8.5 out of 10

Tivoli

42.059614011547 -73.9146221466016
Great for
  • Clean & Green
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
  • Neighborly Spirit
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Professionals
  • Retirees

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Quaint village with an artsy edge"

Tucked into Dutchess County’s northeastern corner, Tivoli is a small riverfront village of 1,118. It occupies a 1.8 square mile space within the town of Red Hook.

Tivoli, like some other Dutchess towns, has been revitalized recently by an influx of artists. One of the longest-standing organizations is the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, a 153 acre space devoted to supporting the art of dance. The center provides dancers with a facility for practice and education, and is planning a 1,200 seat performance theater. Theater fans will appreciate the Tangent Theatre Company, which performs at the Carpenter Shop Theater, is a professional company putting on established and original plays. The Tivoli Artists’ Co-Op is a group of 30 artists who maintain a gallery and show their work in a series of exhibits throughout the year.

Recreation opportunities are numerous. The village operates the Tivoli Memorial Recreation Park, which has a playground and facilities for baseball and basketball. During the summer, the recreation department operates a program featuring sports and arts and crafts. There is a 9-hole private golf course, the Edgewood Club, which dates back to 1884. Tivoli Bays, a 1,722 acre wildlife management area, offers passive recreation opportunities. The Visitors’ Center is the site of monthly lectures focusing on the science, art, history and culture of the region.

The well-regarded Red Hook Central School District educates Tivoli’s school-age population. With 2,285 students, the district is small. Road Primary School is attended by children in kindergarten through second grade; Mill Road Intermediate houses grades 3 through 5. Linden Avenue Middle School offers Regents exams in two subjects to its advanced students, allowing them to being acquiring credits toward high school diplomas. Red Hook High School was recently ranked 38th out of 370 New York high schools by U.S. News and World Report. Nationally, it placed 221 out of 21,776 high schools.

Tivoli’s housing inventory includes single family homes at a range of price points as well as condominiums.
Pros
  • Lots of arts organizations
  • excellent schools
Cons
  • Limited real estate inventory
  • no train line
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Close-knit, friendly community with arts, culture, good grub and natural wonders."

Tivoli is a very cool little village within the pleasant parent town of Red Hook, NY. It is a close-knit family-friendly community with a lot going on for itself including some terrific village sponsored activities and events, some great restaurants, terrific outdoor recreation areas, a developing waterfront district and a nice arts and culture scene.

There are quite a few great eateries in the area including Luna 61, Santa Fe Restaurant, Broadway Pizza, Osaka Japanese Restaurant, Patty’s Little Italy, Back in Time Pizzeria & Café, Murray’s, Black Beans and Rice and Pan Zure. For even more options, head on over to parent town Red Hook where there are a slew of others including the notable Mercato Osteria and Enoteca, owned by a Butoni family member and the succulent Memphis Max’s Barbecue.

Taste Budd’s Chocolate and Coffee Café in Red Hook has fantastic alternative foodstuffs, yummy pastries, tasty confections, art exhibitions and live music and is great place to just hang out, relax and indulge your senses while taking in the scenery.

As for retail shopping, there isn’t a ton here, but most people don’t seem to mind too much as there are soo many other wonderful resources to make up for it. Plus, the area retains its charm that way. Tivoli is home to Fabulous Yarn and Village Books. In Red Hook, you will find the Me Oh My Pie Shop and Café with its luscious offerings, Red Hook Drugstore, Annex Antiques Center, Cider Mill Antiques, East Market Street Antiques, Wiltsie Bridge Country Store, a CVS Pharmacy and Hannaford supermarket and Gigi Market (an indoor farmer’s market and café located on the 500 acre Greig’s Farm) for grocery shopping and super fresh farm to table food items.

Tivoli hosts a lot of wonderful community events including but certainly not limited to an annual Easter Egg Hunt replete with coloring contests, a village-wide Yard Sale Day, a Street Painting Festival with hosted music and entertainment, a Halloween Bash & Block Party with a costume contest, live music and various games for kids, and a WinterFest Tree Lighting Ceremony with music, arts and crafts, a bonfire and a fireworks display.

The Tivoli Free Library has a wonderful book collection and a slew of other great resources including Homework Help, story times, an adult book club and free use of public computers

Kaatsbaan International Dance Center is located within the village and is a world renowned dance center which provides creative residences, educational outreach, extreme ballet, workshops and often hosts stellar events and performances.

The stunning park-like Bard College is also nearby and is brimming with cultural and intellectual activities to partake in. It offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River from the rose garden at Blithewood Mansion. The Richard B. Foster Center for the Performing Arts at Bard is exceptional and hosts a wonderful music festival amongst myriad other spectacular events.

The Tivoli Bay Visitor’s Center is located in the historic Watts dePeyster Hall and they can tell you a lot about Tivoli’s interesting history as well as provide maps, directions and tips. Sometimes they sponsor interesting events, as well.

For a lovely day spent outdoors, first stop at the Tivoli Commons and sit in the pretty gazebo before you walk the trail behind the aforementioned visitor’s center to the amazing not-to-be-missed Tivoli Bays. The Tivoli Bays is a national park, nature preserve and research area consisting of 1,700 acres of freshwater tidal marshes right on the Hudson. It is filled with creeks and swamps and streams and coves and mudflats and islands. It is also a very popular birding area as noted by the Audobon Society. Tivoli Memorial Recreation Park is a popular outdoor area with a playground, pavilion, basketball court and a baseball field.

Red Hook Recreation Park is another highly popular area park and has an outstanding Olympic sized pool, a playground, handball courts, basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields, an outside running track and an inside fitness center. Poets Walk Park is a really romantic place to hike and boasts great views of the Hudson River, the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and the Catskill Mountains. Some say this is where Rudyard Kipling developed the idea to write his famous story Rip Van Winkle!

Red Hook is also home to Lyceum Six Cinemas and a mini golf course and 20-lane bowling alley called Ro-Rin Lanes. Red Hook Golf Club is also in proximity.

Tivoli students are a part of the Red Hook Central School District which is considered to be excellent.

Tivoli is quite safe and the crime rate is relatively low.

The median household income is $40, 536.

The population of Tivoli is approximately 1,118.
Pros
  • Dance Institution
  • Tivoli Bays
  • Bard College
  • Beautiful Park
  • Good restaurants
  • excellent schools
Cons
  • A little too quiet some days
  • no train line
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
PureKrome
PureKrome Anjanette, lovely review :) You mention that there's no train line near by. So there's no real public transport options? One of the photo's has a picture of a train line near the water.. ??
2yrs+
Anjanette
Anjanette Thanks soo much! Actually, I don't think I mentioned trains at all, but upon investigation I can confirm that there isn't a train line here, unfortunately.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Beautiful and Arty"

Tivoli is a village within the Town of Red Hook, an almost-two square mile area just north of Bard College. Two roads run through Tivoli: Route 78, which ends at the Hudson River, and is directly across from the Ulster County town of Saugerties; and Route 9G, which runs along the village border.

Tivoli itself has about 1200 residents, with a recreation department that covers events, celebrations, and decorating for all the major holidays. There are several groups you can join, and a program for senior citizens. Watts dePeyster Hall, an historic building, houses the Tivoli Free Library, with programs for kids, teens, and adults. In the same building is the Tivoli Bays Visitor Center, where you can get maps, a list of programs, and all the info you need about Tivoli Bays.

Tivoli Bays is a gorgeous 1700-acre tidal wetland surrounded by open land. Managed as a field laboratory for research and education about the Hudson River Estuary, it is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. You can walk behind the Tivoli Bays Visitor Center and pick up a trail into the Bays, or you can bring your canoe or kayak and paddle.

The Village has a choice of good restaurants, including Santa Fe Restaurant, Osaka, Luna 61, and the Panzur Restaurant and Wine Bar.
For the sports-minded, the Tivoli Memorial Recreation Park has a playground, pavilion, basketball court and baseball fields.

Tivoli is in the Red Hook School District, which is excellent. Children attend Mill Road Primary (K-2), Mill Road Intermediate (3-5), Linden Ave Middle (6-8), and Red Hook High School, which was included in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 ranking of the best high schools in America. The high school's rankings are 38th out of 370 schools in New York State, and 221st out of 21,776 high schools in the U.S.

Tivoli is home to Kaatsbaan, a non-profit dance mecca, located on the 153-acre former estate of Eleanor Roosevelt’s grandparents. Designed to provide a year-round gathering place for dancers, choreographers, and dance companies, it offers events, performances, and classes. It has incredible facilities, including a 160-seat theatre with a performance floor the size of the Metropolitan Opera stage.

There is no train line, so as long as you don’t need to commute to Manhattan, beautiful, arty Tivoli may be just the place for you.
Pros
  • excellent schools
  • Beautiful Park
  • Good restaurants
Cons
  • no train line
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Visit Tivoli, Red Hook of Rhinebeck's College Town"

Tivoli is your average college town located in the heart of the Hudson River Historic District, residing in the greater town of Rhinebeck, NY. As it’s right near Bard College, Tivoli is known as being one of Rhinebeck’s most creative towns. It’s also less expensive than the rest of Rhinebeck, as most houses start around $184,000. It’s even got its own library.

Tivoli, named after a town in Italy, is located right off Route 9G and Route 78 in Dutchess County. It’s got a great community atmosphere, as residents enjoy many holiday-related events like a Halloween Bash and Block Party, an Easter Egg Hunt, and the town’s Tree Lighting Ceremony for its Winterfest, a festival taking place in well---you guessed it---Winter. People from all over come for great food and charming shops, like Village Books, which houses 35,000 rare, used and out-of-print books, and is very welcoming to come into (like coming home for Thanksgiving). There’s also stores like Fabulous Yarn, Mike’s Bike’s, Murray’s Cafe and Market, and even Rascal the Pony---a pony farm that hosts birthdays and a summer camp! There’s also Santa Fe Mexican and Luna 61, an organic foods restaurant that’s great for vegetarians.

Transportation is made easy with the Rhinecliff-Kingston train station, and NYC is about an hour away. Rhinebeck schools are great, with a high graduation rate and excellent extra-curricular activities. People come to Tavoi and Rhinebeck for fun shopping and easy commuting. It’s a beautiful area that’s not to be missed.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Quaint village with a few things to do"

Tivoli is a small village in the northwestern corner of Dutchess County which borders the Hudson River. It may not look like very much is there on a map, but there are actually things to enjoy if you live here or visit.

First, Tivoli does not have one issue that most northern Dutchess County towns do: lack of public transportation access. The Dutchess County Loop Bus DOES run through town, and Tivoli is the last stop on the line; residents, if so inclined, could take the bus to Poughkeepsie. I can't imagine it's a short ride, but the option is open. Unfortunately, it does not have access to the Metro North train to New York City and the nearest station for both that and Amtrak is in Poughkeepsie. You'll still need a car to get around from place to place, since not everything you need is located right there in the village, but even with that said, traffic is hardly a major issue (at least it has never been in my experiences).

For full disclosure, there are no medical facilities in town, there is no significant shopping around aside from local businesses (you'll have to do some driving even to get to a supermarket), and good luck finding a gym. The good news is that unlike some of the other northern towns like Milan, there actually are places to go for a night out. Tivoli is home to a few local restaurants, some or most of which are quite respectable. There is also a bar in town, for those looking for that kind of nighttime experience.

There are a few other amenities available, such as a library, nicely-kept town parks, the Hudson River and its views of course, and an inn or two for visitors.

Tivoli is green and quiet while having some of the charms of a rural village. With an art gallery and dance studio also in town, that almost makes it feel a little bit on the trendy side.

Still, there is some level of isolation here, despite the nice setting and the few restaurants in town. The next closest town of consequence is Red Hook, and you'll be driving about 5-10 miles to get there -- and they don't even have medical facilities, major shopping, etc. That'll all be in the Poughkeepsie area. If you don't require those things, then there's no harm in giving Tivoli a look. In spite of that, it has always seemed like a nice place to stop by and enjoy the local charm.
Pros
  • Beautiful Park
  • Decent Schools
  • Good restaurants
Cons
  • Isolated
  • A little too quiet some days
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Not as much going on, but some beautiful outdoor opportunities and quality restaurants"

Tivoli is a nice little village on the Northeast corner of Red Hook, and while I don't think it fully embodies all the awesome features of Red Hook, it definitely has a great feel overall and would be a great place to raise a family.

You get a couple really good things in Tivoli. First, as I said, it seems family friendly. There's plenty of chances for outdoor fun, with Tivoli Park (meh) and Tivoli Bays (much better) right nearby, and as I really like to get outside and have some fun, this is a huge feature for the village. Tivoli Park has an area for baseball, a basketball court and a bit of greenery, but it's nothing to write home to mom about. Tivoli Bays is a really pretty wetland with plenty of beautiful scenery, especially on nice days. I wouldn't say there's a ton to do in terms of playing sports, but it's a beautiful place. The bugs can be a bit much for some, but I really like it.

Like Red Hook, Tivoli is pretty family friendly in terms of educational opportunities as well. You're part of the Red Hook school district, which is above average for sure, and Bard College is right nearby as well, so have some decent options for educational advancement, which I think parents will really appreciate.

For food, I've never gone hungry in Tivoli. I really like little bakeries like Tivoli Bread and Baking, and though it's easy to miss sometimes, getting a lemonsquare here is a GREAT idea. Definitely check it out. I also have enjoyed Luna 61, though it's less for me than for a few of my cousins, who are vegetarians and have somewhat challenging dietary habits, but they've always like Luna 61, so it's worth checking out as well.

I'm not going to praise Tivoli as much as the larger town of Red Hook or even the Red Hook hamlet, but it's a great place to check out whenever you get the chance. I've considered moving to Red Hook, and though I don't think I'd pick Tivoli as my place of residence, it's certainly pretty cool and I'll spend some time here.
Pros
  • Beautiful Park
  • Good restaurants
  • Decent Schools
Cons
  • A little too quiet some days
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Country Lovers

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