Guidebook for Highland Falls

Janet
Guidebook for Highland Falls

Food Scene

The beautiful Thayer Hotel is always a must-see when visiting West Point. If you want to do Sunday Brunch, make reservations early! During the warmer months, be sure to head up to the Zulu Lounge. It's an amazing rooftop bar with a great atmosphere.
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The Thayer Hotel
674 Thayer Road
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The beautiful Thayer Hotel is always a must-see when visiting West Point. If you want to do Sunday Brunch, make reservations early! During the warmer months, be sure to head up to the Zulu Lounge. It's an amazing rooftop bar with a great atmosphere.
A great family-owned local restaurant with something for everyone. It's a popular Sunday brunch spot as well.
The Park
451 Main St
A great family-owned local restaurant with something for everyone. It's a popular Sunday brunch spot as well.
Need a quick bite? This is it! A popular cadet spot, they have massive burritos & quick service.
American Burrito
467 Main St
Need a quick bite? This is it! A popular cadet spot, they have massive burritos & quick service.
New to Highland Falls, this place is causing quite the stir. My boys love the mac & cheese pie.
Pied Piper Pies
New to Highland Falls, this place is causing quite the stir. My boys love the mac & cheese pie.
Of the many pizza places in town, this is our favorite. They also deliver, but pick-up is always faster.
Tony's Pizza
505 Main St
Of the many pizza places in town, this is our favorite. They also deliver, but pick-up is always faster.
When in Rome... A low-frill, but delicious breakfast. This is considered a must-do when visiting USMA. Get there early on weekends or prepare for a wait!
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Andy's
281 Main St
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When in Rome... A low-frill, but delicious breakfast. This is considered a must-do when visiting USMA. Get there early on weekends or prepare for a wait!
You can't miss Bear Mountain, regardless of the season. It's beautiful & worth the stop just to take in the view. Note - They have a bar & spa too!
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Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge
3020 Seven Lakes Drive
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You can't miss Bear Mountain, regardless of the season. It's beautiful & worth the stop just to take in the view. Note - They have a bar & spa too!
A family favorite! We love Pepe & the Hacienda crew. Our family eats here (or gets take-out) once a week! It's a great Mexican restaurant. My boys are convinced it is the best chicken soup on the planet. Note: Under very new ownership, so we are hoping it stays as great as it has always been!
Hacienda
145 Main St
A family favorite! We love Pepe & the Hacienda crew. Our family eats here (or gets take-out) once a week! It's a great Mexican restaurant. My boys are convinced it is the best chicken soup on the planet. Note: Under very new ownership, so we are hoping it stays as great as it has always been!
The Newburgh waterfront has several amazing restaurants all on one main strip. Tons of outside seating with views of the Hudson River. A perfect date night or special celebration! Reservations recommended. Some of our favorites are Cena & the River Grill. Billy Joe's is also great for a more relaxed, yummy BBQ joint.
Cena 2000
50 Front St
The Newburgh waterfront has several amazing restaurants all on one main strip. Tons of outside seating with views of the Hudson River. A perfect date night or special celebration! Reservations recommended. Some of our favorites are Cena & the River Grill. Billy Joe's is also great for a more relaxed, yummy BBQ joint.
The many villages along the Hudson River have some AMAZING dining. If you are up for an easy road trip, we can recommend a few of our favorites. Red Hat is definitely one of them.
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Red Hat on the River
1 Bridge Street
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The many villages along the Hudson River have some AMAZING dining. If you are up for an easy road trip, we can recommend a few of our favorites. Red Hat is definitely one of them.
Award winning with good reason! A great date spot.
Restaurant X & Bully Boy Bar
117 NY-303
Award winning with good reason! A great date spot.
The village of Nyack is full of quaint shops & locally owned restaurants. This is our date night go-to spot. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Lanterna Tuscan Bistro
3 S Broadway
The village of Nyack is full of quaint shops & locally owned restaurants. This is our date night go-to spot. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
A locally owned gem! Yummy ice cream & a lot of fun games provided for some old-school family fun.
The Ice Cream Shoppe
419 Main St
A locally owned gem! Yummy ice cream & a lot of fun games provided for some old-school family fun.
If the Keurig doesn't cut it for you, stop by DD for your morning pick-me-up.
Dunkin'
310 Main St
If the Keurig doesn't cut it for you, stop by DD for your morning pick-me-up.

Drinks & Nightlife

We have to recommend this bar, because we own it! Even if you aren't up for the bar scene, it's a good place to order late night food to go. Fair warning - It's a very popular cadet dive bar. The weekends are busy & loud...and we love it!
Fireside Hotel & Restaurant
3 Mountain Ave
We have to recommend this bar, because we own it! Even if you aren't up for the bar scene, it's a good place to order late night food to go. Fair warning - It's a very popular cadet dive bar. The weekends are busy & loud...and we love it!
Popular Irish Pub steps outside of the gate. Eamon & George are the best, so be sure to let them know you are staying at "Schoff's House." They are connected to the pizza place (Tony's) next door, so don't be afraid to grab a table in the back when visiting with younger guests.
South Gate Tavern
509 Main Street
Popular Irish Pub steps outside of the gate. Eamon & George are the best, so be sure to let them know you are staying at "Schoff's House." They are connected to the pizza place (Tony's) next door, so don't be afraid to grab a table in the back when visiting with younger guests.
If your idea of a fun day involves wine & day-drinking...your prayers have been answered.
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Brotherhood Winery
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive
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If your idea of a fun day involves wine & day-drinking...your prayers have been answered.
The hipster-friendly spot right across the river. Great food & craft brews. Peekskill is full of amazing restaurants & bars. It's any easy trip over the mountain with great views as you drive the curvy "goat trail."
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The Peekskill Brewery
47 South Water Street
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The hipster-friendly spot right across the river. Great food & craft brews. Peekskill is full of amazing restaurants & bars. It's any easy trip over the mountain with great views as you drive the curvy "goat trail."
Nothing beats a rooftop bar! This seasonal spot is a great addition to the West Point/Highland Falls experience. They often have live music and other entertainment.
Zulu Time Rooftop Bar & Lounge
Nothing beats a rooftop bar! This seasonal spot is a great addition to the West Point/Highland Falls experience. They often have live music and other entertainment.

Parks & Nature

They have it all! Hiking, Swimming Pool, Zoo, Carousel, Outdoor Ice Rink, and plenty of space to run around. Be sure to take the drive up Perkins Memorial Drive for one of the best views the Hudson Valley has to offer! Bring your camera!
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Bear Mountain
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They have it all! Hiking, Swimming Pool, Zoo, Carousel, Outdoor Ice Rink, and plenty of space to run around. Be sure to take the drive up Perkins Memorial Drive for one of the best views the Hudson Valley has to offer! Bring your camera!
Just a short walk from our home, this park has a nice playground, picnic area, and clean restrooms. A small outdoor pool is open seasonally.
Roe Park
Just a short walk from our home, this park has a nice playground, picnic area, and clean restrooms. A small outdoor pool is open seasonally.
If you would like to take off on a family-friendly hike, this is a very popular one with amazing views of the Hudson River & Bear Mountain Bridge as your reward.
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Anthony's Nose
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If you would like to take off on a family-friendly hike, this is a very popular one with amazing views of the Hudson River & Bear Mountain Bridge as your reward.
An old railroad was converted to a pedestrian bridge spanning the Hudson River. There are a bunch of bike trails that connect to the walkway. It's a beautiful view & worth the drive if time allows.
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Walkway Over the Hudson
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An old railroad was converted to a pedestrian bridge spanning the Hudson River. There are a bunch of bike trails that connect to the walkway. It's a beautiful view & worth the drive if time allows.

Shopping

Outdoor shopping at this impressive outlet location. Be Warned: It is insanely busy on the weekends. We recommend you head straight back to the garage for parking. Go early or during the week if you can! Stop into the guest information center for a coupon book -- free with AAA card.
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Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court
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Outdoor shopping at this impressive outlet location. Be Warned: It is insanely busy on the weekends. We recommend you head straight back to the garage for parking. Go early or during the week if you can! Stop into the guest information center for a coupon book -- free with AAA card.
A big mall with good store selection, good restaurants & plenty of other entertainment activities - movie theater, ice rink, ropes course, bowling alley, comedy club, etc.
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Palisades Center Drive
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A big mall with good store selection, good restaurants & plenty of other entertainment activities - movie theater, ice rink, ropes course, bowling alley, comedy club, etc.
Another great outdoor shopping spot with YUMMY restaurants & a movie theater.
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The Shops at Nanuet
5101 Fashion Drive
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Another great outdoor shopping spot with YUMMY restaurants & a movie theater.

Sightseeing

Just do it -- it's an order ;)
Perkins Memorial Drive
Just do it -- it's an order ;)
If you don't already have West Point on your list of things to do, I highly recommend a tour of the campus. While I fully admit it's much more appealing AFTER graduating, the history and views are not to be missed.
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United States Military Academy
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If you don't already have West Point on your list of things to do, I highly recommend a tour of the campus. While I fully admit it's much more appealing AFTER graduating, the history and views are not to be missed.

Entertainment & Activities

Rainy/Cold day with little ones? Head to Billy Beez (early, if you can) for some serious family fun! be sure you are ready to bounce, slide & climb. Everyone needs socks.
Billy Beez, Palisades Center
1282 Palisades Center Dr
Rainy/Cold day with little ones? Head to Billy Beez (early, if you can) for some serious family fun! be sure you are ready to bounce, slide & climb. Everyone needs socks.
Our go-to movie theater. It's updated, clean, and has a large selections. Be sure to buy in advance online & you can reserve your seat - no more showing up early to make sure your family can sit together!
AMC Palisades 21
4403 Palisades Center Dr
Our go-to movie theater. It's updated, clean, and has a large selections. Be sure to buy in advance online & you can reserve your seat - no more showing up early to make sure your family can sit together!
During the colder months, take the 5-minute drive to Bear Mountain for outdoor ice skating. It's beautiful! Check their session schedule online. Rentals are available.
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Bear Mountain Ice Rink
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During the colder months, take the 5-minute drive to Bear Mountain for outdoor ice skating. It's beautiful! Check their session schedule online. Rentals are available.
This small trailside zoo is a great stop with your little ones. The animals to see are limited to those you find in our local area. Many are recovery animals & unable to be returned to the wild. Admission is free (donation box at the gate).
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Trailside Museums & Zoo
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This small trailside zoo is a great stop with your little ones. The animals to see are limited to those you find in our local area. Many are recovery animals & unable to be returned to the wild. Admission is free (donation box at the gate).
Open to the public, this bowling alley is a family favorite. They have decent pizza & BBQ, drinks, and Saturday Cosmic Bowling.
West Point FMWR Bowling Center
622 Swift Rd
Open to the public, this bowling alley is a family favorite. They have decent pizza & BBQ, drinks, and Saturday Cosmic Bowling.
Open to the public, the West Point Golf Course is a well-maintained course right in our back yard.
West Point Golf Course
1230 NY-218
Open to the public, the West Point Golf Course is a well-maintained course right in our back yard.
If you want to experience some old-school American charm, head to the Warwick Drive-in. It's another family favorite.
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Warwick Drive-In Theater
5 Warwick Turnpike
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If you want to experience some old-school American charm, head to the Warwick Drive-in. It's another family favorite.
Mini Golf, Go Karts, Arcade, Roller Skating & more.
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The Castle Fun Center
109 Brookside Avenue
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Mini Golf, Go Karts, Arcade, Roller Skating & more.
Indoor skydiving, anyone?
iFLY
Indoor skydiving, anyone?

Essentials

Local grocery store conveniently located on Main Street. It doesn't have the size & selection of major chains, but will do the job for the basics.
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MyTown Marketplace Inc
198 Main St
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Local grocery store conveniently located on Main Street. It doesn't have the size & selection of major chains, but will do the job for the basics.
This is where we go for our larger trips & a little more variety. Located at the same intersection are also a ShopRite & a Hannaford's if that is more familiar.
Price Chopper
115 Temple Hill Road
This is where we go for our larger trips & a little more variety. Located at the same intersection are also a ShopRite & a Hannaford's if that is more familiar.
Rite Aid
188 Main St
For your dry cleaning & tailoring needs.
West Point Cleaners
276 Main St
For your dry cleaning & tailoring needs.
If you need to go to the ER (and don't need to call 911), this is our recommendation. It's in the New York Presbyterian Hospital family & is highly praised.
Hudson Valley Hospital Center
If you need to go to the ER (and don't need to call 911), this is our recommendation. It's in the New York Presbyterian Hospital family & is highly praised.
I have tried a few urgent care centers in my time here & this is my favorite. There are closer ones (crystal run in monroe), but I think the service, wait, appearance, and follow-up are better here.
CityMD Nanuet Urgent Care - Rockland County
256 E Rte 59
I have tried a few urgent care centers in my time here & this is my favorite. There are closer ones (crystal run in monroe), but I think the service, wait, appearance, and follow-up are better here.
If you need to run a load that our laundry room can't handle, this coin-operated laundry mat is your best bet.
Five Star Laundry
423 Main St
If you need to run a load that our laundry room can't handle, this coin-operated laundry mat is your best bet.