Poughkeepsie: Best Things to Do

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Poughkeepsie is a beautiful city located in the state of New York, United States.

Poughkeepsie is a city with nickname "Queen of Hudson," earned from its beautiful scenery around the Hudson Valley.

Known as the "City of the Queen of Hudson," Poughkeepsie is located in the beautiful Hudson Valley on the banks of the Hudson River and is home to more than 30,000 people.

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SIGHTSEEING

As the last stop on the Metro-North line from New York City, Poughkeepsie is an easy resting place for weekend travelers who want a riverfront view in spring and a tour of leaves in autumn. No matter what year, the seaside town has it all. To take advantage of a full day trip, you can explore local flavors with regional history and simple recreation at Walkway over the Hudson. When night falls, you'll feel like you're home and never want to leave.

Walkway over the Hudson

The journey along the Walkway with its magnificent view is just the beginning.

DOWNTOWN

Located in the beautiful Hudson Valley, on the banks of the Hudson River, Poughkeepsie is a city that lives in the state of New York, USA. The unique name Poughkeepsie comes from the Native American word which roughly translates to 'hut covered with reeds by a small water container'. The city has a remarkable example of European-style buildings that were first built by Dutch settlers. There are many other famous attractions in Poughkeepsie, namely the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, The Chance Theater, The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world, the path above Hudson, and many art galleries.

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Named “Best Museum” by Hudson Valley Magazine in 2019 and 2017, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the ideal destination for families with young children.

SHOPPING

Dreaming Goddess is one of a fine gift shop in the town. They provide varied items for souvenirs and gifts. The items provide are handmade from local craftsman and also supporting the local products. You can get the best items with reasonable prices. Spencer Gifts is a mall-based shop providing numerous interesting items for souvenirs. You can get many good items at reasonable prices.

Spencer Gifts Poughkeepsie

Spencer's is the mall destination for entertainment, excitement, and fun. For over 65 years, we have been offering unique products for our core 18-24-year-old guests, who are high energy, technologically savvy, independent and always inspired.

Dreaming Goddess

You can get the best items with reasonable prices.

FOOD & DRINK

The typical food you'll find in the city of Poughkeepsie is the local cuisine mixed with traditional and modern ingredients. Plenty of restaurants with various menu available throughout the city and you'll be fascinated trying one of their menus. Most of the food you'll find is served with fresh produce, cheese, and meat from nearby suppliers.

CULTURE

Poughkeepsie is once a Dutch area with many historical buildings can be seen in the city. Nowadays, the city has been one of the most popular city to visit in New York. In Poughkeepsie, 41% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 78% speak English and 15% speak Spanish.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best times to visit Poughkeepsie for ideal weather are May 7th to July 8th based on average temperature and humidity.

HOTEL

Conveniently located near the Poughkeepsie train station, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel is a classically owned space with all the amenities you desire to spend the night. Dive into a bed in a double or king room at night, then wake up refreshed the next day to enjoy a free American breakfast.

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

Dive into a bed in a double or king room at night, then wake up refreshed the next day to enjoy a free American breakfast.

RESTAURANT

Perched high above the Hudson River on the banks of Poughkeepsie, Shadows on the Hudson is an award-winning restaurant that serves world-class cuisine against a stunning backdrop. Guests can choose from five beautifully furnished dining rooms, from the relaxing and warm Sunset Room or the modern Winter Room to the Sunrise Deck and True River Room, which have spectacular panoramic river views. Located in the heart of the Little Italy Poughkeepsie neighborhood, Rosticceria Rossi & Sons is a holy cup for locals and students. One step to the corner deli and you will understand why. Pieces of Italy flew through the air as the Rossi family sliced fresh bread and grilled meat faster than what appeared human.

Shadows on the Hudson

Shadows on the Hudson is an award winning waterfront restaurant located in Poughkeepsie, NY. Our building is perched on a cliff 40 feet above the Hudson River and just 50 feet from its eastern bank.

Rossi Rosticceria Deli

One step to the corner deli and you will understand why. Pieces of Italy flew through the air as the Rossi family sliced fresh bread and grilled meat faster than what appeared human.

CAFE

For great experience of having snacks and coffee, you can visit the CK Open Mic The Crafted Kup session. You can keep update by listening to the shop's Facebook page for news about the next session. Even if you decide not to dare in front of the microphone, take your own seat, and get the best from what local talent has to offer. If you need a jolt of caffeine to keep listening to songs, java is ready.

The Crafted Kup

Listen to the shop's Facebook page for news about the next session. Even if you decide not to dare in front of the microphone, take your own seat, and get the best from what local talent has to offer.

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

The Artist’s Palate is a contemporary wine bar and bistro on Main Street that offers an innovative menu and wine list in a cosmopolitan and elegant atmosphere. Located in the rehabilitated Mill House, Mill House Brewing Company serves the region's best food and beer offerings in a historic and exciting setting, providing an unparalleled dining experience of the Hudson Valley. In addition to factory-made beer that is beautifully distributed in four states, Mill House offers a seasonal menu of fresh fare made from ingredients sourced from local farmers, producers and craftsmen.

The Artist’s Palate

Brasserie 292 combines the old-world charm of Poughkeepsie's historic Main Street district with a timeless, classic Brasserie fare.

Mill House, Mill House Brewing Company

In addition to factory-made beer that is beautifully distributed in four states, Mill House offers a seasonal menu of fresh fare made from ingredients sourced from local farmers, producers and craftsmen.

INTERESTING PLACE

Mid-Hudson Heritage Center is a public gallery space dedicated to enriching communities through various arts and cultural events, and inspiring people to take an interest in art. Located on Main Street, the gallery space organizes a variety of arts-based events and functions throughout the year, including author readings, art exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, meetings and workshops by artists and experts in the industry. Located in the former Barrett Clay Works building in the Main Middle neighborhood in downtown Poughkeepsie, Art Centro is a community art space that offers various arts and dance classes and arts-based facilities for the community.

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Named “Best Museum” by Hudson Valley Magazine in 2019 and 2017, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the ideal destination for families with young children.

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Also known as the Poughkeepsie Bridge, Walkway over the Hudson is a long bridge that connects Poughkeepsie on the east bank of the Hudson River and the Highlands on the west bank. Built as a double track railroad bridge in 1889, this bridge was damaged by fire in 1974, after which it gained a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the heart of historic Hudson Riverfront, the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum (MHCM) is dedicated to creating a community where young children can learn through exploration, examination and discovery. The museum has a series of exhibitions and exhibits that focus on science, nature, art, music and literacy and allow children to engage in interactive and in-depth games to develop basic skills and interpersonal connections through exploring, moving, faking, creating, collaborate, and discover.

Mid-Hudson Heritage Center

Located on Main Street, the gallery space organizes a variety of arts-based events and functions throughout the year, including author readings, art exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, meetings and workshops by artists and experts.

Walkway over the Hudson

The journey along the Walkway with its magnificent view is just the beginning.