Downtown Attractions

Downtown Kingston is bounded by the Rondout Creek and Hudson River which have shaped its history and now offers many opportunities for recreation. Boating, sailing, kayaking, fishing, as well as taking cruises on the river are obvious activities but there are also parks, promenades, and walking paths along the waterfront for more land-based activities. The area is rich in history as well and a significant portion of Downtown has been designated as the ‘Rondout-West Strand Historic District’ and many of the building there have retained their mid-19th century characteristics. Museums like the New York Trolley Museum and the Hudson River Maritime museum are located there and offer their interesting perspectives of the history of the Kingston area. This area is the frequent location of major events and festivals like the annual Fourth of July celebration, Hooley Irish Festival, Italian Festival and others which, along with the natural appeal of the waterfront make this very vibrant part of the city.

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Downtown Rondout Waterfront Historic District


    Deep Tanks
    224 East Strand
    Kingston New York 12401

    Forsyth Park Nature Center
    157 Lucas Ave
    Kingston NY 12401

      The Forsyth Nature Center has 24 animal exhibits and a dozen gardens that contain a wide variety of nature flora found in the Hudson Valley (845) 339-3053.

    Gray Zone
    157 Binnewater Road
    Rosendale NY 12401

    Hudson River Cruises
    1 East Strand St.
    Kingston NY 12401

    For over 35 years, Hudson River Cruises has provided passengers a first-hand view of the historic shoreline from the decks of the Rip Van Winkle. From our location in the heart of the Hudson River Valley in Kingston NY, Hudson River Cruises provides a delightfully unique opportunity to explore this ever-changing shoreline from May thru […]

    Hudson River Maritime Museum
    50 Rondout Landing
    Kingston NY 12401

      Dedicated to the preservation of the Maritime History of the Hudson River Valley, the Museum serves as home to the Kingston High School Crew Team, the Rondout Rowing Club and Kingston Sailing Club. The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has adopted the HRMM as its winter Home Port, and Riverkeeper maintains its Kingston office presence […]

    Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History
    99-101 Broadway
    Kingston NY 12401

    The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History is converting historic Reher’s Bakery into a cultural center and museum focusing on immigrant stories of the Hudson Valley. We are preserving and revitalizing this rare, intact 19th-century building to create a vibrant new resource that welcomes local residents and visitors alike. Our tours and programs, on the […]