Recreation

Action Wildlife Foundation, Inc. offers residents of CT, MA and NY the unusual opportunity of observing and learning about animals from North America, Africa, India, New Zealand, Asia and the Artic. As well as viewing wild animals, children can visit the small petting zoo and feed the animals as well as a museum gallery. Action Wildlife Foundation, 337 Torrington Road (Rt. 4), Goshen, CT 06756. For more information, call (860) 482-4465 or visit www.actionwildlife.org

Located on Route 35 in Ridgefield, Connecticut, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is a family-friendly place featuring monthly children’s events and programs in all areas of visual and performing arts, from sculpture lessons to spoken-word poetry slams. The museum’s mission is to promote challenging and progressive artwork. The Aldrich features both established and emerging artists. Recent events have featured performances by Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson, and readings by David Sedaris and Billy Collins. 258 Main St, Ridgefield,CT. (203)438-4519.  Visit www.aldrichart.org.

This famous New York museum explores all aspects of nature from wildlife, to plant life, to life in outer space. The museum features hundreds of rooms with permanent installations, including the new Hayden Planetarium, and changing exhibits. The museum is open from 10:00am to 5:45pm daily. It is located at Central Park West on 79th St. Admission is $13.00 for adults, $7.50 for children ages 2-12, and $10.00 for seniors or students with student ID. For general information and current exhibition schedules call (212) 769-5100 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Visit www.amnh.org


The Avon Theatre Film Center in Stamford, CT is a classic theater which reopened its doors recently with a revitalized interior as well as a new outlook on life. A private investor reopened the Avon in 2004 and it now hosts great independent and classic films. Avon Theatre Film Center, 272 Bedford Street, Stamford, Ct., 203.967.3660 or visit www.avontheatre.org.

Welcher Avenue, Peekskill, New York, (914) 862-5275
Blue Mountain Reservation is a 1,500-acre park in the northwest section of Westchester County. It features miles of trails for mountain biking, strolling and nature study, and offers challenging hikes to the tops of two large peaks, Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain.

1601 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524, (845) 265-3638
Boscobel is situated on a bluff on the east bank of the Hudson River opposite the United States Military Academy at West Point. The house museum and surrounding grounds and gardens are situated on 45 acres. They offer visitors memorable views of the Hudson Highlands and the Hudson River. The house was completed in 1808 for the States Dyckman family and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country. It contains one of the nation’s leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period, much of it made by premier New York cabinetmakers such as Duncan Phyfe and Michael Allison.  Nearby, visitors can explore the nineteenth century village of Cold Spring with its antique and specialty shops. Check for hours and days before your visit, Boscobel is not a year-round facility.  Visit www.boscobel.org

Yonkers to Valhalla, (914) 723-4058
The Bronx River Parkway Reservation, Westchester’s oldest park, is an 807-acre paved linear park that was created as an adjunct to the Bronx River Parkway that opened in 1925. The Reservation touts a number of “firsts”: it was the first linear park in Westchester, as well as one of the first in the country, and, the Bronx River Parkway was the first parkway in the nation. The Reservation also has the distinction of being the first official Westchester County Park, whose establishment led to the creation of today’s County Park System of more than 50 parks spanning nearly 18,000 acres. The picturesque Reservation, which runs through the heart of southern Westchester County, features ponds, wooden footbridges, and hundreds of varieties of native trees and shrubs. It is a favorite place for bicycling, walking, running and nature study.

The Bruce Museum was founded in 1908. The building dates back to 1853 and was originally the private home of Robert Moffat Bruce. Today, its mission is to encourage the appreciation of art and science to enrich peoples’ lives. In 1908, Robert Bruce bequeathed his home to the Town of Greenwich and stipulated that it be used “as a Natural History, Historical and Art Museum, for the use and benefit of the public.” The Bruce Museum is located at One Museum Drive in Greenwich. Also part of the Bruce Museum is the Seaside Center which is a beachside museum located on Greenwich Point. The Seaside Center aims to educate visitors about the ecology of Long Island Sound and environmental issues with a touch tank, coloring area, weekly activities, and weekly guided walks.  For information, call 203.869.0376 or visit www.brucemuseum.org.

Bush-Holley Historic Site, 39 Strickland Road in Cos Cob, features the circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, home of Connecticut`s first art colony. Guided tours of Bush-Holley House feature an American Impressionist art collection and historic interiors. The William Hegarty Gallery presents historically and artistically significant exhibits that focus on the art and artists of the Cos Cob art colony, museum collections and aspects of Greenwich history. Open Tues. through Sun.; 12 to 4 p.m. Admission to gallery, visitor center and house museum: $6 seniors, $4 adults and students. Children under six are free. House tours included with admission. Free admission Tuesdays. Take I-95, exit 4. 203-869-6899, x 10, www.hstg.org

caramoorlogo2013149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY 10536, (914) 232-5035
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who established the estate and built a great house as its centerpiece, filling it with treasures collected on their travels. The Rosens furnished their mansion with their vast collection of European and Asian art and furnishings. With its outstanding performances, engaging arts-in-education programming, the extraordinary Rosen House, and beautiful grounds, Caramoor is a cornerstone of the cultural life of Westchester County and beyond. Since 1945 visitors have delighted in the exceptional music – from classical to opera to jazz – and the enchanting garden setting that makes Caramoor such a unique and treasured resource. Visit www.caramoor.org.

caramoorlogo2013149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY 10536, (914) 232-5035
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who established the estate and built a great house as its centerpiece, filling it with treasures collected on their travels. The Rosens furnished their mansion with their vast collection of European and Asian art and furnishings.  With its outstanding performances, engaging arts-in-education programming, the extraordinary Rosen House, and beautiful grounds, Caramoor is a cornerstone of the cultural life of Westchester County and beyond. Since 1945 visitors have delighted in the exceptional music – from classical to opera to jazz – and the enchanting garden setting that makes Caramoor such a unique and treasured resource.  Visit www.caramoor.org.

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) is a not-for-profit institution, founded in 1973, to engage children and families in a partnership of learning through interactive exhibits and educational programs. CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through the arts, literacy, media & communications, science & the environment and early childhood education. The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, New York, NY 10024. For more information, call (212) 721-1234 or visit www.cmom.org

Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park is a delight for outdoor enthusiasts. This 14,086 acre park, covering land in Putnam and Dutchess counties, boasts hiking trails, a beautiful beach, picnic areas, scenic campground, and abundant opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, and birding. The park is also home to the Taconic Outdoor Education Center which provides high quality environmental programming and Fahnestock Winter Park which includes groomed trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.  The large beach at Canopus Lake is the jewel of Clarence Fahnestock Memorial Park. Its sandy shore and nearby picnic area are enjoyed by thousands of bathers. In addition to swimming, campers and day trippers can fish in or tour Canopus Lake by row boats which are available for rental. The scenic campground, formed along the park’s natural rock ridges, provides alcoves of privacy and tranquility for campers. Each of the 80 campsites has a picnic table and fire ring. The campground’s nature center houses environmental displays and a variety of touch boxes. On weekends, park staff organizes hikes and craft activities. Movies are shown on Saturday evenings for the enjoyment of all campers.  Find out more at nysparks.com/parks/133/details.aspx

1609 Old Orchard St, White Plains, NY 10604, (914) 428-1005
Cranberry Lake is a 190-acre nature preserve comprised of forest, wetlands, and a 10-acre lake that was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. There are three miles of trails, including a loop around the lake, and others that traverse the predominantly northern oak-hickory forest. The area is part of the Kensico Reservoir watershed, which provides drinking water for residents of Westchester County and New York City. The name Cranberry Lake is derived from the growth of wild cranberry, which still exist in various parts of the fen

The Darien Nature Center boasts owls, chinchillas, box turtles, a Long Island Sound Tank, hissing cockroaches, iguanas, rabbits, prairie dogs, ferrets, and snakes. For more information, call 203.655.7459.