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Kingston is a small 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 buildings that form part of the Rondout-West Strand Historic District — one of several such districts in the city

Get in

By plane

By car

Frank A. Palen House

N.Y.S. thruway exit 19.

By train

  • Amtrak, [1]. Rail service from Rhinecliff station in Rhinebeck to New York City's Penn Station and other points. Rhinebeck is across the Hudson River, via the Kingston-Rhinecliff bridge.

Get around


Boice House

There are several historic districts and many gorgeous historic buildings in this city. Only a few of them are shown on this page.


  • Take a cruise on the river aboard the Rip Van Winkle, +1 845 340-4700, [2] or the Teal, +1 845 679-8205, [3].
  • 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, [4]. May–October, F–M 11AM–4:00PM. Also has collections of paintings and boats.
  • 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.


Hudson Valley Mall


George J. Smith House
  • Rosita's, 86 Rondout Landing, +1 845 339-5372. Mexican/American cuisine. Waterfront dining, with outdoor patio.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings, Hudson Valley Mall. Great wings, blazin' sauce, and anything you can think of.



Go next

  • The lovely town of Rhinebeck, with more historic houses, is across the river and slightly to the south and east.
Routes through Kingston
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