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Panaroma of Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie is the name of both a town and a city in Dutchess County in New York's Hudson Valley. The City of Poughkeepsie is along the Hudson River on its eastern shore, where the river marks the boundary of both the city and the county (Ulster County is on the other side). The Town of Poughkeepsie encompasses surrounding areas of Dutchess County bordering on the city, and is more suburban in character.

Get in

By plane

By car

  • US Route 9 passes through Poughkeepsie in the north-south direction, so you can get there on it by heading north from New York City or south from Albany (or beyond in the Adirondacks), though people usually use expressways for at least part of those trips rather than taking Route 9 all the way.
  • US Route 44 and New York State Route 55 pass concurrently through the city of Poughkeepsie in an east-west direction (forming the East-West Arterial, with the westbound and eastbound lanes on separate streets several blocks apart). East of the city, the two routes split with 44 heading northeast and 55 southeast, both in the direction of Connecticut. To the west they cross the Hudson River (on the Mid Hudson Bridge, a toll bridge) and head towards the Catskills.
  • Interstate 84 goes through Fishkill, south of Poughkeepsie, where you can take it west from Connecticut or east from Pennsylvania, then get off at exit 13 and take Route 9 north to Poughkeepsie.
  • The New York Thruway is west of the Hudson River, where you can get from it to Poughkeepsie by getting off at New Paltz or Newburgh and crossing the river to the east. It heads from New York City to Buffalo by way of Albany.

By train

  • Metro-North Railroad - Hudson line, [1]. This is the last station 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 heading from New York City towards Albany stop at Metro-North's Poughkeepsie station.

Get around

Cornaro Window, Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College
  • Within the City of Poughkeepsie, streets with a "North" or "South" prefix are usually north or south of Main Street, which runs east-west from the riverfront to the outskirts of town. Formerly part of Main Street was closed to traffic as the pedestrian Main Mall, but this has been converted back to a driveable street.
  • Within the City of Poughkeepsie, Route 9 is an expressway, but outside the city it becomes South Road and North Road, commercial thoroughfares lined with strip malls and the like.
  • The City of Poughkeepsie has a municipal bus system operating within the city, centering on the intersection of Main and Market streets where several routes meet. The county also has a "Loop" bus system going to the outlying regions nearby.


Locust Grove.
  • 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 Adults $9, youth (6-18) $5..
  • Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave, +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.


View of the Walkway Over the Hudson
  • Walkway over the Hudson (Entrance on Parker Ave in Poughkeepsie), +1 845 454-9649. Open from 7AM to sunset 7 days a week. Dogs Allowed, 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.
  • Bardavon Opera House, 35 Market St, +1 845 473-5288, +1 845 472-2072 (Box office), 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.
  • Casperkill Golf Club, 2320 South Rd./ Rt.9, +1 845 463-0900. Dawn until Dusk Open all year, weather permitting. Formerly a country club for IBM employees, Casperkill Golf Club is an 18 hole championship golf course including lessons, putting green, driving range, and pro-golf shop. call for rates and reserve online.
  • Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 North Water St, +1 845 471-0589. Tuesday-Friday 9:30-5PM Saturday-Sunday 11:00-5PM. 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.
  • Bananas Comedy Club, Mercury Grand Hotel 2170 Rt. 9, +1 845 462-3333. Friday opens at 9PM Saturday opens at 8PM-10:30PM. 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.


The downtown Poughkeepsie mall row is a designated National Historic Sight
  • Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Rd (Go south on Route 9 (South Road) a few miles from the City of Poughkeepsie), +1 845 297-7600. Mon-Sat 10AM - 9:30PM; Sun 11AM - 6PM. A large shopping mall in the Town of Poughkeepsie.


  • The Culinary Institute of America, 433 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, +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.
  • The Eveready Diner, 4189 Albany Post Rd/ Rt. 9 North, Hyde Park, +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.
  • River Station Restaurant & Catering, 1 North Water Street, +1 845 452-9207. Seafood and American cuisine with a full service bar and outdoor dining on the waterfront of the Hudson River with some outstanding views. River Station offers full service catering.
  • 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.
  • Cosimos Trattoria, 120 Delafield St, +1 845 485-7172. Brick Oven Pizza, reservations for over seven, outdoor seating available, near the riverfront,underneath the Walkway on the Hudson. Easy access from Route 9.


  • Darby O'Gills, 493 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, +1 845 229-6662. An Irish Bar and Restaurant. Casual dress, cheap drinks, great food but service is a little slow.
  • The Dubliner, 796 Main St, +1 845 454-7322. Authentic Irish bar owned and run by Dublin native Brendan Daly. Lots of interesting beers on tap, and good live music, including traditional Irish music once or twice a month.
  • Mahoney's Irish Pub & Restaurant, 35 Main St, +1 845 471-3027. Daily 11AM-4PM.
  • Hobnobbin Pub, 11 Vassar Rd, +1 845 462-6810. Great food, be sure to try their Chicken Wings.
  • Noah's Ark, 135 Mill St, +1 845 486-9295. Popular with upperclass students and 20-something locals for its happy hour, half price drinks on Thursdays 6PM-7:30PM, half price drinks and buffet on Fridays 6PM-7:30PM. The buffet normally consists of buffalo chicken wings and pasta.


A small inn in Poughkeepsie during the fall


Go next

From Poughkeepsie you can explore the entire Hudson Valley, or head north for the Adirondacks, west for the Catskills, east for New England, or south for New York City.

Routes through Poughkeepsie
Albany (Rensselaer)Rhinebeck  N Amtrak Adirondack icon.pngAmtrak Empire Service icon.pngAmtrak Maple Leaf icon.png S  Croton-on-HudsonNew York City
Buffalo (Depew)Albany (Rensselaer)  N Amtrak Lake Shore Limited icon.png S  Croton-on-HudsonNew York City
AlbanyHyde Park  N US 9.svg S  FishkillNew York City
ENDKerhonkson  W US 44.svg E  AmeniaHartford
END  N Metro-North Hudson icon.png S  BeaconCroton-on-Hudson

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