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9 Best Things To Do In Newburgh, New York

Samantha
Updated Aug 07, 2018

While it’s easy to skip Newburgh for more well-known cities, this historic town is home to Revolutionary War relics and beautiful scenery. Nature lovers and history buffs alike can enjoy all of the lovely attractions Newburgh, New York has to offer upstate visitors. While particularly lovely in the summertime, Newburgh is the perfect quiet getaway for all seasons. Keep reading to explore some of the best things to do in Newburgh, New York.

Top 3 activities to book in Newburgh (and vicinity)

1. Washington's Headquarters

Washington's Headquarters Museum

Dating back to 1725, this historic house once was the headquarters of George Washington himself during the American Revolutionary War. Now converted into a small museum, Newburgh visitors can enjoy daily guided tours through the preserved rooms. Though not very large, this quaint museum is home to breathtaking Hudson River views and unique Revolutionary War artifacts.

Washington's Headquarters Museum

Address: 84 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY

Website: Washington’s Headquarters Museum

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2. Hamilton Fish Bridge

Hamilton Fish Bridge

While you might not consider a bridge to be a top destination, the Hamilton Fish Bridge in Newburgh, New York, is certainly worth a visit. It is well worth utilizing the pedestrian and bike lane to take a slow stroll across this Hudson River bridge. Be sure to bring your camera, since there are breathtaking views on both sides of the wide Hudson River and surrounding mountains.

Hamilton Fish Bridge

Address: Rte. I-84

Website: Hamilton Fish Bridge

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3. Lawrence Farms Orchard

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If you’re looking for an outing perfect for the entire family, look no further than Lawrence Farms Orchard. This beautiful family-run orchard features colorful playhouses perfect for small children and cute photos. It is also home to an apple orchid and a pumpkin patch, depending on the season. Lawrence Farms Orchard is well-known by locals for their delicious cider doughnuts and seasonal sweet treats. Open daily, this Newburgh classic captures the beauty of the Hudson River Valley.

Lawrence Farms Orchard

Address: 39 Colendrea Rd, Newburgh, NY

Website: Lawrence Farms Orchard

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4. Orange County Choppers

An exhibit in Orange County Choppers

Orange County Choppers is an unexpected find in the quaint town of Newburgh. With an impressive display of custom-designed motorcycles and paraphernalia, this one-stop-chopper shop is a must-see for riders and fans alike! Orange County Choppers also has their own cafe with a selection of craft beers and motorcycle themed burgers! Learn about motorcycles from the pro’s who build at this unique attraction.

Orange County Choppers

Address: 14 Crossroads Ct, Newburgh, NY

Website: Orange County Choppers

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5. Karpeles Manuscript Library

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The Karpeles Manuscript Library in Newburgh offers more than just a collection of local books. It’s home to a surprising number of original manuscripts and copies of valuable historical documents. Visitors are welcome to explore the variety of displays and artifacts as they were displayed in their own time. This library is also located in a former bank building, helping it distinguish itself from other libraries nearby. Take advantage of the free admission to peruse old letters written by Frederick Douglas, early manuscripts of Sherlock Homes, and many more unique finds.

Karpeles Manuscript Library

Address: 94 Broadway, Newburgh, NY

Website: Karpeles Manuscript Library

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6. Downing Park


Designed by the same people who created Central Park in New York City, Downing Park in Newburgh is a surprisingly picturesque 14-hectare (35-acre) expanse of land near downtown. In the summer, Downing Park is host to popular local concerts and events, while in the winter it is a fun place for ice skating and sledding.

Downing Park

Address: 123 Carpenter Ave, Newburgh, NY

Website: Downing Park

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7. New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site


Newburgh, New York is home to several historically significant places. It was here, just south of downtown Newburgh, at the New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, that the eight year long Revolutionary War for American Independence was ended by George Washington. Today, the area is marked by periodic reenactments in which locals dress up like members of George Washington’s army around historical artifacts. There is also a visitor center where tourists can learn more about the history of the Newburgh in the Revolutionary War.

New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site

Address: 374 Temple Hill Rd, New Windsor, NY

Website: New Windsor Historic Site

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8. Motorcyclepedia Museum

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Even if you’re not a motorcycle rider, you’ll be in awe by the wide collection of motorcycles and motorcycle history featured in the Motorcyclepedia Museum. Founded by two lifelong motorcycle riders, this museum has several different exhibits showing the history of motorcycle craftsmanship and use. This museum even features different motorcycles you can sit on for unique photos!

Motorcyclepedia Museum

Address: 250 Lake St, Newburgh, New York

Website: Motorcyclepedia Musuem

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9. Montgomery St. and Grand St.


If you’re visiting Newburgh, there is no way you can miss Montgomery Street and Grand Street! These two streets mark the downtown area in Newburgh, New York, and they are bustling with life year round! Montgomery Street is located near the Hudson River waterfront and is home to new restaurants and shops! Meanwhile, Grand Street offers visitors the chance to walk down a historic street with views of Mount Beacon in the background! This up and coming shopping and dining district is the central tourist area of Newburgh, New York!

Montgomery St. and Grand St.

Address: Montgomery St, Newburgh, NY

Website: Montgomery St and Grand St

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Visit this New York treasure!

View of central Newburgh, NY, from the Beacon train station across the Hudson River
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Newburgh often is lost in the shadow of New York City, however, this historic town has plenty of charm and beauty to offer travelers willing to delve deep into the Hudson River Valley. Rooted in American history, Newburgh has something to offer both families and solo travelers alike. Pack your camera and your love of history, Newburgh, New York is waiting!

This article was originally published on Jun 26, 2017

Sam is a writer and blogger who loves to travel! She's been to over 27 countries across five continents and loves to push herself outside of her comfort zone. When not writing, she loves to re-read...Read more

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