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Old-school Attractions, Charming Art Galleries and Towering Bridges - Poughkeepsie’s Best Hidden Gems

Located between New York City and Albany, Poughkeepsie is also known as ‘The Queen City of the Hudson’. Although it was originally a Dutch settlement, after the American Revolution, Poughkeepsie became the second capital of New York state. It features some of the state’s most stunning railroad bridges, towering above Hudson River. After the land was bought over from locals and development was done by the first family of settlers, it quickly became incorporated as a city in 1799. Today, it is home to nearly 80,000 residents. The role Mathew Vassar, the founder of Vassar College, played was significant to the city’s growth. Many of the city’s earliest buildings, homes, historical landmarks are religiously preserved and many are registered National Historic Sites.

Today, there are countless attractions, both man-made and natural ones, to be found all around the city including the likes of The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Marist College, Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie Galleria and Springside Landscape, just to name a few. These attractions can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life and all ages.

These attractions have hosted some of the city’s most exciting and fun events and festivals over the years, attracting people from all corners of New York state and neighboring Connecticut. They have been used as wedding venues, and places to hold business meetings, functions, exhibitions, birthday party locations, bachelor and bachelorette venues and also places to bring kids for their summer field trips. With these events, time is always of essence, therefore, it will make perfect sense to rent a charter bus, coach charter, mini bus, school bus, tour bus, party bus or even a wedding or prom limousine to help make moving around all that much easier, safer and more comfortable. US Coachways is a leading name in the ground transportation industry....it is definitely a name that you can trust.

Making it a Worthwhile Trip in Poughkeepsie, Timely Travel and Affordable Attractions

Poughkeepsie boasts of its very own brand of uniqueness....something one would have to see, enjoy and experience for oneself in order to understand. Don’t miss the chance to visit some of these recommended points of interest when you have the time in Poughkeepsie, you won’t regret it.

  • Entertainment & Amusement Parks — The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum may not be as large as other more established children’s museums but it gives the children of Poughkeepsie access to hundreds of hands-on activities to explore and learn about. Kids will have exhibits to touch and interact with all around the museum, so, this will naturally keep them occupied for a few hours. Overlooking the waterfront park, you can bring them outside when they are done with the indoor exhibits for another few hours of fun. The attraction is also strategically-located among clusters of restaurants, cafes, local retail outlets and coffee houses which are all within walking distance.
  • Art & Cultural — Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College holds some of the world’s most renowned artwork including masterpieces from the likes of Van Gogh. Admission is free for everyone, this Poughkeepsie attraction is small compared to other larger art galleries but it is impressive, well-managed and worth visiting. The grounds of Vassar College is another stunning site. The attraction’s main exhibits include large scale paintings from their permanent collection, Through the Looking Glass: The Dawn of Photography, Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art and Punctuating Space. The art center’s building in itself reflects modern architecture that stands out against the traditional-design Vassar College. Marist College is located on Route 9 South and has been growing exponentially over the years. It overlooks Rhine of North America with acres upon acres of beautiful grounds and history. A wonderful educational center in Poughkeepsie, local students and students from surrounding cities like Long Island and Connecticut take up their individual courses in this historical educational organization. Of course, when you visit this landmark location, visit the numerous restaurants, retail outlets, gift stores, cafes, coffee outlets, and other historical sites around The Hudson Valley too. Poughkeepsie’s Bardavon Opera House is an old renovated opera house along Market Street where visitors can expect to find world-class performances, shows, musicals and live concerts all year round. Over the years, since 1994, it has been bringing residents renowned acts for an affordable pricing. This non-profit organization also partners up with the city’s art organizations, businesses and government to put up unique outdoor events, so, if the timing is right, do join them for some fun with the locals. Art Centro on Main Street is another local community art space in the middle of Poughkeepsie’s downtown metropolis. The attraction is run by Mid-Hudson Heritage Center and they offer private art studio space, gallery space, ceramics and fine arts classes. Throughout the year, it hosts events like performances, community meetings, and regular art-related workshops. Formerly, it was the home to Barrett Clay Works and now it runs outreach programs to support the community art scene. Try visiting Mid-Hudson Heritage Center if you are interested in learning up about the city’s art history. This non-profit organization is dedicated to enriching lives through yearly arts and cultural events. It encourages residents to create, explore, learn and express themselves through art.
  • Restaurant & Shopping — One of the biggest malls and shopping centers in Poughkeepsie is Poughkeepsie Galleria. It offers a wide range of quaint retail outlets, clothing stores, electronic brands, restaurants, cafes and other unique gift shops. Many other unique standalone outlets and shops can be found in the city’s downtown area which includes The Dreaming Goddess on Raymond Avenue and Nearly New Shop which offers second-hand items for sale. The Artist’s Palate is where you can find an amazing array of good local dishes, River Station Restaurant and Catering, in the meantime, is the oldest restaurant in Poughkeepsie so, they are winners when you need catering services for large groups and parties.
  • Historical Sites & Landmarks — Walkway Over the Hudson on Washington Street is a linear walkway over the gorgeous Hudson River. Standing majestically at 212 feet above the river, the bridge measures right up to 28 miles. Till this very day, it remains to be the world’s longest pedestrian bridge. Managed and maintained by NYC Parks, the bridge and park is open rall year round; it was first opened to the public late 2009 although it was built more than a hundred years ago during the French Revolution. Walking, running or jogging across the bridge gives visitors a wonderful view both the Hudson River and Catskill Mountain. Events are regularly held at the walkway which includes Flag Changing, Member Moonwalk and International Women's Day. Locust Grove Estate can be found on South Road; it is the go-to place for photography and it is also located along Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. Measuring approximately 200-acres, this attraction is a museum and nature preserve center all at the same time. Its history goes as far back as 1851 when owners, William and Martha Young started collecting antiques and artwork from as many places as they can in an attempt to decorate their wonderful 45-room villa. The design is inspired by an Italianate-style architecture, the couple also spent considerable time, money and energy into creating a wonderful garden around their property. Visiting this gorgeous villa will usually take visitors back in time - more precisely, back into the early 20th century. There are scheduled guided tours around the building and the venue is available for wedding receptions and special events. Visit Poughkeepsie Post Office building, an unassuming tourist attraction, to explore the floor-to-ceiling murals which is one of the most beautiful post office you will find in the region. The second of five post office in the state of New York, the building was constructed during New Deal and was the first under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s tenure, a place that he took to heart. The President was present for the post office’s opening ceremony and laid the final cornerstone himself.
  • Parks & Outdoor Activities — Springside Landscape, many consider, is a romantic hidden gem in Poughkeepsie. Tucked away neatly in an urban neighborhood, visitors will get to explore the 20-acre manicured grounds which used to belong to Matthew Vassar, a local philanthropist, business owner, brewer and of course, the founder of Vassar College. The landscape was designed by Andrew Jackson Downing and it was included as one of the country’s National Historic Landmark.
  • Parks & Outdoor Activities — Springside Landscape, many consider, is a romantic hidden gem in Poughkeepsie. Tucked away neatly in an urban neighborhood, visitors will get to explore the 20-acre manicured grounds which used to belong to Matthew Vassar, a local philanthropist, business owner, brewer and of course, the founder of Vassar College. The landscape was designed by Andrew Jackson Downing and it was included as one of the country’s National Historic Landmark.

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