Poughkeepsie, New York
Situated in the stunning Hudson Valley is the gorgeous and culturally rich town of Poughkeepsie. This town’s name derives from a spring where Indians once gathered. Nowadays, it is home to 45,000 residents, culturally significant landmarks, an unbeatable and thought-provoking art scene, and a fantastic variety of recreational sites. If you’re keen to learn about American history, bask in beautiful surroundings, or spend some time hunting through markets, Poughkeepsie should be at the top of your river cruising list.
Popular cruise lines like American Cruise Lines offer an adventure through this fantastic city.
Cruise ships typically dock near Waryas Park Promenade on the Hudson River. Passengers are immersed in Poughkeepsie’s charm the moment they step off their river cruise.
Facilities nearby include:
How to Get Around
Visitors can take a taxi or bus to get around to Poughkeepsie’s main attractions. Those wanting to explore the streets can safely do so on foot, however some sites will require a mode of transport to reach.
Travel times from Waryas Park Promenade
It is a 27 minute journey to the Clinton House
It is a 15 minute journey to Bardavon Opera House.
It is a 4 minute journey to Locust Grove Estate
It is a 6 minute journey to the Clinton House
It is a 4 minute journey to Bardavon Opera House
It is a 6 minute journey to Springside Landscape Restoration
It is a 14 minute journey to Peach Hill Park.
Currency – The currency in Poughkeepsie is the United States dollar (USD). Banknotes are printed in USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50 and USD$100. Coins come in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and both a silver and a gold USD$1.
Time Zone – Poughkeepsie observes Eastern Standard Time (EDT), which puts the town 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Saving Time is observed from March to November, and the town moves its clocks forward by one hour during that period.
Weather – The town is known to have mild yearly temperatures and no dry season. The top average temperature in the city is during July, at 22 degrees Celsius, while the lowest is during January, at -2 degrees Celsius. During the colder months, visitors may even be able to try cross-country skiing.
Locust Grove Estate – Follow the steps of the Morse code’s famous inventor by paying a visit to Locust Grove Estate. Designed in 1851 for Samuel Morse and redecorated in 1895 by William and Martha Young, Locust Grove Estate is a fascinating place to stop by as you venture through Poughkeepsie’s streets. The beautiful Italianate villa is surrounded by gardens, landscaped grounds, carriage roads and views of the Hudson River. Locust Grove is now a non-profit museum that seeks to preserve the home’s history with early 19th century American furniture and the Young’s family collection of paintings and personal possessions.
The Clinton House – Built in 1765 and situated within the Dutchess County Historical Society is the Clinton House. Back when Poughkeepsie served as New York’s capital city from 1777 to 1783, the stone house was actively used by political members. Named after the state’s first governor, George Clinton, the building is rich with local history and houses a library, important archives and a room used by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Peach Hill Park – Fancy some apple picking? How about hiking along trails that take you through diverse habitats, traditional agriculture and local history? Peach Hill Park is one of Poughkeepsie’s esteemed areas, with its 147-metre summit the highest point of the town. Visitors can take in stunning views of the Hudson Valley, Taconic Hills and the Catskill Mountains. Despite the park’s name, apple trees cover its meadows, making spring time apple-picking season (this can even be done free of charge!). When winter hits, cross-country skiing is a popular pastime. If you’re keen to spot some wildlife, you’re in for a treat. As Peach Hill Park is comprised of a unique mixture of environmental settings, visitors can enjoy hours of birdwatching. Red-tailed hawks, scarlet tanagers, barred owls and red-throated hummingbirds are just a few of the birds to be seen around the park.
Tour Poughkeepsie’s Art Scene – Stretch your legs and your creative mind! When visiting Poughkeepsie, it’s a great idea to join a walking tour of its famous art scene. For 2 hours, visitors can take a guided tour of more than 30 of the city’s 100 public artworks. Murals and historical and contemporary sculptures provide an interesting look into the town’s history and culture