- By Kevin
- On Jul 17, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
KINGSTON, NEW YORK
Kingston, which is nestled in the center of the Hudson River Valley and marks the halfway point between New York City and Albany. Dating back to 1652, the town of Kingston began with the arrival of Dutch settlers. This history can be explored at the Kingston Uptown Historic District where National Historic Landmarks like the Old Dutch church still stand today. The history of the Hudson River, on the other hand, is best discovered at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, which features displays of artifacts from river steamships, marine-related paintings, and old maps. You can also pay a visit to the historic Rondout Lighthouse to explore one of seven lighthouses that still stand on the Hudson River, only three of which remain operational.
Other historical gems to explore in Kingston include the Matthewis Persen House, the oldest building in Ulster County, and the Senate House State Historic Site, which marks the location where the entire state of New York was established in 1777. The Den of Marbletown is sure to be an enjoyable trip for the family, as it is home to the Teddy Bear Museum and also operates as a bed and breakfast. The town definitely boasts an interesting history, but be sure to take a break at the Forsyth Nature Center, which offers a lovely and vibrant preservation of flora and fauna.
POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK
Visitors are sure to have an enjoyable and memorable vacation at Poughkeepsie, the "Queen City of the Hudson." Start your visit to Poughkeepsie with a tour through the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Located at Vassar College, the art center features works from antiquity to contemporary pieces such as the Warburg Collection of Old Masters prints. One National Historic Landmark to see is the Locust Grove Estate, which features an Italian style mansion, over 15,000 pieces of furniture, and 19th-century carriage roads. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is a spectacular destination for kids thanks to its various playground workshops, camps, and planetarium shows.
Explore Poughkeepsie from 212 feet up in the air and walk along the 1.28-mile long pedestrian path of Walkway over the Hudson. Fans of the opera or performing arts in general can catch a show at the oldest operating theater in the state of New York, the Bardavon Opera House. However, arguably one of the best ways to explore Poughkeepsie and the Hudson River is with a cruise on the M/V Mystère, a 60-foot vessel with double decks operated by the Empire Cruise Lines. The cruise will take guests on a lovely and scenic trip that boasts some of the most stunning views of the Hudson Valley.