Kingston Travel Guide

  • Ulster County Courthouse
    Ulster County Courthouse
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  • Rondout Historic District
    Rondout Historic District
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  • Hudson River Maritime Museum
    Hudson River Maritime Museum
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Kingston Things to Do

  • 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...


    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...

  • 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

  • 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


    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...


    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...


    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...


    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...

  • 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!


Kingston Hotels

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  • Hampton Inn Kingston

    1307 Ulster Avenue, Kingston, New York, 12401, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Courtyard By Marriott Kingston

    500 Frank Sottile Blvd, Kingston, NY, 12401

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Super 8 Kingston Ny

    487 Washington Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

Kingston Restaurants

  • Good Chain Restaurant

    $18 in August 2014. Appearance-wise this was a typical Applebee's, inside and out. Service was good, and the manager walked through the restaurant often checking on customers. My food came fairly quickly and was pretty good (could have been a bit spicier). Beer and wine, too. Worth a try. Blackened Tilapia


    I've been to this Appliebees location a few times. This last time was for dinner with my friends Scott, Staci, Mike and Staci and Mikes children Sean and Cassidy. The restaurant was jam packed with people coming and going rather quickly. I was not happy with our service. Not only was she not attentive, but it took her 10 minutes to bring out a side...

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Kingston Transportation

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    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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    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...

  • 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.

  • 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.


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...

  • 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.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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