10 Things to Do in Hopewell Junction That You Shouldn't Miss

January 2, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Hopewell Junction is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in Dutchess County, New York, United States. The population was 376 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Poughkeepsie–Newburgh–Middletown, NY Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the larger New York–Newark–Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area.
Restaurants in Hopewell Junction

1. SplashDown Beach Water Park

16 Old Route 9 W, Fishkill, NY 12524-2535 +1 845-897-9600
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

SplashDown Beach Water Park

SplashDown Beach, America's Biggest Little Water Park, is located in Fishkill, New York, just 60 minutes from New York City. New in 2015, the Arctic Mammoth Family Raft Ride is a 5-person raft ride down six stories of twists, back-to-back curves and vortex loops. Thrill seekers will experience an adrenaline rush on Arctic Plunge Racer, a 5-story mat racer that launches riders into a head-to-head drag race to the bottom, flying over vertical curve humps and gaining even more speed before landing at the finish line. Humunga Half-Pipe is New York's only 4-story zero gravity half-pipe, and everyone is sure to make a splash with the Bullet Bowl, Monster Wave Pool, Croc Creek Lazy River, Coconut Pool, and Rock Beach. Little ones will love Splash Works with over 50 interactive water features, a Water Whirler. Boasting the best food in the water park business, SplashDown Beach offers hungry swimmers selections like Cosimo's Pizza on the Boardwalk, Cosimo's Shipwreck Grill & Café, Iggy's Fresh Mex, The Waffle Hut and Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. Birthday parties, corporate picnics, family reunions and groups are welcome and private catering is available. Open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Reviewed By ayla912 - New York

This is a great outdoor water park. Although it's been around quite a while, the attractions are always in good working order, looking fresh and clean. There are lots of new attractions too, seems each year they add another big one! I always feel safe with my child here, lots of lifeguards who are not distracted and lots of employees always smiling and ready to help. It's big enough to enjoy for the day but small enough that you won't tire yourself out running around. If you're local a season pass is a great deal and would definitely recommend.

2. East Fishkill Community Library

348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533-6088 +1 845-221-9943
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

The East Fishkill Community Library started with 100 books from dedicated volunteers and is now a vibrant cultural hub with over 65,000 books and 3,000 DVDs, multiple programming, two book groups, free wifi and nine desktop computers for patron use.

Reviewed By Hpcorporan - Fishkill, New York

Large selection of books. This library regularly houses community events, such as stretching classes and other classes. Many are tailored to seniors. There is a separate community room for such events. Some are held during the day, others at night. Nice place, large parking lot.

3. Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

428 Route 216, Stormville, NY 12582-5101 +1 845-221-6561
Excellent
30%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 97 reviews

Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

Reviewed By antiquerescue - Pennsylvania

An improvement over our last visit, but it's still a bit deceiving that it's called an antique flea market.
Sure there is a good selection of antique vendors, but there is a whole lot of vendors selling sunglasses, socks and underwear, and China knock offs.
I have noticed lots of buyers being suspicious of actual Antiques.
Takes away from the honest vendors.
All in all we found lots of good things and met some interesting dealers.
On this holiday weekend, they were really caught off guard with the lack of Port-O-Pottys and the ability to service them. The lines were incredible!

So wear your walking shoes and don't drink too much.
It's a large market and you'll enjoy the hunt.

4. Barton Orchards

63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag, NY 12570-5545 +1 845-227-2306
Excellent
37%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
19%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 68 reviews

Barton Orchards

Reviewed By AdvancedCake - Thornwood, New York

It happened to be a gorgeous Saturday afternoon in October, the heady aroma of sweet vinegar from the piles of apples under every tree that had begun to rot. sweeping views of the Taconic hills & Catskills in the distance. Corn maze, haunted house, trampolines, and a bar with 4 flavors of hard cider on tap - something for everybody.

4 stars because it is on the pricey side, $15+tax per person including toddlers. we got lucky with lines, but others complained about long waits at both main entry and the haunted house.

5. Adams Fairacre Farms

160 Old Post Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590-4923 +1 845-632-9955
Excellent
75%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Adams Fairacre Farms

Reviewed By aroberts2017 - New Orleans, Louisiana

Wonderfully run operation. Staff is always friendly and willing to help. Chocolate shop is excellent, butcher shop is great and willing to accommodate your requests. Produce is excellent as is nursery. If you have never been there, treat yourself to the cider donuts made on the weekends. The bakery at the Wappingers store is excellent. The whole experience is worth the trip.

6. Van Wyck Homestead Museum

Routes 9 & 84, Fishkill, NY 12524 +1 845-896-9560
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Van Wyck Homestead Museum

Dutch Colonial home used as officers' headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

Reviewed By macska2016 - Fishkill, New York

Fascinating colonial historical treasure (house and grounds). Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. They provide custom tour and information. Grounds are open for personal review and perusal

7. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604-0001 +1 845-437-5237
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College

Reviewed By RonL40 - Utica, New York

Very enjoyable space is very inviting. The works are displayed in open spaces that invite the attention of groups -- this is a teaching museum and is superbly curated, both in terms of breadth of the collection and the individual works shown. Ideally fits the purpose, teaching both students and visitors. Especially impressive collections of Helen Frankenthaler, Hudson River Valley painters, Dutch Golden Age. But there's also an interesting collection of Greek, Rome, Asia, Mexico. Definitely worth the visit. And a revisit!

8. Dutchess Stadium

1500 Route 9d, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590-7112 +1 845-838-0094
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 65 reviews

Dutchess Stadium

Reviewed By RunrDave - New York

Have gone to Dutchess Stadium twice now for company functions, and it's a really nice venue. Minor league baseball is fun, and this place has a lot of amenities. My only real complaint is that it's difficult to exit the stadium, especially if you stay until the end of the game.

9. Dutchess Rail Trail

Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 8 reviews

Dutchess Rail Trail

Reviewed By snorkelingfan46 - Ridgefield, Connecticut

This rail trail runs for approximately 13 miles from the old railway station in Hopewell Junction, New York to and OVER the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie. This paved path is smooth, wide and based on all the equipment I've seen used on it, appropriate for biking, jogging, running, walking, rollerblading, and various recumbent and chair vehicles. There are various "drop-in" points with parking along the route so that you can reduce the distance from where you start to the bridge over the Hudson which is the ultimate vista of this trail.... the view is an absolute DON'T MISS IT !!!! The trail actually continues beyond the west bank of the river, though I've never ventured that far.
The trail is suitable for all ages and levels of experience. Dogs are allowed on leashes, but no horses and no ATV's or any other types of motorized vehicles. There is a website your can search for with maps, etc. Some words of caution to more experienced bike riders. Warm and sunny days on weekends tend to get more crowded past mid-morning, so it is better to get your ride in early. There are posted "rules of the road", but not everyone reads them or follows them. You need to be particularly cautious of dogs on leashes, children as young as trainer-wheel age and road crossings. Occasionally people walking dogs get in conversations and a dog can stray out onto the bikeway. Also, some of the youngest children on bikes are just learning to be steady and to stay on their side of the road. Lastly, although there are a number of bridges over roadways, there are several crossings in the 13 miles, and although bikers are expected to DISMOUNT at road crossings, but virtually none do if there are no cars approaching the cross walk. The existence of these road crossing has bred a courtesy from many, many of the local drivers who slow and/or stop if they see a bike or runner approaching the zebra, thereby letting bikers and runners to continue across the zebra without stopping. The danger is, a few drivers are not familiar with this local "custom", or don't understand the protocol of pedestrian right of way in the zebra, or are just in a hurry and tend to speed up so they don't have to stop if the see a someone on the trail approaching the crossing. Bottom line, because one car may stop in one direction, do NOT be lulled into feeling you are fully clear to ride right across. Again, the rule is for bikers to dismount. BE CAUTIOUS!!!

10. Locust Grove Estate

2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-5275 +1 845-454-4500
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

Locust Grove Estate

Overlooking the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie New York, the 200-acre Locust Grove Estate is a museum and nature preserve centered on a 45-room Italianate villa built in 1851. Begining in 1895 new owners William and Martha Young redecorated the mansion with their vast collection of art and antiques, and added new gardens. Mr. and Mrs. Young's daughter, Annette, lived at Locust Grove until 1975, preserving the estate essentially as her parents had used it. Inside the historic mansion, step back in time to the early years of the 20th century; the Young family's collection of Hudson River School paintings, early 19th-century American furniture, and personal possessions are still in place after more than a century.

Reviewed By NYnick1

Locust Grove is beautiful to say the least! Go for a tour of the estate! The staff is always very knowledgeable about the estate. There are numerous hiking trails on the grounds, so you can enjoy the scenery. There are flower gardens to explore as well. Check out the art gallery inside and some history about the estate. They also have a lot of special events like car shows etc on the weekends!

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