If you like scarey things, don't pass up this attraction. It is wonderful. The entire activity consists of a haunted hayride, a haunted corn maze and 3 haunted houses. The scares are mostly people popping out of no where, but there are actors who chase you around with chainsaws. My friend Francisca got so scared she jumped on me and knocked me down. They have a toned down version for the children once during the haunting season.
This is a general admission event and is pricey, $25.00 a ticket. On children's day the cost is $8.00 a ticket.
They also do not allow cameras on the night tours, only on the children's day tours.
The other day I was out and about exploring the light houses in the Hudson Valley and I came across this cute and interesting museum. This museum is the only museum in New York State dedicated exclusively to preserving the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the industries dependent on the river. The museum was founded in 1980 by members of the "Steamship Alexander Hamilton Society", local historians and the National Maritime Historical Society. The museum is part of the Historic Rondout Waterfront at Kingston. Collections include paintings, prints, photographs and ephemera, vessel blueprints, artifacts, and a variety of ship models. There is also a collection of small crafts incluing a 100 year old shad boat, a life boat from the steamboat Mary Powell, a lighthouse tender, and several ice yachts. Researchers may use the on site library.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
April 30 through October 31, 2005
11 am to 4 pm
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Memorial Day — Museum closed
Independence Day — Museum closed
Labor Day — Museum closed
Admissions prices are:
Seniors 60 & over $4.00
Children 6 - 12 $4.00
Children 5 & under free
HRMM Members free
If you have the time, I highly reccommend taking one of the two hour site seeing tours offered by Hudson River Cruises. I last went July 1st of 2007 with Tony. I won our tickets froma radio station so it was free, but the regular cost is more than affordable, just $17 per adult for a 2 hour cruise. Children are a mere $10 and those under 4 are free. The senior rate is $16. There are a variety of other cruise choices for those who want something more than site seeing. There are the Murder Mystery tours, sip and sails, kiddie cruises etc., something for everyone.
Tony and I were on the annual Uncle Sam Jam tour. We were treated to a wonderful buffet full of goodies, a cash bar, music by Cloud 9 and Fireworks from the City of Kingston. It was a night to remember for a myriad of reasons, most specifically because it was the night Tony first told me he had fallen in love with me.
Located just a few blocks away from the Senate House is a wonderful park and zoo. The zoo is more like a petting zoo, but it is great for the really young children. They have several species of birds, a bull, coy fish, peacocks, goats, a bull, llamas, an albino deer and several other small animals. The zoo offers hands on activities for the little ones. The great thing is this zoo is free. In general the zoo closes at 5:00 PM. See the website for specific days and hours. This zoo is a work in progress and is under going an expansion.
Next to the mini zoo there is a wonderful play ground that will keep your children entertained for hours on end. This is a metal and wooden continuous structure. There are all sorts of nooks and crannie for children to crawl through, run through, jump through etc. On a good day, there will be no more than 15-20 other children there, but usually there's closer to 40. This playground has no problem occupying all those children at once.
The two things I don't like about this playground is that you can't see your child at all times and that there are no age recommendations posted. There isn't a single spot to stand or sit while here that enable you to have constant supvervision of your child. I do not suggest this playground for children under three since it does require a lot of supervision and most of the equipment is not age appropriate for very young children.
There are rest rooms available for public use and also drinking fountains.
When your child gets through playing here, they'll be ready for a long nap.
Rip Van Winkle Hudson River Cruise
I'm a sucker for a boat ride and that's why we came to Kingston in the first place. I really enjoyed this 2 hour trip down the Hudson. It passed lighthouses and historic homes in Hyde Park and surrounding environs. The commentary was interesting and the boat had the necessary supply of snacks, refreshments and alcohol. Cruise costs $13 for the 2 hour one but they also have sunset cruises and special events.
Around the beginning of October, there is breathtaking scenery in the Saugerties area. The mountains are a golden yellow this time of year. I suggest a nice cruise up NY Route 23A towards Hunter. Beuatiful!!!
The Farmer's market is a great place to go and get local fruits, veggies, maple syrup, etc, etc. Located in uptown Kingston, you can also visit the privately owned shops and boutiques. Great for an easy saturday morning!
Off of Route 28 near Shokan take a left past
the plaza and near
two specialty shops,
After crossing the dam and taking
a left there is a turn-off
There is a place to park in a circle
and one can walk along the dam
and get this view of the
Location is south of Kingston off Route 9W
in Port Ewen, in the middle of the Hudson River.
There is a parking area and trails along the edge
of the river. Good place for a picnic and viewing boats that go by