The 10 Best Things to Do in Red Hook, United States

September 11, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Red Hook, in Dutchess County (not to be confused with Red Hook, Brooklyn) offers spectacular fall foliage. The Hudson River town has apple orchards where you can pick your own, and farmers' markets. Visit the Aerodrome, a museum of antique airplanes. Explore the gardens and tour the historic Montgomery Place.
Restaurants in Red Hook

1. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

9 Norton Rd, Red Hook, NY 12572 +1 845-752-3200
Excellent
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4.5 based on 214 reviews

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a true “living” museum of antique aviation located in the historic town of Rhinebeck, New York. We present one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia spanning the period from 1900-1939. During our exciting weekend air shows, the Aerodrome turns back the hands of time and relives the early years of aviation (weather permitting). This colorful era is brought back to life amidst the roar of rotary engines and is great entertainment for all ages. The Saturday shows chronicle the history of flight with pioneer, World War I and Lindbergh era aircraft taking to the skies. If the winds are calm you will even see our 1909 Bleriot (the oldest flying aircraft in the United States) take to the air. The Sunday shows feature a World War I dogfight as well as barnstorming aircraft. In addition to weekend aerial demonstrations, the Aerodrome also offers four museum buildings housing static displays of aircraft from the pioneer, World War I and Lindbergh/barnstorming eras which are open to the public seven days a week from May to October.

Reviewed By Chiquis926 - Albany, New York

Hard to find such a unique experience. Great for flight enthusiasts and kids of all ages. Air show combines comedy with history. There is plenty of room to sit and move around. You can see early flight aircraft upfront. A visit to the museum is a must. There is good food for purchase and kids can roam worry free. Other activities nearby including apple picking restaurants and views of Hudson Valley communities.

2. Montgomery Place

25 Gardener Way, Annandale on Hudson, NY +1 914-758-5461
Excellent
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4 based on 45 reviews

Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place, a serene reflection of nearly 200 years of continuous family stewardship, is best known as a landscape influenced by the great Andrew Jackson Downing and an architectural landmark designed by Alexander Jackson Davis. But the totality of the estate - house, gardens, arboretum, woodlands, orchards, hamlet, and natural features - makes it a unique American treasure.The 380-acre property is an amazingly intact example of Hudson Valley estate life. Each of the estate's features has a story to tell about changing American attitudes toward nature, landscape, and home design over time.

Reviewed By Travelcrow - Woodstock, Vermont

We visited Montgomery Place in late fall and thus the leaves were down and while perhaps not as lovely as in the spring, the barrenness of the trees afforded a wonderful view of the Hudson River from all areas around the building. Wonderful walkways, formally laid out gardens and the mansion itself make for an interesting couple of hours. We were there on a day when the mansion itself was not open, but you can look inside through the wonderful large old glass windows all around. Of note are the massive tall locust trees along the driveway and close around the house. We were visiting relatives in the area and they brought us here for a walk. Although not mentioned in any brochures, one relative said he had heard that the locust trees were planted not only for the landscaping affect but also to draw lightning as they tower above the roof of the building. Whether true or not, the trees are magnificent to behold and appear to be well over 100 years in age. Many are split and show signs of significant wear and tear over the ages. The mansion itself is proportioned so well and although massive and built of stone with stucco exterior, it is inviting and warm looking. There are porticos on each end and the one to the north is outfitted with a table and several chairs on which I could picture the early owners sitting and having cocktails in the evening and watching the sun set over the Hudson. Two other interesting buildings, of several on the property, are the coach house and the greenhouse. Our relatives recalled when they were children and the coach house was used as the home of a caretaker. They used to come and play with the caretakers children in and around the grounds of the mansion. The greenhouse was full of potted large shrubs and flowers being kept there for over winter when we visited. The herb garden just to the west of the greenhouse was full of late fall herbs and some late hanging on flowers. It is wonderful that Bard College recently bought Montgomery Place and has it open to the public for free.

3. Lighthouse

Lighthouse Point, Saugerties, NY
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4.5 based on 189 reviews

Lighthouse

Reviewed By GreyPoundLondon - London

The Saugerties Lighthouse is positioned at the edge of the Hudson River and just about as near as you can get without stepping in. Park the car and walk through the woods to the Lighthouse. There are places to stop and have a picnic including at the lighthouse itself. We were particularly lucky when we visited because a large ship passed by and also because we met the relief caretaker of the lighthouse whose interesting conversation added much to the day. We would have loved to stay in the lighthouse which is run as a B&B but reservations have to be made ages in advance. Although the lighthouse itself is private, there are tables and benches for casual visitors to sit and enjoy a picnic while watching the river flow past.

4. Greig Farm

223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook, NY 12571-2124 +1 845-758-1234
Excellent
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Greig Farm

Reviewed By TheRealDoctorLew - Long Island, NY

Tis is a working farm. There is local produce and an assortment of gourmet stuff every day, and they make sandwiches and breakfasts and lunch. Once a week there is a farmers market. A dozen or more venders, really really good cheese, baked goods, etc.

5. Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

60 Manor Ave, Annandale on Hudson, NY 12504 +1 845-758-7900
Excellent
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Reviewed By jjctraveler - Chesterfield, MO

The Fisher Center is just a quick stop off Route 9 and you get to see a fantastic Frank Gehry building, if only from the outside. Across the street is the Olafur Eliasson art installation called the Parliament of reality. It is an interesting bridge to an island with boulders. It's all free, parking was easy and it was a nice little stop on my vacation. They have tours, but you must call in advance, check their web site for details. (I was unable to take a tour unfortunately)

6. Hudson River Maritime Museum

50 Rondout Lndg, Kingston, NY 12401-6092 +1 845-338-0071
Excellent
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Riverport Boat Building School at HRMM ​Riverport YouthBoat is designed to empower youth, build character and foster teamwork through the traditional craft of wooden boatbuilding and on-the-water activities. At the Riverport Wooden Boat School, students from diverse backgrounds work alongside skilled shipwrights and craftspeople. Through the boatbuilding process, students put STEM skills to work as they follow building plans, use specialized tools and materials, and solve problems. Riverport YouthBoat is funded by private donors and foundations to ensure all high-school aged children (14-18) have an opportunity to participate. Students must provide their own transportation and must complete an application and interview process before being accepted into the program. HRMM Exhibits 2017: The Modeler's Craft: An Artisan's View of Hudson River Boats Our new exhibit for 2017, "The Modeler's Craft" showcases boat models from the Hudson River Maritime Museum's collection, as well as exceptional models on loan from other organizations, including Friends of Historic Kingston and the Newburgh Historical Society. Featuring the West Gallery exhibit (above) and the "Charlie Niles Model Shop" in the rear of the East Gallery, this exhibit was made possible by generous support from Russell & Allynne Lange, Scenic Arts Studio, and The Estate of Charles Niles. 2017: Charlie Niles Model Shop Charlie Niles was a longtime supporter of the museum and over the years he donated a number of his tiny models of Hudson River Boats. A retired jeweler and watchmaker, Charlie made models as a hobby. When he sadly passed away at the age of 93 in 2015, his family generously donated the remainder of his model collection as well as his work desk to the museum. We have now recreated his workshop in the "Charlie Niles Model Shop," which also features open storage of the many models in the museum's collection. This installation will become part of our permanent exhibit in the East Gallery. White Oak, Shipwrights, and Varnish: Wooden Boat Building on the Hudson This brand new exhibit is our 2016 feature in the new Riverport Wooden Boat School. Using a number of historical artifacts on rope making, lofting, sail sewing, historic tools, and more as well as numerous historical images, this exhibit chronicles the history of wooden boat building in the Hudson River Valley with emphasis on Rondout Creek. Rowing on the Hudson This new exhibit in the East Gallery focuses on the history of collegiate, high school, and recreational rowing on the Hudson River as well as information about modern teams, including Kingston High School's varsity crew. Tugboats - Workhorses of the Hudson River Held over for another year by popular demand, this exhibit celebrates the workhorse of the Hudson River with a hands-on, interactive replica of a tugboat pilot house along with images and information about the important work tugboats did and still do on the Hudson. This exhibit is located in the West Gallery.

Reviewed By JudyMetroNYCarea - New York City, New York

The Museum offers a great perspective of maritime life on the Hudson River. The displays are well done and varied. It is spacious, clean and informative.

The staff is very friendly. There is a small gift shop on site as well.

They offer tours of the Rondout lighthouse for an additional fee. It is well worth the additional money. They transport you to the lighthouse on a small pontoon boat so tour sizes are small. Once at the lighthouse, a docent provides a story of the wonderful history of the lighthouse.

The grounds are well maintained as well.

This was a wonderful surprise. I didn't expect to see such a well organized museum.

Well done!

7. Poets' Walk Park

776 River Rd, Red Hook, NY 12571-2905 +1 845-473-4440
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Poets' Walk Park

Reviewed By mushroommarlene - connecticut

The easy to walk gravel trail winds slightly downhill, very popular for walking and exercising with family and dogs. Good parking and even terrain makes this an excellent and easy walk with great views of the Hudson with plenty of places to linger and picnic. The trail gets more narrow and a little uneven as one approaches the train tracks closer to the river, about a three mile walk round trip.

8. The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572-3411 +1 845-876-3080
Excellent
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which is dedicated, through its arts and education programs, to providing arts experiences for people of all ages.

Reviewed By Joseph S - Rhinebeck, New York

this is and old barn that was turned into a theater for plays.The money was raised by on going fund raiseing. the price is reasonable and have name plays there such plays like Scrooge, a mid summer's night dream and many many more.you are almost on the stage just about but if your looking for a play to go to and wont break your pocket or wallet this is the place to sit and relax and watch a good old play.

9. Blithewood Manor

30 Campus Rd, Annandale on Hudson, NY 12504-9800 +1 845-758-7700
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Blithewood Manor

Reviewed By Travelcrow - Woodstock, Vermont

This wonderful mansion sits on the grounds of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. It was built at the turn of the century by Capt. Andrew Zabriskie and designed in the style of a grand English Manor House with extensive landscaping and beautiful gardens. It was given to Bard College in the mid twentieth century and is now the home of the Levy Economic Institute. It is open to the public. We visited on a cold fall day and enjoyed a terrific walk around the property and loved the views of the Hudson River. While there, Bard College students were enjoying a Frisbee game on the huge lawn between the manor house and the slope down to the river. It is so wonderful to see an historic building being used so effectively today.

10. Catskill Animal Sanctuary

316 Old Stage Rd, Saugerties, NY 12477-4453 +1 845-336-8447
Excellent
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

No trip to the Hudson Valley is complete without visiting Catskill Animal Sanctuary. We’re open to the public for weekend tours from April-October and year-round for guests of The Homestead. • Meet cows, pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, sheep, and horses on a walking tour • Hear the stories of their lives and why they were rescued • Learn how you can help farm animals, your health, and the planet starting today Stay at The Homestead! Be our guest in one of three beautiful rooms, or a private suite, complete with your own kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bath. You’ll enjoy a delicious breakfast and can explore the grounds at your leisure.

Reviewed By cws232

The tour lasts 90 minutes. Pretty walkable, the animals live fairly close together. Depending on each animal's mood, you could interact with goats, sheep, 900-lb pigs, horses, chickens, turkeys, etc.

A number of these animals bear the scars of the food industry from which they were rescued. Some of the pigs, for instance, are obese and only expected to live 4 years. One can barely walk. A couple of horses had their eyes removed after they went blind. That can be really jarring to see but they live a great life now. The tour is highly informative with a strong aim toward getting people to consider that meat and dairy products mean animal suffering. I'd always wondered why eggs were off limits for some people, but now I get it. The guides are cognizant of children and refrain from saying anything gruesome. I am currently pescatarian and it gave me a lot to think about. And it turns out that goats are fun to be around!

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