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Fort Drum

Fort Drum is approximately 30 miles from Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west, the Adirondack Mountains to the east, and the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands in between.

For base housing photos, check out, “Moving House for the Military Spouse“:

    Base Housing

    Reviewer Kimberdonna88, “Cresent Woods, Rhicard Hills, Monument Ridge. all of these neighborhoods have duplexes. much nicer houses and quieter atmosphere. Adirondack creek has quads. Currently live in Adirondack. its very crowded. too many vehicles not enough parking per driveway. playgrounds are few and far between here.”


    Evan Mills

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    Carthage Central School District

    • Carthage Elementary
    • West Carthage Elementary
    • Carthage Middle
    • Carthage High

    Indian River Central School District
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    Private Schools


    Reviewer nancyj, “My children are not in daycare, but I can say that the Y-care before/after school at least for Indian River district is VERY reasonably priced!”

    Find information about Special Needs resources.

    OT, PT, Speech Therapy

    • Activities
    • Niagara Falls

      Reviewer ADMD2573, “Canada/ Niagara Falls was an awesome visit The city is only a couple of hours away.”

      Reviewer Maegan, “The summer is truly when this place becomes a gem! Lots to do in the surrounding cities, lots of farmer’s markets & outdoor festivals.”

    • Cities nearby
    • Reviewer Maegan, “It is pretty far from another major city – 90 miles. Syracuse is the closest major city, and some medical needs may be met only by going here. Find out about getting reimbursed for gas mileage if you have to take frequent trips – but your soldier may have to be with you for these appts.”

    • Parks
    • Shopping
    • Reviewer Maegan, “The mall isn’t fantastic, but has basic needs, as well as several department stores in town. I still tended to shop online, even my favorite stores (like The Children’s Place & Target) carried limited selections of things…and ordering online was easier than driving out to a store over an hour away for a bigger selection.”

    • Sports


    General Tips/Info

    Reviewer Maegan, “On post housing is decent, off post housing can be hard to fine, but you can definitely find homes in your budget. MAKE FRIENDS! If you make friends, then the time here will fly. The community centers are always hosting events for families & couples…and the USO frequently has events as well. The ACS always has classes going. This place can be great if you let it be…Even in the winter, you can still find things to do…The community center lets you rent space for free (for on post folks only) to use the great room, kitchen, & conference room. So it’s great for family gatherings, FRGs, units, etc to get together and have enough space to enjoy each other.”


    Reviewer Maegan, “There aren’t any major issues with any of the schools in the general area – so don’t worry about that at all. The one issue you may have is if you have a highschooler – NY uses the Regent system (whatever that is) and you may want to find out how that can effect them if you change duty stations while they are in highschool.”



    Reviewer ADMD2573, “I didnt invest in a snow blower, but If you would like to invest in one thats not a bad idea. Being from Florida I am not a snow person, but I made the best of my time here.”

    Reviewer Maegan, “There is a lot of snow at this post. Kids have to be sent to school in full snow gear b/c they still go outside during the winter. “Winter” lasts from about October to May. There have been piles of snow that did not melt until the end of May/start of June. Most recreational facilities close in the winter. Even some museums & shops are seasonal this way. Some of the “tourist” towns nearby are seasonal as well – so they have limited shopping & dining during the winter season.”

    Reviewer ADMD2573, “There is plenty to do if you like to get out an explore. My time at Drum is short, we will be pcsing in October. I enjoyed my experience here with the exception of the schools. If you are pcsing to Drum, remember every place has its pros and cons just try to make the best of the situation, that will help your time to go by faster. Good luck to all.”

    Page Updated: 4th April 2012