Arlington Business District
The Arlington District of Poughkeepsie is one of the most vibrant communities in Dutchess County. Arlington is home to Vassar College and is the business and community center of a populous residential area. The district features a rich collection of cuisine, specialty retail shops, and a large public library.
Visitors to the Town of Poughkeepsie are ideally situated to explore the scenic and historic Dutchess County. The County is home to an abundance of historic landmarks, restaurants, festivals, and natural beauty. Dutchess County Tourism will guide visitors to the region’s best attractions, lodging, and dining.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is a world-class museum designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli. The Art Center’s collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present, comprising over 18,000 works.
Locust Grove The Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site
Overlooking the Hudson River, the 180-acre estate of Samuel F. B. Morse famed painted and inventor of the telegraph includes an Italianate villa designed by Alexander Jackson Davis containing extensive collections of American and European decorative and fine arts. Three miles of carriage roads wind through landscaped grounds, romantic gardens, and shady groves.
Town of Poughkeepsie Recreation Department
The Recreation Department manages 22 town parks, playgrounds, and numerous recreational activities throughout the year. Learn more about recreation locations, Little League games, and a variety of outdoor activities for the whole family.
Founded in 1929, Marist’s 150-acre campus overlooks the Hudson River in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley. Marist opens its expansive campus to visitors, including free admission to major athletic events.
Founded in 1861, Vassar is one of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges, located within walking distance of the Arlington Business District. Vassar College offers hundreds of free lectures, concerts, and athletic events that are open to the public. In the fall and spring, the college offers walking tours of its historic campus.
Dutchess Community College
Information about Dutchess Community College.
Walkway Over the Hudson
Originally built as a railroad bridge in 1889, the Walkway Over the Hudson opened in 2009 as a pedestrian park. It is a wonderful vantage point to view not only the Hudson River and ships passing by, but also fall colors. Measuring 1.28 miles from one end to the other, and 212 feet above the Hudson, it is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.
The Town of Poughkeepsie owns and operates nearly 300 acres of parkland in 22 separate parks. They range in size from 162 acres to a half-acre. We have 18 Neighborhood Parks. They are small, neighborhood-oriented parks with limited facilities. Many of these parks include playground equipment and a ballfield.
Our three Community Parks (Greenvale, Red Oaks Mills, and Stanley Still) are larger parks, with more facilities designed to meet the needs of the whole town. Between these three parks, there are 6 baseball fields, 7 soccer fields, 2 pavilions, 3 playgrounds, 4 basketball courts, and 2 tennis courts.
Peach Hill Park is our Park Preserve. At 160 acres, is our largest town park. The entrance is located at 32 Edgewood Drive off Salt Point Turnpike. Edgewood Drive is across from the Dutchess Racquet Club. The park includes the highest point in the Town, an old apple orchard, and abundant wildlife. Four miles of trails at Peach Hill lead walkers to some of the nicest views in the Hudson Valley. The Friends of Peach Hill help the Town run the park. Among the special events, they help organize are an Apple Cider Ramble, Moonrise hikes, birding hikes, and school class trips.
Vassar Golf Course
Vassar Golf Course is a 9-hole public golf course situated on the beautiful Vassar College campus. Established in 1930, the course offers a scenic 2,500-yard layout with character and charm. An average round of golf requires only 2 hours. Lessons and tournaments are also offered. Vassar welcomes golfers of all levels, including juniors, seniors, and families.
McCann Memorial Golf Course
McCann Golf Course is an 18-hole public golf course built in 1972 and redesigned in 2001. The course is operated by McCann-Caven Golf Courses, Inc., a New York not-for-profit corporation.
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