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Sightseeing and landmarks in Ulster County

Art museums

Art Museum
“An interesting - and free - regional museum at Bard College with rotating exhibitions.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A 9,000 sq ft space spread over six galleries in the center of the SUNY New Paltz campus. It is home to a permanent collection of local, American, and International artists. ($5 suggested donation entry fee)”
  • 6 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Bold, lively canvases, free prints, incredibly nice people. You can probably get a glass of wine too while you wander around their great space.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Art Museum
  • 1 local recommends

History museums

Historic Site
“The grounds have spectacular views of the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains. There is a 45-50 min waking loop that is one of my favorites. The gardens are a must see in season”
  • 64 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“If you are in New Paltz and want a nice shaded place to go for a stroll, check out the old town. Its quiet and aesthetic and a quick walk back to main street for food and beverages.”
  • 28 locals recommend
History Museum
“See ships being built by hand, catch the Clearwater when it's docked for maintenance, and kids of all ages love walking around and looking at the outdoor installations of boats and parts.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres at the heart of the New Paltz, NY. In 1677, a group of Huguenot families established a community in the Hudson Valley of New York in the hope of creating a home where they could worship as they chose. In 1894, their descendants formed what is now Historic Huguenot Street to protect their legacy in the buildings, objects, and stories they left behind.”
  • 27 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Scenic Viewpoint
“We love this hike - Only 10min away Don't forget to bring a snack and water =) ”
  • 95 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The World's Longest Elevated Pedestrian Bridge - spanning over the the Hudson River between our town of Highland and Poughkeepsie ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“This beautiful historic home is perched on the east bank of the Hudson. The grounds are wonderful for a stroll or picnic. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Visit the longest pedestrian bridge span in the world. Bikes rentals available. Incredible sunrises.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bridge
“Great views over Rosendale and the various rivers and estuaries that run through it. Great for dogs and families, as long as they're not too afraid of heights. The views are worth it!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Great trails that hug the shore of the river. Expansive grounds surround the enormous Mills Mansion.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“A moderate 2.2 mile loop trail set in the forest, near Ulster Park and Esopus. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Trails follow a historic carriage road that passes ruins of a 19th-century estate, while an overlook affords superb views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and Walkway Over the Hudson.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Historic sites

Resort
“The resort sits on top of a mountain that is secluded. You can hike, ride horses, boat ride in the lake, golf. You can also go to the spa or the restaurant within the resort.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The grounds have spectacular views of the Hudson River and Catskills Mountains. There is a 45-50 min waking loop that is one of my favorites. The gardens are a must see in season”
  • 64 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres at the heart of the New Paltz, NY. In 1677, a group of Huguenot families established a community in the Hudson Valley of New York in the hope of creating a home where they could worship as they chose. In 1894, their descendants formed what is now Historic Huguenot Street to protect their legacy in the buildings, objects, and stories they left behind.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Never been. But a guest said it was great and I should add it to the guidebook!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Great trails that hug the shore of the river. Expansive grounds surround the enormous Mills Mansion.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center

Libraries

Museum
“For Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States, Springwood, the family estate on the Hudson River in Hyde Park, New York, was “home” throughout his busy life”
  • 52 locals recommend
Library
“Best Library Ever! And not just because I'm on the board. This library has interesting fun events for kids and adults, free to public. Check out the schedule at woodstock (dot) org Two minute walk but also usually parking as well. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Library
“Our library may be one of the only ones in the world that checks out ukeleles and fishing rods! They have free computers and wifi, and amazing programming. You might get lucky while you are here and catch a free musical performance, gardening lecture, or even a talk about essential oils! It's a very special place run by caring and fun people, and I love it dearly. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“Our Village library is a very historic building, one of the original homes of the founding families. Check it out! There is also a great historical archives room in the library.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“Full service library with a variety of children's activities. Features changing art exhibits by area artists. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Library
“Read up about New Paltz before it came to be known as such! Great day-time activities occur here almost daily. Great for families.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“Really nice area upstairs for kids to play -- giant wooden ship to climb on & toys for toddlers. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Library
“I'm proud to say I had a lot to do with getting our town's library into this cute spot. My boys still love going. Free Wifi too.”
  • 2 locals recommend
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