The 10 Best Things to Do in New Windsor, United States

January 11, 2018 Agatha Simes

New Windsor is a town in Orange County, New York, United States. The Town of New Windsor is in the eastern part of the county, bordering the Town of Newburgh and the City of Newburgh. The population was estimated at 25,244 in 2010 by the US Census.
Restaurants in New Windsor

1. Motorcyclepedia Museum

250 Lake St, Newburgh, NY 12550-5262 +1 845-569-9065
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5 based on 126 reviews

Motorcyclepedia Museum

Reviewed By joyfultraveller_10 - Mendham Township, New Jersey

We went here with friends from France who ride and have motorcycles. My husband and I only have a passing interest in such. However, we were really impressed with the extensive display of so many fantastic motorcycles. Our more experienced friends were totally wowed. There is interesting history here as well. Staff is really nice and helpful. Highly recommend!

2. Storm King Art Center

1 Museum Rd, New Windsor, NY 12553-8883 +1 845-534-3115
Excellent
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4.5 based on 619 reviews

Storm King Art Center

Widely celebrated as one of the world's leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.

Reviewed By Joan S - Monroe

We actually went to Storm King Art Center on a cloudy/rainy day and it was an enjoyable experience. The ground are so beautiful and the massive sculptures and exhibits defies the imagination. Means of getting around the grounds are provided if walking is difficult. Make sure you spend time in the museum (especially when the sun is not shining). Make it a whole day.

3. Dia:Beacon

3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY 12508-2521 +1 845-440-0100
Excellent
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4.5 based on 419 reviews

Dia:Beacon

Founded in 1974, this modern art gallery is well-known for a highly unusual, permanent display by conceptual artist Walter De Maria. De Maria's work is a massive display of a 2 foot layer of dirt!

Reviewed By PWHorstmann - Fira, Greece

This gallery has a broad collection of artwork (both large and small.) The setting allows for very large exhibits, including those best experienced from a "hands-on" point of view. One can spend an afternoon here, depending on your appreciation of the exhibits currently on display. I recommend checking to see what is being shown, before going.

4. Jones Farm

190 Angola Rd, Cornwall on Hudson, Cornwall, NY 12518-1110 +1 845-534-4445
Excellent
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4.5 based on 86 reviews

Jones Farm

Located in Cornwall New York, The Shops at Jones Farm is a destination for foodies and shoppers alike! One of the few surviving farms in the Hudson Valley, Jones Farm offers an array of homegrown fruits and vegetables. Our country store is your one stop shop for local produce, eggs, honey and gourmet foods. Our in-house bakery Grandma Phoebe's Kitchen is known in the Hudson Valley for our fresh baked goods, proudly homemade from scratch. The aroma of fresh baked cookies is known to tempt even the most discriminating visitor! In Clearwaters Gift Shop You'll find one of the finest selections of gifts, home decor, and personal accessories in the Hudson Valley. Our Frame shop offers museum quality custom framing, and our gallery is home to fine artwork, antique prints and local photography. Visit during the fall for our hay rides and during the winter for our selection of holiday treats and gifts. No matter the season The Shops at Jones Farm are sure to have something fun to see, do or eat! We Welcome you to come enjoy the benefits of Fresh & Homegrown.

Reviewed By ebrunomidili - Yorktown Heights, New York

Great overall experience at this 100+ yr old farm. Serving tasty food, try the gazpacho and delicious desserts, try the pies! Ate on the patio where there was a pizza oven and pizza made with local ingredients. Yum!

5. Boscobel House and Gardens

1601 Route 9d, Garrison, NY 10524-4406 +1 845-265-3638
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4.5 based on 316 reviews

Boscobel House and Gardens

Boscobel House and Gardens is an esteemed Historic House Museum containing one of the finest collections of decorative arts, including furniture, from the Federal period. Boscobel offers tours of the Neoclassical mansion and access to 68 acres of our grounds, featuring lush gardens and a woodland trail. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Boscobel directly overlooks Constitution Marsh toward the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, showcasing dramatic views of the Hudson River. From mid-April through December, Boscobel hosts lively events, innovative exhibitions, talks by the world’s top design experts, and engaging programs and activities for families. Children are always welcome.

Reviewed By TravelerAtTimes - New York

We'll, we found ourselves in this area and decided to finally visit the much spoken about Boscobel that I've had on my list for years and years.

End result: Not worth the $11 PP paid for grounds only admission.
In a nutshell: if you aren't into architecture, specifically Federal, you can really give this a pass. The views onto the Hudson are great but there are many other free options for similar views ( a quick search for Hudson Valley trails will get you a nice list).

The only saving grace for the place (my reason for 3/5 rating) is the cute and informative audio or guided tours which teach you a bit about the area history, so this really depends on what you are looking for.

Need a quite secluded garden for a date or a romantic outing? Not worth it in my opinion. The gardens were sub par (your local Lowes or Homedepot has more flowers showing in the garden dept...).
The house itself could use a washing with obvious weathering and mold showing at the back exterior walls. The lawn is a hodgepodge of different grass varieties.

The front pick-nick area next to the pond has some cheap picnicking tables which were covered in sap spots - a fact we realized only after seeing the stains on our clothing ($15 for the cleaners). The fountain was not operational. Shall I go on...?

6. United States Military Academy Visitor Center

2107 New South Post, West Point, NY 10996-2001 +1 845-938-2638
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4.5 based on 608 reviews

United States Military Academy Visitor Center

The premier US military academy.

Reviewed By Sharon L - Palo Alto, California

The Visitor's Center offers a multitude of services. One can pick up reserved tickets for the Academy Tour and shop at the Gift Store. The best part of the center, though, was the exhibit featuring West Point. The explanation of the history of the Academy, a description of the 4 years that the Cadets experience, a replica of a Cadet's room, the importance of the honor code, and more.

A great visit!

7. New Windsor Cantonment

Temple Hill Road, Vails Gate, NY 12584 +1 845-561-1765
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4 based on 23 reviews

New Windsor Cantonment

New Windsor Cantonment was a huge military community housing some 7,500 soldiers and 500 of their wives and children. General George Washington faced his greatest challenge here keeping the Continental Army ready for an uncertain future in the closing days of the Revolutionary War. Today the 1782-83 cantonment is alive with uniformed soldiers performing musket drills and historic trades demonstrations April through October and with interactive exhibits for children and adults year round.

Reviewed By 943RickR - Huntington Beach, California, United States

I grew up less than two miles from here. As I grew so did my appreciation for the significance for this place. It was here that the troops were informed that the hostilities with the British were announced to the troops quartered here. They were told they could go home. The war was over. That was April 19, 1783. That makes April 19 both the Alpha and the Omega of the Revolutionary War. It is also where General Washington also presented two purple ribbons to two conscripted soldiers whom received wounds in battle. Today that award is known as the Purple Heart and the National Purple Heart group is also headquartered here. The first Purple Heart award was a simple ribbon. The significance of this award is that this is the first time a conscripted soldier of any sort was recognized for anything! Until then only officers were awarded anything. The other significance is the date that the troops quartered here could now know the war over. Yes the treaty was signed in Paris, France in January and it took until late March for the official copy to arrive here. Washington chose April 19 too be the official date because he realized the significance of having April 19 would now be the date that we should observe both start and the end of the hostilities. When you look directly East from the Cantonment you will see a long open stretch of land below. Here is where the artillery troops would practice their loading and aiming of their cannon. Today that area is built with houses and businesses. Did I ever find any cannon balls in the woods. No, but I sure did look for them as a child. The Cantonment and Vails Gate are a special place for me and if you really study history of the area, you will realize just how much history is a part of it.

8. Pride of the Hudson

Front Street, Newburgh, NY 12550 +1 845-220-2120
Excellent
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4.5 based on 331 reviews

Pride of the Hudson

Your Hudson River Adventure begins at the Newburgh Landing in Newburgh, NY. Your Captain will present a narration of the sights along the River including Mt. Beacon, Bannerman Island, Storm King Mountain, Breakneck Mountain, The Catskill Aqueduct, World's End, Cold Spring, and West Point. May 1 - October. Visit our website for full schedule. A cruise through the majestic Hudson Highlands aboard the Pride of the Hudson is a unique way to celebrate any occasion. Our friendly, accommodating, and professional crew will respond to all our needs. Your guests can party in the comfort of our air-conditioned heated main salon that features huge wrap around windows. For those who prefer the open air, they can relax on our spacious sundeck topside or cozy foredeck area. Both the top and main decks have a fully stocked bar.The Pride of the Hudson is available for charter.The Pride of the Hudson is conveniently located near the NYS Thruway exit 17 and Route 84 Exit 10. Departures are from Newburgh Landing, Newburgh, NY in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

Reviewed By Connie B - Warwick, New York

The Hudson River is unbelievably beautiful when riding on the Pride of the Huson. Hearing the history of some view points, seeing them from the middle of the river makes you realize how very special the Hudson River really is. I could barely imagine how pleased Henry Hudson & his crew of the Half Moon felt as they road up the entire River to Hudson Bay. Our Wonderful crew on the Pride was friendly. The day was relaxing and picturesque. Great photo ops.

9. Hudson Beach Glass

162 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508-2706 +1 845-440-0068
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4.5 based on 88 reviews

Hudson Beach Glass

Following in a family tradition that spans three generations, Sean Gilvey has opened Hudson Beach Glass Philadelphia, a glass studio and gallery in Old City. This unique space allows customers to view the glassblowing process as they shop. Decorative soap dishes, elegant sushi trays, beautiful drink-ware and hand-made jewelry are some of the many products available. Hours are Wed-Fri 12-7, Sat 11-7 and Sun 12-5 (Monday and Tuesday closed).

Reviewed By alibarbaraMilwaukee - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The products here are so creative, colorful, and beautiful, but the best part is the glass blowing experience and working with the artists who create the glass objects. I went with a group and we really enjoyed having a mini tour.

10. National Purple Heart Hall Of Honor

374 Temple Hill Rd, Route 300, New Windsor, NY 12553-5556 +1 845-561-1765
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5 based on 47 reviews

National Purple Heart Hall Of Honor

Please note the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is CLOSED on Mondays

Reviewed By lucy55newyork - new york,

We went here a few years ago, we live nearby. It was small but very interesting, they did a very nice job with it. We were looking for an uncle who had gotten a purple heart in WWII. Didn't find his name but were happy we went.

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