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A Day Trip Guide to Newburgh, NY

by Mary Kate Schmermund
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Just over an hour’s drive from Montclair, Newburgh, New York offers beautiful Hudson River waterfront views and experiences, delicious cuisine, and fun and funky shops. The land was originally inhabited by the Waoranek people, part of the Lenape tribe of the Algonquin Nation. Newburgh also served as George Washington’s final headquarters during the Revolutionary War. This historic, creative community has much to offer. Read on to plan your fun day in Newburgh. 

MG Pro Tip: A quick, stunning drive over the Newburgh Beacon Bridge leads to the charming, artistic hub of Beacon, New York allowing for maximum exploration! 


Things to Do

Motorcyclepedia Museum | 250 Lake Street

Vroom, vroom! Drive on by to the Motorcyclepedia Museum whose mission is “to create the best motorcycle museum in the world”. The collections include motorcycle parts, artifacts, and memorabilia all meant to educate the public about the past, present, and future of motorcycles.

Pride of the Hudson River Cruise | Pride’s Landing: 4 Washington Street

Pride of the Hudson River Cruise

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All aboard! Hop on a day or evening cruise to take in the Hudson Highlands’ breathtaking views, including Bannerman Island, majestic mountains, Washington’s Headquarters, West Point, and more. The price point is $18-28 for a two-hour, narrated sightseeing experience with the option of bringing or purchasing food.

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Safe Harbors of The Hudson | 104 Ann Street

With the mission of “Transforming Lives and Building Community through Housing and the Arts,” Safe Harbors of The Hudson is the place to go to experience art, a historical theater, and community. Ann Street Gallery features art “to increase arts literacy and appreciation by engaging community and promoting forward-thinking, socially responsive, and under-represented positions in contemporary practice.”

Washington’s Headquarters | 84 Liberty Street

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Experience the site where history was made when George Washington stayed here as the Revolutionary War was ending. A family (and “Hamilton” fan) friendly destination, there are multiple buildings, monuments, and a museum to explore also showcasing Hudson River views. Admission includes a guided tour.

Where to Eat

Blacc Vanilla Cafe | 197 South Street

Blacc Vanilla Cafe

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Blacc Vanilla Cafe is a cultural hub serving breakfast, lunch, baked goods, and coffee. The cafe fosters community collaborations that promote “education, training and skills development, self-improvement and economic self-sufficiency while building a sense of hope and self-worth.”

Blu Pointe | 120 Front Street

Blu Pointe

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Offering stunning waterfront views and spacious, welcoming indoor and outdoor ambiances, Blu Pointe specializes in “locally-influenced seasonal dishes” including fresh seafood. 

Hudson Taco | 27 S. Water Street

Hudson Taco

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Hudson Taco is located in a train station built in the 1900s by the same firm that designed Grand Central Station. Hudson Taco’s menu of Mexican Street Food highlights ingredients from local farms, wineries, and cheesemakers.

MG Pro Tip: For a unique beverage experience, don’t miss Hudson Taco and Newburgh Brewing Company’s “aMAIZing” Corn Lager which is made using local corn.

Machu Picchu | 301 Broadway

Machu Picchu

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This family-owned and operated restaurant has been serving the Hudson Valley’s best Peruvian cuisine for lunch, dinner, and dessert over the past 30 years!

Mama Roux | 96 Broadway

Mama Roux

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One can’t go wrong enjoying Mama Roux’s beautifully curated atmosphere featuring Art Deco details and a welcoming outdoor seating area. Enjoy Cajun cuisine made using local ingredients.

Mary Jane’s Dairy Bar | 5334 Route 9W

Mary Jane’s Dairy Bar

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Savor a sweet frozen treat of homemade ice cream or a variety of food options at Mary Jane’s Dairy Bar. 

Newburgh Brewery Company | 88 South Colden Street

Newburgh Brewery Company

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Newburgh Brewery Company’s beers are “brewed with heart”. With a taproom, beer garden, and menu of locally sourced food, one can’t go wrong. 

Newburgh Flour Shop | 109 Liberty Street

Newburgh Flour Shop

Newburgh Flour Shop is a family-owned bakery chock full of culinary treasures from bread to pastries.

Pamelas on the Hudson | 1 Park Place

Pamelas on the Hudson

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Enjoy fresh, seasonal food right on the waterfront for brunch, lunch, or dinner! Featuring a wide array of fresh seafood.

Where To Shop

The Barking Goose Bookstore Bar & Cafe | 16 North Plank Road

The Barking Goose

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Enjoy a lovely selection of curated books, local craft beers and ciders, and a bite to eat all at The Barking Goose Bookstore Bar & Cafe.

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Cream Boutique | 101 Liberty Street

Cream Boutique

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Cream Boutique is the place to go for modern and vintage fresh fashion finds.

Field Trip | 113 Liberty Street

Field Trip

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Add Field Trip to your field trip and shop handmade goods from the Hudson Valley for the home, wardrobe, and pantry in addition to plant-based skincare.

Newburgh Vintage Emporium | 5006 Route 9W Newburgh & 10 NY-17K Newburgh

Newburgh Vintage Emporium  

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With two Newburgh locations and over 145 vendors, there are many vintages, antique treasures, and locally made goods to discover at Newburgh Vintage Emporium. Open every day but Tuesday, shop all things vintage to your heart’s content from vinyl, housewares, furniture, and clothing to art and ephemera that transform a space into a home. There’s even a vintage candy shoppe. Be sure to check out the outdoor flea markets this fall.

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