Uncovering Watervliet’s Hidden Gems: Exploring the Charms of a Historic CapNY City

Nestled along the Hudson River, Watervliet may be small in size, but it’s big on charm and history. Often overshadowed by its larger neighbors, this quaint city in CapNY is home to a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. From historic sites to culinary delights, Watervliet offers visitors a glimpse into its rich past and vibrant present. Here are some of the top gems in Watervliet worth exploring:

Watervliet Arsenal

The Watervliet Arsenal: One of Watervliet’s most iconic landmarks, the Watervliet Arsenal has played a significant role in American history since its establishment in 1813. As the oldest continuously operating arsenal in the United States, it has supplied ordnance to the U.S. military through every major conflict, from the Civil War to the present day. Visitors can explore the Arsenal Museum, which showcases artifacts and exhibits highlighting its storied past and ongoing contributions to national defense.

Hudson Shores Park, Times Union

Hudson Shores Park, (Location: 251 N 1st St, Watervliet): Situated along the scenic Hudson River, Hudson Shores Park offers a picturesque setting for outdoor recreation and relaxation. Whether you’re strolling along the waterfront promenade, enjoying a picnic with family and friends, or simply taking in the tranquil views of the river and surrounding landscape, this hidden gem provides a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Pop in for late night eats at Bob’s Diner: Step back in time and savor a taste of nostalgia at Bob’s Diner, a beloved local institution that has been serving up hearty comfort food since 1941. Housed in a vintage railcar diner, this cozy eatery exudes retro charm with its checkered floors, neon signs, and classic diner fare. From fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon to juicy burgers and homemade pies, Bob’s Diner offers a delicious trip down memory lane for diners of all ages. IT’S OPEN 24/7!

Gus' Hot Dogs

Eat at Gus’ Hot Dogs: Gus’ isn’t just a place to grab a quick bite—it’s a local legend. Nestled in the heart of this charming city, Gus’ has been serving up mouthwatering hot dogs since 1952, earning a reputation for its iconic flavor and unwavering commitment to quality. The real star of the show, however, is Gus’ famous meat sauce. Made from a secret family recipe passed down through generations, this savory sauce is a symphony of flavors that elevates every bite to new heights. Tangy, slightly sweet, and irresistibly savory, Gus’ meat sauce is what sets these hot dogs apart and keeps customers coming back for more.

Take a swim in the Veterans Memorial Swimming Pool: The City of Watervliet operates and maintains a municipal swimming pool that is open to all six days a week (weather permitting) during the summer months! The park its part of hosts a variety of festivals, concerts, and cultural celebrations that showcase the vibrant spirit of Watervliet throughout the year.

    By no means is this list complete. There are so many spots to explore in Watervliet and the neighboring city of Troy. Follow us on social media for more @gocapny!