Details for Hudson River Maritime Museum and Riverport Wooden Boat School

Hudson River Maritime Museum and Riverport Wooden Boat School

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 30 reviews

Address 50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401

Phone845-338-0071 (main number) 845-706-8881 (docking)

After hours contact

845-706-8881 (for docking)

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Maritime Museum and Wooden Boat School

VHF channel

Not monitored.


Email contact

Owner, manager

Lisa Cline, Executive Director



Carter Blease

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

$2.00 per foot per night for vessels up to 149 feet, which includes museum membership.
Member rate is $1.50 per foot.

$4.00 per foot per night for vessels 150 feet and larger
Electric and water included.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Winter and early season docking are available.


Rondout light marks Rondout creek entrance. Enter the creek and follow markers in to Rondout area. Hudson River Maritime Museum is on north side just past Ole Savannah Rest. and before the bridge.





Tide & current additional info

Moon tides bring more current.


Approach: 30
Transient dockage: 14
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Entire waterfront is deep entry from the channel.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Floating docks are elevated.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 200
Beam max: 30

Other info: No height restrictions, Depth is more than 20 feet.


Transient: 15
Total: 25
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2016-09-01)

Other price info: Docking boaters will want to join the museum- Basic membership is only $25 per year and includes admission to the museum, discounts in the shop and invites to events. Dockage includes water and electric. Riverport Wooden Boat School has Boaters Welcome Center and restrooms, updated shower facilities in the works- one presently, 2016.


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Single 30 or single 50 at each power box, which are located on the sea wall.

Pricing info: Included in $2.00 per foot price.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available at the docks for hook up.

Dinghy access

Yes - Low floating dock is available for dinghies. Docking is for members of the museum.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Contact them by phone or email for details about extended or seasonal lips or winter docking.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Promenade is beautiful for pets.

Disability access

Yes - There are ramps to the docks and in the museum and wooden boat school

Launch service

Yes - There is a water taxi running from Kingston to Rhrinecliff.

Pump out

No - Pump out nearby at Rondout Marina.


No - Ice nearby, 300 yards, at Kingston City Marina.




Yes - One shower- soon to be added to wooden boat school facilities.


Yes - Restrooms are available in Riverport Wooden Boat School adjacent to the docks.


Yes - Laundry is available nearby.


Yes - Small store nearby. Hannaford is a short bus ride away.




Yes - There are many eating establishments in the Rondout downtown area as well as events on weekends.



Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Yes - Riverport Wooden Boat School is on the premises. Contact for repairs available at local boatyards.

Haul out capabilities

No - Available at nearby marina.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Open, free WiFi

Boat ramp availability



Yes - They can assist in obtaining local transport.

Other services


Located on the historic Rondout waterfront, the Hudson River Maritime Museum /Riverport Wooden Boat School was established in 1980 to collect, preserve, research, exhibit, and interpret a collection of historical artifacts related to the maritime heritage of the Hudson River and its tributaries. This is the only museum in New York State exclusively dedicated to this mission.

Reviews for Hudson River Maritime Museum and Riverport Wooden Boat School
Great place to dock but not free, 2017-06-26
Captain: , Stow, MA (420)

The information about dockage is incorrect. The fee for AGLCA members is discounted to 1.50/foot and that includes free membership to the museum as I understand it. Carter said something about the next visit being free I think. It was a wonderful town to walk around- people were very friendly and liked talking about their history. Loved the museum. There's electric but no water. Shower but no bathrooms at night. So a 3 star marina but a 4 star place to be.

Dock with power and a museum, 2017-05-25
Captain: , Herrington Harbor North (220)

Pleasant experience; we called and got a hold of Carter who met us at the dock. Lots of room. They had power, easy walk to town. Bathroom was in museum when it was open, otherwise had to use boat. We never got the code for the shower, though we saw the doors. Museum was excellent.

Great Stop on the River!!, 2016-09-27
Captain: , New york (10)

The Hudson River Maritime Museum is at the heart of the Kingston waterfront renaissance. Featuring interesting exhibits on tugboats, steamboats, and lighthouses, the museum also is home to the Riverport Wooden Boat School. Docks are floating with power and water as well as amiable staff willing to assist with whatever you might need.
hours. Contact the dockphone to make a reservation. Not sure if they listen to 16 and call ahead as they do have numerous historic vessels as well as larger ships come in for public events and tours.
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is located on the Rondout Creek in the Rondout area of the city of Kingston, New York.
The Kingston Home Port and Education Center multi-purpose building serves as a winter berth and repair shop for the sloop Clearwater, and as a center for the community to gather for educational programs, music, special events, workshops and meetings. The Riverport Wooden Boat School is also now added to the property and there are facilities that they will be updating as progress is made on the building.
Other partners in the Rondout-West Strand Historic District include the Rondout Rowing Club, the Kingston Trolley Museum, the T.R. Gallo West Strand Park, and the Heritage Area Visitors Center. The Hudson River Cruises%u2019 boat Rip Van Winkle sails out of the dock in the historic waterfront district.
My sister and I were in the area and we spent several hours here one day, and had lunch at the Mariner%u2019s Harbor Restaurant. We enjoyed it so much that we came back the next day and spent several more hours, and had lunch at the Ship to Shore Bistro.
Docking here has no height limit and deep access... definately worth a stop.....regardless of other disgruntled curmudgeons have posted previously.....:]

Their Hearts Are Not into it, 2016-09-19
Captain: , Naples, FL (170)

This is really a museum with docks out front. Floating docks are fine and there is water and power. they don't listen to VHF and never answer tge phone. the staff at the museum run the docks but know almost nothing about them. Someone turned off the wifi when they left for the night. the shower is pretty rustic and the bathrooms are actually at the boat building school next door.

if you need a dock this will do. but it's not a destination.

Beautiful Historic Area with Convenient Docking, 2016-09-15
Captain: , Kingston, ny (57)

The Hudson River Maritime Museum and Wooden Boat School offers a stay in the heart of the Rondout . The facilities have been upgraded and added to with the opening of the Boat School and Boaters Welcome center. Docks are updated as are all marina services. You will find the staff accomodating- just ask! Please consider a stay with us and visit the museum, the trolly museum, the eatieries. Many weekends include waterfront events . Please reserve through dockwa or call our docking #.

Rondout Hudson River Maritime Museum Docks, 2016-08-06
Captain: , Toms River, NJ (10)

Docks, electricity, water, staff are all adequate (lots of spiders at night, but this is normal for this area). The bathrooms/toilets are either inside the museum (that close at dinner time) or are town provided "public" facilities (not on the museum grounds, but within 100 feet) that are supposed to be locked at night (not always locked at night but only one toilet and open to all who wander the waterfront). The museum "shower" (no toilet) is a coin operated not very clean "closet" with a filthy sink with a plugged drain. Shower stall itself was adequate with hot water. The museum staff indicated a better bath/shower for the museum transient docks only, is being built (no idea when it will be complete).

Great spot, great people, 2016-06-08
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

Location is great, easy in and out. The people were the best, from the museum front desk to the dockhand (Carter) who offered to drive us to a Walgreen's.

There are new pedestals on the dock, not hooked up yet but they say very soon now. Also coming soon is a new boater's building with heads, showers and laundry. That last one will be a big plus; there are no public laundromats nearby.

They're not doing any special deals on membership, although no-one seemed sure. One brochure in the museum said "returning" members get the $0.50 discount. We paid our $2/ft (including 30A electric) and got to enjoy a great little museum. What's not to like? When the new facilities are done, this place might rate 5 stars.

We saw no lack of resources. The museum, docks and workshops are well-staffed and -maintained. They're expanding the Wooden Boat School to the building they just bought and renovated next door. They've got a couple of big projects going, restoring old boats. They're talking about starting a sailing school.

The only possible downside here is, although there's plenty of dining nearby, there's no real food market, hardware store, or anything else useful to boaters.

Stop for the history (it's well told), not the facilities, 2015-09-07
Captain: , St Paul, MN (180)

Docking was easy, docks sturdy and power good. As stated in other reviews, the shower leaves much to desire and the toilets are non existant.
I'm certain the museum has it in thier plans to upgrade boaters' comforts but when they have so much history yet untold, it's always a struggle in deciding where to apply limited resources.
While we did not dine ashore, there are many interesting eateries emitting enticing aromas.
We did have the adventure of walking across the un-lighted suspension bridge to score some ice cream. Worth the walk but bring a flashlight!

Unreachable on arrival and my reserved spot taken, 2015-05-12
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1130)

Title tells the story. No one minding the to speak.

The Museum alone is worth the stop, 2014-09-16
Captain: , Avondale, PA (448)

I specifically planned this stop because I wanted to visit the museum and was happy to join for the privilege of staying there. The museum is a great source of history concerning the Hudson river, the tugs and ferries that plied it over the years as well as an interesting exhibit on harvesting ice from the river and sailing ice boats on it. We were there on a rainy Saturday and the museum was staffed only by a receptionist at the entrance but she was very helpful getting us settled and giving information about the towns of Rondout and Kingston. Despite the rain, the Admiral and I walked and explored for several hours. The floating docks at the museum are the stongest and most stable I've ever used. The shower in the back of the building is a little rough. The only heads available after museum hours are public ones in a park nearby.

Nice location, stable docks, good electric service, 2014-08-04
Captain: , Albany, NY (100)

We used to stay at the Town Docks but the electric service for 50 amp has been so spotty the last few years that we started staying at the Museum and really fell in love with it. The docks are in good shape, the electric service is very good, the museum has really become a nice venue including an antique Tug on Shore with viewing ports, and it is in the heart of town - walking distance to restaurants, bars, and shops. Good price also.

good place to stop, 2014-05-19
Captain: , Beaufort NC (500)

Easy in & out it's right before the bridge. Ron is on the facility to help out and goes above and beyond! Our dingy seat needed repair, he supplied us with the material and we made a donation to the mesuem, win-win. He even gave us a ride to a fabulous market in town! The Italian restaurant is fabulous, the corner seafood restaurant tasteless food. Suzhi place up the street good. A good stop and the mesuem is diffently worth your time.

Hudson River and Tug Boat History!, 2014-05-12
Captain: , Nowhere,OK (1314)

They have a good selection of Tug boat lore from the local area and a look at the Hudson River back in the late 1800's. Nice way to spend an hour.

stop here for sure, 2014-01-22
Captain: , Shelburne, VT (120)

We joined the museum and stayed one night. We walked around Kingston and enjoyed the stay. It is not fancy but was fine for us. Easy in and easy out and worth spending more time in this area.

Worth a visit, 2013-09-23
Captain: , Wicomico Church (610)

We became members and spent the night - friendly folks; but a yacht club it is not; however, it is worth a least the first visit to Kingston

Great location, really nice staff, 2013-07-08
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7374)

We stayed for over 2 weeks, waiting for the Erie Canal to open. Museum Staff very accommodating, taking care of the boaters waiting on the Erie and on their customers with reservations for the 4th of July.
Lots to offer in Kingston, museums, resaurants, bars - all within very short walk to downtown Rondout. Our favorite was the Rainbow just over the old bridge and Armadillo. If you can get in over the 4th, watch the fireworks right overhead as the fireworks were launched from the 9W bridge.
Only negative was the music from the Steel House, played until very early in the morning.

early may docks not all in., 2013-07-08
Captain: , West shore Marlboro NY (825)

we spent the night here in early may. Joined the Mueseum and got .50 off per foot not bad for 1.50 a ft.. since the docks werent in we tied up to docks thay had secured to the seawall. needed extra power cord and water line to reach the powere and water lines on the seawall. Showers and head open only during museum hrs. Kingston has pubilc bathroom close by (no shower). we became stuck inside the mueseum property after closing but got out and back in pasted the locked gates by rositas mexican so we were ok
As museum member we have free dockage for dinner stops (3hr) if they have room.. and .50 cent/ ft discount applies if you overnight

Wonderful Place - 18 day stay, 2013-06-28
Captain: , Stafford, VA (148)

This marina does not have all the ammentities of other marinas but it does have a great staff and is in a great location for site seeing, shopping or eating out. We were there for 18 days waiting for the Erie Canal System to open. Linda and Ron as well as all the volunteers in the museum office were fabulous. We could not have asked for any more. They saw to our every need. Taking us to the grocery store or where ever we wanted to go. They attended our pot luck dinners and a brunch and brought some wonderful breakfast items and some great bread from a local bakery. Linda also gave each looper boat at the brunch a box of cookies which were the best ever along with a thank you card with the Rondout Lighthouse on it. When we decided to leave it was like leaving family. Everyone was there to wish us well and Linda gave us museum t-shirts. We were there under special circumstances but would still recommend it to everyone. The museum itself is well worth the stop.

Right next to and part of the Maritime Museum., 2012-11-16
Captain: , Roseville MN (398)

Really nice to tie up next to the maritime museum. Nice town; all within a few blocks. Loved it. Join the museum and the dockage rate drops so the total is only slightly more than the city dock, and you get into the museum too.

Great stopover, 2012-10-19
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

Now granted, our experience was probably unusual. Tied up to the museum dock. Easy spot, very calm and right in town. The museum provides a lot of iinteresting info on the Hudson -- both its history and environment. And when we walked into the charming town it turned out we arrived for their annual Italian Festival. And we found a fabulous Mexican restaurant -- Mole Mole. And to top off a perfect day -- they sent off fireworks right over our boat. Nothing like sitting out on the deck with spectacular fireworks bursting over your head!

buy the membership, 2012-06-27
Captain: , Marlboro Yacht Club, Marlboro NY (515)

check out their membership, nice benefits and discounts in the area.

Great Dock and Museum, 2012-05-23
Captain: , Guntersville, AL (451)

A good facility with good docks and power. $1.50 per foot plus $25 to join the Museum. Membership allowed me to take in three guest. This is a great museum. Dock is easy walk to the town and park. Did have a homeless type individual enter my boat around midnight while I was sleeping. His rummaging on the bridge awoke me and I investigated. He was looking for food and beverages. I chased him off and called the town police. BTW, the town dock is $2 per foot plus power.

Not the place to tie the dink, 2011-07-11
Captain: , Kingston, ON (455)

The other reviewers have valid points.
However, we anchored out and took the dink to town. I stopped by the museum to ask where I could put the dink to go ashore.
"Right over there on the end" he says. Great, so we tie up in a corner, and he walks up and says,
"There is a caveat. We ask you to make a donation to the museum."
"No worries"' I was planing on doing that anyway.
When I stop by the office, he tells me that my 'donation' will cost me $15.00 for three hours.
I was NOT impressed. But the dink was tied up and I had no idea what other folks were charging so I grudgingly couched up the 'donation'.
Being a sucker for punishment, I stopped by the Kingston City Marina. They charge $5.00 to tie up at a finger dock for three hours.

Great Museum - Facilities a bit lacking, 2011-06-09
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

We loved the museum - it was very well done and explained the history of the Hudson River region. The dock was very sturdy, electric was fine, no wake area so no waves at all. The lack of restrooms and having only 1 shower was a negative.

Kingston itself was very nice - lots of great restaurants, nice waterfront. Can bike to most anything around or bus to areas for $1.50. Will stay here again on the return trip.

Multiple Features, 2011-06-04
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4257)

The price at $1.50/foot is the best along the River. We felt good about supporting the Museum with our fees and also gave then the optional $25 for membership. A group of volunteers are working hard to keep the museum functioning and are deserving of our support. Very protected river. May be one of the best spots to stop, rent a car and visit Hyde Park. Friends choose the free dock at Steel House Restaurant, forgetting that NY bars are open until 4am. Boats using the river pass at very slow speeds, never saw a wake.

Must see museum & Half Moon replica, 2011-05-30
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

Good history of river travel. Many items from the past; especially interesting is the ice sailing section. Half Moon replica of Hudson's ship during Hudson River discovery is excellent

In the heart of the town on Rondout Creek., 2010-08-10
Captain: , Huntington, NY (168)

We stayed on the floating dock at the Hudson River Maritime Museum for $1.50 per including water & electric and enterance to the museum. Membership to the museum was optional.

This past spring the town installed interlocking pavers along the bulkhead which made for a beautiful resoration of this park. Some nights there are concerts in this park. There are a few bars and restaurants in the area all within walking distance. Quiet at night.

Great stop in Kingston, 2009-08-04
Captain: , St Louis (671)

If you are going to stop for a few days in Kingston then it is more than worth it to pay for the museum membership for the reduced dockage rate. We stayed for the weekend and rented a car to tour Hyde Park and the surrounding area. We stopped there in June when heading north and with the year membership we’ll stop again in the fall on our way south. Kingston waterfront area is very nice with shops and restaurants. There is a small grocery a few blocks away but for major re-provisioning the big grocery stores require a car or bus ride.

Nice alternative to Rondout, 2009-07-15
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (79)

For what is is (insexpensive slips with power and water), it puts you right in the action for jazz concerts, Fourth of July celebrations, etc. Join the museum and get a discount on your slip charge. Right next to some excellent restaurants (Steel House, etc.)

Note that they've added WiFi (Internet) access in 2009

first mate Roo, 2008-06-03
Captain: , New Orleans (118)

This is NOT an anchorage!! It's a marina with new floating docks,etc. Great location! and a maritime museum.
good restaurants, wine shop, etc but no major grocery store in Rondout area.

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