Seniors Spend Time In Poughkeepsie, NY


Poughkeepsie, the Queen City of the Hudson River, is a town of 45,000 in the state of New York, and serves as the county seat of Dutchess County. National Geographic Traveler magazine named the Hudson Valley one of the “Top 20 Best of the World” places to visit in 2013.

Poughkeepsie was settled in the 17th century by the Dutch and became New York’s second capital shortly after the American Revolution. It was chartered as a city in 1854.


I have always loved that name…Poughkeepsie, and find it easier to spell than a lot of other cities with difficult pronunciations. “Poughkeepsie” derives its name from a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River south of the present downtown areas, where Indians once gathered to weave lodges from the cattail reeds.

Seniors Walk Over The Hudson

Poughkeepsie is home to Vassar College (1861), one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the nation. On the college campus is the Lehman Loeb Art Center, designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli. The Center is the oldest college art museum in the United States and houses over 18,000 works of art and is free to the public. Marist College, founded in 1929, and Dutchess Community College are two additional well known schools.


Main Mall Row, a group of nine 1870s Renaissance Revival storefronts along Poughkeepsie’s Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Senior visitors will find lots to see and do in Poughkeepsie and enjoy shopping at the Arlington Business District that has a selection of quality specialty shops and fine dining establishments.

The beautiful Hudson River flows along side Poughkeepsie and a well-known bridge crosses the river.  Originally built as a railroad bridge in 1889, the Walkway Over the Hudson opened in 2009 as a pedestrian park.


It is a great vantage point to view not only the Hudson River and ships passing by, but also a wide array of fall colors.

Over a mile and a quarter long from one end to the other, and 212 feet above the Hudson, it is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. When you plan your itinerary for a visit to town, put the Walkway on your bucket list.

 Seniors Enjoy The Waterfront


And parks, my…300 acres of parkland in 22 separate parks. The Vassar Golf Course invites senior golfers of all abilities to play the 9-hole 2,500 yard course that dates  back to 1930. 

My wife and I would enjoy spending an evening at The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, in the downtown district. It is the oldest continuously-operating theater in New York State.

The Waterfront offers restaurants with great views over the Hudson River and fine places to spend an evening dinner hour.

Seniors, begin your Hudson River Valley getaway in Poughkeepsie. You will discover an abundance of natural scenic beauty, outdoor recreation, historic landmarks, restaurants, festivals and so much more.

Looks like a great place to spend a few days, seniors. Enjoy Poughkeepsie!  -jeb

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