With its rolling hills and farms, shopping and dining, the Hudson Valley's, Fishkill NY is much more than just a bedroom community to New York's metro area. Originally inhabited by the Wappinger Indians, the settlement was purchased by two New York City merchants in the late seventeenth century, and has been home to historic and cultural sights ever since. This comprehensive guide to the Village and Towns of Fishkill, New York, as well as the neighboring Town of East Fishkill covers what its really like to live, work, and play in what is billed by the locals as "a great place to live!"
Headed to Fishkill, NY? Whether for travel or business, Fishkill, meaning "stream full of fish" is easily accessible not only by the expansive Hudson River that lies to its west, but by trains, planes and highways as well.
The Metro-North Hudson line runs directly through town, with stops in both Beacon (slightly to the south) and New Hamburg (slightly to the north), making it an ideal location for commuters to New York City. Train fares can be a bit pricey, however, with fares ranging from approximately $25 for an off-peak round trip ticket from Beacon to Grand Central in Manhattan (around a ninety minute ride), to $360 for a monthly pass purchased online.
The same tracks are also serviced by Amtrak, with a stop in Poughkeepsie, NY, for travelers riding from points outside of Metro-North's system.
Fishkill is also easily accessible by highway, with Interstate 84 running east-west just minutes away, providing easy access to both Connecticut and Western New York. Route 9 and the Taconic State Parkway run north-south, headed to Albany, New York, and New York City, respectively.
If you're flying in, Stewart Airport is just across the Hudson River in Newburgh, with newly added service from Orlando by Jet Blue, and expected terminal expansion to commence in the near future, adding even more daily flights. In addition, Westchester County airport to the south is another popular choice, with flights arriving daily from around the country.
Where To Stay?
The Route 9 area of Fishkill NY is home to dozens of hotels, ranging from the wallet-friendly Extended Stay America, just off the highway, to the more upscale Hilton Garden Inn and Residence Inn, among others. For bed and breakfast lovers, although options are limited within the town limits, a quick jaunt over to Beacon to the south, or Poughkeepsie to the north provide plenty of options.
A Town to Call Home
Looking to move to Fishkill? With an estimated median home/condo value of just under $300,000, there is something to suit every budget. For those looking for never construction, the Fishkill Woods, and Regency at Fishkill, both by Toll Brothers, provide good starting points, with condos and townhomes under $400,000.
For old town charm, head over to the quaint hamlet of Wiccopee in the village of East Fishkill for a more historic feeling. Nestled in the foothills of the Hudson Highlands, the town boasts several centuries-old buildings, and even still has its own general store. The real estate market in Wiccopee boasts smaller cottages at the lower end of the price range, as well as restored historic estates at the high end. With easy access to the highway and its old town charm, this hamlet is for those who are looking for the quiet of the countryside, with a convenient commute.
If you're moving with kids, take note that Fishkill is actually part of the Wappingers Central School district. Covering 125 square miles, with an enrollment of over 12,000, this is one of the largest districts in the state. Its also one of the better â€“ with its nine elementary, three middle and three high schools ranking in the top half of all districts in New York State. Because the district is so large, the opportunities for sports, clubs and activities for children are nearly boundless, but if you're looking for the small town school feel, this probably isn't the district for your children.
What To Do
Now that you've arrived in Fishkill, what is there to do? Whether you're a history buff, sports enthu
siast, nature lover, or food connoisseur, you're sure to find something to suit your tastes in the town.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
For starters, Dutchess Stadium, located at the south end of Fishkill, is home to the Hudson Valley Renegades, the area's only minor league baseball team. With reasonably priced tickets, fireworks disp
lays and theme nights, the stadium is exciting fun for the whole family. With seating for almost 5,000, the stadium also plays host to carnivals, concerts and more throughout the year.
Too hot to catch the game? Try heading over to Fishkill's Splashdown Beach, known as "America's Biggest Little Waterpark!" Boasting rafting and tubing rides, water slides, a wave pool, boardwalk, lagoon and more, Splashdown is a great destination for the dog days of summer. Visiting in the fall? After the park closes in October, the grounds transform into Skull Island, a haunted haven for ghosts, ghouls and the odd pirate or two. Just remember, its all just pretend...or is it?
After the Sun Sets
More into nightlife than family fun? Fishkill's Main Street, in the heart of the village, is home to delicious restaurants. From Indian to Irish, American to Mexican, there's something for everyone in town. The Tomato
Cafe is great for pizzas and sit down dinners alike, but lacks a liquor license as of October 2010. For spirits, The Keltic House at 1004 Main St. is a popular favorite, with frosty brews, great food, and even better music.
Speaking of music, the town of East Fishkill hosts free outdoor concerts at the town Recreation Park on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. In the off-season, the entertainment continues with seasonal holiday lightings and more.
Remembering the Past
For history buffs, the Van Wyck Homestead museum is conveniently located at the intersection of Route 9 and I-84. Despite local commercial expansion, this gem, which was originally used as officer's headquarters during the Revolutionary War, has been preserved. The Homestead is open to the public from on Saturdays and Sundays (1pm -4pm) during June through October. Also located at the site is the Monument of the Soldiers of the War of the Revolution, dedicated on October 14, 1897.. Also, don't forget to stop at the centuries-old Dutch Church while you're in town (pictured at left), located right in the heart of town on Main Street.
The Great Outdoors
For outdoor enthusiasts, try the Wilkinson Trail to Fishkill Ridge. Located near Old Albany Post Road (also known as Uhl Road) and the Newbugh Beacon Bridge, a few miles south of I-84, the trailhead is marked by a white "Historic Old Albany Post Road" sign. Marked by yellow blazes, the hike to the white-blazed Fishkill Ridge trail is approximately one hour each way. (More experienced hikers may continue on the Fishkill Ridge Trail for breathtaking views of the Hudson River.) With ponds, hemlock forests, and heart-pumping switchbacks, this is a hike not to be missed.
Whether you're just visiting, or a local looking for some fun, Fishkill is a town that combines old with new, for an experience that has something for everyone. With all of these activities, beautiful scenery and more, it is clear why everyone from the original settlers to the residents of today love this gem of the Hudson Valley, New York.