details.

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