Today, Garrison has a variety of cultural, spiritual and artistic attractions and hundreds of acres of protected land. It is home to two golf courses: A nine-hole course at the Highland Country Club and an 18-hold public course at the Garrison Golf Club, and is also home to The Bird and Bottle, a working inn since 1761 that features rooms with fireplaces and colonial furnishings and The Garrison Institute, founded in 2003 and housed in a renovated 77,000-square-foot facility on the estate of a former Capuchin monastery on the Hudson River. The Diamond Fish Library is the center of the hamlet and hosts speakers, performers and community discussions, and the historic Garrison’s Landing was featured in the 1967 film, “Hello, Dolly” starring Barbara Streisand. The landing is also home to the nonprofit Garrison Art Center, the 80-seat Philipstown Depot Theater, the Garrison Yacht Club and a few small businesses.
Boscobel Restoration is also in Garrison, a 100-acre estate overlooking the Hudson River and features one of the best examples of early 19th century Federal architecture in the country and is the host of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival each summer.
Those seeking outdoor adventures can enjoy Garrison’s 80-acre Manitoga Nature Center, which features five miles of trails, including part of the Appalachian Trail, and the Audubon Society’s 270-acre Constitution Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary, which offers guided canoe trips.
The Garrison Union Free School educates children from kindergarten through the eighth grade, and has been housed in the historic Garrison School House since 1908.