Things To Do

What to do in Poughkeepsie

Attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, the Walkway over the Hudson should definitely be on your list. Once called the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, the structure dating from 1889 was once a key connector for trains to and from New York. Now a state historic park, the Walkway Over the Hudson is a great place to take in the entire Hudson Valley. If you have kids in tow, combine a stroll here with a visit to Poughkeepsie’s Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum.

A 45-room villa built in 1851, Locust Grove Estate is situated on 200 acres of some of the region’s most beautiful countryside. It owes its gorgeous galleries and gardens to William and Martha Young, who filled it with their art collection, including many masterpieces of the Hudson River School.

On the campus of Vassar College, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is one of the region’s best art museums. It has dozens of works from painters who were a part of the Hudson River School, making it one of the best collections in the country. There are also works by Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. Best of all, it’s free.