Poughkeepsie has a vibrant arts and culture scene. If you want to see the best visual art works, the go to Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center where you can see 3,800 artworks, or the James W. Palmer III '90 Gallery where you could find the best works from national and regional artists as well as from Vassar students and faculty. The Marist College Art Gallery, Art Centro, Hudson Valley Artisans Guild, the Mid-Hudson heritage Center and Mill St. Lof and Gallery and the Mildred I. Washington Art Gallery are also good choices.
You can also check out Barrett Art Center, which is housed in a historic townhouse that sports a Greek Revival design.
For performance arts, there is the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, which stages theater and stage productions on top of having visual art exhibits on the premises. You can also stop here and admire the Victorian architecture of the center's building. One of the oldest operating theaters in the United States, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House (Poughkeepsie, NY 12601) often puts out music, theater and dance productions. The theater also serves as the home of Hudson Valley Philharmonic, while Half Moon Theatre is composed of the best theatre professionals in the Hudson Valley area. This contemporary theater's season is from September to May. Lastly, the home of Paul Fritts pipe organ, the Martel Recital Hall at the Skinner Hall of Music, often holds recitals as well as classical concerts that feature area artists.
Other performance venues and groups that you should visit:
Once you have your fill of great arts and culture places, it is time to go outdoors. One of the best ways to explore the Hudson River is by getting on the MV Mystere and going on a river tour with Empire Cruise Lines. If you want to stay in the city, you can take your pick from among Poughkeepsie's parks, such as Quiet Cove Riverfront Park, The Gardens at Locust Grove Estate where you get 183 acres of vegetable plots, perennial plants and hiking trails. You could also go to Victor C. Waryas Park, where you can let the kids play at the playground or have a picnic.
While you are at it, why not see the city and its surrounding areas on a hot air balloon? Altitude Ballooning and Blue Sky Balloons offer great flights.
If you want to get a little piece of history, there is no better way than to get on a bus rental in Poughkeepsie, New York and explore the city's historic sites. Check out the Clinton House State Historic Site (Poughkeepsie, NY 12602), which was built before the American Revolution and is now home to the Dutchess County Historical Society. Or the Locust Grove Estate, where you can visit an Italianate mansion with all the original paintings and furnishings are intact. This, along with the vintage carriages, the views of the Hudson and the gardens make it a worthwhile visit. Or how about going to the first historic site in the city at Springside National Historic Site? Other places you can go to include:
Shopping and Dining. Poughkeepsie has a lot of local businesses that makes the entire Duchess County a unique shopping destination. Check out the Adams Fairacre Farms, Arlington Wine and Liquor, The Pastry Garden, Hudson Chocolates, and the Crafted Kup for some foodstuff you can take with you. Then there's De's Jewelers where you could buy a great grandfather clock, Zimmer Brothers Jewelers, Elizabeth Boutique, and I Dream of Beading for clothing and accessories. Or scour the Rinaldi Flea Market for the best bargains.
Or you can check out the malls here, including Hudson Plaza Mall, Poughkeepsie Galleria, Poughkeepsie Plaza and the Shoppes at South Hills.
If you hear your stomach grumbling, head on to Rosticceria Rossi and Sons Deli, Billy Bob's BBQ, Kavos Gyros, the Dubliner Irish Pub, Thai Spice, Palace Diner, Alex's Restaurant, Cinnamon Indian Bistro, Noshi's Coney Island, or Poughkeepsie Ice house. Or order a Brasserie 292 pommes frites, or soup at Crew Restaurant and Bar. Or get a budget meal at Mole Mole or enjoy the fresh sea breeze while dining al fresco at Shadows on the Hudson. All of these places are winners of Hudson Valley Magazine's Best of Hudson Valley 2013 awards. Other local favorites are:
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