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Garrison's Landing Waterfront Park
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Garrison Landing is one of those really marvelous little out of the way places that if you didn't know it was there you would probably never stumble across it. And boy would you be missing one of the jewels of the Hudson Valley.

Tucked down a very small and a little obscure side road lies Garrison Landing. It's been here for centuries and played important roles in the early history of New York colony and the American Revolution. These days, Garrison Landing is a sleepy little collection of antique 19th century buildings hugging the banks of the Hudson River. As a tourist destination, there is little there to attract you, although the important Garrison Art Center is housed in one of the buildings. Finding it can be difficult and figuring out how to get over the railroad tracks can be a challenge.

But take the time and effort to find it and go to it, you will be rewarded for your efforts. Behind the row of buildings next to the river is a park with simply one of the most spectacular views in the Valley. Across the river West Point rises dramatically on its cliffs as the Hudson River bends and twists around it. The modern military academy perches high atop the cliffs dramatically dominating the view.

There is a small gazebo and a couple of benches scattered about under the willow trees where you can sit and relax and take it all in. At the extreme south end of the hamlet, just a few yards away, is a small store where you can get refreshments and a cool drink.

And while in Garrison Landing, make sure to visit the Art Center!

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