What to do and see in Wappingers Falls, United States: The Best Places and Tips

January 17, 2018 Brandee Mangan

Wappingers Falls /ˈwɒpəndʒərz ˈfɔːlz/ is a village in Dutchess County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 5,522. The community was named for the cascade in Wappinger Creek. A portion of the village is in the town of Wappinger, and the other part is in the town of Poughkeepsie, with Wappinger Creek forming the dividing line between the towns.
Restaurants in Wappingers Falls

1. Dia:Beacon

3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508-2521 +1 845-440-0100
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 419 reviews

Dia:Beacon

Founded in 1974, this modern art gallery is well-known for a highly unusual, permanent display by conceptual artist Walter De Maria. De Maria's work is a massive display of a 2 foot layer of dirt!

Reviewed By PWHorstmann - Fira, Greece

This gallery has a broad collection of artwork (both large and small.) The setting allows for very large exhibits, including those best experienced from a "hands-on" point of view. One can spend an afternoon here, depending on your appreciation of the exhibits currently on display. I recommend checking to see what is being shown, before going.

2. Benmarl Vineyards and Winery

156 Highland Ave, Marlboro, NY 12542-6304 +1 845-236-4265
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Benmarl Vineyards and Winery

Reviewed By jer b - Bristol, Connecticut

Our friends are pretty knowledgeable about wine and have been members of the wine club here for many years. We have accompanied them on several occasions, so when they invited us to the wine stomping, we went. Great time. With the admission, you sample six of the wines available, can have a tour of the winery itself, picnic, dance to music and, of course, stomp some grapes. Fabulous view of the Hudson below. There is pizza from a wood fired oven and cider donuts. Picnic tables are set out in the sun and under the trees. We ended up joining the wine club and leaving with 4 bottles. The bottom line is that the wine is just that good. The stainless steel chardonnay soft and crisp. The Traminette is just sweet enough and reminds me of a Gruner Veltliner at its best. The Proprietors reserve and the Baco Noir should please any lovers of red wine. Simply top notch and something for every taste. The sweet Marlboro Village Blush is like dessert in a bottle. It is that good. We look forward to attending more tastings and special events.

3. SplashDown Beach Water Park

16 Old Route 9 W, Fishkill, NY 12524-2535 +1 845-897-9600
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

SplashDown Beach Water Park

SplashDown Beach, America's Biggest Little Water Park, is located in Fishkill, New York, just 60 minutes from New York City. New in 2015, the Arctic Mammoth Family Raft Ride is a 5-person raft ride down six stories of twists, back-to-back curves and vortex loops. Thrill seekers will experience an adrenaline rush on Arctic Plunge Racer, a 5-story mat racer that launches riders into a head-to-head drag race to the bottom, flying over vertical curve humps and gaining even more speed before landing at the finish line. Humunga Half-Pipe is New York's only 4-story zero gravity half-pipe, and everyone is sure to make a splash with the Bullet Bowl, Monster Wave Pool, Croc Creek Lazy River, Coconut Pool, and Rock Beach. Little ones will love Splash Works with over 50 interactive water features, a Water Whirler. Boasting the best food in the water park business, SplashDown Beach offers hungry swimmers selections like Cosimo's Pizza on the Boardwalk, Cosimo's Shipwreck Grill & Café, Iggy's Fresh Mex, The Waffle Hut and Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. Birthday parties, corporate picnics, family reunions and groups are welcome and private catering is available. Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Reviewed By ayla912 - New York

This is a great outdoor water park. Although it's been around quite a while, the attractions are always in good working order, looking fresh and clean. There are lots of new attractions too, seems each year they add another big one! I always feel safe with my child here, lots of lifeguards who are not distracted and lots of employees always smiling and ready to help. It's big enough to enjoy for the day but small enough that you won't tire yourself out running around. If you're local a season pass is a great deal and would definitely recommend.

4. Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

61 Parker Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1926 +1 845-834-2867
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a 19th century railroad bridge transformed into the world's longest elevated pedestrian park.

Reviewed By Miguelstvz - Weehawken, New Jersey

My Family and I just did the Walkway Over The Hudson River. It was great. A fantastic and relaxing view of the Hudson River. Somehow this beautiful walk gave me some time to meditate and I felt some type of melancholy about life and goals ( achievements that I personally need to adquire ). Kind of strange. Maybe because the cloudy day. Anyways, if you get a chance to visit this place please do it. You won't regret it

5. Walkway State Historic Park

87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY 12528-1610 +1 845-834-2867
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 94 reviews

Walkway State Historic Park

Reviewed By Stephenbkk20156 - Okayama Prefecture, Japan

Hadn't planned on stopping here but we saw signs and followed them. They didn't exactly lead us in the right direction, but we found the appropriate parking lot in the end. Walked out pas a cutified former railroad station and found ourself suspended above the Hudson River. Great stuff.

It used o be a railwa bridge linking Highland Poorkeepsie. Now disused, with a lot of flair and marinating, it's been turned into a walkin/cycling route with a view. Nice to stroll out, along with other walkers, bicyclists and babies in their strollers. Pausing yo read informative signs about the history and wildlife if the area. Lots of view of the water and the two banks below.

Made it to the halfwa point from the Highland side. Sat and watched a jade blow bubbles into the wind. Walked back.

Highly recommended.

6. Adams Fairacre Farms

160 Old Post Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590-4923 +1 845-632-9955
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Adams Fairacre Farms

Reviewed By aroberts2017 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Wonderfully run operation. Staff is always friendly and willing to help. Chocolate shop is excellent, butcher shop is great and willing to accommodate your requests. Produce is excellent as is nursery. If you have never been there, treat yourself to the cider donuts made on the weekends. The bakery at the Wappingers store is excellent. The whole experience is worth the trip.

7. Weed Orchards

43 Mount Zion Rd, Marlboro, NY 12542-5005 +1 845-236-2684
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Weed Orchards

Reviewed By robcurtross - New York City, New York

As a former farm boy, it is impossible for me to pass by a highly rated farm -- and this one rewarded that addiction. The range of apples on offer was limited of course because of the time of year, but other fruits, especially the blueberries, were excellent.

Perfect munching while exploring the Hudson River Valley by car.

8. Hudson Beach Glass

162 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508-2706 +1 845-440-0068
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 88 reviews

Hudson Beach Glass

Following in a family tradition that spans three generations, Sean Gilvey has opened Hudson Beach Glass Philadelphia, a glass studio and gallery in Old City. This unique space allows customers to view the glassblowing process as they shop. Decorative soap dishes, elegant sushi trays, beautiful drink-ware and hand-made jewelry are some of the many products available. Hours are Wed-Fri 12-7, Sat 11-7 and Sun 12-5 (Monday and Tuesday closed).

Reviewed By alibarbaraMilwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The products here are so creative, colorful, and beautiful, but the best part is the glass blowing experience and working with the artists who create the glass objects. I went with a group and we really enjoyed having a mini tour.

9. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0001 +1 845-437-5237
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College

Reviewed By RonL40 - Utica, New York

Very enjoyable space is very inviting. The works are displayed in open spaces that invite the attention of groups -- this is a teaching museum and is superbly curated, both in terms of breadth of the collection and the individual works shown. Ideally fits the purpose, teaching both students and visitors. Especially impressive collections of Helen Frankenthaler, Hudson River Valley painters, Dutch Golden Age. But there's also an interesting collection of Greek, Rome, Asia, Mexico. Definitely worth the visit. And a revisit!

10. Dutchess Stadium

1500 Route 9d, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590-7112 +1 845-838-0094
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Dutchess Stadium

Reviewed By RunrDave - New York

Have gone to Dutchess Stadium twice now for company functions, and it's a really nice venue. Minor league baseball is fun, and this place has a lot of amenities. My only real complaint is that it's difficult to exit the stadium, especially if you stay until the end of the game.

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