Dutchess County Top Attractions

Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic SiteRoosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites

4097 Albany Post Road,
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Open year-round. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and
New Year’s Day. All site grounds open sunrise to sunset.

Home of FDR and Val-Kill Cottage (tours vary at Val-Kill): 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Library & Museum:
April - October 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. / November - March 9 a.m. -5 p.m.

Vanderbilt Mansion – May - October 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. / November - April limited tours

Home of FDR & Library - $14 per person valid for 2 days / Youth 15 and under - free

Val-Kill - $8 per person / Youth 15 and under - free

FDR Presidential Library - $7 museum only / Youth 15 and under - free

Vanderbilt Mansion - $8 per person / Youth 15 and under - free


The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is America's first presidential library -- and the only one used by a sitting president. It was conceived and built under President Roosevelt's direction and opened to the public in 1941.  The newly renovated library is a self-guided tour through state-of-the-art exhibits featuring immersive, interactive experiences to share the story of the life and times of the Roosevelt family and the people who lived during the era of the Roosevelt administration.


The Presidential Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt (Springwood) is the birthplace, childhood home, adult home, and final resting place of America’s 32nd President. The home and grounds are maintained and operated by the National Park Service offering NPS Ranger guided home tours.


Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Cottage is the only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady. Eleanor’s modest home features a garden and walking trails throughout the grounds. The home and grounds are maintained and operated by the National Park Service offering NPS Ranger guided home tours.


Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, historically known as Hyde Park, is one of the region’s oldest Hudson River estates. The estate, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War. The home and grounds are maintained and operated by the National Park Service offering NPS Ranger guided home tours.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome – Airshows, Museum, Biplane RidesOld Rhinebeck Aerodrome –
Airshows, Museum, Biplane Rides

9 Norton Road, Red Hook, NY 12571

May to October

Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Biplane rides start at 10 a.m.; Weekend airshows at 2 p.m.

Weekend rates: $20/adult, $15/senior & military, $15/teen (13-17), $5/child (6-12), Free/ children 5 and under

Biplane rides - $75 per person


A true “living” museum of antique aviation, the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome presents one of the largest collections of early airplanes in the world, many of which regularly take to the air for thrilling demonstrations during our weekend airshows. The Aerodrome features airplanes, automobiles, motorcycles, early engines, and memorabilia from 1900-1935 in four museums with aircraft from the Pioneer Era, World War I, and the Lindbergh/Barnstorming era. Weekend air shows (weather permitting) are Saturdays chronicling the History of Flight with Pioneer, World War I and Lindbergh era aircra,ft taking to the skies and featuring  the flight of the 1909 Bleriot (the oldest flying aircraft in the United States). The Sunday shows feature a World War I dogfight plus Barnstorming Aircraft.

The Culinary Institute of AmericaThe Culinary Institute of America

1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Open year-round. Closed for holidays and three weeks in July. See website for schedule.

Lunch: $25-60 plus tax & gratuity, Dinner: $40-80 plus tax & gratuity

Student guided public tours: $6 per person inclusive of NYS tax

Student guided public tours - $6 per person


All the award-winning restaurants at the CIA in Hyde Park are part of our students’ educational experience. Each student spends time in both the front and back of the house to learn and master the full scope of restaurant operations. Under the guidance of our expert chef-instructors and maîtres d’hôtel, students execute the meal and service to the exacting standards set by the CIA. Visitors can make a reservation at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici,
The Bocuse Restaurant, American Bounty Restaurant, or dine for lunch in the Apple Pie Bakery Café.

Walkway Over the HudsonWalkway Over the Hudson

61 Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Open year-round, weather permitting.

7 a.m. to sundown


Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park is a linear walkway spanning the Hudson River. At 212 feet off the water and 1.28 miles long, it is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The Walkway’s unprecedented views of the Hudson Valley and neighboring Catskill Mountains provide a great place for walking, bike riding, dog walking, jogging, sightseeing, inline roller skating, and bird watching.

Madava Farms, The Home of Crown MapleMadava Farms, The Home of Crown Maple

47 McCourt Road, Dover Plains, NY 12522

Open year-round. Special events also throughout the year, see website for details.

Weekend tours & tastings 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tour & tasting: $10 per person. Children under 10: $5.


Crown Maple Syrup was a featured ingredient in two courses served at President Obama’s Inaugural Luncheon, has been featured on NBC TV’s The Today Show, The Martha Stewart Show, in numerous culinary magazines, and in NYC top restaurants. Their popular guided tasting tours are fun for all ages, illuminating the miles-long path Crown Maple Syrup makes from tree to barrel in a single day. Indoors, you’ll be fascinated by how temperature and terroir create maple, one of the earth’s sweetest natural crops, and get a glimpse into their hand-bottling and sugar making operations.  You’ll also get to sample some of the syrup at a tasting and see why Crown Maple’s certified organic syrup has been called “quite possibly the purest on the earth.”


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