Thomas Cole National Historic Site

Nestled in the beautiful terrain of Catskill, NY, the Thomas Cole National Historic Site commemorates the birthplace of the American art movement known as the Hudson River School. The site includes the original 1815 Main House, a reconstructed version of Coles New Studio, and the 1839 Old Studio. Fantastic views of the amazingly beautiful Catskill Mountains abound at the Thomas Cole Site. Visitors can enjoy guided tours or view the exhibits about Cole, an iconic painter, and the Hudson River School. Other attractions nearby include Beattie-Powers Place, which offers incredible views of Olana and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge as well as a venue for musical events. Temperatures vary in and around Catskill, NY, with winters bringing snow and with enjoyable summers that do not get too hot.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Thomas Cole National Historic Site

If you appreciate classical art from one of the most influential American artists, you will enjoy the historic grounds, galleries, and studios at Thomas Cole National Historic Site. RV enthusiasts will find that there are multiple parks in the vicinity with suitable amenities to enhance visits. Furthermore, the area in and around the Thomas Cole Historic Site is filled with great shops, restaurants, natural landscapes, and sightseeing opportunities. 

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How To Get To Thomas Cole National Historic Site

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is located in the small town of Catskill, NY, south of Albany, NY, at the foot of the Catskill Mountains. From Albany, travel south on I-87. Get off at exit 21 toward NY-23/Catskill/Cairo. Drive along NY-23 East, and make a right turn onto Spring Street. The site is on your left. The park grounds are free and open from sunrise to dusk year-round. The park closes for recognized holidays.


218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414

Fee: Entry fee (members) $0

Fee: Entry fee (adults) $12.0

Fee: Entry fee (seniors, 62+, and students) $11.0

Fee: Entry fee (NPS pass holders) $11.0

Fee: Entry fee (children under 16) $0

At the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, visitors will find evidence of a rich history of an early American art movement as well as many acres of grounds to explore in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Through guided and self-guided tours at this impressive estate, visitors can experience the history of Thomas Cole and his influence on American art. This makes for an inspiring day trip for RV owners who are visiting the Catskill Mountains.