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Summer Fun Day #24: Soak in some Hudson River History



Something new and fun to do every day this summer in the Hudson Valley

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Did you know tidal waters influence the Hudson River’s flow as far north as Troy? This is just one of the tidbits of information you and your family will learn at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Situated at the heart of the Kingston’s Rondout Historic Waterfront District, the Maritime Museum features fascinating information on the history of the Hudson River, including an education center for kids and steamboat-themed playground with real life ship parts.


Their brand new exhibit chronicles the history of wooden boat building in the Hudson River with a focus on Rondout Creek. In the East gallery you can learn about the wildlife that calls the Hudson River its home. Children especially love the live fish tanks in the East Gallery and the Steam Tug Mathilda which is permanently dry docked in the museum yard.

[Visit a lighthouse, take a hike, sail and explore with these great ideas for turning a trip on the river into an educational experience for the whole family]

You can book a guided tour, or wander the museum at your own pace. General admission is $7 adults and $5 children 18 and under. Hudson River Maritime Museum is open from 11am-5pm every day from April through November.


Before you go, check out their great “For Kids” page on their website for some fun pre-trip research.

Don’t stop at the museum when in Kingston! Visit the animals at Forsyth Nature Center, enjoy lunch at a famous hot dog stand and cool off with an ice cream from a local favorite shop! Get all the details on 5 favorite things to do in Kingston, here.



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Pamela is the Community Liaison at Hudson Valley Parent. She resides in Dutchess County with her husband and two boys and enjoys crossing things off their bucket list each summer.



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