Top 20 Things To Do In Wappingers Falls, New York

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Wappingers Falls is a picturesque little town of just over 5,000 residents located about 2 hours north of New York City. Don’t let the size of the town fool you though, there’s plenty of things to do and see while visiting Wappingers Falls. If history is your thing, you can learn more about the city at both the Historic District as well as the Mesier Park and Homestead. Grab a delicious dinner at Joe Willy’s or Aroma Osteria and follow it up with a drink from Cousins Ale Works or Di'Vine Wine Bar. Be sure to read on to find out more about these and many more fun things to do in Wappingers Falls, New York.

1. Have a picnic with your family at beautiful Bowdoin Park

Maple sap collecting at Bowdoin Park, New York
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There are few better ways to enjoy the beauty of a park than to bring your lunch in a basket and have a picnic. Bowdoin Park is a great place to do just that with a total of 301 acres (122 hectares) available for public use. After your picnic, be sure to get your blood pumping again by walking along the several miles of trails which feature fantastic views of the native wetland and wildlife.

Bowdoin Park

Address: 85 Sheafe Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Bowdoin Park

Opening hours: 8am - dusk (daily)

2. Discover the history of Wappingers Falls in the Historic District

Wappingers Falls Village Hall
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The Historic District of Wappingers Falls has no specific address but is a stretch of land that is approximately 90 acres (36 hectares) in size and includes areas along West Main Street and South Avenue. Wappingers Falls became rapidly industrialized in the 19th century, which is the time period during which most of the buildings in the Historic District were built. Some of the buildings you’ll want to check out during your stay include the Mesier-Brewer House and the Village Hall, which is in the same building as the old post office.

Wappingers Falls Historic District

Website: Wappingers Falls Historic District

3. Satisfy your appetite for coffee at Ground Hog Cafe

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We stepped it up, big time Our friends at County Fare & Café Con Leche have both won awards for their burgers, and...

Posted by Ground Hog Cafe on Wednesday, January 13, 2021

If you’re looking for the best place to grab your morning (or afternoon) cup of coffee while in Wappingers Falls, look no further than Ground Hog Cafe. Here, you’ll find your typical dark, medium, and decaf roasts, with other tasty options including a Dirty Chai Latte and Peanut Butter Latte. Depending on the time of your visit, breakfast and lunch are served here as well so be sure to enjoy a meal with your cup of joe!

Ground Hog Cafe

Address: 2703 W Main St, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Ground Hog Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 7:30am - 3pm; Sun: 8am - 1pm

4. Catch a show at the County Players Falls Theatre

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The County Players Falls Theatre has been entertaining viewers since 1958 and has put on over 200 different shows in the span of those years. Taking in a show is a great way to spend part of your weekend in Wappingers Falls, as the theatre is closed during the week. As available shows vary throughout the year, you’ll want to check the theatre’s website to see what productions will be showing during your visit.

County Players Falls Theatre

Address: 2681 W Main St, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: County Players Falls Theatre

Opening hours:Fri - Sat: shows start at 6pm; Sun: shows start at 12pm (closed Mon - Thu)

Price: From 15 USD

5. Check out the art exhibits at the Church of Sacred Mirrors

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There is plenty of artwork to admire at the Church of Sacred Mirrors, making it a worthy choice of places to stop at while in Wappingers Falls. Alex and Allyson Grey are the primary artists, with biblical and anatomical works on display within the church. The church has recently started accepting overnight guests for visitors who are interested.

Church of Sacred Mirrors

Address: 46 Deer Hill Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Church of Sacred Mirrors

Opening hours: Fri - Mon: 12pm - 6pm (closed on Tue - Thu)

Price: 5 USD

6. Have a sporting good time at DC Sports

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When you hang out at DC, we got the fun AND the food! Don't worry about your dinner plans when you're going out for a night--enjoy it all in one spot and have more time spent enjoying yourself!

Posted by DC Sports on Tuesday, June 22, 2021

If you enjoy a casual round of sports, then you’ll certainly want to visit DC Sports while in Wappingers Falls. Here, you’ll find a mini golf course, bumper boats, golf simulators, and bouncy houses for the kids. There is also an on-site restaurant which is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat after you’ve spent a while working up an appetite.

DC Sports

Address: 1630 U.S. 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: DC Sports

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 3pm - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 9am - 9pm

Price: Varies by activity

7. Enjoy a locally brewed ale at Cousins Ale Works

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Drinks always taste best when made with the freshest local ingredients, and the ales at Cousins Ale Works are no exception. The folks at Cousins work closely with local farmers to bring their customers the best glass of ale around. While there, be sure to grab a bite to eat that washes down with that great glass of ale.

Cousins Ale Works

Address: 1582 U.S. 9, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Cousins Ale Works

Opening hours: Thurs: 4pm - 9pm; Fri: 3pm - 11pm; Sat: 1pm - 11pm; Sun: 1pm - 7pm (closed on Mon - Wed)

8. Find the perfect candle souvenir at Candlelight by the Falls

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Posted by Candlelight by the falls on Sunday, January 24, 2021

Candlelight by the Falls is a unique little gift shop that is a great place to do some shopping while in Wappingers Falls. As the name implies, you can find all sorts of candles here, from beautifully rustic candles to soy candles in glass jars, all made locally! You’ll find other gifts available for purchase as well, including glass ware, wreaths, and seasonal goodies.

Candlelight by the Falls

Address: 16 Mill St, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Candlelight by the Falls

9. Grab some healthy fruits and veggies when visiting the Meadowbrook Farm Market

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Come on in for our FRESH, DELICIOUS, HOMEGROWN tomatoes

Posted by Meadowbrook Farm Market on Monday, August 14, 2017

There’s little better than fresh produce from a farmer’s market, except when that market is open daily, which is the case with Meadowbrook! The market has been serving customers for 70 years and features lovely fresh flowers and delicious in-season fruits and vegetables, including apples, squash, eggplant, and fresh herbs. While browsing, treat yourself to cookies or apple cider donuts, both made fresh daily.

Meadowbrook Farm Market

Address: 29 Old Myers Corners Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Meadowbrook Farm Market

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

10. Squeeze in a workout at Fit and Trim Kettlebell Gym

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Keep up with your normal exercise regime by planning a workout at Fit and Trim Kettlebell Gym. The gym is a smaller, family-run operation, guaranteeing you are given the attention you need during your session. You’ll find various classes available, including yoga, strength training and, of course, kettlebells.

Fit and Trim Kettlebell Gym

Address: 2 Commerce Ct, Suite 2B, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590-6374

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 6:30pm - 8:30pm; Thurs: 6:30pm - 7:30pm; Fri: 6pm - 8:30pm; Sat: 9am - 10am; Sun: 10am - 12pm

11. Foster your inner peace at Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery

Unveiling of Giant Shakyamuni Buddha Thangka on Vesak Day
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People have been visiting the Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery for guidance since 1978; today, the monastery is best known for its three-year retreat program, though much shorter term visits are available. Overnight accommodations are available to guests, as are meals-only and day visits. All visits require a reservation, which can be made at the monastery’s website.

Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery

Address: 245 Sheafe Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Kagyu Thubten Choling Monastery

Opening hours: 6am - 9:30pm (daily - Shrine Room)

Price: From 5 USD

12. Take a peak at Wappingers Falls' history at the Mesier Park and Homestead

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The Mesier Homestead is all dressed up for the holidays! Come visit us this week or next....we're open Tuesday,...

Posted by Wappingers Historical Society on Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Wappingers Falls has a rich history dating back to 1741, when Europeans first settled the area. The homestead is located in the first house that was built in the town by Nicholas and Adolphus Brewer. After a number of ownership changes since its completion, the land permanently became Mesier Park and Homestead. Tours are available on the second Sunday of every month, or by scheduled appointment; contact information is available on the homestead’s website.

Mesier Park and Homestead

Address: 2 Spring Street, Wappingers Falls, New York 12590

Website: Mesier Park and Homestead

Opening hours: 1pm - 4pm (every 2nd Sunday of the month)

13. Indulge in fine Italian cuisine at Aroma Osteria

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Italian fare is at its finest at Aroma Osteria, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner paired with your favorite glass of wine. Menu offerings include Piccata di Salmone, Agnolotti ai Funghi Porcinin, and Spaghetti alle Vongole Macchiate. The setting of the restaurant couldn’t be more beautiful, be sure to get a table on the terrace!

Aroma Osteria

Address: 114 Old Post Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Aroma Osteria

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 4pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

14. Enjoy a seafood dining experience at Joe Willy's Seafood House

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Posted by JOE Willys Seafood Restaurant on Monday, November 12, 2018

Joe Willy’s is a family-run restaurant that has been pleasing customers for over eight years. Start off with an appetizer of stuffed clams or fried calamari before moving on to your main course, with options including shrimp-topped salmon or lobster ravioli. Wash it all down with one of Joe Willy’s specialty drinks, ice cold beers or margaritas.

Joe Willy's Seafood House

Address: 1817 South Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Joe Willy’s Seafood House

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 4pm - 9:30pm; Sat: 12pm - 10pm; Sun: 2pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

15. Check out the organic goods at Adams Fairacre Farms

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If you are looking to purchase some of the best organic foods in the area, Adams Fairacre Farms is where you need to shop. Walk into the store and you’ll be amazed at all the fresh produce available to you, from gobs of green beans to juicy melons and ripe avocados. The produce may be the beginnings of Adams’ story, but it has grown since then; the franchise stores also have delis, meat, and seafood departments, as well as a cafe and bakery.

Adams Fairacre Farms

Address: 160 Old Post Rd, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Adams Fairacre Farms

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 9pm; Sat: 8am - 8pm; Sun: 8am - 7pm

16. Catch a baseball game at Dutchess Stadium

Dutchess Stadium 2
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If you’re traveling to Wappingers Falls during baseball season, you’ll want to see if the Hudson Valley Renegades have any home games during your stay. The Renegades are a minor league team and have three New York–Penn League championships to their name. For more information on game dates and times, be sure to check out the team’s website.

Dutchess Stadium

Address: 1500 NY-9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Dutchess Stadium

Opening hours: Varies by game schedule

Price: From 18 USD

17. Indulge in delicious ice cream at Village Creamery

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DIPPED WAFFLE CONES TODAY! HERE TILL 8..

Posted by Village Creamery on Saturday, May 30, 2020

If your travels have you hankering for ice cream, Village Creamery has you covered. Soft serve ice cream is their specialty, with flavors including Death by Chocolate, strawberry, and mint chip. Village Creamery also has a full service grill, perfect for if you want to eat your meal before you chow down on your ice cream. The grill menu has options such as cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and chicken tenders.

Village Creamery

Address: 14 Mill St, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Village Creamery

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 9pm; Sun: 12pm - 9pm

18. Enjoy some tunes and have a beer at The Vinyl Room

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Posted by The Vinyl Room on Saturday, May 30, 2020

If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend an evening while in Wappingers Falls, you’ll find no place better than The Vinyl Room. You can grab a bite of pizza (or a whole pie) from the restaurant next door through a veritable hole-in-the-wall and enjoy one of the 12 beers on tap or choose from the extensive wine list. Vinyl records can be bought and sold here as well so be sure to check out their selection while you’re there.

The Vinyl Room

Address: 2656 E Main St, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: The Vinyl Room

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 5pm - 11pm; Fri: 5pm - 12am; Sat: 3pm - 12am; Sun: 3pm - 9pm (closed on Mon & Tues)

19. Find your favorite wine at Di'Vine Wine Bar

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You may have trouble finding the best seat in the house at Di'Vine Wine Bar, as most seats qualify. Enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer either inside or out; weather permitting, you can enjoy your beverage of choice on the deck, which features fantastic views of the town and falls. Di'Vine also offers small plate menus, perfect for complementing your drink.

Di'Vine Wine Bar

Address: 1 Market St, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Website: Di'Vine Wine Bar

Opening hours: Wed - Thu: 5pm - 10pm; Fri: 5pm - 12am; Sat: 3pm - 12am; Sun: 3pm - 9pm (closed on Mon & Tues)

20. Satisfy your hunger at AJ Cafe

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When you’re feeling peckish and in need of a quick bite to eat, stop in at AJ Cafe. The menu features items from burgers, sandwiches, and wraps to entree items including salmon, chicken, and shrimp. AJ also has eight local and craft beers on tap and you can enjoy a game of pool or catch part of the game on one of the several TVs inside.

AJ Cafe

Address: 2557 South Ave Wappingers NY 12524

Website: AJ Cafe

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 12am; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 2am

Start planning your trip to Wappingers Falls

Village of Wappingers Falls
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Skip the hurried hustle and bustle of the big city and think more charming and delightfully slow paced when planning your next getaway. These are just a few wonderful things to add to your to-do list for a fantastic trip to Wappingers Falls, New York!

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