Poughkeepsie Travel Guide

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Poughkeepsie Things to Do

  • Gothic revival architect landscape...

    Springside National Historic Site --Andrew Jackson DowningIf you are into Historic landscape architect this is a must see place for you for sure it is the very last surviving unchanged example of Andrew Jackson Downing, the Gothic revival architect and first American born landscape designer architect. It is how a National Historic Site, the first...

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  • Poughkeepsie Children's Museum

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, MOIRAISTYX, for sharing this wonderful museum with me and my boys. We had the best time here, thanks to Moiraistyx and her son little P. The museum had changed a lot according to her little boy, but from what I understand the change was for the better. My boys and I loved playing in the giant heart, making big...

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  • Locust Grove Samuel Morse Home

    I should be writing this in dots and dashes as this is the home of the inventor of the Mores code. "What hath God wrought" this was the first code sent from Washington to Baltimore in 1844. At this very nice museum you can learn about his life, and see his home and walk on his 150 acre estate along three miles of carriage roads that wonder through...

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  • Vassar College - Wonderful Concert Hall...

    Vassar College -- Is one of the top dozen Liberal Arts colleges in the USA (as rated by the US News and world report) . We often time attend concerts at Vasser they have some really good events and they are often times free like the Chanticleer, internationally acclaimed a cappella choral ensemble that presented "Love's Messengers" at Vasser....

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  • Locust Grove

    Just outside of the City of Poughkeepsie is the wonderful national historic landmark. Locust Grove is the estate of the late Samuel F.B. Morse. On the 150 acre estate you will find the Morse mansion, a museum shop, the Morse Gallery, beautiful flower gardens, a huge vegetable and herb garden, walking trails and shady groves. Entrance to the grounds...

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  • THE CHANCE

    The Chance was recently voted the Best Music Joint in the Hudson Valley. Here you can experience a little bit of everything. It is divided into three different clubs, the Chance Theater, Club Crannel and The Loft. As teens we all used to come her to dance the night away. You can still do this here, only the music has gotten better. See the website...

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  • MID HUDSON CIVIC CENTER

    The Mid Hudson Civic center consists of two parts, Mair Hall and the McCann Ice Arena. The McCann Ice Arena has open skating during the Spring on the following days and during the following hours; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12:00-2:00PM Saturday & Sunday 2:00-4:00PM. The cost for adults $6 and children under 10 years old $4.Skates can be...

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  • THE CLINTON HOUSE

    The Clinton House is a Dutch Colonial stone home built in 1765. After a fire in 1783, an order arrived from George Washington's New Windsor Cantonment to rebuild the house. The foundation is over 2 feet thick even though the gables are built of wood and the walls are built of fieldstone. The home is named after George Clinton, New York's first...

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  • THE GLEBE HOUSE

    The Glebe House was built in 1767 for the first Anglican rector in Poughkeepsie, John Beardsley. Reverend Beardsley was forced to leave Poughkeepsie in 1777 due to his loyalist views. He lived in exile in Canda for the remainder of the American Reveolution. The word Glebe means land held by the church for use by the rector. The Glebe House is a one...

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  • NEW YORK'S OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATING...

    My one and only experience with the Bardavon Opera House, was amazing. I took Patrick there to see a talent show that was part of the annual Poughkeepsie Children's Expo. We saw some amazing children's performances, including a 9 year old belly dancer who brought down the house.Besides the performances, ther Opera House is beautiful to look at. It...

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  • FDR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

    The FDR Presidential Library and Museum is chucked full of history. Mr . Roosevelt lived through turbulent times . He was also a collector of all sorts of things.

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  • HYDE PARK - FDR's HOUSE

    Hyde Park is a National Historic Site.Open every day of the year except New Years Day, Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm . Admittance fee is $ 10 and you have to take the tour . Once the tour is complete you are free to visit the Presidential Library on your own.This is a big one and should not be missed by any American....

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Poughkeepsie Restaurants

  • Surprisingly Good for a Chain

    The first time I came here was to meet up with Liz's friend Joe before heading out to the movies. I had never been in here before but it had the same TGI Friday's/Bennigan's feel to it with a bar area and dining room. Joe was waiting for us when we got ere so we didn't have to wait for a table. We ordered some nachos and sliders for the table and a...

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  • Just passing through and grabbed some...

    We just happened to be in the area, it was a hot summer day and we were in the mood for ice cream. Cold Stone Creamery is not my favorite when it comes to ice cream but it was available. We stopped in for some waffle bowls of ice cream and then on our way. I had the strawbery ice cream in a waffle bowl and Liz had the chocolate ice cream in a...

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  • Spicy Seafood Soup

    New Clean very basic place with friendly Mexican Staff. Both time I ate here the customers were Mexican only and the Mexican Juke Box was really belching out Mexican Music -- Ya that kind of place. The Steak Nachos photo below were really tasty huge serving lots of steak and very tasty two Mexican cheeses, black beans, avocado, plus guacamole....

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  • SANDWICHES AND PASTRIES

    This is a great cafe/eatery located next to Vassar College. It's sandwiches are served on home made bread and they are made with fresh ingrediants. There are also many vegan choices on the meno. There are a wide variety of drinks to chose from including coffee, smoothies, juice and flavored waters. Chica and I used to frequent this cafe, it's...

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  • DELI AT ITS BEST

    K&D is a traditional deli with fantastic salads, soups and sandwhiches. It has three locations throughout the Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park area. I highly recomment either of the 3 locations. They staff is friendly and courteous and the prices are reasonable. The coffee here is out of this world, well worth the buck and a half for a 16 ounce cup. Any...

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  • Tell your friends you ate at...

    Tell your friends you ate at the CIA--the Culinary Institute of America. It looks like any college campus--but it's one of the nation's foremost professional schools for chefs. The school runs several restaurants (in various formats: contemporary American, Italian, healthy, etc.) where students get to practice their skills and shower you with...

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Poughkeepsie Nightlife

  • RACIST CLUB

    We were standing in line for almost 45 minutes at this club. Yes, it was very crowded...BUT we approach the front of the line and we see the manager come out of the club and whisper to his bouncers limited black people tonight. Therefore, we were the next in line and my guy friends were told their jeans were too baggy (they had on dress shirts...

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  • KARIOKE ANYONE

    All summer long, crowds of people can be seen and heard belting out their favorite tunes at The Pavillion. Its a great place to spend warm spring, summer and fall evenings. Its not open in the winter. The drinks are great, but a little pricey, but luckily ladies, there is an abbundance of men to buy them for us. CASUAL

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  • DANCING ANYONE

    This club offers a little bit for everyone. it even has special nights for different kinds of activities. Check out the web site. My belly dance troupe, Sadira Belly Dance, will be performing here in the fall, so I am seriously considering making it a VT meeting also. What does everyone think? No dressing down here folks.

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Poughkeepsie Transportation

  • PLEASE DRIVE AROUND POUGHKEEPSIE

    There are a good amount of things to do and see in Poughkeepsie, however I would suggest bringing your own car to make the most of your visit. Find a place to park and visit a few places then go to another cluster of places and park again. There are areas you don't want to walk alone in after dark, mainly the 400 block of Main St. and the North...

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  • TAKE THE TRAIN OR DRIVE

    Poughkeepsie is lucky enough to have a stop for the Metro North Railroad, however it is not blessed with the greatest access to public transportation. When coming to P-Town, I highly suggest driving. Be weary of the many one way streets. If you take the Metro North Railroad, be ready to walk, taxi's can sometimes take hours to pick someone up.

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Poughkeepsie Off The Beaten Path

  • Christ Episcopal Church-Part of the...

    "The ghost of former Rector, Dr. Alexander Griswold Cummings has been reported here many times since his death in the late 1940s or early 50s. While he was still living, he did not like using candles, so candles used during services were repeatedly blown out. At one point, a bat materialized in the church, then disappeared. In the 1970s, Bishop...

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  • HYDE PARK TURKEYS

    There wre a significant number of turkeys on the Hyde Park grounds . It is interesting that no one in a tour group of say 30 people asked what the turkeys were doing there.

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Poughkeepsie Sports & Outdoors

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    Rich and me at the game

    by moiraistyx Written Jul 28, 2008

    This past Saturday, I got the pleasure of taking Pumpkin and the boys to their very first baseball game. The boys were excited especially Sebastian. We were lucky to be one of the first 2500 fans and were able to get a t-shirt free, we gave them to the 2 oldest boys, one even got his shirt autographed by Rascal the Renegades mascot. Long story short, once the game started, the kids and adults had non-stop fun. It didn't take any of them long to pickup on the numerous chants, foot stomping and hand clapping fun. The only thing the boys didn't like was when Gwen Steffani songs were played, they quickly covered their ears at the very first sound of Holla Back Girl. The tickets are really cheap for these games, but the food is on the pricey side. It didn't take much for me to fork out $38, lets see it was one extra salty pretzel for Hammy, popcorn for Sebastian, fries for Gryphon, fries and nachos for me, a hot dog for Rich and drinks all around. My folks, who treated us to the game, also picked up foam fingers for each of the kids. These games are filled with little games and contests between innings. It was lots of fun, there was an ice cream eating contest, a pimped up draw your own peace sign contest, margaritaville contest, some guy who took it for his section (he got a bucket of mud dumped on him), tic tac toe, are you smarter than a little leaguer and lets make a deal Renegades style. We all had loads of fun. I almost forgot to mention Rascal the Racoon, the Renegades mascot who did dances and singed autographs all night.

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    by moiraistyx Written Jun 7, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Poughkeepsie is blessed with a lot of movie theaters. They have new state of the art theaters, drive in and the Silver Cinemas at the South Hills Mall. Yeah, Yeah, you can go to the movies anywhere, but this theater has movies for $2.00, yes $2.00. They are not the latest releases, but they are reasonably new, usually released sometimes in the last 2 months. On Tuesday nights they have movies for $1.00. So on a rainy yucky day if you are stuck in P-Town with nothing to do, this could be a cheap family trip or just a nice cheap get away.

    1895 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of this theater is spending time there with an old friend and just having fun.

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