Things to do in Kingston NY

Kingston, NY Travel Guide: Plan Your NYC Weekend Trip

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Let us help you plan your perfect weekend getaway from New York City… find out where to stay, what to do and all the places to eat & drink in our ultimate Kingston, NY Travel Guide!

Things to See & Do in Kingston, NY

Trolley Museum – Jump aboard a restored street car & ride along the Kingston waterfront in style! Combine it with a visit to the Trolley Museum for just $7.00.

Senate House – Take a guided tour of the 1676-built Senate House where the elected representatives of New York met for the very 1st time.

O+ Murals – Pick up a O+ mural map from the Visitor Centre & go on a self-guided tour of the 20+ murals across Kingston.

Maritime Museum – View all sorts of model boats and learn about the industrial & maritime history of the Hudson River.

Rondout Lighthouse – Hop aboard the pontoon boat for the lovely ride out to the Rondout Lighthouse & imagine life as a lighthouse keeper as your tour the rooms.

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What to see & do in Kingston NY

From history to art, there are fantastic attractions in Kingston NY

Things to See & Do Around Kingston, NY

Mohonk Mountain House – Treat yourself to a day or weekend at this historic castle resort. From hiking & canoeing to spa treatments & fine dining, you can do it all in style!

Walkway Over the Hudson – Admire the views of the Hudson River & explore Poughkeepsie after crossing the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge.

Mohonk Preserve – Hike the easy trail or rock scramble over the Gunks to get to the summit of Bonticou Crag & Table Rock for stunning views of the Hudson Valley.

Woodstock Farm Sanctuary – Meet, feed & play with your favourite farm animals while learning more about animal rights & the vegan cause.

D&H Canal Museum – Find out how & why a canal was built between New York & Pennyslvania in the 9th century.

* For more information on each attraction, check out our post on the Top 5 Things to do in Ulster County.

Check out Lonely Planet for more inspiration of things to do in Kingston and New York State.

Places to Visit in Kingston NY

There are many places to visit in Ulster County, all within 30 mins of Kingston NY

Where to Stay in Kingston, NY

  • Best Western Plus Kingston 

We stayed at Best Western Plus Kingston & we highly recommend it, especially for groups & families.

This long-running chain has certainly come a long way…

Our room was modern & spacious with 2 queen beds, cable tv, fridge, microwave, coffee machine & a spotless ensuite bathroom.

Buffet breakfast is served every morning in the onsite restaurant.

Other hotel facilities include:

  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Fitness Centre
  • Business Centre
  • Games Room

With all the amenities & recent renovation, we rate Best Western Plus as a 4 star hotel & excellent value for money.

Kingston hotel

Best Western Plus Kingston is the perfect base for weekend getaway from NYC

Places to Eat & Drink in Kingston, NY & Around

Keegan Ales – Order the flight & taste 6 of the best craft beers in New York! Wash it down with great food before taking a tour of the onsite brewery.

Elephant – Enjoy beautifully presented European-style tapas with a glass or 2 of wine in a casual, elegant environment.

Santa Fe – Head out to Woodstock for some awesome contemporary Mexican food & the largest selection of tequila in the Hudson Valley.

Savona’s – Make a date for the best lunch deal in town with 3 courses, garlic bread, soft drink & coffee/tea for just $12.95.

DMZ Kingston – Taste the world on a plate & sip on signature cocktails at this local’s favourite.

Mohonk Mountain House – Dine on an upscale lunch buffet of locally-sourced Hudson Valley cuisine with a dessert bar to die for.

Stockade Tavern – Did somebody say speakeasy? Step back into the Prohibition era with handcrafted cocktails for a night to remember.

* For more information on each restaurant/bar check out our post on the 5 Best Restaurants in Kingston, NY & Around.

Restaurants in Kingston

There are many excellent places to eat & drink in Kingston, NY & around!

Festivals in Kingston, NY & Around Ulster County

January – Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest

May – Woodstock-New Paltz Art & Crafts Fair

June – Maritime Cup Regatta

July – Hurley Stone House Day

August – Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice

September – Hooley on the Hudson Irish Festival

September to November – Headless Horseman Haunted Houses

October – Burning of Kingston

November – Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

December – The Wawarsing Wassail

* For more information on what’s happening & when check out the Ulster County Calendar.

Hooley on the Hudson

We attended the Hooley on the Hudson Irish Festival in Kingston!

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* We here at DIY Travel HQ visited Kingston as guests of Ulster County Tourism. We thank Fran for organising our trip & all the establishments involved for their hospitality.

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Visited in September 2017



  1. This is a great guide to visiting Kingston and I like how much there is to do there. And, I really like Best Westerns. Will keep in mind.

  2. I’m not sure where Kingston is but it looks very fun. Lots of neat things to do. This is my kinda place.

  3. Wow, what a great and detailed guide! I love that you included festivals too. Looks like there’s a lot to do in Kingston!

  4. I had never heard of Kingston before reading this. Well, Kingston Jamaica I had lol. Seems like lots of great activities to do in this area

  5. Seems there is a lot to do in and near Kingston. If I ever visit, I’d refer back to your restaurant recommendations.

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