If you’re looking for a fun day trip to get out of NYC, Poughkeepsie, NY in the Mid-Hudson Valley should go to the top of the list! This adorable little town has a huge attraction, The Walkway Over the Hudson. This 1.28 mile bridge is dedicated specifically to walkers, cyclists, joggers, roller bladers…and dogs 🙂 Soaring 212 feet above the Hudson, the views from every direction are stunning. This is the longest, elevated pedestrian bridge in the world.
We parked on the Poughkeepsie side in a free lot right next to the Walkway’s $5 pay lot. At the entrance to the walkway are pubic bathrooms as well as a few porta potties. We entered the bridge around 6:30 and walked past couple hipster looking food trucks serving pretty fancy looking gourmet food. There are even picnic tables for you to enjoy a meal or take a break and relax. We soon after we stepped foot on the bridge the sun started to set for the evening. The ‘golden hour’ was powerful with a light show worthy of admission. My daughter and I both wore skates, my boyfriend rode his scooter. We rolled the length of the bridge stopping every few minutes to point out the view and savor the fantastic colors of the sky. We made this trip on a week day evening and it wasn’t crowded at all. There were several families and joggers. The vibe was very relaxed and enjoyable. Dogs are allowed too, as long as they are on a leash.
Afterwards we drove our car just a few blocks to a really cute restaurant, Rabbit and Turtle. We ate at the Rabbit end, which serves quick bites, rather than the Turtle end serves a slower, more formal meal. This restaurant was great, we’ll be stopping there again our next visit.
- This is easily accessible with strollers, wheelchairs, scooters, roller skates and bikes.
- There is an elevator mid bridge which is currently under construction, I didn’t feel like I missed anything by not taking the elevator tour.
- There are bathrooms available.
- This attraction is free.
- The bridge closes at 8pm and in bad weather.
- Dogs are allowed as long as they are on leashes.
- There are a couple of food trucks at the entrance of the bridge, the menus looked pretty fantastic.
- Bring your camera!