Clockwise from top left: Vanderbilt Mansion, Walkway over the Hudson, Beatrix Farrand Garden, Plan Bee Farm Brewery

Poughkeepsie & Hyde Park: Trip Guide

At the end of the Metro-North’s Hudson line is a juxtaposition of industry city and uber luxury: Poughkeepsie & Hyde Park. Between the booming blue collar city and the high class home to some of the Hudson Valley’s most glorious estates, you’ll find the best view of the Hudson River, a culinary institution, and the most New York brewery in New York.

At the end of the Metro-North’s Hudson line is a juxtaposition of industry city and uber luxury: Poughkeepsie & Hyde Park. 

Between the booming blue collar city and the high class home to some of the Hudson Valley’s most glorious estates, you’ll find the best view of the Hudson River, an iconic garden, a culinary institution, and the most New York brewery in New York. 

We rounded up the internet’s best options for things to do in Poughkeepsie & Hyde Park and added all the links you need to get out of town for a visit.

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GET THERE

Metro-North Stop: Poughkeepsie
Distance from NYC: ~2 hours
Roundtrip Cost: $37.00

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THINGS TO DO IN POUGHKEEPSIE & HYDE PARK

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A view of the Darkside Records store front and sign.
Photo Source: Darkside Records / Facebook

Darkside is the largest independent music store in the Hudson Valley and a notable destination for record hunters across the tri-state area. Their 6,000 square feet of music heaven features slime-green walls; 15,000 records, cds, and movies; and a live stage for local & touring bands.

  • From Poughkeepsie Station: 11-minute cab
  • Open everyday, 10am – 9pm
A view from the start of the bridge, across to the Hudson.
Photo Source: Scenic Hudson

The Walkway – arguably the most notable attraction in Poughkeepsie – is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. It stands 212 feet tall and spans 1.28 miles across the Hudson. Formerly a railroad bridge that was abandoned after a 1974 fire, the Walkway was eventually restored and made into a state historic park. At its base, you can walk along the waterfront through Upper Landing and Waryas parks.

  • From Poughkeepsie Station: 4-minute walk
  • Open everyday, 7am to sunset
  • Parking available at 61 Parker Avenue

MORE NOTABLE PLACES

Locust Grove: 200-acre estate of Samuel Morse with a villa, gardens, and five miles of carriage roads.
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From Poughkeepsie Station: 4-minute cab 

Vassar College: Roam the campus of the esteemed liberal arts school, and check out their Farm & Ecological Preserve (Google, Instagram) and Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center (Google, Instagram).
From Poughkeepsie Station: 10-minute cab 

The ChanceThe historic venue has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan, The Ramones, and Pete Seeger over the years, though nowadays books mostly metal and rock shows.
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From Poughkeepsie Station: 18-minute walk

Bardavon Opera HouseThe oldest continuously operating theater in New York, programming a variety of classical music, comedy, musicals, film, and more.
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From Poughkeepsie Station: 18-minute walk

THINGS TO DO IN HYDE PARK

The entry gate into the garden.
Photo Source: MarthaStewart.com

Beatrix Farrand was a respected landscape gardener / badass horticultural expert from the early 1900s, known for her influential garden design and powerful clientele. She is credited for some of the world’s greatest garden landscapes and you can find one such example in Hyde Park, adjacent to FDR’s famed home. 

  • From Poughkeepsie Station: 12-minute cab or take the NPS-operated Roosevelt Ride to the FDR estate
  • Open daily, year-round, 7am to sunset
  • Free
A view of the massive Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park
Photo Source: National Park Foundation

Over 200 acres of historic buildings, landscapes, woodlands, gardens, and remnants of the elite class of 19th century America (a.k.a. the Gilded Age). Roam the vast grounds surrounding the mansion and imagine what it was like to live in a time when the uber-wealthy enjoyed decadent lifestyles that were completely disconnected from the day-to-day suffering of the lower-class. Oh wait…

  • From Poughkeepsie Station: 14-minute cab or take the NPS-operated Roosevelt Ride to the FDR estate
  • Open daily, year-round
  • Mansion: accessible by guided tour only; $10 per adult; children under 15 are free
  • Grounds and gardens: free

MORE IN HYDE PARK

FDR Presidential Library & Museum: Trace the Roosevelt presidency through artifacts, galleries, and other exhibits, then explore the trails around the estate.
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From Poughkeepsie Station: 9-minute cab
 or take the NPS-operated Roosevelt Ride to the FDR estate

Val-Kill: Home to activist, intellectual, and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and headquarters for the Eleanor Roosevelt Center, a youth leadership and civic engagement organization.
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From Poughkeepsie Station: 13-minute cab or take the NPS-operated Roosevelt Ride to the FDR estate

Hyde Park Roller Magic: People don’t roller skate enough these days, so we’re throwing this on the list.
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From Poughkeepsie Station: 11-minute cab

Plus, a couple classic theaters: Roosevelt Cinemas + Hyde Park Drive-In Theater

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK IN POUGHKEEPSIE

Photo Source: Plan Bee Farm Brewery

Plan Bee aims to brew a true New York beer, sourcing only from within the state. In their words: “if it isn’t in our community, it doesn’t enter our beer.” From their 25 acre farm, they use their own hops, grains, water, wild yeasts, oak, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Owners Emily & Evan Watson are committed to running a 100% sustainable brewery defined by seasonal beers that reflect the local agriculture.

  • Brewery, $
  • From Poughkeepsie Station: 12-minute cab
  • Open Friday through Sunday, 12pm – 7pm
Photo Source: Middle Main / Sean Hemmerlee

The shining example of Poughkeepsie’s Middle Main Street revitalization project, the Underwear Factory is an award-winning multi-use space. The renovated factory – originally built in 1874 – now features a first floor dedicated to local food & drink, a second floor of artist studio spaces, and a space for youth arts programming on its top floor. Unfortunately, its weekend hours are limited at the moment, but hopefully that’ll change so we can justify highlighting it on a guide for weekend trips…

ALSO IN TOWN

Photo sources: (1) Rosticceria Rossi & Sons, (2) Hudson Valley Magazine/Phil Mansfield, (3) The Poughkeepsie Grind

Rosticceria Rossi & Sons – Italian, Sandwiches, $$
Family-run Italian deli and grocery store that’s been a local favorite since 1979, particularly amongst Marist students.
 • From Poughkeepsie Station: 5-minute walk
 • YelpGoogleInstagram

Post Road Brew House – Gastropub, Brewery, $
Take a trip to the pop-up restaurant at Culinary Institute of America’s Hyde Park campus for beers & burgers. 
 • From Poughkeepsie Station: 7-minute cab
 • YelpUntappdOpenTableInstagram
 • Also at the CIA: American Bounty, The Bocuse Restaurant, and Apple Pie Bakery Cafe.

The Poughkeepsie Grind – Coffee, Breakfast, $
The city’s top-rated / slightly-Illuminati-themed coffee shop is an appropriate first stop upon stepping off the train.
 • From Poughkeepsie Station: 4-minute walk
 • YelpGoogleInstagram

WHERE TO stay IN POUGHKEEPSIE & HYDE PARK

If you’re making a night or weekend out of it, a car is recommended – unless you don’t mind cabbing around. Most of the nicer places you’ll find are up in Hyde Park, though there are also well-rated, affordable places around Poughkeepsie.

Photo sources: Airbnb

Cottage with River View – Hyde Park・ Sleeps 2・2-night minimum
Cottage overlooking the Hudson with beautiful views and a wraparound deck.
 • From Poughkeepsie Station: 15-minute drive (estimated)

1930s Craftsman Home – Poughkeepsie・ Sleeps 2-9・2-night minimum
Great option for a bigger group that’s easily accessible to everything in the area. You can rent the the first (sleeps 2-4) or second (2-5) floor separately.
 • From Poughkeepsie Station: 5-minute drive

Charming Brick House – Hyde Park・ Sleeps 8・2-night minimum
Beautiful rental for a larger group. Close to the Culinary Institute restaurants.
 • From Poughkeepsie Station: 15-minute cab (estimated)

Journey Inn B&B – Hyde Park
If you’re looking to feel a bit more pampered, this elegant B&B offers hospitality inspired by its across-the-street neighbors, the Vanderbilts.
 • Hotels.comGoogleTripAdvisor
 • From Poughkeepsie Station: 15-minute cab

In town, easy access to the train, and highly rated:
 • The Friendly Tavern – Apartment・Sleeps 4・1-night minimum
 • The Win on Whinfield – Apartment・Sleeps 3・1-night minimum
 • The Study – Private Room – Sleeps 2 – 2-night minimum

MORE OPTIONS

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GETTING THERE

  • Metro-North Stop: Poughkeepsie (Hudson Line)
  • ~2 hours from Grand Central
  • $37.00 roundtrip

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