Kingston Travel Guide

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Kingston Things to Do

  • Wall Street

    The section of Wall Street between North Front St. and John St. has many colorful old world buildings with trendy shops and restaurants on the ground floor. A nice place to take a walk, shop and grab a bite to eat.

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  • The Old Dutch Church

    The Old Dutch Church is also known as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston. This congregation is one of the oldest in the country, being organized in 1659. This church is the fourth to serve the congregation and was built is 1852. The church was constructed for only $34,000 and designed by Minard Lafever.On the grounds of the church is...

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  • The Kingston Academy

    The building for the Academy was built in 1774. It was a place to study language, math and the arts. As all the buildings in this area were burned by the British in 1777, the Academy was not spared. But seeing the importance of the Academy, the community rebuilt the structure and it was only closed for 5 months. Famed American Neoclassicist...

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  • Matthewis Persen House

    This house was also built in 1752. The unique feature about the house is that is shows four different styles of construction. Ulster County acquired the property in 1914. In 1999 and excavation of the property unearthed approximately 20,000 artifacts.It is also one of the "Four Corners" houses in the Stockade District.

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  • Franz P. Roggen House

    Franz Roggen was a Swiss immigrant who built this Dutch style house in 1752. Not much is known about this house before the British burn Kingston in 1777. The Roggen house was gutted but the walls and main beams were all that remained.It is between 1777 and 1800 that the Roggen House became infamous. The main beams that remained served as the...

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  • The Matthew Jansen House

    The Jansen House was build by Dutch settlers in the mid-1600's. It's walls are 20" thick and a testament to period architecture. On October 16, 1777, the British Army attempted to burn this house down as they did many others in Kingston. While the interior was gutted, the sturdy exterior remained. In 1796, the house was refurbished and was the...

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  • Outdoor Wall Art

    In such a historic are such as the Stockade District of Kingston, I was surprised to find so much outdoor wall art. Fortunately, these pieces seem to be sanctioned and appear on newer buildings. At least newer relative to the common 17th century buildings that are in the area. I hope I can search out more on my next visit.Photo 1: On Crown St....

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  • Drive the Shortest Interstate Highway in...

    The shortest interstate in the country (Interstate 571) is in Kingston. The logic of this escapes me. Broadway Avenue begins on the shore of the Hudson River in the Rondout Historic District, then it runs through the town of Kingston, becomes Interstate 571 for about 1/4 mile, then turns into New York Highway 28. City, the national, then state...

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  • HUDSON RIVER CRUISES ABOARD THE RIP VAN...

    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...

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  • Walk on the Ashokan Dam

    Off of Route 28 near Shokan take a left past the plaza and near two specialty shops,After crossing the dam and takinga left there is a turn-offThere is a place to park in a circleand one can walk along the damand get this view of theNorthern Catskills

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  • See Esopus Lighthouse

    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 edgeof the river. Good place for a picnic and viewing boats that go by

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  • FORSYTH PARK

    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...

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  • FORSYTH PARK ZOO

    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...

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  • HUDSON RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM

    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...

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  • HEADLESS HORSEMAN HAUNTED HAYRIDE

    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...

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  • Farmer's Market

    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!

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  • The Catskill Mountains in Fall

    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!!!

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  • Rip Van Winkle Hudson River...

    Rip Van Winkle Hudson River CruiseI'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...

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Kingston Hotels

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  • Hampton Inn Kingston

    If possible I try and stay at Hampton Inn's when I travel for business. This particular location is...

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  • Garden Plaza Hotel

    503 Washington Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Courtyard By Marriott Kingston

    500 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston, NY, 12401

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

Kingston Restaurants

  • Try the Chocolate Chocolate Crumb Cake!

    Dominick's Cafe is a corner location that serves breakfast and lunch. I was walking around town early Sunday morning before my departure when I came across the Cafe. From the exterior looking in the cafe looked warm and inviting. However it was 7:45am and apparently they do not open until 9am on Sunday. Fortunately some people were preparing for...

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  • An excellent dinner!

    Ship to Shore is advertised as "an American Bistro with a Taste of Old New York Steak House." I walked in without a reservation. I was offered a seat at the bar and was told as soon as a table is available they can move me. I opted to just order dinner at the bar. A very friendly place with many regulars. It is a bit dark but has a very cozy feel.I...

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  • Delicious Tapas

    This is a small restaurant with a bar and some seating. It is a bit dark inside but has a cozy feel, especially with their dog sleeping in the middle of the floor when you walk in. It's like arriving at a friends house.I sat at the bar to eat dinner. The menu is not very big but more than enough selections. For an appetizer I had a special sausage...

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Kingston Transportation

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    Most people will arrive by...

    by feline01 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Most people will arrive by car, its Exit 19 off the NY State Thruway (87). Adirondack Trailways and USA Coach also stop here, bus station is next to the Stockade district.
    Kingston has one of those tacky fake trolley's that stop at all the tourist areas. Never took it, we just drove. Parking is relatively easy.

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Kingston Local Customs

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    There are 3 main districts in...

    by feline01 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    There are 3 main districts in Kingston. As you enter the city from 87/NY State Thruway, the first district is Uptown/Stockade District which has the largest concentration of historical monuments/buildings. This is a very pleasant area to stroll around and check out the pre-1800 houses. The Midtown district appears to be the poorest area with not as many sights but still some beautiful homes. The Rondout district is farthest east, next to the Hudson River. Loads of quaint buildings, museums, cafes and such. Free parking makes this area very attractive for strolling.

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Kingston Off The Beaten Path

  • Trolley Museum of NY

    1st-do read my favorite memories of Kingston if you plan on visiting this museum. This museum is obviously a labor of love. Don't expect a fancy museum, it is run on a very tight budget. I don't have a particular obsession with trolleys, I just can never pass on a scenic train ride or anything that resembles one. If you're like me, then you would...

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  • Esopus Lighthouse in...

    Esopus Lighthouse in Saugerties. A nice looking lighthouse along the Hudson River. Just north of Saugerties off US 9W. Follow the signs to the Lighthouse. It will require a 1/2 mile walk to get to.

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  • Maritime Museum located at 1...

    Maritime Museum located at 1 Rondout Landing (Tele 845-338-0071). Only museum in New York devoted to preserving the maritime heritage of the Hudson River. A little boat ride takes you to the historic Rondout Lighthouse where the Rondout Creek and Hudson River meet. Very interesting museum.

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Kingston Favorites

  • Quasimodo's ride through Kingston

    Chris and I decide to take a trolley ride offered by the Trolley Museum of NY, 89 East Strand Street, in the Rondout district next to the Maritime museum. Anway, we just got off the boat ride and there's a trolley right there. We're told it's a 40 minute journey along the banks of the Hudson for $3 per person. Sounds great. It's run by an old guy...

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  • Hudson River Cruises is an...

    Hudson River Cruises is an hour long cruise along the Hudson River. The boat leaves from Kingston and goes down the Hudson to Hyde Park where it goes past the mansions. It is a must do.

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