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Parks, Recreation and Tourism

(Includes:Culture-Performing Arts/Historic Sites/Museums, Tourism/Visitors)




Parks, Recreation and Tourism

(Includes:Culture-Performing Arts/Historic Sites/Museums, Tourism/Visitors)

Q.   What historic sites and museums are located in Dutchess County?

Visit the Dutchess County Tourism website - http://www.dutchesstourism.com/index.php for information about historic sites and museums located  in the county.

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Q.   How can I get information about historic sites and museums such as hours and dates of operation, and rates?

The Official New York State Tourism website provides a search function that allows you to view of list of attractions within New York State based on type - http://www.iloveny.com/What-To-Do/See-And-Do.aspx.  The Dutchess County Tourism website also provides information about local attractions including maps and directions - http://www.dutchesstourism.com/.  

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Q.   Where can I find information about upcoming performances?

Visit our Culture and Arts webpage to find links to various performing arts groups and associations.  Visit their websites or contact them by phone to find information about upcoming events and performances.  The Mid-Hudson Civic Center also hosts family entertainment shows and concerts.

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Q.   Can I hold a private function at one of the historic sites?

Yes, some of the local historic sites allow sections to be reserved for private functions. Some examples follow:

1.  Samuel Morse Historic Site (Locust Grove), a 150-acre estate on South Road in Poughkeepsie, has a reception room that is available for private functions.

2.  The grounds of the Wilderstein Preservation in Rhinebeck are available for weddings and receptions

3.  Visit the Vanderbilt Mansion web page, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill web page, and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt web page of the National Park Service for  information regarding reserving the site(s) for private functions.

4.  The Staatsburgh State Historic Site has several buildings that are available for private functions.

Use the National Park Service's Find A Park facility to access a directory of more historic sites and parks.

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Q.   How do I volunteer at a historic site?

You have two options available to you in finding out about volunteer opportunities at a historic site:

1.  Contact the historic site directly and ask about their volunteer opportunities.  Visit the Dutchess County Tourism website - http://www.dutchesstourism.com/historic-sites.php for contact information.

2.  Visit our webpage which gives a list of volunteer opportunities and contacts in Dutchess County.

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Q.   What is Dia:Beacon?

Dia:Beacon is a museum for Dia Art Foundation's renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present.   Click Here to visit the museum's website.

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Q.   Where are powerboats permitted?

On the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website you can search by state park and/or by region as well as by attractions- such as powerboats,  to find a list of state parks meeting the selected criteria.  Along with general park information, each park listed will give information about additional attractions, driving directions, contact information, seasons/hours open, and whether or not pets are allowed.  Click Here to access the search function on this website.

To find out whether powerboats are permitted on a private body of water, you will need to contact the owner(s) of the property. 

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Q.   Can I bring my own firewood to Wilcox or Bowdoin Park?

No, outside firewood is not permitted.

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Q.   When is the swimming lake open at Wilcox Park?

The swimming lake, boat rentals will be open every day EXCEPT Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the 2014 season.Entrance fees are required to enter the park on days that the swimming lake is open. There is a fee to rent the paddle boats and row boats. Fishing is only allowed on the smaller upper lake and you will need a valid fishing license.  No Ice Fishing allowed.

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Q.   Where in Dutchess County can I launch my boat?

Hudson River Fishermen’s Association provides list of launch ramps on the Hudson River.  The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website also provides a search boat launch sites function based on waterway and county.  Visit the following link to access this website: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/recreation/boating/launch-sites.aspx.  

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Q.   Where can I get information about hiking trails in the area?

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation owns and maintains thousands of miles of hiking trails throughout New York State. From challenging to easy, there are hiking opportunities to suit any interest or ability.  Click Here to visit the DEC website that offers links to forests, preserves where hiking is permitted, as well as rules for using DEC lands, safe hiking tips, and campground information.

The official New York State Tourism website offers a search function that locates specific areas within the state based on the type of recreational activity selected and region.  Click on the following link to visit this website: http://iloveny.com/SeeDoInNY.aspx.

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Q.   When does the deer-hunting season begin and end?

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a webpage that contains information regarding season dates, how to calculate dates for future seasons, links to regulations and other helpful information.  Click Here to access this page.

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Q.   How can I find out about hunter safety training?

A list of Sportsman Education Classes held within each New York State County that contains dates, times and contact information is published on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.  Click Here to access this information.

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Q.   Where can I obtain a fishing or hunting license?

You may purchase sporting licenses and permits using one of the following methods:

  1. On-line through the website of the Department of Environmental Conservation Automated Licensing System (D.E.C.A.L.S.)
  2. At any license issuing outlet which includes most town clerks' offices and many sporting goods stores - click Here to access municipality contact information
  3. By phone: 1-86-NY-DECALS (1-866-933-2257)
  4. By mail - click Here to access the webpage containing a link to the mail-in license application form (.pdf).

Visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's webpage that includes links to requirements, regulations, guides and fees.

 

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Q.   Is there an entrance fee to Wilcox Park?

Yes, but only on days when the swimming lake is open.  Please plan accordingly -your pavilion guests are also charged an entrance fee. See the Wilcox Park Fee Schedule webpage for entrance fees.

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Q.   Where can I ride my horse or bicycle?

Use the search facility on the New York State Tourism website to locate areas in the State where you can bicycle and horseback ride, as well as hike, fish, camp, ride ATV's and engage in other outdoor activities.  Click on the following link to access this site:
http://iloveny.com/.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has the following to say regarding these recreational activities on DEC managed public lands:

"Hiking and backcountry camping are allowed on Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks as well on State Forest areas. Generally, camping is prohibited on Unique Areas, Wildlife Management Areas and other categories of state land. Hiking is generally permitted anywhere but special requirements apply to mountain biking and horseback riding." 

The DEC advises to contact the regional office responsible for the area for regulations regarding specific areas.  Click Here for regional contact information.

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Q.   Where can I find information on farm markets, “pick-your-own” farms, and local produce?

.Click on the following links for this information:

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Q.   What services are available at the parks?

The Dutchess County Parks Division provides summer youth programs as well as programs for school and community groups.  Subject matter includes survival, prehistoric Native American and environmental studies, maple sugaring, archaeology, Archery and more. Call the Park Naturalist at 845-298-4602 for mor information. Click Here to access the Parks Division’s brochures, which explain their programs and facilities in detail, and to access nature and hiking trail system maps of  Bowdoin and Wilcox Park. 

For information on services available at non-county parks, visit the Dutchess County Tourism’s informational parks webpage.

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Q.   Where can I find information about the Dutchess County Fair?

Click Here for information about the Dutchess County Fair.

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Q.   Where can I find a community guide and a calendar of events in my community?

There are a number of comprehensive on-line guides for Dutchess County that are updated regularly with the many events and attractions in our area.  Click on the following links for up-to-the-minute information about local happenings and places to visit:

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Q.   What restaurants and hotels are in the area?

Visit our Dining and Lodging webpage to find links to various websites that provide guides to restaurants and places to stay in Dutchess County.
 

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Q.   What is the schedule for Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion or the Holiday Spirit Festival at Bowdoin Park?

The following links will take you to Kevin McCurdy's websites, where you will find information, directions, photos, coupons and more for these exciting seasonal events!

- Kevin McCurdy's Haunted Mansion

- Holiday Spirit Festival

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Q.   How do I find out about events and/or rental opportunities for Dutchess Stadium?

By calling the Hudson Valley Renegades office at (845) 838-0094.

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Q.   How do I find out which County parks will allow dogs?

The regulations regarding pets in Dutchess County's Bowdoin Park and Wilcox Memorial Park and Quiet Cove require that dogs be on a leash which is no more than six feet.

For New York State parks, visit the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation website that allows you to search by state park and/or by region as well as by attractions to find a list of state parks meeting the selected criteria.  Along with general park information, each park listed will give information about whether or not pets are permitted.  Click Here to access this website.

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Q.   What activities are avalable at Quiet Cove Riverfront Park?

There are no rental facilities at Quiet Cove. Picnic and take in the view. Non-motorized "car top" boat launch, fishing, grilling sites, and picnic areas.

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Q.   Can I reserve a part of a park for a function such as a party, meeting, or wedding?

Yes, Dutchess County’s parks offer various pavilions, buildings and athletic fields that can be reserved for parties and other functions.  The Dutchess County Parks Brochures and Maps an on-line reservations webpage contains links to the Parks Division’s brochures (.pdf) where you'll find photos, prices and other details regarding all of these facilities.  Fee schedules for Bowdoin Park and Wilcox Park are also available. Please Note: THERE ARE NO RENTAL FACILITIES AT QUIET COVE PARK. All reservation times must be within the individual park's hours and subject to insurance requirements.

There are also numerous non-county facilities in the area that can be reserved for an outdoor function, such as a party or a wedding.  Click on the links below to find information on individual sites:


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Q.   Where can I make reservations for camping at a park?

On-line reservations can be made for camping and pavilion rentals at Wilcox Park, Bowdoin Park facility rentals are also made on-line. THERE ARE NO RENTAL FACILITIES AT QUIET COVE PARK. Use the county’s on-line Parks Reservation System to make reservations.

To make camping reservations at other (non-county owned) parks in the area, visit the Reserve America website.

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Q.   When is the best time to see the fall foliage in the area?

Visit the I Love New York website that includes a Foliage Report section for the regions of New York State as well as other great getaway information.

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Q.   What are the major tourist attractions in Dutchess County?

Dutchess County offers many varied tourism opportunities.  The Tourism and Recreation section of our county website provides information on the many activities and attractions that are available here.  Click Here to access this information.

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Q.   Where can I find out about public transportation?

Please visit the Dutchess County website Homepage and hover over the Transportation link located under Quick Links on the left side of the page.  A list of links to various transportation resources will display.

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Q.   Can I bring in outside boats, canoes, etc. to any of the County parks?

Wilcox and Bowdoin Parks do not allow outside boats, canoes, etc.  Quiet Cove allows non-motorized "car-top" launching such as canoes, kayaks, rowboats to be launched into the river.

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Q.   Are there bike trails at any of the County parks?

Yes, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail allows biking and rollerblading.   Further information can be found by visiting http://www.hvrt.org/.  The Dutchess Rail Trail, which also allows biking and rollerblading, is fully completed and starts at Hopewell Depot and connects to the Walkway Over the Hudson in the City of Poughkeepsie.

However, Wilcox, Bowdoin, and Quiet Cove DO NOT allow biking on nature trails, only on paved park roadways.

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Q.   What is the 2014 schedule for the Water Sprinklers?

The Water Feature area at Bowdoin Park  is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day  daily from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Please check back for updated information! 

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