Cruising on the Hudson River

ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (July 8, 2015) — Refreshing river breezes cross the decks of two very different cruise boats leaving from the Newburgh waterfront in Orange County. It’s an exhilarating trip on one of America’s best known waterways. The Hudson River stretches a full 150 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Adirondacks, but the Hudson Highlands, just 50 miles from Manhattan, are the most scenic.

The Pride of the Hudson and the River Rose both offer fascinating narrated cruises through the Highlands, taking you past the commanding granite buildings of the U.S. Military Academy. Discover why Storm King Mountain is the birthplace of the environmental movement in the United States, and what the haunting Scottish ruins are on Bannerman Island. River villages spill down to the shore from the surrounding mountains, their own tales woven into the history of this historic river, stories that mesmerize all guests onboard.

The River Rose is the Southern charmer, plying the river’s waters with its authentic stern-driven Mississippi paddle wheel. The décor is pure New Orleans, with upper and lower decks that would delight a riverboat gambler.

The River Rose.
The River Rose.

The Pride of the Hudson is a sleek, modern boat with air-conditioned main salon where wrap-around windows open up the view. For those who prefer the open air, there’s a spacious sundeck topside or cozy foredeck.

The Pride of the Hudson.
The Pride of the Hudson.

Both boats have snack service and fully stocked bars. In addition to the two-hour sightseeing cruises, dinner and brunch cruises are frequently on the schedule. Weddings, corporate events, reunions, and other private charters are handsomely accommodated amid the backdrop of some of the most beautiful scenery in America.

Cruises continue through the glorious fall foliage season to the end of October.

Pride of the Hudson. 845-220-2120, 800-979-3370 for charter information
River Rose. 845-562-1067,

What’s a cruise without an outstanding dining experience? As long as you’re at the Newburgh Waterfront, stop by the wide variety of exceptional waterfront restaurants for lunch, dinner, or just a casual drink. All of these fine establishments have outdoor dining for relaxing views of the passing water traffic and the lush mountains.

For more to do both in Newburgh and throughout the county, visit Orange County Tourism’s Facebook page, Orange County Tourism NY. It’s your guide to up-to-the minute postings of area events and activities, great times, memorable experiences and a great reminder why Orange County is such a great place to visit!

About Orange County Tourism
Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging and events can be found at For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, call 800-762-8687.