Information on what to do and where to eat in the Hudson Valley can be found in the Main foyer at the Bykenhulle House. We have an extensive list of local events, travel guides and a list of restaurants in the area. Each room has a copy of the Dutchess County Tourism Guide. Below are breakdowns by activity type for some of the most popular attractions in our area!

Live Music/Theater

Towne Crier Cafe – Beacon. Live music, cocktails and food.


The Mid-Hudson Civic Center – Poughkeepsie. Check our calendar of events for tickets to festivals, shows, and fairs.


The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie. Check our calendar of events for tickets to concerts.


Bardavon Opera House – Poughkeepsie. Historical landmark opera theater. Check our calendar of events for upcoming events.


Daryl’s House – Pawling. A live music venue and restaurant. Live music brunch on weekends. Check our calendar of events for upcoming events.


Paramount Hudson Valley – Peekskill. Theater.

Historic Grounds & Tours:

Locust Grove – Poughkeepsie. Trails, gift shop, waterfront view, house tours.


Boscobel House & Gardens – Garrison. Waterfront, gift shops, house tours.


Bannerman Castle on Pollepel Island – Cold Spring. Take a ferry to learn the history of this island.


Vanderbilt Mansion – Hyde Park. Historical home offering trails, waterfront access, house tours, and events.


Mills Mansion – Staatsburg. Historical home offering trails, waterfront access, house tours and events.


Home of FDR – Hyde Park. Historical home offering trails, house tours, and events.


Eleanor Roosevelts Site – Hyde Park. Historical home offering house tours and events.


Wilderstein Historic Site – Rhinebeck. Historical home offering house tours and events.


Wing’s Castle – Millbrook. A true castle in the woods. Constructed by the original owner, this all stone home has magnificent craftsmanship. House tours and trails.


West Point Military Academy – West Point. Some of the best views of the Hudson Valley; visit the historic Thayer Hotel.


Madam Brett Homestead – Beacon. Oldest house in Dutchess County.


Historic Huguenot Street – New Paltz. Tours and special programs of the homes along the street.

Walks, Parks & Gardens

Poet’s Walk – Rhinebeck, NY. A nice scenic & leisurely walk


Dutchess County Rail Trail – Connects to the Walkway over the Hudson; connecting Ulster & Dutchess counties. Many different places to enter the trail. Bikes, roller blades, pets, walking all accepted.


The Walkway Over the Hudson – Poughkeepsie, NY. Enjoy this walk across the Hudson River in the worlds tallest and longest walkway over water in the US.


Taconic State Park – Copake Falls. Enjoy the day laying on the beach and taking a swim or hike to see some waterfalls and have a picnic.


Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park – Beacon. Trails, waterfront, kayak rentals


West Point Foundry Preserve – Cold Spring. Trail to the old foundry and bird preservation.


Vanderbilt Mansion – Hyde Park. These grounds are home to one of the most beautiful and multi-level gardens in the area with walking paths throughout.


Innisfree Gardens – Millbrook. Recognized and one of the world’s Best 10 Gardens. With bridges, a large centrally located pond, trails and more, enjoying the flowers and greenery transports you to an oasis.


Motorcyclepedia Museum – Newburgh. Contains over 450 mostly American motorcycles. They not only collect and display bikes, they also restore and preserve the history of motorcycles.


Opus 40 – Saugerties. Handmade stone park that one man built over 40 years.


Storm King Art Center – New Windsor. Large outdoor sculpture garden.


Dia: Beacon – Beacon. Largest contemporary art museum on the East Coast.


Old Rhinebeck Aerodome – Rhinebeck. Antique aviation museum containing one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world.


Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College – Poughkeepsie.


Hudson Beach Glass – Beacon. Blow your own glass, gift shop.


Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market – Stormville. Select weekends Spring thru Fall.


Cold Spring Main Street – Shopping, antiques, restaurants, riverside views


Village of Rhinebeck – Shopping, Antiques, restaurants and more


Crossroads Gift Shop – Hopewell Jct. Gift Shop with housewares, clothing, jewelry and more unique gifts


Millbrook Main Street – Lots of upscale clothing stores, mixed with eclectic antique shops, with plenty of great places to eat and a park near by for a stroll.


Main Street Beacon – A great place to shop, eat, visit art galleries, and lots of retail shops.


New Paltz Main Street – Variety of shops and restaurants along Main Street. Across from the Gilded Otter Restaurant (going toward Mohonk) on the left is Water Street Market, a quaint shopping strip including a pet shop, café, clothing stores, jewelry, and large two-floor barn that has been made into a carefully curated antique store.

Seasonal Fun

The Great Jack’olatern Blaze – Croton-on Hudson. Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by their team of artisans


Escape Room – Port Ewen. The infamous digital game in real-life form.


Headless Horseman – Port Ewen. One of the top 10 haunted attractions in America.


Dutchess County Fair – Rhinebeck. Largest fair in the area held for one week at the end of August

Miscellaneous Fun

Chuang Yen Monastery – Carmel. Sacred & Religious site open to the public


Denning’s Point Distillery – Beacon. Tour and enjoy


Newburgh Waterfront – Many great restaurants with riverside seating.


West Point Military Academy – Some of the best views of the Hudson Valley, historic Thayer Hotel, West Point, NY


Crown Maple – Famous for their syrup, visit their farm and gift shop on weekend, Dover Plains, NY


Hudson Valley Bucket List – Beacon. Day tours to wineries, breweries, historical homes and more. Check our events calendar for upcoming events.


The Inn & Spa at Beacon – Beacon


Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz. World renowned spa.


Steven Amendola Salon & Spa – Fishkill. Massages, hair treatment, nail salon, facials and more


Buttermilk Falls – Milton. Full day spa. Full access to spa with purchase of at least one treatment.


Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz. Large preserve with hiking, water sports, and indoor activities.


Bear Mountain State Park – Bear Mountain


Minnewaska State Park Preserve – New Paltz, NY. Day pass will get you access to all the trails and some of the best views of the Hudson Valley


Old Dover Stone Church – Dover. A unique and photogenic experience.


Breakneck Ridge – Beacon/Cold Spring. Not for the faint of heart, this hike is moderate to hard, but the reward is the view of the Hudson River, Storm King Mountain and Cold Spring, NY. On a clear day, see down to West Point!


Mt Beacon – Beacon. A couple ways to access. Coming from the Scenic NY Path, you will go up a steep staircase to start the hike. Moderate hike to get to the top, what locals call, the Fire Tower.


Appalachian Trail – Several entrances to the trail. Hike part of it, or help out at one of the stops with food, laundry, or taking some hikers into town to stock up on essentials.

Golf / Sports

Beekman Country Club – Beekman.


Dogwood Knolls Gold Course – Hopewell Jct.


James Baird State Park Golf Course and Driving Range – Pleasant Valley.


The Links Golf Course – Unionvale


Dutchess Stadium – Baseball. Grab your ticket and watch the minor league Renegades play for a fun night out!


Par Fore Golf Center – Hopewell Jct. Driving Range, mini golf, and batting cages


Hopewell Rec Center – Hopewell Jct. Baseball fields, football field, roller skating rink, skate park, playground and more.


Michie Stadium – West Point. The home of the Army Black Knights football.


DC Sports – Wappingers/Poughkeepsie. Indoor golf simulation.

Wineries, Breweries & Cideries

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery – Millbrook


Clinton Vineyards – Clinton Corners


Benmarl Winery – Marlboro


Weed Orchard & Winery – Marlboro


Robibero Winery – New Paltz


Bad Seed Cider Co – Highland


Graft Cider – Newburgh


Brooklyn Cider House – New Paltz


Treasury Cider – Hopewell Jct


2 Way Brewing Company – Beacon


Blue Collar Brewery – Poughkeepsie


Bull & Barrell Brew Pub – Brewster


Hudson Valley Brewery – Beacon

Hyde Park Brewing Company – Hyde Park


Mill House Brewing Company – Poughkeepsie


Newburgh Brewing Company – Newburgh


Route 6 Tap House – Mahopac


Plan Bee Farm Brewery – Poughkeepsie


Sloop Brewing Company – Fishkill


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