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Now, if you’re a longtimer from Kingston, then you’ve seen some dramatic changes. Not long ago, Kingston Rondout used to be a rundown district filled with undesirables and junkies.

Doing business in Kingston Rondout used to mean that you were dealing drugs, but today it means that you are either running a popular local business or are a patron at one of these fine local businesses.

Over the last decade, things slowly started to turn around thanks to the mayor and the community coming together to revitalize the area.

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Kingston Rondout businesses are seeing a nice revival and a long awaited turnaround of this quaint little get-away.

There are hotels in the area, such as the Courtyard by Marriott Kingston and the Rondout Inn, in case you want to spend the evening there.

Things to do in Kingston Rondout

Today, they have a trolley, museums (both nautical and a trolley museum) art galleries, restaurants, boat tours, flower gardens, visitor centers, public houses, a brightly lit sidewalk next to the creek made out of bricks, colorful row-houses, a gazebo where they have live music, statues, and the park and streets are very well manicured and cleanly.

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If you’re looking to spend a tranquil evening, visiting Kingston Rondout is a great option. You can feed the ducks and watch the boats go by as you sit along their boardwalk in the park.

What’s great is that the park is really clean and well taken care of and there are several monuments nicely situated.

Parking is not so plentiful, but there are a couple of parking lots that can fill up quickly so get there early if you’re looking for convenient parking.

During the Spring and Summer months when the weather is nice, the view and setting is very picturesque. There’s a gazebo there that plays live music close to the docks.

Also, they offer lots of activities for all age ranges. If you go during the the months of July and August, they also have “Movies Under the Stars” nights which are free summer night movie events. Make sure you check their movie schedule here.

The restaurants are truly great. The food and all of these places just seems to be top notch delicious. So if you go to Kingston Rondout, make sure you go on an empty stomach so you can get the maximum value from this beautiful little place.

It’s a very pleasant way to spend an evening on a date or with friends and family for a casual and fun filled night out. Dinner and a movie under the stars sounds like a grand idea!



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What are the origins of Kingston? The settlement of Esopus [Kingston] by Europeans began with the purchase of land from the Esopus Indians by Thomas Chambers in 1652, but if we’re talking about the history of the Rondout area, then that begins earlier with Henry Hudson´s 1609 voyage of discovery.

What we know is that according to journals from Hudson’s voyage, the Half Moon anchored near the Rondout. Although not permanently settled prior to 1652, Esopus was popular and recognized as a distinct geographical location by the early Dutch fur traders.

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By the mid 1600´s the village of Wiltwyck (previously Esopus) had developed on high ground two miles from the creek. Later, Wiltwyck was given the name Kingston following the English takeover of the Hudson Valley in 1663.

Early communication with the outside world was by Hudson River sloops. By 1820 two active sloop landings on the north bank of Rondout Creek served Kingston.

Southbound cargoes consisted of firewood, hoop-poles, grain and sawed lumber. Return freight consisted primarily of supplies for area merchants.

The two sloop landings were named Twaalfskill, but later renamed Wilbur, located on the north shore of the Rondout Creek, and Kingston Landing, or the Strand as it’s better known, near the mouth of the Creek, at the foot of what is now Broadway.

Although growth was slow, it was steady, but dramatic growth did not occur in Rondout until the Wurts brothers built the Delaware & Hudson Canal in the 1820s. That’s when it began to boom.

Kingston’s historic Rondout district has undergone a period of revitalization and its waterfront park is now lined with restaurants, bars, boutiques and galleries. It’s quite the happening place.

Two river tour operators provide access to the river, and a nearby park and beach are wonderfully picturesque locations to spend an afternoon, either by yourself or with friends and family.

If you’re ever close to this quaint and historic place, it’s worth driving over to see it. Have lunch and take advantage of some photo opportunities!




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