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.
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.
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!