Situated in the scenic Hudson Valley, Rhinebeck is a town that is part of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown metropolitan area.
The town is located in the northeastern corner of Dutchess County. As of 2017, the town had a mere 7,816 residents.
The town is known for its locally owned shops and restaurants, close-knit community, and an abundance of opportunities for outdoor fun.
Schools in Rhinebeck
The Rhinebeck Central School District is responsible for educating students living in Rhinebeck. As of 2019, the district has 1,066 students, who are divided between Chancellor Livingston Elementary School (K-5th), Bulkeley Middle School (6th-8th), and Rhinebeck High School (9th-12th).
The district consistently ranks in the top 80 (of 692) safest school districts in New York and the districts with the best teachers, according to Niche. The system also boasts an impressive 11:1 student-teacher ratio, which is well below the national average of 17:1.
Rhinebeck High School is committed to ensuring that students have all the resources they need to receive an excellent education.
This includes multiple Advanced Placement classes, classes through Dutchess Community College, a four-year fine art sequence, and Project Lead the Way courses.
Students can also participate in 21 different clubs, as well as numerous sports, such as field hockey, basketball, lacrosse, crew, tennis, swimming, and track & field.
Primrose Hill School is Rhinebeck’s only private school. Situated on 7.5 acres, the school encourages curiosity and creative thinking and gives students access to farm animals, natural play-yards, a vegetable garden, and a barn. Currently, the school only goes through 5th grade, though they plan to add a grade each year through 12th grade.
Rhinebeck Parks and Recreation
Rhinebeck residents can take advantage of multiple parks, including 200-acre Ferncliff Forest.
One of the Hudson Valley’s oldest preserved forests, Ferncliff Forest has lots of opportunities for camping, fishing, skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and walking. The forest has several well-marked trails that are easy to navigate.
You can also climb the fire tower for incredible views of the Hudson Valley below.
Starr Park is another option that offers plenty of wide open green space for running around, tennis courts, pickleball courts, a sand volleyball court, children’s playground, and basketball courts.
Thompson-Mazzarella Park sits on 72 acres and includes 2.2 miles of walking and hiking trails, as well as acres of open space that is permanently protected by the Winnakee Land Trust.
The park is also home to the Starr Library, a swimming pool, and the Rhinebeck Community Garden, where local gardeners grow fruit and vegetables for a local food pantry. The park is bordered by the Landsman Kill, a picturesque stream accompanied by trails for horseback riding.
Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill is another beautiful park in Rhinebeck. Here, you’ll find fantastic views of the Catskill Mountains.
It’s a short walk up to the peak of the hill, which is the best place for amazing sunset views. As an added bonus, the walk is not strenuous, making it a good option for people of all ages and abilities. Some locals also report that the hill is the perfect spot for sledding during the winter months.
Rhinecliff Landing serves as the site of the annual Rhinecliff Waterfront Day. In addition to paddling along this section of the Hudson River, visitors can purchase items made by local artists, while also listening to live music.
The weather in Rhinebeck is as exactly as you would expect the weather to be in the northern United States. The winters are freezing with frequent snow accumulation.
Temperatures usually range from an average low of 18°F to a high of 34° and around 42 inches of snowfall. Fortunately, there is a plan in place to keep the roads as free from snow and ice as possible.
During the summer months (the end of May to mid-September), the temperature reaches an average high of 84°F and a low of 64°F. With an annual rainfall of around 47.5 inches, residents are often advised to have an umbrella close by.
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