Tucked into the Hudson Valley, Kingston New York is known for being both a hip and historic city, with lots of things to do to cater for a range of ages and interests. The city has the Catskill and Shawangunk mountains to the west, and the Hudson River to the east, making it a mecca for outdoor lovers. Book an RV rental in Ulster County to fully make use of these incredible surroundings.
The city has three main districts, the dynamic Uptown, Midtown and Downtown, which is on the waterfront. All have something different to offer and are well worth exploring. New York lies just over an hour drive south of the city, while closer to Kingston is the towns of Poughkeepsie, Hudson, and Phoenicia.
The Great Outdoors
The town of Kingston is simply full of outdoor spaces to be enjoyed by locals and tourists who choose an RV rental in town. One of the perks of having a waterfront location is the easy access to local beaches, such as Kingston Point Beach and Park. The park has beautiful views out over the Hudson River and surrounding natural areas, plus offers swimming, a picnic area, a playground, and is a popular spot for birdwatchers.
Just outside of town is the stunning Bluestone Wild Forest, often known as a gateway to the Catskill Forest Preserve. The forest covers 3000 acres and offers something for all outdoor enthusiasts. Made up of hemlock and oak forests, ponds, cliffs, and old quarries, it is perfect for mountain biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and cross country skiing the winter months. For some real adventure, you can head further into the wilderness of Catskill Forest Preserve in your RV rental from Kingston, a mountainous region known for its impressive skyline of 98 peaks over 3000 feet.
Heading further out of town, Kingston is simply surrounded by natural wonders and incredible wilderness areas just waiting to be explored. To the south, you’ll find the huge expanse of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve and to the east the Sundown Wild Forest, Slide Mountain Wilderness, and Big Indian Wilderness. To the north is Indian Head Wilderness and Kaaterskill Wild Forest, all of which cover thousands of acres and are made up of lakes, forests, and mountains. All of these places are easily accessible in your travel trailer rental from Kingston; you just have to figure out where to go.
If you are in a new place, sometimes it is nice to go with an RV campground company that you already know and have used before. Just outside the city is a KOA campground, Saugerties/Woodstock KOA is situated amongst 40 acres of maple and pine trees, making it a very picturesque spot to park your travel trailer from Kingston for the night or even longer. The nearby town of Saugerties is a good place to shop for some unique antiques, while Woodstock is a charming village which is known for its arts and crafts. Have fun with the family on the wooded disc golf course, have a swim in the pool or take your furry friend for a walk in the dogs park, there are a lot of options with KOA.
Rondout Valley is another popular campground, located west of the city. Many people visit this campground due to its strategic location between two rivers and near the mountains, meaning you only have to step out of the front door of your camper rental from Kingston to begin a hike or cast a line. The small town of New Paltz is also nearby and is a lovely destination for a day trip. The resort has many amenities including a swimming pool, mini golf, laundry facilities, a library, games room, business center and many more. Plus, the availability of waterfront sites is a very appealing option for many.
Crossing the river you’ll find, Interlake RV Park. The site is proud of its many amenities that give guests a comfortable stay, such as a cable high definition TV, WiFi, clean restrooms, swimming pool, and a boating and fishing lake. Nearby attractions include the Vanderbilt Mansion, The Duchess County Fairgrounds, and Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.
Exploring the Town
Take a wander around Stockade National Historic District to fully appreciate the old stone houses, bluestone sidewalks and unique architecture that dates back to the 17th century colonial times. Buildings of particular interest include the Matthew Peren House, which dates back to 1661 and is open to the public as a museum, and the Fred J.Johnston Museum, where you can enjoy the collection of decorative arts and period furnishings. There are a huge number of other interesting sites at this part of town, and a good way to see it is all is via a guided walking tour of the neighborhood before heading back to your luxury motorhome rental from Kingston.
An area of town that can’t be missed is the waterfront at the Rondout. In this downtown neighborhood, there is a pleasant, walkable stretch of sidewalk that is filled with eateries, galleries, and boutique shops. History lovers will enjoy the Hudson River Maritime Museum, the Trolley Museum of New York and the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, or if you want to get out on the water, you can join one of the many cruises or rent a kayak.
For a true sense of local life, one of the best places to head is the Kingston Farmers Market, which is held on Saturdays during the summer months. In addition to soaking up the atmosphere, you’ll also be able to try and purchase some of the best produce from the surrounding Hudson Valley, as well as local sources of beer, honey, baked goods, flowers, and even some live music.
If you are seeking a peaceful place in New York to enjoy the area, consider a motorhome rental in Kingston. Explore the area while taking a hike, enjoy the local cuisine, and take in the beautiful scenery. Rent an RV in Kingston, NY and set off on a fun-filled family adventure.