The Hudson Valley and a Rich History of Maritime and Transportation

Boat Building

This summer as you stay as a guest at one of our member inns, check out the Hudson River Maritime Museum, and if you are visiting near the end of June make a point of checking out Hudson River Day on June 24, which will feature the first ever annual Hudson River Boat Building Challenge!

The museum itself offers a wealth of knowledge to educate the public about the maritime history of the Hudson Valley, it’s multiple waterways and industrial history. Displaying a collection consisting prints, fine paintings, historical photographs, blueprints, artifacts from the sailing vessel industry and a large variety of ship models, the museum offers something of interest for all ages.

In the summer months, the historic sloop the Clearwater and many historical and antique vessels tie up at the museum’s docks. The museum also offers seasonal exhibitions and lectures, workshop and many programs and festivals throughout the year.

Hudson River Day is the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s annual celebration of the river. This free event features antique boats and other vessels, local food and craft vendors, rowing and kayaking demos, a lighthouse tour, live music and demonstrations.

This year, River Day will also host it’s first annual Hudson River Boat Building Challenge. Attend and watch two person teams from around the US build a boat from scratch. For a schedule of the boat building challenge and River Day please visit

Hudson River Maritime Museum and check them out on Facebook
Museum Hours are 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM 7 Days a Week

Historic Sailing VesselThe Museum itself is located in the heart of the historic Kingston Rondout, the area also abounds with restaurants, small shops and antique stores. A few of the local restaurants of note are the Armadillo on Abeel Street, serving Mexican cuisine, Mariner’s Harbor offering a fresh selection of seafood and casual fare, and the Golden Ginza offering Japanese and Hibachi dining. The Rondout offers over a dozen fine dining and casual restaurants within a short walking distance of the waterfront.

While checking out the waterfront at the Rondout, take a walk up a block to the east, and visit the Trolley Museum of New York which has been in downtown Kingston since 1983. It offers a large display of trolley and subway cars from the United States and Europe, and has a trolley ride that runs a mile and half from the foot of Broadway to park grounds on the shore of the Hudson River. A lovely spot for picnicking or just to sit and enjoy the cool breezes from the river.

The Rondout is also the home of Hudson River Cruises, where you can take a 2 hour sightseeing cruise on the historic Rip Van Winkle cruise boat. The boat passes river lighthouses, historic landmarks and many of the waterfront mansions with a long history behind them including the the Vanderbilt Mansion and many others of note, and has a narrated tour by the cruise staff highlighting points of interest.

The city of Kingston itself is home to many historic points of interest, the Rondout is just a small sampling of what the area offers.

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