The bridge now known as the Walkway Over the Hudson opened in 1889 as the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge. The linear walkway opened 2009 spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet tall and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Open year round weather permitting. (845) 454-9649. From Poughkeepsie, off Route 9G Parker Ave; From Highland, off Haviland Rd. www.walkway.org
John Burrough’s Slabsides
John Burroughs (1837-1921) was one of the most popular authors of his day and is credited with creating the modern nature essay. World renowned naturalist author’s cabin in the woods. Site open year round with picnic areas. See website for cabin tours and special programs. Follow the “Path through History” signs at the intersection of Floyd Ackert Road and Route 9W in West Park, and turn left on Floyd Ackert Road (at Global Palate restaurant) and continue for .8 mile, then left on Burroughs Drive for .3 mile. Park on the road and follow the signs for a short walk to Slabsides.West Park, NY 12594. (845) 384-6320. www.JohnBurroughsAssociation.org
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Located on the historic Rondout waterfront, the Hudson River Maritime Museum was established in 1979 to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries. This is the only museum in New York State exclusively dedicated to this mission. Guided tours, school programs, docking, archives. May-October 11:00am-5:00pm. 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401. (845) 338-0071 www. HRMM.org
Historic Huguenot Street
At our 10-acre National Historic Landmark District, visitors experience over 300 years of history across seven historic stone-house museums, a reconstructed 1717 French Church, the Huguenot community’s original burying ground, and a replica Esopus Munsee wigwam. Period rooms and exhibits tell the stories of a French Huguenot settlement as it evolved over time. Research library & museum. 81 Huguenot St., New Paltz, NY 12516. Office: (845) 255-1889, Visitor Center: (845) 255-1660 www.huguenotstreet.org
The Historical Society of the Town of Esopus Housed in an 1827 Dutch church.
Its goal is to preserve, interpret and disseminate the history of the town.
Season: Jun. – mid Oct. Fri. – Mon. 1pm – 4pm
746 Broadway (Rt. 9W)