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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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Visited in September 2017