Poughkeepsie, City of

History, parks and entertainment in Poughkeepsie

Located in western Dutchess County and along the Hudson River, the City of Poughkeepsie is the seat of Dutchess County and offers exciting music and entertainment venues, scenic parks, restaurants, shopping, cultural activities and more.

Residents and visitors enjoy the city’s Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park that rises 212 feet above the Hudson River and spans 1.28 miles across it, going from the City of Poughkeepsie to the Town of Lloyd in Ulster County. The world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, the span offers 360-degree views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, while serving as a link to the Dutchess Rail Trail, a pedestrian and biking path through the Hudson Valley.   

Also downtown is The Majed J. Nesheiwat Convention Center where sporting events, concerts, kids’ shows, professional events and more are presented. The Bardavon 1869 Opera House and Chance Theater and Concert Center are favored for their stellar entertainers, from The Chance’s Bob Dylan, The Police and The Ramones to the Bardavon’s Indigo Girls, Liza Minnelli, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and many more.    

Families also enjoy the greenery of downtown’s Waryras Park—one of more than a dozen in the city—on the banks of the Hudson River. Nearby is Poughkeepsie’s Metro-North Train Station and the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, a fantasy land and learning center for children that offers science, art and literacy installations and programs.

Many of the Renaissance Revival storefronts are found along Poughkeepsie’s Main Street and date from the 1870s and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Housing is a mixture of architectural styles and where many people rent their homes.  

Other amenities that are close to the city include the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall and the Rocking Horse Ranch that hosts family events like ice skating, horseback riding,  Big Splash Indoor Water Park, dining and live shows.

Named from a Wappinger Indian term that means “reed-covered lodge by the little water place,” Poughkeepsie was settled after natives by the Dutch in the 1600s and become New York State's second capital after the American Revolution.

Population: 30,505
Median Home Value: $190,400

County: Dutchess, NY
Latitude: 41.69392423
Longitude: -73.95369038

62 Civic Center Plz.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


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