Kingston, New York has always been a hub for culture, commerce, and tourism. Today, this former state capital has evolved into a vibrant destination that attracts visitors from around the world. Bounded by the majestic Catskill and Shawangunk mountain ranges
Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge with the Catskill Mountains in the background. To the west and the mighty Hudson River to the east, Kingston, NY is an exciting intersection of natural beauty, history, the arts, and upscale urban chic.
Kingston’s distinct neighborhoods offer both residents and newcomers a diversity of choices. Whether you prefer to meander in search of your own discoveries or to follow recommendations/suggestions from others, you’ll find plenty to see and do.
Walkway along the Rondout Waterfront . The Downtown Rondout Waterfront district is renowned for its lively marinas, award-winning restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries, and a charming waterside promenade. Kingston Point Beach is a picturesque destination for swimming, picnicking and boat-launching; nearby, the Kingston Point Dog Park is a favorite with area dog-lovers.
Along the Broadway corridor, Kingston’s Midtown district features storefronts, restaurants, and local businesses. Highlights include Ulster Performing Arts Center; Kingston’s award-winning brewery, Keegan Ales (which doubles as a lively music venue and restaurant); and the newest addition to the cultural scene, Cornell Street Studios.
In the Uptown Stockade District, Revolutionary-era stone buildings and National Historic Landmarks are nestled alongside an ever-growing array of contemporary restaurants, galleries, music venues, and boutiques. The Farmers Market bustles with happy shoppers and offers a fine selection of seasonal Hudson Valley grown goods.
Uptown Kingston Farmers’ Market
Kingston plays host to many popular annual events, such as the O+ Festival; the Irish, Greek, and Italian festivals; the Artists’ Soapbox Derby; Wall Street Jazz Festival; Kayak Festival and Sinterklass. Dining choices range from sophisticated to downhome all year long, and many of Kingston’s finest chefs and restaurants are featured during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Art-lovers gallery-hop on First Saturdays and, during warmer months, the Night Market transforms the Rondout into a delightful European-inspired shopping mecca.
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Kingston’s bike paths, historic walking tours, and nearby Catskill Mountain hiking trails. Water-lovers will be pleased to find Hudson River cruises, fishing, kayak/canoe rentals, sailboat charters and docking facilities for those arriving by boat.