Kingston Festival

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Waterfront Trivia Challenge

How to play the game. Pick up an event program on the day of the festival at the below locations. Use the festival map to navigate to each of the designated festival locations.  Each location will have the answer to one or more of the trivia questions listed on the sheet. Once you have visited each location and answered all the trivia questions, submit the answers at the festival and be eligible to win a kayak from Liquid Logic Kayaks.

Where to start the game.

Festival Area Map

City Historic Trolley Bus Tour

Departs: Uptown Senate House                              

Times: 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:00

Departs: Roundout Waterfront Visitors Center:

Times: 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00

Heritage Sites referenced on the Trolley Bus Tour

  1. Senate House and Uptown Stockade Area
  2. Old Dutch Church
  3. Fred J. Johnston Museum
  4. Four Corners
  5. Rondout Visitors Center and Waterfront District
Take a historic trolley bus tour!

Senate House State Historic Site

Location: 296 Fair Street

Open: 11:00am – 5:00pm

The first New York State Senate met here in September and October of 1777 to draft the first constitution of New York State.  This original two-story building is located in the Uptown Stockade District and is the oldest public building in the United States.

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Uptown Historic Area

Rondout Visitors Center

Location: 20 Broadway

Open: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Located in a historic building in the Rondout waterfront district.  Plan to spend a half hour strolling around the two-story museum, offering exhibits related to local history.

Visitor Information.

 Boat Tours to Kingston Lighthouse

Departs: Rondout Town Dock

Times: 1:15pm, 3:00pm

Stops: Lighthosue

Tour length: 1 hour

Rondout Lighthouse

This lighthouse is located on the Hudson River at the mouth of Rondout Creek, a short boat trip from the Maritime Museum. The lighthouse contains period furnishings and exhibits documenting the history of the three Rondout lighthouses, their keepers and families.   Once at the lighthouse you will have the opportunity to explore the early 20th Century structure, enjoy impressive views of the Hudson River from the top of the tower and look for the GHRP Thru – Paddlers. Hop aboard the Dirigo for a boat ride out to the Lighthouse.

Discover a historic lighthouse.

Trolley Train Ride to Trolley Museum & Kingston Point

Departs: Maritime Museum                       

Times: 12:00, 2:30

Stops: Trolley Museum, Kingston Point Park           

Tour length: 30 minutes

Trolley Museum of New York

Located: 89 East Strand

Open: 11:00am – 5:00pm

The Trolley Museum of New York is a non-profit educational museum founded in 1955. The museum offers rides to the public on their historic Trolley out to Kingston Point on the tracks along the Rondout Creek.  The Museum has exhibits and educational programs to share the rich history of rail transportation and the role it played in the Hudson Valley region through out history. The museum’s main building is built on the foundation of the original engine house, which existed at the turn of the century. Visitors can see up to eight trolley cars being housed and restored at the museum. 

Take a Trolley ride.

Free Kayaking

Location: Public Dock, Rondout Creek


  • 12:00pm – 4:00pm - Rentals & Demos
  • 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm – Guided Tours

Test paddle kayaks from Liquid Logic and Kenco Outfitters on the same waterway that was once called the D & H Canal.  Experienced kayak instructors and guides will be on hand to assist and teach you how to get on the water and enjoy an adventure on the Rondout Creek, a historic waterway.

Kenco Outfitters

Liquid Logic

Forsyth Nature Center

  • This organization fosters the exploration of the natural world in and around its community through educational programming and contact with flora and fauna at their uptown interpretive facility on Lucas Ave in Kingston, NY.
Get on the water.

T.R. Gallo Park & West Strand

Stroll around this waterfront park and learn about the area’s heyday 200 years ago.  Enjoy the surrounding history and architecture style from the 1800’s.

Directions to the Rondout Waterfront

From New York State Thruway (I-87)

Take Kingston Exit 19. Enter the traffic circle and take the second right onto I-587 and go about one mile.  At the traffic light go through the intersection to Broadway.  Follow Broadway through about 10 traffic lights.  At the 10th traffic light, turn left and stay on Broadway.  Follow the signs to the Historic Rondout Waterfront.  Parking is located at the bottom of the hill.

From the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge

Cross the bridge and exit onto Route 32 (first exit after the bridge).  Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Route 32 south.  Follow the green Historic Rondout Waterfront signs. Turn left at the light onto Route 9W South.  At the second light, turn right onto Garraghan Drive.  Turn left at the traffic light onto Broadway. Parking is located at the bottom of the hill.

From 9W and Points south of Kingston

Follow Route 9W north through Port Ewen.  After crossing Rondout Creek, turn left at the first traffic light onto Garraghan Drive. Turn left at the traffic light onto Broadway. Parking is located at the bottom of the hill.

Directions to Kingston's Uptown Senate House State Historic Site

From New York State Thruway (I-87)

Take exit 19.  Go through the tollbooth to the traffic circle.  Take the circle around to Washington Avenue.   Exit off at Washington Avenue and proceed straight to the 2nd traffic light.  Take left at the light on to Shwenk Drive.  Proceed on Shwenk Drive to the traffic light, and go straight through the light up the hill.  At the top of the hill is a stop sign and the Senate House is on the right side of the road.  There are 2 parking lots at the stop sign, one on the left (Heritage Area Visitor Center Parking Lot) and one on the right (Senate House Parking Lot).

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