“Is Poughkeepsie, NY a nice place to live? What is there even to do in Poughkeepsie?”
We hear these questions a lot from buyers thinking about building a new home in the Poughkeepsie area of Dutchess County and the Hudson Valley. While the city of Poughkeepsie itself is seeing a revitalization, with many new attractions and businesses, it’s also filled with “hidden treasures” that have been part of the landscape for years. Here are just a few:
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center https://cunneen-hackett.org/ 9 Vassar Street and 12 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie
Located in two Victorian-Italianate historic landmark buildings off Main Street, Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center showcases professional and community artists in theatre, music, dance and the visual arts. There’s always something happening here, including performances, workshops, and art shows.
Peach Hill Park http://peach-hill-park.org/ 32 Edgewood Drive, Poughkeepsie
Peach Hill Park, on the site of a former apple orchard, is one of Poughkeepsie’s lesser-known parks…and that makes it all the more magical. Its 159 acres offer over three miles of hiking trails and a chance to explore diverse habitats, wetlands, geology, and local history. The star attractions are the breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Taconic Hills. traditional agriculture, geology and local history. Walk your dog, go birdwatching, and hunt for hidden geocaching. In the spring, admire the apple blossoms; in fall, pick the apples; in winter, strap on some snowshoes or cross-country skis.
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum https://mhcm.org/ 75 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is a small but locally-focused center of play and learning for families with young kids. Their interactive exhibits and special events help children explore early literacy, STEM, art, health, and the community. The museum’s location on the waterfront, near a playground, is also a bonus!
Longview Park https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/Parks/docs/tmslongviewpark.pdf
Longview Park is perhaps the most “hidden” of Poughkeepsie’s parks because it’s on the campus of Marist College. It is, however, open to the public – and is well worth the visit. Explore the riverside walking and biking paths, a fishing pier, gazebo, and the Marist’s recently renovated historic Cornell boathouse. Bring your camera to fully capture the scenic views of the Hudson and surrounding valley.
Rossi & Sons Roticceria https://www.rossideli.com/ 45 South Clover Street, Poughkeepsie
Rossi & Sons routinely gets named by the press as “the best sandwich in the Hudson Valley,” and most locals agree. This old-school, traditional deli – a staple of the community for decades – is like taking a step (and taste) back in time, providing superior Italian home cooking and a wide variety of specialty foods.
Upper Landing Park https://upperlanding.org/ 83 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie
This “pocket” park is easy to miss, but an oh-so-charming spot along the river. access to Walkway Over The Hudson’s waterfront elevator, Upper Landing Park offers foot paths, shade trees, picnic tables and benches. Visitors can learn about local history through educational displays and signs highlighting the early Dutch settlers and Industrial Age innovators who built their businesses and homesteads on the property…eventually becoming part of Poughkeepsie’s Golden Age.
Locust Grove Estate https://www.lgny.org/ 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie
Many locals know Locust Grove as the property they drive by on their way down Route 9’s shopping strip. But a right turn into this historic site leads you to a picturesque estate, museum, and nature preserve set on a hill overlooking the Hudson. Built by artist and inventor Samuel Morse (as in, Morse code), Locust Grove is perfect for an afternoon of art, curiosity, and natural beauty.