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PoughkeepsieUnited States of America

Enjoy the charms of the Hudson Valley in this city with a college-town feel. Tour one of the many wealthy estates in the area or enjoy an event at Vassar College.

Poughkeepsie is a city in the heart of the Hudson Valley in Dutchess County, New York. Its name is derived from the phonetic interpretation of the local Native American phrase for “the reed-covered lodge by the little water place.” Although reed-covered lodges are relics of the past, the phrase is very accurate for the city, which sits on the bank of the Hudson River.

The area is home to several estates built in the years before and during America’s Gilded Age. Vanderbilt Mansion is a short drive outside the city. The grounds feature formal Italian gardens and a small park with beautiful views of the Hudson River, particularly at sunset. Walk through the halls of this Beaux-Arts mansion on a guided tour. Take guided tours or enjoy the grounds of other nearby estates like Maple Grove or Locust Grove.

Vassar College, an elite liberal arts institution, is located in Poughkeepsie. The college grounds feature an arboretum with over 200 varieties of trees. Explore the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, which houses an extensive display of Asian, European and American art and artifacts. The college also hosts plays, concerts, dance performances and other acts throughout the year.

Explore the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley at one of Poughkeepsie’s many parks. Peach Hill Park is the city’s largest park. It has 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) of trails that go past an apple orchard, the scenic highest point in town and woods bordering the Hudson Valley. Take a step back in time at Springside, the former estate of Vassar College founder Matthew Vassar. The grounds, gardens and farm are open to the public and provide a wonderful family excursion.

Investigate the lively downtown scene in Poughkeepsie. Check out the various restaurants and shops or take a stroll along the riverfront. Poughkeepsie’s combination of Hudson Valley beauty and college town cultural scene makes it a city well worth visiting.

Top Hotels in Poughkeepsie

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Poughkeepsie
Hyatt Place Poughkeepsie
3 out of 5
2165 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY
The price is ¥11,614 per night

Located in the heart of Poughkeepsie, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casperkill Golf Club and Poughkeepsie Galleria. Bowdoin Park and Locust Grove are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (221 reviews)

"It was clean staff was friendly drinks good food was good very accommodating"…"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Hyatt Place Poughkeepsie
Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
2.5 out of 5
4 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY
The price is ¥7,959 per night

Located in the heart of New Paltz, this hotel is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) from Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and 11.7 mi (18.8 km) from Minnewaska State ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (785 reviews)

"Very clean on arrival. But unlike in other places during COVID-19, nex day they even didn't offer removing trash when put in front of the room, nor changing towels"…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz
HYATT house Fishkill/Poughkeepsie
HYATT house Fishkill/Poughkeepsie
3 out of 5
100 Westage Business Center Dr., Fishkill, NY
The price is ¥11,570 per night

Situated in Fishkill, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Van Wyck Homestead Museum and Blodgett Memorial Library. Fishkill Golf Course and SplashDown Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (982 reviews)

"Pots were burnt and sheets were dirty. Staff at front were very friendly and help us with what we needed. Thanks you and I look forward to staying"…"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

HYATT house Fishkill/Poughkeepsie

Popular places to visit in Poughkeepsie

Minnewaska State Park
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Minnewaska State Park

4.5/5(149 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Minnewaska State Park, a lovely green space in High Falls. Discover the area's mountain views and wineries.

Chance Theater
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Chance Theater

4/5(17 reviews)

Enjoy a show at Chance Theater, a storied theater in Poughkeepsie. Wander the riverfront and college campus in the area.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum

5/5(149 reviews)

The country’s first presidential library documents the life and works of the revered leader who served as the 32nd U.S. president.

Millbrook Vineyards and Winery
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Millbrook Vineyards and Winery

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Millbrook Vineyards and Winery during your travels to Town of Washington. Discover the area's glaciers and countryside.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Explore the garden and mansion of this country house that is among the oldest from the Gilded Age along the Hudson River.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

5/5(6 reviews)

You can browse the exhibits at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, a museum with a story of its own, during your travels to Hyde Park. Wander the riverfront and college campus in the area.

Top things to do in Poughkeepsie

Woodbury Common Outlet Shopping Day Trip
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Woodbury Common Outlet Shopping Day Trip

¥4,885
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Shopping Shuttle
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Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Shopping Shuttle

¥4,279
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Couple's Private New York Helicopter Tour from Westchester
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Couple's Private New York Helicopter Tour from Westchester

¥77,990
Per adult
New York Open Door Helicopter Flight
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New York Open Door Helicopter Flight

¥122,861
Per adult
Shop & Shuttle at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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Shop & Shuttle at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

¥5,235
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Private Transfer: Greenwich, Stamford or White Plains to JFK Airport
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Private Transfer: Greenwich, Stamford or White Plains to JFK Airport

¥23,504
Per adult

Reviews of Poughkeepsie

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
84
5 - Excellent 22.5201072386059%
4 - Good
190
4 - Good 50.938337801608576%
3 - Okay
83
3 - Okay 22.25201072386059%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 3.485254691689008%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.8042895442359249%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

It has many small town areas that give it a relaxing quaint feel. Alot of farmers markets too.

4/5 - Good

Dott

May 26, 2020

Walk over the Hudson is great view. The long dock in Beacon is a must visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

It’s a beautiful place to visit. I go often, I have family living there

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 25, 2020

The area is lovely. The lifestyle is excellent. I hope to move there soon

5/5 - Excellent

Christie

Apr 18, 2020

Great town. Lots of choices in shopping during normal times.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Very friendly people.

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