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  • trish jaffer
    Millbrook, NY14 contributions
    wonderful crew and boat with a max of 16 people ..we loved everything about it . the boat was built there and is 100 % solar powered ..
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • PeterMmetroNY
    New Jersey340 contributions
    we had a very nice stroll through the arcaded shopping area of town. there were lots of restaurants and and shops. and great vintage vibe.
    Written 3 April 2022
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  • Deanna G
    Kingston, NY9 contributions
    Forsyth Park Nature Center and Animal Sanctuary is another local gem in Ulster County, upstate NY! Although, I am from the area I return here often several times a year during the appropriate seasons (weather permitting)! I stopped by earlier in the day with my significant other, we were blessed to see the peacocks fanning in full dance display! Informative educational postings are listed near each resident of Forsyth Park, letting visitors know a background synopsis of each creature including what foods they eat just in case you'd like to feed them in a safe manner (depending on species)! I personally recommend this park to any and all interested as well as encourage others who have previously been here to return or revisit! Overall, Forsyth Park Nature Center and Animal Sanctuary is an enjoyable and interactive place to spend an hour or two in the afternoon.
    Written 7 June 2022
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  • Ms Travel
    Austin, TX57 contributions
    I wanted to stop here since I traced 8th and 9th great-grandparents to Kingston. Many were baptized and/or married in the original church. I thought we'd poke around the church cemetery for a bit and read old tombstones. We were invited inside the church and given a tour by two volunteers then Pastor Rob (a distant relative we learned) found us and spoke with us. He even suggested we see the cross streets of John and Crown Streets with four pre-Revolutionary War buildings on each corner. My elderly mother later said the visit was the highlight of our New York trip.
    Written 9 August 2021
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  • Kathy A
    Dublin, Ireland17 contributions
    Firstly, I was very excited about taking a trip on Solaris, the solar powered boat that was built in the shipyard right next to the maritime museum. The ride was so silent and peaceful; no diesel fumes either. At the end of the trip, our guide mentioned that they do others tours like sunset cruises, indigenous history tours of the river. I hope to be back to go on them.
    The crew was wonderful and so friendly and informative. Our guide, Greg, was a retired teacher who really knew his stuff, and painted a very absorbing picture for us of what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper over the years. Also took some great pictures of our group on top of the lighthouse tower. The museum was beautiful and deserves a couple of hours itself. All in all an excellent experience and we’ll be back, especially for more tours on the Solaris.
    Written 19 September 2021
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  • Ronald Fairbairn
    New York City, NY242 contributions
    Just looking at the objects in the museum is pretty boring. I can't imagine getting much out of an unguided visit to the museum. What was very interesting was the tour we got from the NYS employee charged with actually knowing a great deal about the historical context of this first site of the NYS Senate. The tour guide - for just me and my friend - took us to the associated building where the actual Senate met and explained what each object was and how it fit into there lifestyle of the owner of the property. Felt we were going back in time when a Dutch storekeeper offered his home (for a fee) to the first NYS Senate meeting.
    Written 24 May 2021
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  • Big Bear
    1 contribution
    Amazing place must visit when in area
    Located between Kingston/ New Paltz NY
    Bought my first Stief Lion & Bear here
    Been going back for the cafe, food is amazing
    Especially the pastas & panini
    On a nice day sit outside and enjoy the beautiful property.
    Written 26 October 2020
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  • Steven F
    New York City, NY34 contributions
    This place clearly has a ton of potential and the next time I go it will probably be a five-star location. But in August, shortly after it's opening, it still seemed to be working out all the kinks and was understaffed in the restaurant. But the potential is certainly there - friendly staff, great location, and a unique and very well-designed property. I look forward to going back and definitely recommend it!

    Also, I enjoyed the accomodations quite a bit but they are indeed small. It's not for everyone so just keep that in mind when booking.
    Written 26 December 2021
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  • vasile123
    New York City, NY744 contributions
    This walk by the canal with great views of the marina and the bridges makes for a relaxing afternoon stroll. We are here in the fall when the explosion of colours in the leaves of the trees gives even more pleasures for the eyes to experience. The walk begins at the Maritime Museum. The gate was open so we could also see some various boats outside the museum proper. Afterwards we had dinner at one of the restaurants nearby.
    Written 24 October 2020
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  • TechTraveller
    Washington DC, DC266 contributions
    One man curated the Kingston Volunteer Fireman's museum. And he loves to share his finds and his knowledge with people.

    The museum is open to the public, with donations accepted but not mandatory. I got the feeling that the leader just loved everything associated with firefighting, and made it his life's passion to share that love. He has sought out local and state records and archives to learn as much as he can about the Kingston volunteer fire company. Although some tiems are old, yellowed, and hard to read, the overall impact is to give you a sense of the dedication of these volunteer organizations from an earlier era. And, although he sensibly asks people not to sit on the furniture or touch most artifacts, he does allow kids and families to sit in the old firetruck, a good photo op and great excitement for the young (and not so young).

    You can spend an hour or more just absorbing the history here -- an hour well spent.
    Written 27 July 2021
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  • 888barbd
    5 contributions
    A walk through this building is a walk back in time. The staff who greeted us were enthusiastic and knowledgable about the history of the house and it's periodic restoration. There are fastinating artifacts and literature helping us understand life in the 1600's.
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • dlmsigh
    Long Island, NY66 contributions
    Take the bakery tour and learn a ton. The guide is extremely informative, I felt like I was back in the late fifties. Interesting to hear about the family that owned this bakery and what happened to them and the bakery. Interesting insight as to how a business ran at this time of the century and how all types of people got along. Sewing exhibit provides the same depth of information and again I felt like I was living in that time. If you enjoy small town history this entire place is a must see.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • Wesley C
    Tucson, AZ6,752 contributions
    Small museum in the Rondout area near the Maritime Museum. Have several restored trolley cars outside and several more in their workshop in various stages of restoration. Have a PATH train car and police car damaged in 9-11 attack which they are planning to use in a new exhibit. Best of all, your admission ticket includes a short ride on a restored trolley car from Rondout to Kingston Point. It was raining the day I was there, so didn't get off to explore Kingston Point. Very worthwhile.
    Written 17 July 2019
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  • dlmsigh
    Long Island, NY66 contributions
    I highly recommend going here to anyone who enjoys animals but definitely for those with little kids. There is a very cool park in the same area and families could certainly spend a day here between the two. You can feed the animals and touch some of them. There are picnic tables. Very nice. Not huge but just enough for little ones.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • Monica R
    Red Hook14 contributions
    This is a really fun way to get from Rhinebeck to Old Kingston for an afternoon. You will need to call ahead. We went over, walked around the waterfront, shopped, had a cocktail and came back. Lovely time.
    Written 18 October 2016
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