What to do and see in Kingston, New York: The Best Places and Tips

Kingston is a city in and the county seat of Ulster County, New York, United States. It is 91 miles (146 km) north of New York City and 59 miles (95 km) south of Albany. It became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections. Passenger rail service has since ceased, and many of the older buildings are part of three historic districts, such as the Stockade District uptown, the Midtown Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, and the Rondout-West Strand Historic District downtown.

1. Hudson River Maritime Museum

50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092 Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Hudson River Maritime Museum

The arrival of 2019 heralds some very important anniversaries - Hudson River Sloop Clearwater was launched and the National Environmental Policy Act passed in 1969, and Pete Seeger was born in 1919. To commemorate these milestones, the Hudson River Maritime Museum will honor the work the many organizations throughout the Valley whose mission is to clean and protect the Hudson River. Our 2019 exhibit, “Rescuing the River: 50 Years of Environmental Activism on the Hudson Presented by Bank of America” seeks to situate the important work of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Riverkeeper, and Scenic Hudson in their proper historical and national context with other regional efforts. For the first time, the Hudson River Maritime Museum will include interactive kiosks to feature additional exhibit materials including short films. This is exhibit is sponsored by Bank of America. Additional funding for this exhibit was generously provided by a grant from Humanities NY with additional support

Reviewed By Stephanie C - New York City, New YorkNew York City, New York

Great fun!

Interesting museum with in depth history of the area waterfront and trade, etc up and down the Hudson. Highly recommended.

2. Kingston Uptown Historic District

Green and John Streets, Kingston, NY 12401 Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 162 reviews

Kingston Uptown Historic District

Reviewed By DartmouthOxford1212 - Oxford, MichiganOxford, Michigan

What a lovely area for stroll

We enjoyed strolling around for a little. It’s such a nice setting with many nice stores and restaurants. We didn’t see any vegan restaurant but didn’t really look for anything to eat either. Unfortunately we went on a Tuesday when a lot of the stores are

3. Forsyth Park

Lucas Avenue, Kingston, NY Nature & Parks
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Forsyth Park

Reviewed By DaveEB310 - Narragansett, Rhode IslandNarragansett, Rhode Island

Lots of green room!

Plenty of space to play games (plus, there are sports courts), walk paths and roads, or sit and picnic. The grounds are green with plenty of trees and the park overlooks Dietz Stadium. Open all year round for area fun and enjoyment. I spent a fair amount

4. Senate House State Historic Site

296 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401-3836 Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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Senate House State Historic Site

Built in 1676, the Senate House reflects the Dutch way of life that characterized Kingston in the 18th century. More importantly, it was the meeting place for the original New York State Senate after the Revolutionary War. History was made here as colonists shaped a newly created government. There is a collection of colonial-era artifacts, furniture, and a portrait gallery featuring the works of the famous colonial artist, John Vanderlyn. The Senate House State Historic site is comprised of 3 buildings: the 1676 Senate House, the Senate House Museum & Gallery, and the Loughran House (which houses staff offices and is open for special events only). The property welcomes individuals, families, school groups, scout troops and group bus tours. The site offers special educational programs for school field trips and home school groups. Check the website for special events listings.

Reviewed By Bill W - Austin, Texas, United StatesAustin, Texas, United States

A lot of history in a small space

We happened to be there the weekend of the burning celebration and I wish we could have stayed for more of it. We had an excellent guide though for the tour of the Senate House. She was smart and well informed about details of the house's history. A fine

5. Old Dutch Church

272 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401-3818 Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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Old Dutch Church

Reviewed By DeltaBiker - Kingston, New YorkKingston, New York

Beautiful building.

A large building in uptown KingstonIt has an old cemetery in frontLots of local and national history. It’s also the site for farmers market and some groups.

6. Rondout Lighthouse

1 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6091 Sights & Landmarks, Lighthouses
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Rondout Lighthouse

You can reach this historic 86-year-old lighthouse by boat tours from the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

Reviewed By ilgdvm - Auburn, New YorkAuburn, New York

light house history

Following a brisk walk through the woods and marsh we reached the light house. Not open to the public while we were there, it does have 2 bedrooms available to overnight guests. Obviously right on the Hudson, it was cool and windy, but sighting a BALD EAG

7. Hutton Brickyards

200 North St, Kingston, NY 12401-3348 Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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Hutton Brickyards

The Premier Event Venue on the Hudson River. Escape to the Hudson Valley and discover a unique event venue, large enough to accommodate your large event venue needs.

Reviewed By John B - Pelham, New YorkPelham, New York

Hutton Brickyards

Went here this past weekend.Smorgasburg from the Brooklyn Flea was there.Pretty cool.Had some good food, beers, ice cream....Also typical flea market stalls with overpriced vintage stuff.Definitely worth it on a nice sunny day....which we had.It is covere

8. The Den of Marbletown

1 Basten Ln, Kingston, NY 12401-7878 Museums, Specialty Museums
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The Den of Marbletown

Reviewed By chofetzchaim

A Hidden Gem

My husband and I discovered this wonderful museum today. Located in a beautiful converted house from the 1800s which is outside of the hub of Kingston it houses several rooms with Stieff stuffed animals, some historic, as well as a gift shop with a large

9. Volunteer Fireman's Hall & Museum of Kingston

266 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401-3808 Museums, Specialty Museums
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5 based on 22 reviews

Volunteer Fireman's Hall & Museum of Kingston

Reviewed By travelbob1 - NorthEastNorthEast

Where Firemen Go to Tell Their Story

There is a hoarded collection of local and regional fire fighting history - the people, the equipment and the culture. Staffed by retired fire fighters with lots to share about everything. Go upstairs and visit the old meeting hall with its collection of

10. Trolley Museum Of New York

89 E Strand St, Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401-6001 Museums, Specialty Museums
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4 based on 26 reviews

Trolley Museum Of New York

Reviewed By travelbob1 - NorthEastNorthEast

Enthusiastic Staff

The visit takes a little effort to get to but well worth it. The collection also includes NYC subway cars. Brings back lots of memories. Staff helped make it a great visit.

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