The first house in Fishkill was built back in 1709, which means that this pleasant small town has a lot of history to share. The unusual name of the town is derived from two Dutch words which mean fish and creek, or stream. You can learn about the pioneer days in Fishkill by visiting the Van Wyck Homestead Museum and the First Reformed Church of Fishkill. Outdoor activities include hiking up Beacon Mountain, kayaking on the Hudson River, and having family fun at the Splashdown Beach Water Park (in summer). When you have worked up a thirst you are invited to stop by the Piano Piano Wine Bar to taste some great wines by the glass. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Van Wyck Homestead Museum (aka Van Wyck - Wharton House)

Van Wyck Homestead Museum (aka Van Wyck - Wharton House)
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Dating back to 1732, the Van Wyck Homestead Museum is housed in a Dutch colonial building which originally belonged to an aristocratic Dutch immigrant family. The original 3-roomed house was enlarged and due to its strategic location it was requisitioned by the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. The Fishkill Historical Society is responsible for the continued protection of the historic building and has filled the museum with thousands of colonial era artifacts and period furnishings. Visitors can still admire the original kitchen with its open hearth. Guided tours of the house and the surrounding grounds are available by prior arrangement.

Van Wyck Homestead Museum, 504 Route 9, Fishkill, NY 12524, Phone: 845-896-9560

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2.First Reformed Church of Fishkill

First Reformed Church of Fishkill
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The First Dutch Reformed Church of Fishkill was built in 1725 to serve the 440 settlers who lived in the area. This original church was built using local field stone, and the labor of local residents and their slaves. In 1785 the community had outgrown the original church and it was lengthened, had another storey added and now boasted a 120-ft steeple. Throughout the following centuries the church has undergone a succession of expansions and improvements which included the installation of stained glass windows and Dutch chandeliers. When you visit the church today you will be admiring one of the finest examples of a non-residential 18th century building in the whole of New York. The church cemetery still has many ancient tombstones dating back to the mid 1700’s.

First Reformed Church of Fishkill, 1153 Main Street, Fishkill, NY 12524, Phone: 845-896-9836

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3.Mount Beacon, Fishkill, New York

Mount Beacon, Fishkill, New York
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Mount Beacon is the highest peak of the scenic Hudson Highlands, a range of mountains which follow the course of the Hudson River. At one time, there was a casino and restaurant at the summit of Mount Beacon, which could be reached via the Beacon Mountain Incline Highway. These days the mountain is a popular outdoor hiking destination which offers outstanding views of the Hudson River Valley and NYC in the distance. There are two hiking trails which you can use to reach the summit – both of them are considered to be quite challenging due to the steep and rocky terrain. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts by the fabulous views.

Mount Beacon, Fishkill, NY 12524, Phone: 845-473-4440

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4.Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill, NY

Piano Piano Wine Bar, Fishkill, NY
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Serving a carefully selected range of wines and light meals, Piano Piano Wine Bar takes its name from the common Italian saying piano - piano which means easy - easy. The wine bar is intended to be a place where you can meet with friends and family and just take things easy for a while as you enjoy good wine, good company and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Wines are available by the glass or bottle and can be accompanied by a selection of snacks, dips and more substantial meat and cheese platters which are perfect for sharing. If you are not a wine lover you can opt for a beer instead.

Piano Piano Wine Bar, 1064 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524, Phone: 845-896-8466

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5.The Tomato Cafe, Fishkill, NY

The Tomato Cafe, Fishkill, NY
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Located on bustling Main Street, the Tomato Café is a popular meeting and eating place for Fishkill locals and passing visitors. The extensive menu offers a wide selection of mouth-watering dishes for all tastes, with plenty of choices for vegetarians. In addition to soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas and entrees, the café is famous for their all-day breakfasts which include a “build your own” choice. A few of the menu highlights include their Quinoa Stir-fry with your choice of grilled veggies, chicken, shrimp or steak and an excellent Lemon Ricotta Pancake. The wine list features some unusual wines from around the globe and guests are encouraged to try something new – all wines are available by the glass.

The Tomato Café, 1123 Main St, Fishkill, NY 12524, Phone: 845-896-7779

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