Dutchess Daytripping: 15 Things to Do with Kids in Poughkeepsie

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Nestled next to the Hudson River, the bustling little city of Poughkeepsie—and the surrounding town with the same name—is packed with family-friendly destinations. This Dutchess County destination is located an hour’s drive from White Plains and about 90 minutes from the George Washington Bridge, and it’s also easily accessible via Metro-North.  

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do in Poughkeepsie, with both indoor and outdoor options to suit any type of day trip.  
 
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1. Trek across the 212-foot-high Walkway over the Hudson, hailed as the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Open year-round, the 1.28-mile Walkway provides stunning views of the Hudson River and surrounding landscapes.

2. Bring your preschoolers to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. With its standby Rivertown play area, regularly updated exhibits and ongoing events, this hands-on museum is perfect for the younger set.
 
3. Nathan who? Experiment with the gourmet hot dogs at Noshi’s Coney Island. Try the specials!


Noshi's has burgers and dogs to suit any taste. Photo taken by the author.
 
4. Stock up on crafting supplies and peruse the interesting gifts at Catskill Art & Office Supply.
 
5. Mix artistic creativity with interactive playtime at Poughkidsie, this combination art studio and indoor play space. It's a wonderful option for parents with kids of different ages.
 
6. Bounce off the walls at Bounce! Trampoline Sports.

7. Indulge in the zomg-delicious treats and gourmet ice cream at The Pastry Garden.
 
8. Bring the family to a walk-in climbing session at The Gravity Vault.
 
9. Race the “these aren’t your father’s go-karts” at K1 Speed.


Get your speed fix at K1. Photo credit: Zach Zupanic via Flickr

10. Celebrate the maker movement at the annual Mini Maker Faire at the Poughkeepsie Day School. 

11. Catch a flick with the entire family—including Fido—at the Overlook Drive-In Theater.
 
12. Cool off at Pulaski and Spratt Parks in the summer, with season pass deals that can’t be beat.

13. See a show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center or go ice skating at the McCann Ice Arena.

14. Play mini golf or hit the batting cages at the Overlook Golf and Recreation Center. Didn’t get enough go-kart racing at K1? They have them here too!
 
15. Bowl a few frames, play laser tag, or hit the arcade at Spins Bowl.

Top photo: Reaching new heights at the Gravity Vault. Photo courtesy of the venue.

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Noshi's Coney Island
803 Main Street
12603 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-473-7586
41° 41' 46.0716" N, 73° 53' 59.0748" W
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Catskill Art & Office Supply
807 Main Street
12603 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-452-1250
41° 41' 46.1184" N, 73° 53' 57.9012" W
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Poughkidsie
50 Springside Avenue
12603 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-243-3750
41° 41' 55.5324" N, 73° 53' 57.5916" W
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The Pastry Garden
749 Dutchess Turnpike
12603 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-473-5260
41° 42' 2.3832" N, 73° 52' 37.3584" W
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Mid-Hudson Civic Center
14 Civic Center Plaza
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY 41° 42' 17.8704" N, 73° 55' 45.6816" W
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Spins Bowl
47 Taft Ave
12603 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-471-1820
41° 41' 55.2084" N, 73° 53' 47.8392" W
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K1 Speed
2001 South Rd
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-297-5409
41° 37' 27.6636" N, 73° 55' 13.7712" W
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The Gravity Vault
6 Neptune Road
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-462-1920
41° 38' 38.454" N, 73° 55' 20.046" W
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Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
75 North Water Street
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-471-0589
41° 42' 31.7664" N, 73° 56' 21.012" W
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Walkway over the Hudson 12601 Poughkeepsie , NY 41° 42' 1.3356" N, 73° 55' 15.492" W
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Bounce! Trampoline Sports
2 Neptune Rd,
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-206-4555
41° 38' 38.364" N, 73° 55' 26.5656" W
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Overlook Drive-In Theater
126 De Garmo Rd
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-452-3445
41° 41' 45.6828" N, 73° 51' 56.5164" W
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Overlook Golf & Recreation Center
39 De Garmo Rd
12603 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-471-8515
41° 42' 0.4392" N, 73° 52' 1.5996" W
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Spratt Park
121 Wilbur Blvd,
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-451-4100
41° 40' 33.3444" N, 73° 54' 46.26" W
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Pulaski Park
162 Washington St,
12601 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-485-4248
41° 42' 47.0412" N, 73° 55' 52.752" W
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Poughkeepsie Day School
260 Boardman Rd
12603 Poughkeepsie , NY
Phone: 845-462-7600
41° 39' 34.0632" N, 73° 53' 17.61" W
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