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Kingston is a city in New York's Hudson Valley, 91 miles north of New York City and 50 miles south of Albany. It is the county seat of Ulster County and was the first capital of New York state. It was ransacked and burned by the British during the American Revolution.

View of boats in Rondout Creek and a few of the buildings in the Rondout-West Strand Historic District — one of three historic districts in the city

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

By car[edit]

Frank A. Palen House

N.Y.S. thruway exit 19.

By train[edit]

  • Amtrak serves Rhinecliff station from New York City's Penn Station and other points. Rhinecliff is across the Hudson River, via the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge, and a little bit to the south. You need to have someone pick you up or take one of the cabs in the parking lot when you arrive at the station.

Get around[edit]

There are buses and taxis, or you can drive your own car.

Kingston is a good city to walk in, but the distances are too great for it to be feasible for most people to walk between the Waterfront (Downtown) and Stockade (Uptown) Historic Districts.


Boice House

Historic districts[edit]

There are three historic districts and many gorgeous historic buildings in this city:

  • Chestnut Street Historic District. This is a smaller area of town than the other two historic districts, along a few blocks of West and East Chestnut Street.
  • Rondout-West Strand Historic Waterfront District. Featuring the waterfront onto the Roundout Creek and extending some ways uphill from there, this district comprises the historic downtown area of the city. It's full of 19th-century low-rise brick buildings that were related to industry and river shipping, as well as ornately decorated private houses and numerous churches. Quite a few of the churches and private houses have beautiful multi-colored tiled roofs. You could easily walk through this district for an hour or more, to see all the buildings and the waterfront.
  • Stockade Historic District. Called "Uptown" by locals, this district, though smaller as an official historic district than Downtown, is in practice by far the most extensive neighborhood and contains a larger quantity of ornate private houses than the historic downtown, plus the town green, which features grand, larger-than-life statues of important personages for the European settlement and development of New York (explorer Henry Hudson; Governor of New York DeWitt Clinton; and Director-General of New Netherlands, Peter Stuyvesant). This is also the neighborhood that contains the 17th-century Old Dutch Church, the 18th-century Senate House, which functioned as New York State's first capitol, and the early 19th-century Federal-style Ulster County Courthouse. Seeing all of the historic houses and other buildings in this neighborhood in a single day by foot is probably not possible, but walking down several streets is itself rewarding.


  • See exhibits on the maritime history of the Hudson River and the regional industries—such as agriculture, brick, and, before the advent of refrigeration, ice—that depended on the river for transportation. Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing, +1 845 338-0071, [1]. May–October, F–M 11AM–4:00PM. Also has collections of paintings and boats.
  • 1 Trolley Museum of New York, 89 East Strand (Rondout waterfront), +1 845 331-3399. Memorial Day Weekend–Columbus Day, Sa, Su & holidays, noon–5PM. Trolley rides Sa & Su, May-October, from the museum to Kingston Point Park.


  • Take a cruise on the river aboard the Rip Van Winkle, +1 845 340-4700, [2] or the Teal, +1 845 679-8205, [3].


Hudson Valley Mall


George J. Smith House
  • Just For You, 375 Broadway, +1 845-853-8020. Sun-Thu: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm; Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sat Closed. This is a Oaxacan restaurant. They serve unusually savory food with multifaceted flavors and good ingredients and have specials every day. It's a small restaurant that also does takeout and delivery, the atmosphere is informal, and they have obvious pride in their work and sincere happiness in appreciation from customers. At the same time that their home-style food is deliciously authentic to their origins, they are health-conscious in a way that you may find atypical of taquerias. For example, their juices do not have added sugar and their chorizos are made from turkey. But don't be fooled into thinking this is some kind of bland spa cuisine: Their salsa packs a punch. Regular-menu tacos are no more than $8.50 for an order of 3; large plates go up to $12.50.
  • Rosita's, 86 Rondout Landing, +1 845 339-5372. Mexican/American cuisine. Waterfront dining, with outdoor patio.



Go next[edit]

  • The lovely, much smaller town of Rhinebeck, with its own selection of historic houses, is across the river and slightly to the south and east.
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