Visiting for Army v USAFA game

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  1. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    We are USAFA parents and just made reservations to fly to NYC and see the Army v USAFA game in Nov. We plan to see the campus on Friday afternoon and the game on Saturday. Can anyone share some tips, advice, or suggestions about visiting West Point and seeing a game there? This will be our first time to the area and looking forward to it. We're staying in Fishkill on Friday and Saturday nights. Thanks!
     
  2. kdbax

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    Hi there - I'm not a WP parent (son is a 1st class at Kings Point this year) but we live about 1-plus hours north of WP and have gone to a number of games. I'm assuming you're renting a car at the airport and driving? The one "don't miss" I always recommend for folks going to Army games is to arrive early on Saturday to go to the cadet review. It's really impressive.:thumb: We have tickets for the Stony Brook game on Sept. 29 and the review is at 9:00 a.m. It looks like your game is at 12, so the review likely is also at 9. If you ordered tickets online, it should be listed.

    Another suggestion: Make sure you get up to Michie Stadium in plenty of time for the game. The security is tight - last time we went, we missed the kickoff.:frown: The stadium is walkable from the parking areas, but it's uphill. They do run shuttle buses.

    WP has a beautiful campus. You'll love the view of the Hudson River. As you look north, you'll see Storm King Mountain to your left. If you're into adventurous driving, take NYS Route 218 through Cornwall on the way back to Fishkill - it wraps around Storm King and has amazing views - that is, if you dare take your eyes off the road:wink:. (Passengers will enjoy the view, though.)
     
  3. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Thanks for the suggestions!!
     
  4. Classof83

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    Fishkill

    We've stayed in Fishkill a couple of times. There are a few restaurants in the area but not an overwhelming selection. It takes about 35-40 minutes to drive to WP. You'll be crossing the Hudson to get back and forth. We had a toll pass for our rental car. When I come to WP now, I try to stay closer than Fishkill.
     
  5. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Now in Tarrytown

    We're now booked in the Sheraton in Tarrytown along with other USAFA folks. Looking forward to it. Thanks
     
  6. BlackKnight2016

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    Have limited experience visiting campus, as we have a plebe who started this summer, but a couple ideas to pass along if visiting WP.
    If you are arriving late afternoon Friday, sometimes the security at the front gate to the campus will close mid afternoon to visitors. If you have a purpose and can clearly show why you should be on campus they will allow visitors to pass.
    As a history buff, a quick visit to Fort Putnam on campus and just across from Michie Stadium is a great way to see the campus from the highest vantage point in the area. The Revolutionary era Fort is open typically to 4:00 and helps you understand why WP is situated where it is on the Hudson.
    Enjoy your visit!
     
  7. EDelahanty

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    Dining Suggestion While at Fishkill

    Your schedule is probably packed, but if you're staying in Fishkill one interesting dining option would be the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park (also on the east side of the Hudson and to the north, in contrast to USMA to the south and on the west side of the hudson).

    The CIA is a straight 15 mile shot up Route 9S (though not necessarily a rapid one). It has a variety of student-run restaurants, for which you would need reservations on a weekend.

    (I meant to post the above some time ago but just noticed your change in venue. Tarrytown is 1:15 to 1:30 from the CIA and would require a lot more dedication)
     
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