Poughkeepsie Festival

When: Monday, July 17, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm


Admission: Free

Activity Summary
  1. Waterfront Trivia Challenge
  2. Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
  3. Environmental Education
  4. Skateboard Park and Competition
  5. Kayaking
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Join us for some kayaking!

Waterfront Trivia Challenge

How to play the game. The GHRP event program will be available in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July, 9 or pick up an event program on the day of the festival at festival headquarters. 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 your answers at the festival be eligible to win a kayak from Liquid Logic Kayaks.

Where to start the game.

Festival Area Map

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

Location: 75 North Water St, Waryas Park                             

Open: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Admission: $6.50/person (Free for the festival)

Their vision is to be an extraordinary educational beacon in the Hudson River Valley where discovery leads to lifelong learning for all.  With a mission is to enlighten minds through a fun and creative learning environment where hands-on experiences spark curiosity, discovery and the joy of exploration.

Click here for more information.

View from the museum.

Environmental Education

Location: Waryas Park

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Scenic Hudson's environmental education program offers hands-on learning opportunities, presentations, and resources to students, teachers and community groups. Their mission is to increase appreciation of critical natural resources and convey the importance of living by an environmental ethic.   Preserving and protecting the scenic assets of countryside and communities is important for both a healthy environment and vibrant economy, and requires awareness and action on the part of citizens and municipal decision makers. Aesthetic issues are real and evoke strong reactions from people - whether it's a proposed high rise that will block river views, a 150-foot cell tower along a ridgeline or near an historic site or park, billboard blight, or a major industrial development proposed in a rural landscape treasured for its scenic beauty. 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program leads a regional partnership to restore the tidal waters of the Hudson and the surrounding valley that forms the estuary watershed.  Our mission is to conserve the region’s world-renowned heritage of fish, wildlife, streams and scenery and to provide places for people to use and enjoy them.  The program is guided by the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, a blueprint founded in science and carried out to support the quality of life of the valley’s residents.

Learn how to protect the environment.

Skateboard Park & Competition

Location: Waryas Park

Open: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Fee: Free for festival

Normal fees are:City of Poughkeepsie resident: $3.00, Non-Residents: $8.00

Located in Waryas Park, this new skatepark is operated by the Dutchess County YMCA.

Rules and Reminders

  1. Participants must be 6 years of age or older to use the skate park facility.
  2. A Parent/Guardian must be on site for children under the age of 10.
  3. A skate park waiver must be signed by an adult 18 years of age or older, prior to skating in the park.
  4. Protective helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads are required at all times. Wrist guards are highly recommended.
  5. Skaters must follow any and all rules set by the staff. The staff reserves the right to ask any participant to leave the property for inappropriate behavior.
  6. All participants should be picked up when the park closes. Gates will be locked at time of closing.

Click here for more information

Shred the ramps.

Free Kayaking

Where: Waryas Park Boat Launch

Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Get on the water under the supervision of experienced kayak instructors from Atlantic Kayak Tours and Liquid Logic Kayaks. Discover the Hudson River from the seat of a kayak. Pre-registration and waivers for all youth organizations is required.  Registration and signed waivers are required on the day of festival for all others.

Click here to download a waiver.

Get on the water.

Victor C. Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie, NY

This 9-acre park along the Poughkeepsie waterfront is a result of the revitalization effort over the past 10 years.  Once an industrial area, this park now provides premier access to the Hudson River.  Waryas Park lies between the Mid-Hudson Bridge and the railroad bridge to the north.  Fishing access is available along the shoreline at two piers extending out above the river.  The park was named for the late Victor C. Waryas who served as Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie from 1960-1964.  When you visit Waryas Park you will find deep water and floating docks, spacious parking, amphitheater, river walk, grassy areas, restaurant, skatepark and the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum.

Enjoying the day.


From Route 9 and points South

Take Route 9 North towards Poughkeepsie; get off the Main Street Exit, at end of the ramp make a left on Main Street; pass one traffic light at the entrance to the Poughkeepsie train station; go straight and make a right on North Water Street.  The parking area is on your left. 

From Route 9 and points North

Take Route 9 South towards Poughkeepsie; get off the Water Street Exit.  The exit brings you onto Kittredge Place, which bears right across the narrow bridge over the railroad; turn left onto North Water Street. The parking area is on your right.

From Route 44/55 and points east

Take Route 44/55 West towards Poughkeepsie; As Route 44/55 get closer to the heart of Poughkeepsie, the road expands to 3-4 lanes (arterial), As Route 44/55 passes Market Street/Civic Center/Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and curves to the left, get into the right lane in preparation to make a right turn at the exit light. The next light is the intersection of Route 44/55 and Main Street. Make a right onto Main Street.  Stay on this road until you reach North Water Street; (you will pass signs for entering Route 9 South and the Poughkeepsie train station); make a right on North Water Street. The parking area is on your left.

From the Mid-Hudson Bridge

Cross the bridge, at the first traffic light make a left.  Continue to the first stop sign and make another left.  Follow the road around and continue to the next light. (This is the intersection of Clover and Main Street) make a left onto Main Street.  Continue past the entrance to the Poughkeepsie train station and through one traffic light.  Make a right onto North Water Street.The parking area is on your left.

Metro North: The Park is located to just down the hill along the waterfront.

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