Poughkeepsie is the name of both a township and a city in Dutchess County in New York's Hudson Valley; the city sits as the current County Seat of Dutchess County. The town of Poughkeepsie is home to nearly 43,000 residents (as per a 2000 census); whereas the city has approximately 33,000 residents according to the 2010 census. It is located between Albany and Manhattan; it is approximately an hour and a half drive from either major city. The name Poughkeepsie is derived from the phonetic translation of an Algonquian Indian term which could be interpreted to mean “waterfall,” “pleasant harbor,” or “campsite by small water” – which refers to the Hudson River that borders Poughkeepsie; in the Wappinger language it is taken to mean "the reed covered lodge by the little-water place." Poughkeepsie is home to many interesting and historical sites, various places to see, things to do, and places to learn.
The City of Poughkeepsie was officially chartered in 1854, but the Town of Poughkeepsie was established much earlier in 1788. During the American Revolutionary War, Poughkeepsie became the sitting capital of New York. New York's 1788 ratification of the American Constitution occurred in the Poughkeepsie Courthouse on Market Street. Poughkeepsie flourished during the 19th Century, particularly as a central hub for shipping due to its location on the Hudson River.
Poughkeepsie is a relatively humid continental climate. It gets 39 inches of rain per year, and 43 inches of snow. There are approximately 165 sunny days per year. On average, July is the warmest month of the year and also holds the maximum average precipitation. The highest recorded temperature was 103°F in 1995.
Dutchess County Tourism, 3 Neptune Rd Q17, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 +1 845 463-4000, . Halfway between New York City and the state capital of Albany, Dutchess is easily reached by major highways and train lines. Dutchess is also served by an international airport in Newburgh, NY. Tourism offices are open daily from 9AM to 5PM.
Stewart International Airport, 1180 First St, New Windsor, +1 845 564-2100, . The closest major airport, but at present offers few direct flights to major destinations.
Westchester County Airport, 240 Airport Road, White Plains, +1 914 995-4860 (airlines), . Two counties away, but an alternative to the congestion of the 3 major international airports around New York City. Rental cars available.
Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey, , John F. Kennedy International Airport, and LaGuardia Airport: Livery cars offer service to and from 3 major international airports. It is possible to get to and from JFK via Metro-North Railroad and New York City Transit however, it is not recommended.
Albany International Airport, 737 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany NY. It's about an hour and a half north of Poughkeepsie, but the drive down I-87S is easy, making this a decent alternative to the New York City airports.
From the West. Since Poughkeepsie is located just East of the Hudson River, the only way to enter from the West is to cross the Mid-Hudson Bridge .
From the East. There are a few ways to enter Poughkeepsie going westbound. They consist of the following roads: US Route 44 (Dutchess Turnpike) , and Noxon Road into US Route 55. US Route 44 is a 65 mile road which is typically used by commuters coming from Northern Connecticut. Noxon Road  is 20 mile road which is typically used by commuters coming from central Connecticut.
From the North. The best way to enter Poughkeepsie from the North is by taking US Route 9 South. To gain access to Route 9 from the North, taking the Taconic State Parkway  southbound is best.
From the South. While US Route 9 stretches all the way down to Manhattan, this is not the quickest way to enter Poughkeepsie from a long distance away. Instead, motorists should consider taking the Taconic State Parkway  until they reach US Route 55. Another possibility is to take Interstate 684  into Interstate 84  before entering the Taconic State Parkway.
Metro-North Railroad - Hudson line, . Poughkeepsie station is the last stop on Hudson Line commuter trains out of New York City. Express service between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central Terminal is about 1 hour and 20 minutes, local service considerably longer. Local service is also available to other Metro-North commuter stations. On-board train fares are subject to a stiff surcharge, so buy your tickets at the vending machines located on the platform. On trains departing from Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, get a seat on the left side of the train. Opposite Yonkers and Hastings-on-Hudson you will be treated to great views of the sheer cliffs of the Palisades and between Cold Spring and Beacon you will get a glimpse of Bannerman Castle on an island offshore.
Amtrak, . Almost all of Amtrak's long-distance trains stop at Metro-North's Poughkeepsie station. Commuters should be aware that the Amtrak line is the only line which goes directly into New York's Pennsylvania station from Poughkeepsie.
The City of Poughkeepsie Transit System Provides affordable and regularly scheduled transportation for city residents and visitors. Each day, 6 City buses travel over 650 miles and provide transportation for 1,200 citizens. Fares for adults (12yrs & over) are $1.75, while senior citizens, children 6 to 11 years, and veterans ride for $0.75. Children under 6 years ride for free.
Dutchess County Loop Local government public transportation. Safe, efficient, accessible and reliable, buses run through a 7 different scheduled loops of major areas in Dutchess County daily. Phone app provided on website to check schedules and route maps. $1.75 fare. (845) 473-8424. 14 Commerce St Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Del-Roy Taxi Located in Poughkeepsie, available for calls and reservations. (845) 452-1222. 516 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Locust Grove, 2683 South Rd, ☎ +1 845 454-4500, . T. House tours daily 10AM-3PM, May 1-Nov 30. Closed major holidays. The former estate of Samuel F. B. Morse, whose patent of the electromagnetic telegraph revolutionized human communication. Set on 150 acres, the Italianate villa was designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis.edit
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538, ☎ +1 845 486-7770, . The first National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) library of 13 to be built in the US. Although located in Hyde Park, the Library and Museum is only a quick 15 minute drive from the center of Poughkeepsie. The hours are as follows: 9AM–5PM from November through March, and 9AM-6PM from April through October. The Museum and Library are closed during Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. General admission is $7, children under 15 are admitted for free.
Maple Grove.  Maple Grove is a historic estate near the edge of Route 9 that now consists of eight buildings. This estate was first purchased by a banker names Charles A. Macy in 1850 as a 35-acre piece of land with a small farmhouse and a barn. He later built a brick mansion among other buildings, such as a shed and a garage to complement his mansion, and this is now known as Maple Grove. This beautiful mansion has been unoccupied since 1955 and survived a fire in 1985 and has since been restored. There is now a restoration and reconstruction fund in place in order to determine the new use of the building.
The Barrett Art Center.  The Barrett Art Center is on 55 Noxon St. Poughkeepsie. Phone #: +1 845-471-2550. This Art Center has many different exhibits with certain themes that go on throughout the year. The general gallery opening time is from Wednesday to Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Saturday’s by appointment. The entry fee can range between $5 and $30, depending on the artwork being exhibited, or the event you would like to participate it.
Vanderbilt Mansion. The Vanderbilt Mansion is a National Historic Site located in Hyde Park, but it is less than 10 minutes away from Marist College (which is in Poughkeepsie). It is one of the oldest Hudson River estates. A guided tour of the Vanderbilt Mansion is a 45-60 minute walking tour and is $10.00 (Ages 15 and under are free). Walking around the grounds on your own is free. The estate has a small viewing park that provides a beautiful view over the Hudson River that many visit to watch the sunset. The grounds are open year round from sunrise to sunset. The Vanderbilt Mansion is open seven days from 9:00am to 5:00pm by Guided Tour only. The Mansion is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
Peach Hill Park. Peach Hill Park is Poughkeepsie’s Park Reserve. It is the largest town park in Poughkeepsie at 162 acres. The main entrance of the park is located 32 Edgewood Drive off Salt Point Turnpike. The park has four miles of trails at Peach Hill and it leads the walkers to some of the most beautiful views of the Hudson Valley. The park also includes the highest point in the Town, an old apple orchard and a lot of wildlife. It is open every day from dawn to dusk. (845) 485-3628.
Springside. Springside is an “ornamental farm” – which is a country estate that combines the pleasure of beautiful gardens and the utility of a working farm. Visitors can stroll along Springsides winding trails that were designed by Andrew Jackson Downing in 1850. The trails are open daily from dawn to dusk and admission is free. (845) 454-2060. 26 Loockerman Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Clinton House. The Clinton House is named after George Clinton—New York’s first governor. It was a Dutch Colonial stone home that was built in 1765, and was rebuilt after a fire in 1783. The house serves as the headquarters of the Dutchess County Historical Society and contains a local history library, archives, and a room used by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The home is open Tuesday-Friday 10 AM to 3 PM by appointment only. There is an $8.00 fee for library use. It is located on 549 Main Street, and the contact number is 845-471-1630.
Quiet Cove Riverfront Park. A state-owned riverside park, Quiet Cove offers picnic tables, grills, walking trails, and scenic overlooks. It also includes a renovated Navy Crew house with a front porch overlooking the Hudson River, along with a boat launch for canoes and kayaks. Clearwater Dr, Poughkeepsie NY.
Fern Tor. Arboretum and Nature Trails located on North End of Marist College Campus.
Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Built in 1879, it's the oldest continuously-operating theater in New York State, located in downtown Poughkeepsie. Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. (845) 473-2072. 35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls. Very nice, hilly park along the river about 8 miles south of town. Playgrounds for kids, and hiking trails which include overlooks with year-round excellent views of the Hudson.edit
Walkway over the Hudson, (Entrance on Parker Ave in Poughkeepsie), ☎ +1 845 454 9649. Open from 7 a.m. to sunset, 7 days a week. The walkway allows dogs, and is handicap accessible. The Bridge connects Poughkeepsie to Highland and it has a long history; it was built in 1888 as a railroad bridge, and it caught fire in 1974 and was too expensive to tear down. Today it is the longest pedestrian footbridge in the world at 6,768 feet (1.28 miles) long. Being 212 feet over the Hudson River it gives you a great view of the sunset and the skyline of Poughkeepsie and Highland.edit
Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St, ☎ +1 845 473 5288. Box office: +1 845 472 2072 (fax: +1 845 472 4259), . The Bardavon was established in 1869, and now takes part in many legendary musical performances. Closed for the summers, reopens in September, prices varied, accepts all major credit cards, personal checks, cash, and gift cards.edit
Springwood Manor, Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538, ☎ 845-229-5320. The Grounds are open year round, from sunrise to sunset.The Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site is open year round, seven days a week, from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The home itself can only be viewed by a guided tour, the availability of which depends on the season. All tours for the day end at 4:00 P.M. Springwood Manor is not only the former home of U.S. president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, but home to the first presidential library which was established by president Roosevelt Himself.edit
Casperkill Golf Club, 2320 South Rd./ Rt.9, ☎ +1 845 463 0900, . Casperkill is open from dawn until dusk all year, weather permitting. Casperkill Golf Club is an 18 hold Championship golf course includes lessons, putting green, driving range, and pro-golf shop.call for rates and reserve online. edit
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 North Water St., ☎ +1 845 471 0589, . Tuesday-Friday 9:30-5:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11:00-5:00p.m. The Mid-Hudson Children's Museum is an interactive, hands-on museum with a variety of different exhibits all focused on Hudson Valley heritage, technology, and science. For children up to age 12. edit
Bananas Comedy Club, Mercury Grand Hotel 2170 Rt. 9, ☎ +1 845 462 3333, . Friday opens at 9:00p.m. Saturday opens at 8:00p.m.-10:30p.m.. Bananas Comedy Club includes top comedians from television, movies, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas. Dinner and overnight packages available. $12 on Friday $15 on Saturday and Sunday. edit
Mid Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, ☎ +1 845 454 5800. Box office: +1 845 454 5800, . The Mid Hudson Civic Center is one of the area’s larger venues for live shows and performances. You can see your favorite artists,shows, plays, go to a convention; or visit the McCann Ice Arena and go ice skating. Prices vary depending on the performance. edit
Roosevelt Theater, 4060 Albany Post Road (Entrance on Route 9 in Hyde Park), ☎ +1 845 229 2000. Handicap Accessible. While the theater is slightly outdated, it’s a great place to go on Tuesday evening because tickets are only $5. Also, they seem to have movies playing slightly longer than other theaters in the area. edit
The Chance Theater, 6 Crannell Street, ☎ +1 845 471 1966, . Monday - Thursday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday - Closed. Built in 1912, is a live music venue that has hosted acts including Bob Dylan and David Bowie.edit
The Hudson Valley Renegades, 1500 Rt. 9, Wappingers Falls, NY., ☎ +1 845 838 0094, . The Hudson Valley Renegades are the Short-Season Single A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays in the New York-Penn League. The home for the Renegades is Dutchess Stadium  in Wappingers Falls, NY. The season stretches from June to September and home games are a great place to take the family for a night out.Single-game tickets range from $6 to $15. edit
Regal Cinemas, 2001 South Road, Poughkeepsie NY, ☎ 845-297-0785, . The Regal Cinemas is located in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. It always has the newest and popular movies that are coming out, and is a good place to go when looking for something to do on a rainy day.Adult: $10.50 Child: $8.00 Senior: $7.50. edit
Overlook Drive-In Theater, 126 Degarmo Road, . The Overlook plays a variety of different films, both current and classic, and offers the chance to see them from your car.Adult: $8.00 Children: $5.00 Kids Under Five: Free. edit
Vassar Golf Club, Vassar College Campus Raymond Avenue, ☎ 845-473-9838, . Vassar Golf Course is a public nine-hole course located on the campus of Vassar College. No tee times, first come first serve. It has cheap rates and easy holes so it's good for a casual golfer or a beginner.edit
McCann Golf Course, 155 Wilbur Blvd Poughkeepsie, New York 12603, ☎ (845)454-1968, . The McCann Golf Course features a great staff, a Pro Shop, a driving range and 18 exciting and challenging holes of golf. The McCann Golf course also accepts reservations on Thursdays for weekend tee times, and during the week for Friday times. edit
Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, ☎ +1 845 437-7300, . Founded in 1861, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Vassar is renowned for pioneering achievements in education, for its long history of curricular innovation, and for the beauty of its campus. Especially noteworthy is the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, which has ancient, medieval, Asian, European and American art and objects, well worth a visit. The Center is free to visit; open Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM-5PM; Sundays, 1PM to 5PM. Closed Mondays. The grounds of the college are quite lovely (in good weather); the campus is maintained as an arboretum, with more than 200 varieties of trees on 1,000 acres.edit
Marist College, 3399 North Road, ☎ +1 845 575-3000, . Chartered in 1929 by the Marist Brothers, Marist College is a private, independent school situated on the Hudson River. The school offers over 50 Bachelor's degrees, as well as 12 Master's degrees and 12 certificate programs. Marist College has 23 NCAA Division I sports which compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and their mascot is the Red Fox. Marist College is also home to the James A. Cannavino Library. Dedicated on May 6th, 2000 and costing $25,000,000, the 83,000,000 square foot library offers 860 seats as well as archives, periodicals, an “e-scriptorium”, and a center for collaborative learning on its top floor. Additionally, the library offers a beautiful view of the Hudson River.edit
Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, ☎ +1 845 431-8000, . Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday – Closed. Founded in 1957, DCC has the lowest tuition of any college or university in the state. One-third of Dutchess County public high school graduates attend DCC. 66% of Dutchess County residents who attend a SUNY college are enrolled at DCC. 44% of all residents who attend a college in New York State full-time attend DCC. That number rises to 71% for part-time students. Last year, enrollment at DCC was the highest it had ever been, 8,244 students. 96% of DCC graduates who transfer to SUNY schools graduate. The Charles and Mabel Conklin Scholarship for Academic Excellence offers two-years' free tuition and brings the top ten percent of the most academically talented high school graduates from Dutchess County to the College. The Falcons baseball team is the first community college team ever to go the Division III World Championships for three years in a row. edit.
State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, ☎ 845-257-7869. Only a 20 minute car ride from Poughkeepsie, the State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz boasts a creative, diverse, and challenging learning environment that is also a more affordable institution of higher learning. Originally opened as the New Paltz Classical school in 1828, the school did not achieve collegiate standing until 1938. The school became one of the founding units of the State University of New York in 1948. SUNY New Paltz is ranked as one of the Nation’s “best value” colleges and universities by the Princeton Review. Similarly, U.S. World News ranked it as the sixth best among public regional universities in the North with both bachelors and master’s degree programs. In state tuition is $16,408 and out of state tuition is $25,458edit.
Early Learning Center at W.W. Smith School, 372 Church Street, ☎ (845) 451-4720, . This school was established for the 2012-2013 year, and is being used to educate all pre-kindergarten children in one area, as well as all kindergarten students in the Poughkeepsie School District. The entire building was redone and readied during the summer of 2012. The ELC offers opportunities for young students to learn skills in English and Math, as well as social and emotional skills.edit
S.F.B. Morse School, 101 Mansion Street, ☎ (845)-451-4690, . This school is for students in 1st through 5th grade. They have a variety of programs, which include Primary and Intermediate Labs for computer classes, afternoon programs for 3rd through 5th grade, chorus for 3rd through 5th grade, band program for 4th and 5th grade, and a Strings Musical program for 3rd grade.edit
Charles B. Warring Academy, 283 Mansion Street, ☎ (845)-451-4769, . This elementary school includes students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The Warring Academy offers a variety of programs for their students, which includes reading and computer programs, as well as a Library and Media Center. They have many extra curricular activities which includes art and music programs, as well as a variety of clubs and collaborations with Vassar College, Dutchess Community College, Boy Scouts, etc.edit
G.W. Krieger Elementary School, 265 Hooker Avenue, ☎ (845)-451-4660, . This Krieger Elementary School is a grade 1 through 5 school, with about 600 students and 70 teachers. It opened in 1929, and had just expanded it's building not too long ago in 2004. Some of their programs for the students include, instrumental music, chorus, musicals, computer labs and library, reading and math servies, etc.edit
Clinton Elementary School, 100 Montgomery Street, ☎ (845)-451-4600, . Clinton Elementary is a school for grades 1 - 5, and is a volunteer organization. Some of their programs include reading intervention, reading and math services, Monthly Character Education program, etc. edit
Poughkeepsie Middle School, 55 College Avenue, ☎ (845)-451-4800, . Poughkeepsie Middle School includes all students in the Poughkeepsie School District in grades 6 through 8. edit
Poughkeepsie High School, 70 Forbus Street, ☎ (845)-451-4850, . The Poughkeepsie High School includes all students in the Poughkeepsie School District in grades 9 through 12. They have multiple career academics like Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Academy of Design and Media, Business and Public Service, and Health and Human Services. They also have a variety of extra curricular activities such as National Honor Society, School Newspaper, Gay/Straight Alliance, Vassar Science Scholars, Music Ensemble, etc.edit
Many entry level jobs can be found off of Route 9 in Poughkeepsie. There are hundreds of stores including restaurants, groceries, clothing, hardware, jewelry and local small businesses.
IBM. - IBM has a major branch in Poughkeepsie, once known as the company’s “Main Plant”. Many of IBM’s most well known computer series are manufactured at the Poughkeepsie location.
The Poughkeepsie Journal. - The Poughkeepsie Journal is the primary newspaper of Poughkeepsie. The newspaper is owned by Gannett Company and is the third oldest paper in the nation (Oldest in NY State). It has a daily circulation of nearly 40,000 and Sunday circulation of nearly 50,000.
Marist College. - Marist College employs many residents in Poughkeepsie and surrounding towns. The college has a full-time security staff and maintenance engineers. Sodexo is in charge of all Marist dining services.
Vassar College. - Vassar College employs many residents in Poughkeepsie and surrounding towns. The college has a full-time security staff and maintenance engineers. ARAMARK Campus Services is in charge of all Vassar dining services.
The Culinary Institute of America. - The CIA employs many residents in Poughkeepsie and surrounding towns. The college has a full-time security staff and maintenance engineers. There are several well known restaurants run by CIA on the main campus.
St. Francis Hospital. - a major hospital which offers a wide variety of services. St. Francis is a very well respected hospital and it consistently scores highly in NY State Hospital profiles
The downtown Poughkeepsie mall row is a designated National Historic Sight
The Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Rd, ☎ +1 845-297-7600, . Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.. Mall features department stores such as JC Penney and Macy's. Other popular stores include Target, Best Buy, Forever 21, Hot Topic, American Eagle, Bath and Body Works, Brookstone, Dick's Sporting Goods and Game Stop. Full listing of stores available at . There is also a Regal Cinemas in the Galleria. This mall attracts locals and the college students in the Dutchess County area.edit
Poughkeepsie Plaza, 2600 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY, . Monday-Friday 10AM-9PM & Saturday 10AM-6PM & Sunday 12PM-5PM. The Poughkeepsie Plaza is a large strip of shops, as well as places to eat. Some of the shops that they have are Modell's, Marshalls, Famous Footwear, Toys R Us, Rainbow, Harmon Beauty Supply, Jo-Ann's Fabric, etc. Barnes and Nobles and Michael's Fabric are located further down the strip mall.edit
Mid Hudson Plaza. 3432 North Road - small plaza of shops right across from Marist College. Home Depot, Staples, Starbucks, SuperCuts, Smokes 4 Less, Giacomos Pizza, Quiznos, Rhinebeck Bank, Applebees, McDonalds, Mobil
Dragons Den, Poughkeepsie Plaza 2600 South Road (Route 9), ☎ (845) 471-1401, . Mon-Thurs, Sat 10 AM-9 PM, Fri 10 AM-9:30 PM, Sun 12 PM - 6 PM. Dragons Den is a local comics, hobbies, games, and toy story. It has a very relaxed atmosphere, and great staff. It's a great place to go if you need that last comic book in a series, or gamer paraphernalia.edit
Giggles. 3969 Albany Post Road - Giggles is an adult store specializing in adult gifts and glassware. Giggles is part sex shop, and part head shop. Technically located in Hyde Park, this store is just north of the Poughkeepsie town line. You must be 18 or older to shop at Giggles and you will be asked for identification immediately upon entering.
NUTZ 1708 Rt. 9, Wappingers Falls- an acronym for "New Unique Trendy Zany", NUTZ is an alternative store that specializes in "hippie-esque" products and other alternative items. A great place to check out if you want to look for a cool gift for someone or just want a unique experience.
The Culinary Institute of America, 433 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY, ☎ +1 845 471-6608 (reservation line), . Three are open Monday through Friday, two are open Tuesday through Saturday. Five restaurants operated by students and faculty: American Bounty (regional American, features Hudson Valley ingredients), Apple Pie Bakery Café (bakery and pastry), Ristorante Caterina de' Medici (Italian), St. Andrew's Café (casual, family-friendly), and Escoffier Restaurant (French). Be sure to make reservations in advance.edit
The Eveready Diner, 4189 Albany Post Rd/ Rt. 9 North, Hyde Park, NY, ☎ +1 845 229-8100 (fax: +1 845 229 8147). Open 7 days a week. Great Classic American Food, Friendly staff, friendly neighbors. Featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.edit
Shadows on the Hudson, 176 Rinaldi Blvd, ☎ +1 845 486 9500 (fax: +1 845 486 9501), . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM (Cocktails until 11PM), F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM (cocktails until 2AM), Su Brunch 11AM-2PM,Lunch & Dinner 1PM-9PM. Located on the riverfront, this modern restaurant is also a bar, outside seating, great views, great food, a little fancier than casual dress.edit
Cosimos Trattoria, 120 Delafield St., ☎ +1 845 485 7172. Brick Oven Pizza, reservations for over seven, outdoor seating available, near the riverfront,underneith the Walkway on the Hudson. Easy access from Route 9.edit
Rossi's Deli, 45 S Clover St., ☎ +1 845 471 0654. Amazing deli. Paninis are reasonably priced and all ingredients are fresh as can be. A favorite among Marist students. The line is often out the door on Saturdays and very busy around lunchtime in general so plan accordingly. Closed Sundays and for a month in the late summer.edit
Hyde Park Brewery, 4076 Albany Post Rd Hyde Park, NY 12538, ☎ +1 845 229-8277. A restaurant that brews its own craft beers and has a delicious menu to match, including some German favorites. Fast service and friendly staff. Bar area separate from sit-down restaurant, so it's the best of both worlds.edit
Mole Mole, 260 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, ☎ 845 471-4255. 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Open 7 days a week and offers great quality Mexican food and decent service.edit
Bugaboocreek, 1955 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, ☎ 845 297-2200, . Steakhouse serves the highest quality of food from the local community in a family friendly atmosphere.edit
The Brown Derby, 96 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, ☎ 845.452.3232, . Great pub with an impeccable upscale feel in the heart of Poughkeepsieedit
Table Talk Diner (address=2521 C South Road, Poughkeepsie), ☎ 845-849-2839, . Sunday-Thursday 6AM - 1AM & Friday-Saturday 6AM - 2AM. The Table Talk Diner is a very family friendly atmosphere, and opens early in the morning, and closes late at night, so it is a perfect place to grab an early breakfast, or a late night dinner with your friends. It serves breakfast all day long, and also serves a variety appetizers, lunches, dinners, and it has a kids menu.edit
Coyote Grill (address=2629 South Road, Poughkeepsie), ☎ 845-471-0600, . Monday-Thursday Dining: 11AM-Midnight & Friday Bar: Open until 2AM & Friday Dining: 11PM - 1AM Bar: Open until 2AM & Saturday Brunch: 10AM-2PM Dining: 2PM - 1AM Bar: Open until 2AM & Sunday Brunch: 10AM - 2PM Dining: 2PM - 11PM Bar: Open until 12AM. The Coyote Grill has a variety of selections to choose from, and is also a family friendly environment.edit
Lola's Cafe & Gourmet Take Out (address=131 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie), ☎ (845) 471-8555. Monday-Friday 10AM - 5PM. Lola's Cafe is a cute restaurant with a variety of sandwiches, salads and desserts to choose from. They also have takeout and catering as well!edit
Palace Diner (address=194 Washington Street,Poughkeepsie, NY 12601), ☎ 845-473-1576 (PalaceDiner194@gmail.com, fax: 845-473-1592). Monday-Sunday 24 hours. Palace Diner has a calm atmosphere, with decent prices and a wide variety of meal options. Also they have free wireless access!edit
Amici's (address=35 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601), ☎ (845) 452-4700 (AmicisPoughkeepsie@yahoo.com). Monday--Thurday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am- 11pm, Sunday 12pm- 9pm. Amici's offers great Italian food. They have a beautiful dinning area, or you can order take out. The food is fantastic, and the pizza is great as well. You can not go wrong eating here, especially if you are looking for a slightly fancier atmosphere for the dinner hours. Amici's is also conveniently located right next to the Poughkeepsie Train station!edit
Cinnamon Indian Bistro (address=260 N Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601), ☎ (845) 232-5430. Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm,Tuesday Closed,Wednesday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm,Thursday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm, Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00–11:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00–10:00 pm. The food is fantastic, it is the best Indian restaurant in the area. Cinnamon has buffets every week day, and also in evenings on the weekends. The price is comparable to other Indian restaurants. edit
Osho Japanese Steakhouse (address=1998 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601), ☎ (845) 297-0540, . Lunch:Monday-Friday 11:30 am- 2:30 am. Dinner: Monday-Friday 5pm- 9:30pm, Saturday 3:30pm- 10pm, Sunday and Holidays 3:30pm-9pm.. A fun place to go and experience the art of Hibachi. The food is great, but like most hibachi places it is on the pricier side of things. edit
Pleasant Ridge III, 264 North Rd., Poughkeepsie, ☎ (845) 483-1400 264. Open seven days a week, and open late on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. edit
Fresco's Chop & Ale House, 1639 New York 376 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590, ☎ (845) 204-9555, . Tues - Sat: 12pm - 10pm; Sun: 12pm - 9pm; Mon: closed. Authentic Italian & American cuisine and bar. Outdoor and indoor seating. Live music; Happy Hour from 4-6pm.$-$$. edit
Umberto's of Mamma Marisa, 2245 South Road. Great Italian food, nice atmosphere but relaxed. Bar area always has a good beer and wine selection. Best part: the place is never as crowded as it should be.edit
Schatzi's, 202 Main St.. Newer bar, great beer selection including imported German craft beers. You can get a free Das Boot on your birthday! Good food too but food is very expensive and very small portions. Has a sweet beer garden in the back opened up in the summer.edit
Crafted Kup, 44 Raymond Avenue, ☎ +1 845-483-7070, . Mon-Fri: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.. A cozy coffeehouse close to Vassar College. You will often find students doing homework or hanging out on their comfortable sofas. It's a great place to kick back and unwind - services include WiFi and Board Games.$$. edit
Gloria Jean's Gourmet Coffees and Teas, 2001 S Rd, ☎ +1 845-297-7171, . Mon-Sat: 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.. A coffee shop located in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. They sell espresso coffee drinks, cold drinks, blended and estate whole bean coffees and specialty teas, along with pastries and coffee accessories. You can have your drink in the store or on the go. Fairly priced $$. edit
Tea Talk, Poughkeepsie Plaza 2600 South Road, ☎ +1 845-204-9668, . A great destination for tea lovers. They sell loose tea, tea to go, bubble tea and tea accessories. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a relaxed atmosphere. You can enjoy your beverage in the store or take your purchase to go.edit
Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 2507 South Rd, ☎ +1 845-462-0505, . Mon-Fri: 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Sat: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Sun: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.. A welcoming smoothie shop that offers a variety of smoothie combinations using fresh ingredients. Can sit in or outside, depending on the weather. $$. edit
Union Square, 51 Market Street, ☎ +1 845 232-5675, . Popular Saturday night club for college students in Hudson Valley. Theme nights during the week with a lot of drink specials. Great bar food.edit
The Out Bar, 206 Main St, ☎ +1 845 485-9999, . The only LGBT bar in the area. edit
Backstreet Pub, 103 Parker Ave, ☎ +1 845 483-0159. A very laid back bar with friendly bartenders, bouncers, and reasonable prices.edit
Hobnobbin Pub, 11 Vassar Rd, ☎ +1 845 462-6810. Great food! Be sure to try their chicken wings.edit
River Station Restaurant, 1 North Water St, ☎ +1 845 452-9207, . A great spot for drinks, especially popular on Thursday nights. There is an outdoor deck and two floors to accommodate the crowds.edit
Noah's Ark, 135 Mill St, ☎ +1 845 486-9295, . Popular with upper-class students and 20-something locals for its happy hour: half price drinks on Thursdays 6 p.m.-8 p.m. & half price drinks and buffet on Fridays 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Usual buffet of buffalo chicken wings and pasta.edit
Orient, 319 Main St, ☎ +1 845 337-3546, . Thursday-Saturday: 10 p.m.-3 a.m.. Classy ultra lounge with VIP seating, bottle service, and live music.$$$. edit
The Artist's Palate Wine Bar & Bistro, 307 Main St, ☎ +1 845 483-8074, . The interior dining room combines cosmopolitan elegance and industrial accents. The menu features an extensive wine list, handcrafted beers and unique cocktails to complement their seasonal menu. edit
Darby O'Gills, 3969 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY, ☎ +1 845 229-6662. Open seven days a week until 4 a.m. An Irish Bar and Restaurant. Casual dress, cheap drinks, and great food but service is a little slow. Karaoke Mondays.edit
Holiday Inn Express Poughkeepsie, 2750 South Road, ☎ +1 845 473-1151, . Offers complimentary shuttle service within 5 miles, complimentary hot breakfast, pool, fitness center and business center. Visit hotel website for current specials and packages.edit
The Poughkeepsie Journal, . The oldest newspaper in New York State, The Poughkeepsie Journal reports on news in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County and around the world. It was founded in 1785 and became a daily paper in 1860.edit
Mid Hudson Heritage Center,  317 Main Street. Gallery: (845) 214-1113. Office: (845) 485-8506. Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. This organization strives to promote awareness of the history and heritage of the Mid-Hudson region through tourism, historical and cultural organizations, and exhibitions.
Italian Center,  227 Mill Street. (845) 454-8720. The Italian Center promotes and preserves the Italian heritage and culture of its members through the association of people of Italian ancestry. They host many public events, such as dinners throughout the week, as well as private events.
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center,  9 Vassar Street. (845) 486-4571. This not-for-profit organization was designed to meet the cultural needs of the community. It provides a venue for artists to showcase their talent in music, dance, fine arts and visual arts.
Poughkeepsie is a small, mostly residential city. There are some neighborhoods that are relatively safe, but some where visitors and locals should use caution, especially at night. Always travel in groups and stay in well-lit, populated areas. If there is an emergency, dial 911 for police, fire department, and medical.
Downtown and points north are generally not the safest areas (Once you are out of the city, the north is fine, e.g. the area around Marist College and Dutchess Community College). Main Street is somewhat better closer to the train station. While the train station area can also attract some shady characters late at night, it is well-lit and well-trafficked enough that most people don't have issues here.
The area roughly bounded by the Hudson river to the west, Clark St/the city border to the north, Innis Ave/Route 115 to the east, Montgomery St to the south, and Market St to the west) is particularly known as an area to stay away from at night if possible. Unfortunately, this area also includes most of the historic district of Poughkeepsie and a few of the better restaurants. For some reason, the Dutchess County Jail is also located in the middle of residential N Hamilton St, which also happens to be very close to the parking area for the Walkway over the Hudson. Southern and eastern areas of the city are generally regarded as being safer, and the area adjacent to Vassar College is quite safe, even alone at night.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve  is an easy, scenic drive (less than 40 minutes from Poughkeepsie) away and absolutely worth the time. The state park's main feature is the lake, but there are hiking trails to waterfalls, rock climbing available and picnic areas.
Kaaterskill Falls  is just over an hour away and features a large, 231 ft waterfall and an easy hike to the of the falls. Other, more exhausting, hikes are offered.
Bear Mountain State Park  is about an hour south of Poughkeepsie. This park offers hiking, ice skating, fishing, and other outdoor activities, as well a merry-go-round for the kids. Call 845-786-2701 for more information.
Lake Taghkanic State Park  is a great place to unwind. It is set on the banks of beautiful Lake Taghkanic and offers camping (cabins and tents) from May to October. Reservations required: Call (518) 851-3631. It is also a great destination for day trips. Outdoor activities include swimming, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. In the winter there is ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snow mobile trails. Pavilions and picnic tables are available for public use throughout the year.
Albany , the capital of New York, is 90 minutes northwest of Poughkeepsie.
Hyde Park is just 20 minutes away from Poughkeepsie. Popular sites include the Vanderbilt Mansion, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. There are also many shops and restaurants to check out.
New Paltz is a quick ride over the bridge, about twenty minutes away from Poughkeepsie. The Main Street Bistro is a popular restaurant and there are shops and cafes along that same street. The Adair Vineyards has wine tasting events and offers a scenic backdrop for an afternoon picnic.
New York City is only about an hour and a half away by train and offers night life, great sites, culture, museums and dining.
Rhinebeck is just about 30 minutes away from Poughkeepsie. It is a historic little village with tons to offer- beautiful views including the Hudson River, unique shops selling everything including (but not limited to) clothing, gifts, hiking gear and home furnishings, marvelous places to eat, and a range of places to stay such as B&B's to hotels. Between its charming atmosphere and friendly residents, it is a must.
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