Getting Out on The Hudson River
Almost anywhere we go in this area, there is a creek or river nearby. We pass them in our cars all of the time. But how often do we take the time to really experience the breathtaking beauty of the Hudson River and its tributaries? Take a tour on a Hudson River cruise ship to explore the historic shorelines and witness the many Hudson River lighthouses. Charter a private boat or rent a kayak for a fun summer family outing—or even learn the art of sailing from one of the many captains on the Hudson. Whether by yourself, with family, or friends take a weekend or summer day off to experience memories on the Hudson River that will be sure to last a lifetime. Here are some top picks.
At Hudson Sailing you can experience the freedom and beauty of the Hudson River. Sail the Hudson aboard the beautiful Cirrus sailing trimaran. The Cirrus is also available for half-day or full-day private charters on the Hudson. Hudson Sailing also offers corporate event charters. Cruise along with your executives for a management retreat not to be forgotten! Hudson Sailing offers sailing instructions right on their own racing boat. Learn to perfect your sailing skills—whether you are an experienced sailor or just a beginner—from Hudson Sailing’s very own captain. Located at the municipal dock in front of 1 Broadway, Kingston, NY. 845-687-2440; hudsonsailing.com
Hudson River Cruises provides passengers with a firsthand experience of the Hudson River from the decks of the modern, 300-passenger motor vessel, Rip Van Winkle. Passengers get a chance to explore the historic shorelines, Hudson River lighthouses, and the many breathtaking views of scenic preservation sites, vineyards, and orchards. You also have the opportunity to rent the Rip Van Winkle to celebrate an event, family reunion, birthday, or wedding. Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY. 800-843-7472; hudsonrivercruises.com
Hudson River Cruises now also provides an opportunity for tourists and visitors to dine, shop & explore both Rhinecliff and Kingston’s Waterfront with the Hudson River Water Taxi. Taxi boards at East Strand Street in Kingston. www.hrwatertaxi.com 1-800-843-7472
Tivoli Sailing Company explores the Mid-Hudson River between Kingston and Germantown, NY. What separates Tivoli Sailing Company from others is its unique holistic approach. Children who are interested in learning how to sail can join the summer program. Tivoli Sailing’s guided boat tours make it possible to learn and see a great deal of history and nature while sailing on the Hudson River, because so much of the area’s history occurred along the shores. Tivoli Sailing offers Historic Mansion Tours, and you can even set up a bird-watching tour. Tivoli Sailing is also the perfect choice for New Yorkers who are looking to get whisked away on their own private yacht and spend the night at one of the many local B&Bs and hotels. 845-901-2697; tivolisailing.com
The Kingston Sailing Club promotes and hosts weekly sailboat racing on the Hudson River. The Club offers an enjoyable yet challenging race that is awesome for both beginner and experienced racers. All boat sizes and designs are welcomed. The Kingston Sailing Club hosts the annual Hudson River Maritime Museum Open Regatta, a two-day event in June, and the Spinnenweber Cup Open Regatta in the fall. In addition KSC hosts the Mid-Hudson Long Distance Regatta in August in association with the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club. kingstonsailingclub.org
Explore New York’s Historic Waterway with Hudson River Recreation. Hudson River Recreation is the largest guided sea kayak company located in Westchester County. Trips are located on the Hudson River and Tarrytown Lakes. Guided tours are offered; they are three hours long and allthe necessary gear and instruction are provided. Hudson River Recreation is the perfect place if you are looking to learn about local history, meet new friends, and learn or improve your kayak skills. Come have fun in the sun! 914-682-5135; kayakhudson.com
Tour the Hudson on the beautiful, authentic New Orleans paddleboat, The River Rose. Cruises include sightseeing, brunch, dinner, holiday cruises, and dance parties. You can charter the River Rose May 1 to October 31. Available 7 days a week rain or shine. The River Rose departs from Newburgh Landing, Front Street, Newburgh, NY. 845-563-1067; riverrosecruises.com
The City of Kingston Parks and Recreation Department offers guided kayaking tours between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. These programs include a 1 hour and 45 minute guided educational tour of the Hudson River or Rondout Creek, use of kayaks and safety equipment, and basic instruction. These programs can be reserved with the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department at 845-481-7336.
Get out on the water with Black Swan Sailing in Saugerties, NY. Black Swan offers two-hour cruises, day cruises, two-day getaways, or a four-session learnto- sail course. View the fantastic summer sunsets at night, or even go bird watching to catch a glimpse of the frequently seen bald eagles, ducks, herons, and many other Hudson River birds. Cruises are limited to six guests and Black Swan operates from April through October. 845-542-SAIL; blackswansailing.com
Join North River Charters for a cruise you’ll be sure to never forget. North River Charters sail from Kingston on The Teal, offering a one-of-a-kind view of the Hudson River. Schedule The Teal for inseason cruises for special occasions. North River will charter your group for whatever function you may desire, whether it be a party, corporate event, or a friends and family outing. North RiverCharters makes your Hudson River charter an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime. 845-750-6025; theteal.com
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is a nonprofit, membersupported corporation with a mission to preserve and protect the Hudson River. Join Clearwater this summer as it re-connects Hudson Valley residents with their cultural heritage and traditions by bringing them down to the river for the Great Hudson River Revival, the country’s oldest music andenvironmental festival. The organization and its local sloop clubs also sponsor smaller local riverfront festivals throughout the year. Clearwater’s unique approach to public outreach has made the Clearwater sloop a symbol of grassroots action through handson learning, music, and celebration. Clearwater also provides public sails. Each sail is an ecological adventure as well as a trip of discovery. Visitors learn about the Hudson and join in on songs about sailing and environmental concerns. All sails allow you time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Hudson. Both the Clearwater and Mystic Whaler are available for private parties, weddings, and corporate events. 845-265-8080.clearwater.org