MAP Passes to Museums, Attractions & Parks

MAP Passes, offer free or reduced admission to 50 cool places, and are available to Poughkeepsie Public Library District library card holders* who are 18 or older, with an email address and no fines. *Passes to FDR Presidential Library & Museum are available to all Mid-Hudson Library System card holders.

Book up to two (2) passes for the same day to combine visits to nearby venues. These may be local places or destinations on getaway trips to the Adirondacks, Albany, Berkshires, Boston, CT coastline, Danbury or Hartford, NYC, Springfield, and Vermont.

Always confirm hours and visiting information on destination’s website.

Failure to cancel a pass you do not use may result in suspension of pass privileges.

Pass Types: Printable passes, called Print on Demand. Physical passes, called Pick up/Return.

Print on Demand pass: Reserve for day of visit and marked “Closed” when Destination is closed. Print pass when reserving at home or contact the Library to print it for you after reserving pass. Take the printed pass to entrance on specific date printed on the pass.

Pick Up/Return pass: Reserve for day of pick up and marked “Closed” when Library is closed. On holidays venue may be open, but Library closed, so reserve a day early. Check out pass (inside pouch) for three (3) days including pick-up date, day to use pass, and day to return.

• Library card barcode must match reservation at check-out.
• Return to library branch where checked out, and you may use Book Drop to return.
• A $5.00 per day fine if returned after due date (okay to use drop box after closing time).
• If not returned within one week, pass is considered lost, and a replacement cost fined.

When Reserving: Under destinations, click on “Request Pass” to open into reservation system. Reserve up to 60 days in advance. Under the date, find destination and request. You’ll need library card’s barcode. Follow the prompts. You’ll receive confirmation email and a reminder email 2 days before a reservation. You may add a Text reminder. For Print on Demand passes, select “Print Pass” to print from home and bring to destination on date printed on pass.

Cancelling a Pass Reservation: Use “My Passes” button on the TixKeeper Reservation page by logging in with your library card barcode, and clicking on the pass to cancel, or call the Library. If reservation is in 24 hours or less, “My Passes” directs you to call the Library to cancel for you. Failure to cancel a pass, so that others may use it, may result in a suspension of reservation privileges.

Questions? Call the Reference Desk at (845) 485-3445 x 3702.

Check out other FREE or reduced admission destinations within the Hudson Valley and beyond that do not require a MAP Pass!

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Adirondack Experience – The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Print on Demand 

Reduced Admission – Two Options: 50% off for 2 adults and all children 17 and under; OR 50% off for up to 4 adults. Age 5 and under always free. 50% prices: ages: 0-5 free, age 6-17 $6; students w/ID $6, age 18-64 $10; 65+ $9. As Internet access is spotty in Adirondacks, print pass and directions before you go.

Highlights: Enjoy 121 spectacular acres, 23 buildings, with entertaining and immersive experiences, such as “Life in the Adirondacks,” a sensational 19,000 sq. ft. exhibition.  Break up a log jam, set off a mine shaft charge, or hike ¾ mile Minnow Trail to the ADKX Boathouse to rent a vintage boat or canoe (approx. dates avail. 7/1-9/13, rental rates). Check out daily activitiesspecial events, and tips for planning a great visit. Free Wi-Fi.

Two Adirondack Passes: The Wild Center & Adirondack Experience passes may be reserved for same day, weekend or week. 32 miles apart. Both are two new Printable Passes to use in the Adirondacks!

Accessibility & Animals: Wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, and strollers are available on a first come. first serve basis. Service animals are welcome. Dogs or emotional support animals are not permitted.

Hours: Open for season on Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, seven days a week, including holidays, 10 AM – 5:00 PM.  ADKX Store open 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM. Some “Cabin Fever Sundays,” open, check website Feb-April.

Closed: Day after Columbus Day until re-opening on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend.

Address: 9097 State Route 30, Route 28N & 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY (193 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 518-352-7311

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Albany Institute of History & Art

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Admits: 2 adults and 2 children (under age 18).

Hours: Vary by day.  Wed. 10 AM-5 PM, Thurs. 10 AM – 8 PM* (Free 5-8 PM), Fri. 10 AM – 5 PM, Sat. 10 AM – 5 PM, Sun. 12 – 5 PM. Closed Mon. & Tues.

Closed: Monday & Tuesday and New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

Address: 125 Washington Ave., Albany NY 12210 (80 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 518-463-4478

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Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
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Admits: The pass-holder and up to four accompanying family members, for a total of five guests per pass. Children 12 and under are free. 10% discount in museum store.

Restrictions: The pass may not be used for special events exceeding the price of general admission, such as members-only events or events that require non-members to pay a fee. Before your visit, please visit the website, or call (203) 438-4519.

Note: Open these holidays, so Print on Demand pass from Home and go – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.

Closed: Tuesdays and New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Address: 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877 (56 Miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 203-438-4519

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Basketball Hall of Fame
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Reduced admission pass for 6 people at the discounted rate of $15 per adult and $9.00 per youth (ages 5 – 15). Children under 5 are free.

Restrictions: Not valid for special events. Please refer to their website for hours and dates closed.

Address: 1000 Hall of Fame Ave., Springfield, MA 01105 (124 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 1-877-446-6752

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Berkshire Botanical Garden 

Print on Demand Pass

Admits: 2 free admissions, May 1 to Oct 11, when BBG has an entrance fee. Children, 12 and under, are always free. No passes or discounts accepted during annual Harvest Festival, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 12 and 13.  Special seasonal events over holidays, and early and late spring, may have a fee, check website. Oct. 14 – April 31, BBG is free, weather permitting unless have a special event fee.

Accessibility & Restrictions: The Garden’s 20 acres are generally wheelchair friendly. Terrain varies and some gardens only accessible by stone steps, with viewing areas. Reserve a wheelchair by calling (413) 320 – 4794. Garden seating available.  Picnics are permitted. Dogs not permitted except for registered service animals. No smoking on grounds.

Tours: Guided Tour 11:00 AM, June 1st – Sept. 1st and free with pass. Self-guided audio tours are offered free with pass.

Open: Open year round, weather permitting.  Note that May 1st – October 11, 9 AM – 5 PM daily to use library pass for free entrance.  Open Oct 12 and 13 for annual Harvest Festival, with entrance fee (no library passes or discounts).  BBG is open off-season, Oct. 14 – April 31, weather permitting, for free except when special seasonal events over holidays, and in the spring may have a fee.

Address: Routes 102 & 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (68 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 413-298-3926

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Berkshire Museum

Print on Demand

Admits: 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 18. Children 3 and under are always free!

Hours: Open all year.  Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM.  Sunday Noon – 5 PM.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.

Address: 39 South Street (Route 7), Pittsfield, MA 01201 (75 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Parking: Free and paid public parking near museum. Learn more.

Phone: 413-443-7171

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Boscobel House and Garden
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Admits: 1 adult plus 3 guests of any age to include a guided tour of the Historic House Museum, access to the grounds and seasonal exhibitions.

Closed: Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and January – mid-April.

Address: 1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY, 10524 (22 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 845-265-3638

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Bronck Museum | Bronck Family Farmstead, Houses, and Barns
Pick Up and Return at Adriance

Admits: 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 5 are free.

Restrictions: Not valid for special events.

Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, July 4th, Columbus Day, Labor Day, and October 15 – May 24, 2019.

Address: 90 County Route 42, Coxsackie, NY 12051 (50 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 518-731-6490 (May – October)

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Bushnell Park Carousel

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Admits: Four people for free admission and unlimited rides on The Bushnell Park Carousel (Hartford, CT) and to the New England Carousel Museum (unlimited carousel rides) and Museum of Fire History (Bristol, CT) about 30 minutes away.

Highlight: The 1914 vintage carousel, with 48 hand carved wooden horses and two chariots that swirl around a booming Wurlitzer band organ, is housed in a 24 sided pavilion in Bushnell Park in downtown, Hartford, CT.

Hours: Bushnell Park Carousel only: January: Sat. & Sun, 11 – 5 PM; February & March closed; April – June: Sat. & Sun, 11 – 5 PM; July – August: Wed – Sun, 11 – 5 PM; Sept – Nov: Sat. & Sun, 11 – 5 PM; Dec.: Wed – Sun 11 – 5 PM.

See Hours for New England Carousel Museum and Museum of Fire History here.

Closed: Bushnell Park Carousel only: January, M-F. All February & March. April – June, M-F. July-August, Monday & Tuesday. Sept – Nov, M-F, and Dec. Monday & Tuesday. Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Closed during severe weather.

Address: 1 Jewel St., Hartford, CT 06103 (98 miles from Poughkeepsie).

Address for New England Carousel Museum and Museum of Fire History is 95 Riverside Avenue, Route 72, Bristol CT  06010.

Phone: 860-585-5411

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Chesterwood | Home & Studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French

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Admits: 2 adults and free to children 12 & under. Includes a guided tour at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, or enjoy self-guided tour from either 10 to 11 AM, or 3 to 5 PM.  If your family size is larger, admission is $20 adults, $10 for teens, 13 – 18. Grounds only tickets are available at half price: $10 adults, $5 teens 13-18, children free under 13.

Note: Situated on 122 acres, Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), creator of the Minute Man and Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial.  Non-service dogs not allowed on property.  Download the property map. See their calendar for many special events and exhibitions.

Hours: Open May 25 – Oct. 27, daily from 10 AM – 5 PM. Extended hours to 7 PM on Thursdays, July 11, 19, and 25.

Physical Address: 4 Williamsville Rd, Stockbridge, MA (70 miles from Poughkeepsie.)  It is just off Route 183 in Glendale section of Stockbridge, MA.

GPS Address: Follow these directions as Chesterwood advises that Google maps and some GPS systems’ directions are incorrect and will lead you to single-lane dirt roads.

Phone: 413-298-3579

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Children’s Museum of Science and Technology
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Admits: 2 adults and all dependent children under the age of 18.

Restrictions: Does not apply to discounts on birthday parties.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day.

Address: 250 Jordan Road, Troy, NY 12180 (85 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 518-235-2120

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Danbury Railway Museum
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Admits: 6 people. Children under 3 are free.

Restrictions: Not valid for free admission on days there are special events at a special price. On special event days, the pass holder will receive $1 off Event Admission for each member in their party.

Note: Train rides, when available, are an additional charge.

Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays from Sept 1 – May 31. Closed on these holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.

Address: 120 White Street, Danbury, CT 06810 (43 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 203-778-8337

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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
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Admits: 2 adults and 4 children (1 – 18). Children under 1 year are free.

Closed: Mondays from September through June, and Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Address: 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002 (135 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 413-559-6300

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FASNY Museum of Firefighting
Pick up and Return to Adriance

Admits: 2 adults and 2 children 3-17 years of age, children under 3 are free.

Restrictions: Not to be used for organizational groups. For use by families only.

Closed: Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, Easter, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Address: 117 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534 (44 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 518-822-1875

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FDR Presidential Library and Museum – available to all Mid-Hudson Library System card holders (with no fines or overdue materials)
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Admits: 4 adults. Children 15 and under are free.

Restrictions: Pass does not provide access to the Presidential Library’s Archives or Research Room, nor does it provide access to the National Park Service sites (Springwood/FDR Home, Top Cottage, or Eleanor Roosevelt’s Valkill).

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Address: 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538

Phone: 845-486-7770

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Florence Griswold Museum | Home of American Impressionism

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Admits: 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 12 years old are free. Pass includes restored boarding house, riverfront gallery, historic gardens, Rafal Landscape Center and Chadwick Studio. May not be combined with other coupons. Fees may apply for special exhibits, such as Wee Faerie Village event.

Fall Wee Faerie Village Event: Held Sept. 28 – Oct 27, 2019, and open Columbus Day, with special activities. Event surcharge of $5 for everyone over 12 (even w/ Library pass), whether see faerie houses or not. Children 12 and under admitted free, due to grant.

Hours: April – Oct.: Tues-Sun. 10 AM-5 PM. Nov. – March: Tues.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM and Sun. 1-5 PM.  Closing at Landscape Center and Chadwick Studio begins at 4:30 PM, and the Florence Griswold House closes at 4:50 PM.

Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. These buildings are closed while they prepare new exhibits: Florence Griswold House, Thurs. Nov. 14 & Fri. Nov. 15, 2019; Krieble Gallery, Sept. 9 – 26, 2019.

Address: 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371 (118 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 860-434-5542

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Gomez Mill House
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Admits: 2 adults/seniors and 2 children to a guided tour (Wed. – Sun. at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm) to view House and Mill.

Restrictions: To view the House and Mill, you must be on a guided tour.

Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays. Closed for special event Sept. 14 and 15, 2019. Last day open is Nov. 10, 2019, until re-open in mid-April, 2020.

Address: 11 Mill House Rd., Marlboro, NY 12542 (12 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 845-236-3126

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Hancock Shaker Village

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Admits: Two (2) adults and two (2) youths (13-17 years) for free. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Special events may require additional fee, see website for details.

Note: Twenty historic buildings on 750 bucolic acres, including the iconic Round Stone Barn, Visitor Center, 22,000 objects, a working farm, Seeds Market Café, a store, and hiking trails. The Discovery Room has activities for children. Audio tours for rent, $2. Specialty tours for fee, require reservation. Orientation video included. FAQ available. Download the Walking Tour Map.

Restrictions: As this is a working farm, no pets are allowed on the grounds. Service dogs welcomed. No tripods in historic buildings. Commercial photography requires advance permission. Wheelchairs use free and reserve by calling 413-443-0188 x 100.

Hours: Vary by season. Mid-April to late-June; 10 AM – 4 PM. July – October, 10 AM – 5 PM. November – December; Saturday and Sundays only. Includes some holidays.

Holidays Open: Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Columbus Day

Closed: January 1 to Mid-April (check website for opening day), and Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Address: Route 20 & 41, Pittsfield, MA 01202 (Located just west of the junction of Routes 20 & 41). (73 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 413-443-0188 or 800-817-1137

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Hildene | The Lincoln Family Home
Pick up and Return at Adriance Memorial Library

Admits: 2 adults and 4 children (age 6 – 16) and children under age 5 are free using two Library Membership passes laminated together. Present the two passes at the Welcome Center for admission stickers. The 412 acres includes: Robert and Mary’s House and Gardens (self-guided tour or $7.50 per person for 45 min. guided tour June-Sept. 11 am or 1 pm; mid-Oct-May at 1 pm; call to reserve), 1903 Pullman Palace Car Sunbeam, Hildene Farm Goat Dairy and Cheese Making Facility, Dene Farm with 1832 Hollow School and greenhouse, Animal Barn with variety of animals, 12 miles of trails, the Batternkill wetlands with a 600 foot floating boardwalk

Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25, and 26

Address: 1005 Hildene Road, Manchester, VT 05254 (135 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 800-578-1788

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
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Admits: 2 adults and their children to both locations: Wildlife Education Center (includes Nature Museum exhibit, live animals and birds), and Outdoor Discovery Center (includes Grasshopper Grove – Nature Play Area, Visitor Center, and Trails). Both locations are 1.5 miles apart.  No pets on preserve.

Hours for both locations.

Programs: See Public Programs on their website for current list of events and if additional fees would be required.

Grasshopper Grove – Nature Play Area: video, click here. FAQ & overview click here.

Trails: Free and open from dawn to dusk every day. View Trail Map.

Wildlife Education Center (WEC): Info click here.

Meet Animals & Birds at the WEC: Sat. & Sun. 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm year round, click here.

Locations:

The Wildlife Education Center
25 Boulevard, Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520
845-534-7781

The Outdoor Discovery Center
120 Muser Drive, Cornwall, NY 12518 (Entrance across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall, NY)
845-534-5506

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Hudson River Museum

Pick up and Return at both Library Branches

Admits: 2 adults and up to 6 children or grandchildren to the Museum’s exhibitions and rotating collections, Glenview Historic Home, the Nybelwyck Hall Dollhouse, the Hudson Riverama, and Planetarium shows Sat. & Sun. 12:30 PM (children), 2:00 PM (all ages), 3:30 PM (8 – adult), and for summer, through Aug 31, Fri. & Sat at 7:00 PM. Also for kids, Family Studio: Art and Family Studio: Science workshops, and Early Explorers Room on Sat. and Sun., 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Show library pass for 15% discount in the Museum Shop. Events listed on their calendar.

Glenview Tours & Access: Guided Tours included: Wed. – Fri. 1:00 PM only; Sat. – Sun. 1:00 and 3:00 PM. Glenview is open to public Sat. – Sun. 12:00 – 5:00 PM.

Note: On the banks of the Hudson River in Yonkers, accessible by Metro North’s Hudson Line, the HRM offers dynamic Exhibitions of 19th-century to contemporary American art; Glenview, an 1877 Gilded Age home on the National Register of Historic Places; a state-of-the-art Planetarium with daily multiple shows geared to variety of ages; an indoor, environmental teaching gallery that is interactive, Hudson Riverama; and an outdoor Amphitheater with free performances. Free parking. Wheelchairs provide by request.

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, and special Free Summer Hours: July 5-Aug. 31, on Friday & Saturdays, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Closed: Monday and Tuesday.

Address: 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701 (67 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 914-963-4550

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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Admits: up to six people to Intrepid Museum, Submarine Growler, and Space Shuttle Pavilion. 10% discount on Family Membership for library patrons.
Your PPLD Library Card and printed Intrepid pass must BOTHbe presented at the Express Member’s Only Line to enter on the specific date printed on the pass, and names and card and pass must match.

Restrictions: Not eligible for Member events, programs or simulators. Guests under the age of 16 unaccompanied by an adult will not be permitted to enter the Museum.

Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Check Intrepid’s “Plan Your Visit” web page for notice of dates with early closure due to special event or closure of exhibitions.

Address: Pier 86, West 46th St & 12th Ave., New York, NY 10036 (80 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 212-245-0072

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Locust Grove Estate

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Admits: Admits 2 adults and up to 4 children 18 and under, and includes Mansion Guided Tour.

Restrictions: Mansion open only by guided tour, and group of 10 or more needs a reservation. Restrictions on use of the grounds are posted on website.

Visitor Center Hours: Open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm weekdays from January – March, and every day April – December.

Locust Grove Mansion Tours: May 1 – October 31 guided tours offered daily at 10:15 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:15 pm. April, November and December; guided tours offered on weekends at 10:15 am, 11:30 am, 12:45 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:15 pm.

Locust Grove Gardens & Grounds: 8:00 am to dusk, year-round.

Closed: Visitor Center and Mansion closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Pick up and Return at Both Library Branches

Reduced admission pass for 6 people at $2 per person discount off Regular Admission which includes both the Aquarium and one daytime standard IMAX movie on six-story screen. (Four daily movie selections, approx. 40 minutes).

Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Address: 10 N Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854 (62 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 203-852-0700

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Mark Twain House & Museum

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Admits: 1 adult or 2 children for free with 1 paid adult admission (1 discount w/ pass). Children 6 and under always free. Includes House Tour (1 hour) and Museum; Mark Twain exhibit, Ken Burns’ film, and changing gallery. House Tours for 14 people, first come OR purchase and reserve online by date, ticket type and time. Online purchase allows reserving admission types (may select number of children for free or 1 adult free when purchase an adult ticket at specific time and date). Not included: Ghost, Holiday or Living History special tours.

Note: National Geographic voted in top 10 historic homes in the world. First floor is wheelchair accessible. No elevator. There are 41 steps to top, and 40 down. Mark Twain wrote his four best known books over the 17 years in residence. The house has been featured on the Syfy Channel’s Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel’s My Ghost Story.

Hours: Open seven days a week, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM (except for 8 Tuesdays and 6 Holidays). Last tour at 4:15 PM

Closed: Tuesdays in January and February, and New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Library Pass is not accepted day after Thanksgiving and Dec. 26 (marked “None” available).

Address: 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford CT  06105 (Set GPS for 385 Farmington Avenue for parking lot or 65 Forest Street for wheelchair entrance). (94 miles from Poughkeepsie).

Phone: 860-280-3113

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Mass MoCA Logo for Web

MASS MoCA – Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
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“MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification.” To see why it is called a perfect art museum for kids and adults, click here.

Admits: 2 adults and 2 children (6 – 16) for gallery admission only. Children under 6 are free.

Note: Some installations may require advance registration to view due to space limitations. Includes Kidspace, ArtBar (art making for kids), ticket combo deals, parking, tours, food and FAQ. To learn more, click here.

Closed: Christmas Day and Tuesdays between Labor Day and Memorial Day. In summer, open 7 days a week.

Address: 1040 MASS MoCA WAY, North Adams, MA 01247 (98 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 413-662-2111

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Mohonk Preserve
Pick Up and Return at both Library Branches

Admits: One adult and children age 12 and under for free with an adult. Teens, age 13-17, may sign out an additional pass with a parent or guardian.

Required: All pass holders must pick up a wristband in order to access the Preserve. To receive a day-use wristband, present the Library Pass at either Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center or any of the four Trailheads 9 am – 5 pm business hours. Read both sides of the pass, and Risk Waiver on back.

Hours: Preserve Lands are sunrise to one hour after sunset 365 days of the year and Visitor Center (9 am -5 pm) daily with exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve after 12 noon, and closed Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Parking: Limited and on peak summer/fall weekends will fill up early. Car-pooling and use of long-term parking lots at Preserve’s Visitor Center and at West Trapps parking lot, located ½ mile and 1½ mile respectively from the intersection of Routes 299 and 44/55, are suggested. View this Map of Alternative Driving Routes for use during busy and peak weekends.

Note: While the pass does not provide admission to Mohonk Mountain House or Minnewaska State Park, you may hike on to either property approximately six miles from the Preserve’s trails, but you may not enter the hotel or use facilities.

View Directions, Maps & Trails

Visitor Center Address: 3197 State Route 55, Gardiner, NY 12525 (20 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 845-255-0919

Rules if Bring Your Dog: Allowed, but strict rules.

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Motorcyclepedia Museum & Velocipede Museum

Pick up/Return at Both Libraries

Admits: 2 adults OR 2 people any age free and Children 6 and under are free to both museums. If more people with pass holder, admission rates are:  Children 7-11 $5.00; Students $10; Senior, Veterans & Military $12; Adults $15.  Both museums are self-guided, handicapped accessible, with free parking. Mobility scooters available at Motorcyclepedia. See this short video overview.

Note: Motorcyclepedia is the most extensive motorcycle museum in America, featuring 10 galleries in 85,000 square feet, with over 600 vintage motorcycles, from 1897 to today, with over 3,000 pieces of memorabilia, and three Motordromes, known as the Wall of Death. The Velocipede Museum is a showcase of velocipedes, boneshakers, bicycles and tricycles from the 1860’s to the 1960’s.

Restrictions: Large bags, back-packs and helmets must be stored in the Museum Lobby. Service animals are allowed. Food and drink not available for purchase. 

Hours: Both are open year round. Check website or call to see if open major holidays.

Motorcyclepedia: Friday – Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Velocipede: Please check website or call to see if the Saturday you wish to visit will be open as staffing may temporarily affect hours. Saturday hours are 10 AM – 4 PM if open.

Closed: Motorcyclepedia: Monday – Thursday.  Velocipede: Sunday – Friday. Check website or call it see if closed on holidays.

Address: Motorcyclepedia is at 250 Lake Street, Newburgh, NY 12250 and Velocipede is at 109 Liberty Street, Newburgh, NY 12550. (18.5 miles from Poughkeepsie.)

Phone: 845-569-9065

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Museum at Bethel Woods – Site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival
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Admits: Admits 4 persons to museum and special exhibits. Children 2 and under are free.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

New Exhibit! We Are Golden – Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival. This exhibit examines Woodstock and what the youth of 1969 wanted for the world, places the festival in the context of the positive societal changes it has spawned, and asks today’s youth what THEY are asking the world to do now. This special exhibit closes December 31, 2019.

Note: The Museum has additional multiple exhibits, including the exhibit “Woodstock and The Sixties.” Located 90 miles from NYC at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, NY, the lush 800 acre campus includes a Pavilion Stage amphitheater with seating for 15,000, and intimate 440 seat indoor Event Gallery, the Museum at Bethel Woods, and Conservatory for arts education programming.

Address: 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY 12720 (75 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 1-866-781-2922

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Mystic Aquarium
Pick Up and Return at both Library Branches

Reduced admission pass: Admits 4 visitors at $4 off the general admission price, plus children 2 and under are free. Visit two free additional days when entrance tickets are validated before you leave, and used to return for the next two consecutive days. Online ticket purchases also at a discounted price. The seven passes, at each library branch, are courtesy of Mystic Aquarium.

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas

Address: 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355 (140 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 860-572-5955

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National Museum of Dance
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Admits: 2 adults and children (17 and under).

Closed: Monday

Address: 99 S Broadway. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (114 miles from Poughkeepsie)

Phone: 518-584-2225

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New England Carousel Museum & Museum of Fire History

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Admits: Four people for free admission and unlimited rides at the New England Carousel Museum & Museum of Fire History (Bristol, CT) and the Bushnell Park Carousel (downtown Hartford, CT) about 30 minutes away.  Opening dates and hours vary at the Bristol & Hartford locations, so check hours at each location.

Accessibility: Museum has wheelchair accessible restrooms, an elevator, and a low vision tour.

Highlights: View over 100 years of carousel art and history throughout this 33,000 square foot building, including an operating Venetian indoor carousel.  In same building, the Museum of Fire History has firefighting and fire house equipment and memorabilia, with alarms to sound, levers to pull and uniforms to try on.

Hours: From Jan – Dec.: Wed. – Sat, 10 AM – 5 PM; and Sun., Noon – 5 PM. Monday & Tuesday by reservation request only.  Guided tours available by calling in advance.

Holidays Open:  Open local school holidays, call to confirm.

Closed: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Address: 95 Riverside Avenue, Route 72, Bristol, CT 06010  (71 miles from Poughkeepsie).

Address for Bushnell Park Carousel is 1 Jewell Street, Hartford CT  06103, located inside the Pavilion in Bushnell Park.

Phone: 860-585-5411

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