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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 house Fishkill/Poughkeepsie
HYATT house Fishkill/Poughkeepsie
3 out of 5
100 Westage Business Center Dr., Fishkill, NY
$98
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,474 reviews)

"Clean and comfortable. staff is friendly. Would go back"…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

HYATT house Fishkill/Poughkeepsie
Hyatt Place Poughkeepsie
Hyatt Place Poughkeepsie
3 out of 5
2165 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY
$89
per night
Apr 11 - Apr 12

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! (184 reviews)

"Lovely clean hotel with great customer service. Really enjoyed my short stay with baby (crib provided) and dog (pet fee for dog stay)."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 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
$99
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

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! (725 reviews)

"The only challenge we had was that on the first night after we had checked in someone came to our door around 10:30 and said she didn't have us registered for the room. She was with the person who had been given the room key by mistake. He said he heard us talking as he put was about to open the ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Hampton Inn by Hilton New Paltz

Popular things to do in Poughkeepsie

Minnewaska State Park
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Minnewaska State Park

4.5/5(145 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Minnewaska State Park, a popular green space in High Falls. Discover the area's mountain views and wineries.

Chance Theater
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Chance Theater

4/5(16 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(148 reviews)

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

Top activities in Poughkeepsie

Shopping Excursion to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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Shopping Excursion to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

82% of travellers recommend
$42
Per adult
Woodbury Common Outlet Shopping Day Trip
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Woodbury Common Outlet Shopping Day Trip

80% of travellers recommend
$43
Per adult
Shop & Shuttle at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
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Shop & Shuttle at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

72% of travellers recommend
$49
Per adult
Couple's Private New York Helicopter Tour from Westchester
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Couple's Private New York Helicopter Tour from Westchester

$292
Per adult
Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Connecticut
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Connecticut

$20
Per adult
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets - Shop & Shuttle
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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets - Shop & Shuttle

$49
Per adult

Reviews of Poughkeepsie

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
78
5 - Excellent 21.487603305785125%
4 - Good
186
4 - Good 51.239669421487605%
3 - Okay
83
3 - Okay 22.865013774104682%
2 - Disappointing
13
2 - Disappointing 3.581267217630854%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.8264462809917356%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Very friendly people.

5/5 - Excellent

Lele

Feb 19, 2020

Close to golf course, beautiful residential area as well as business.

5/5 - Excellent

mattmaison

Jan 7, 2020

Make sure to visit the Mid Hudson Children's Museum if you have kids!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 14, 2019

Boring

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

Must check out the "Walkway over the Hudson"

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

Ok place to stay while visiting Vassar on a budget.

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