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
149 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.
Dinosaur State Park is one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath their geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago. Surrounding the Exhibit Center are more than two miles of nature trails and the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum. For more information call 860.529.8423 or visit www.dinosaurstatepark.org. Dinosaur State Park, 400 West Street, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067-3506.
The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT functions as both a tourist attraction featuring science and space science exhibits and as an informal science education center. Through its exhibits, it enhances public understanding of science and technology by providing fun, instructive experiences that encourage participant interaction. As an informal science education center, it provides an extensive range of educational programs in science and technology. The Discovery Museum’s 20,000 square foot facility includes changing and permanent interactive exhibit galleries, a 124 seat planetarium, Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, an 80 seat auditorium, and five multi-purpose classrooms where hands-on science classes are conducted for schools, groups and the general public. Permanent exhibits include Green Energy, Sound, Light and Space Galleries and a simulated Moon Base Discovery play area for very young visitors. The recently upgraded Henry B. duPont III Planetarium offers traditional star shows and fulldome digital planetarium shows daily for both very young children and for ages 8 and up. The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604, 203-372-3521, www.discoverymuseum.org.
700 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, (914) 253-3433
The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden features a collection of 20th-century sculpture set within 168 landscaped acres surrounding the world headquarters of PepsiCo. Smaller pieces by Henry Moore, Seymour Lipton, Henri Laurens, and others fill the building’s courtyard, which is shaded by trees and filled with flowers and a central fountain. Monumental works, including pieces by Alexander Calder, George Segal, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Jean Dubuffet, and David Smith, are spaced throughout the grounds. A “Golden Path,” the inspiration of Russell Page, winds its way past the sculptures and through the various landscapes, offering walkers an opportunity to see the art from many perspectives. The grounds include a lake; a stream garden; lily ponds; an iris garden and perennial garden; two woodland gardens; topiary; and groves of birch, oak, sequoia, and many other species. A detailed map is available at the Visitor Center. PepsiCo welcomes the public, picnicking is allowed in a designated area. The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden is located at PepsiCo World Headquarters, 700 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. Free admission. 914-253-2000.
Earthplace is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to educate the community about nature and how to take action in preserving and protecting our environment. There are many entertaining AND educational things to do at Earthplace. These include adventurous ‘treasure hunts’ on its 6 main trails through the woods, a visit to the Bird & Butterfly Garden or Animal Hall, as well as many more thrills to seek both indoors and outdoors. Offering kid-friendly programs and workshops like Eagle Eyes: Nature Detective, Earthplace Explorers Club, Tots Mommy & Me, and Critters & Crafts, children are encouraged to explore the environment and enjoy each new discovery. Earthplace reaches out to adults through programs including Animal Care Volunteer Workshops and Stream Exploration & Monitoring as well as ongoing volunteer opportunities. Earthplace also offers a Preschool for 3-4 year olds, School Outreach Programs, as well as children’s birthday parties. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, P.O. Box 165, Westport, CT. Call 203.227.7253 or visit www.earthplace.org.
What child does not thrill at the chug-chug sound of a steam train? At Essex Steam Train – they have tailored their steam train experience for children of all ages. They have two coal-fired locomotives available to pull their collection of lovingly restored railroad cars. You will be swept away by the hiss of steam, the blast of the whistle, and the clickety-clack of the tracks. From the exciting “All Aboard” to the engineer checking the locomotive before the run, they promise an experience of an authentic journey back to the days of steam. For more information call 800.377.3987 or visit www.essexsteamtrain.com. One Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 452, Essex, CT 06426
2957 Crompond Rd,Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, (914) 245-4434
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park offers day trippers a day of fun and relaxation. The park’s spacious picnic areas, which can accommodate individual families as well as large groups, may be reserved in advance. The park’s mammoth pool can hold 4,000 bathers at one time! In addition the park offers a host of other activities for people of all ages to enjoy. The park’s Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond, provide excellent freshwater fishing and boating. Popular catches include bass, perch, and sun fish. A New York State Freshwater Fishing License is required. Both rowboats and pedal boats are available for rental; however, a regional boating permit allows visitors to launch their own rowboats, canoes or kayaks. In wintertime, the pond provides ice skating and ice fishing. All picnic areas have volleyball nets and many have softball fields or basketball courts. There is also a soccer field. Sports enthusiasts may wish to try their hand at Disc golf. The rules and scorecards are located at the course and loaner Frisbees are available from the park office. The young and the young at heart will enjoy sledding or cross country skiing.
99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583, (914) 723-3470
Our mission is to educate and to promote conservation, research, and appreciation of nature and the environment while preserving the natural and historic character of our property. Features a 33-acre woodland preserve, with live animals, a museum, a greenhouse with botanical exhibits, and a hands-on discovery room. Visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org.
28 Deveau Rd, North Salem, NY 10560, (914) 669-5033
The Japanese Stroll Garden provides a place of natural beauty and tranquility, to delight the senses and refresh the spirit. It is a place where aspects of Eastern and Western culture can be appreciated through art exhibitions, concerts, special events and educational programs in order to promote global awareness and understanding. The museum also supports the efforts of artists and performers in the Greater New York Metropolitan Region. Visit www.hammondmuseum.org.
There’s always something new at the historic sites of Historic Hudson Valley. In spring, lambs are born on the farm at Philipsburg Manor and wisteria blossoms cover the façade of Kykuit. Summer brings opportunities to kayak on the river or play 19th-century baseball at festivals like River Day and Independence Day 1856. The Headless Horseman, ghosts, pirates, and other scary characters from Hudson Valley folklore make appearances around Halloween. Winter is the time to explore the sites by candlelight and enjoy a warm cup of cider by the bonfire. You will want to come back to the sites again and again, and bring friends and family to celebrate the changing seasons at Historic Hudson Valley. Of course, Historic Hudson Valley’s sites are wonderful places to just unwind. You can read a book, picnic, stroll in a garden, hike a woodland trail, bird watch, sketch, visit the farm animals, play traditional children`s games, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hudson Valley. www.hudsonvalley.org
The Irvington Town Hall Theater was built in 1902 in the Classic Revival Style. It boasts a 430-seat theater wih an orchestra, mezzanine, balcony and six charming gold leafed boxes, a proscenium stage and thrust complete with five backstage dressing rooms. It is a marvel to sit in or perform on. It is a theater of great architectural acclaim. Today, it is used by multiple companies and musical groups, but still retains its classic, majestic appeal. The theater is located at 85 Main St. in Irvington. For more information about the most current performances, call the box office at 914.591.6602 or visit www.irvingtontheater.com
The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting visual literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community. The Film Center is also a place of learning. Educational Programs offered in collaboration with local schools focus on visual literacy, to help children develop the skills needed to view visual images critically. Together, a regular schedule of films for young audiences and the JBFC educational programs, promote greater appreciation of film among the community’s youth. JBFC is located at 364 Manville Road in Pleasantville. For more information, call the box office at 914.747.5555 or visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org
Four beautiful garden sites and the historic home of the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay. Pleasant walking environment and interesting house museum. Childrens’ programs are run throughout the year, call for a current schedule. 400 Route 22/Jay Street, Katonah, 914.232.5651. For more information, visit www.nysparks.com or www.johnjayhomestead.org.
The Katonah Museum is a non-collecting institution dedicated to encouraging the enjoyment, appreciation, and study of the visual arts by visitors of all ages. 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Museum, which each year presents a series of changing exhibitions that span a wide range of cultures, media, historical periods and social issues. The Museum offers lectures and symposia by noted artists and scholars; tours of private collections, special exhibitions, and regional museums; children and family workshops and community festivals; free summer jazz concerts; and volunteer opportunities. The Museum also offers children’s art classes and features a drop-in center for kids to create their own art! Located off of Route 22 in Katonah, NY. Call 914.232.9555 or visit www.katonahmuseum.org.
Bronx River Pkwy, Valhalla, NY 10595, (914) 328-1542
Kensico Dam Plaza is a 98 acre property located at the base of the Kensico Dam. The park provides a unique setting for a wide variety of activities including ethnic celebrations, concerts, antiques shows and arts and craft shows, as well as areas for picnicking, in-line skating, walking and nature study.
2610 Amawalk Rd, Katonah, NY 10536, (914) 864-7268
Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial is a magnificent 234 acre property consisting of woodlands, open grass meadow and formal gardens with flower and shrub specimens from all over the world. Lasdon is also the site of the Chinese Friendship Pavilion that was a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the citizens of Westchester. The park also houses four inspirational memorials and a museum honoring Westchester veterans. Lasdon is available for meetings, weddings and other catered events.
Liberty Science Center is an innovative learning resource for lifelong exploration of nature, humanity and technology, supporting the growth of our diverse region and promoting informed stewardship of the world. The museum features several programs and exhibits for children and many hands-on events. It is open from 9:30am to 5:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. Liberty Science Center is located at 251 Philip St in Liberty State Park in New Jersey. For additional information, please call 201.200.1000 or visit lsc.org.
635 S Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, (914) 631-4481
Lyndhurst is a Gothic Revival mansion whose 67-acre grounds offer fine views of the Hudson River. The house, clad in Sing Sing marble, was designed in two stages by Alexander Jackson Davis. In 1838, he created a Gothic villa for William Paulding, a former mayor of New York City; 26 years later, he doubled the house’s size, adding a four-story tower and porte cochere for New York businessman George Merritt. For both men, Davis also designed Gothic-style furniture, which the home’s third owner, railroad magnate and stock manipulator Jay Gould, retained and complemented with furnishings of his own. Gould’s daughter, Anna, gave the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. The house contains stained glass, faux finishes, and murals. Particularly impressive are the dining room, created to resemble a medieval banquet hall, and the two-story-tall art gallery. The grounds, combining sweeping lawns and groupings of magnificent specimen trees, also feature a rose garden with more than 500 varieties and a restored fern garden, as well as the estate’s carriage house, bowling alley, and conservatory. The carriage house contains an exhibit about the house’s various owners and a small café. 914-631-4481.
287 Ridge Rd, Hartsdale, NY 10530, (914) 946-8133
This 172 acre park is centrally located in the county and a perfect spot for group picnics. A section of V.E. Macy Park has been renamed so that the history of the Irish who fled to Westchester in the 1840s to escape poverty and famine will never be forgotten. The Great Hunger Memorial was unveiled on June 24, 2001 at V.E. Macy Park in Ardsley to commemorate the suffering of millions of Irish immigrants who died from the potato famine or were forced to leave their country. The monument was created by Eamonn O’Doherty.
167 Mianus River Rd, Bedford, NY 10506, (914) 234-3455
The Mianus River Gorge Preserve (MRGP) remains an oasis of rich woodland and old-growth forest. The Preserve was established in 1953 to protect an old-growth hemlock forest and receives the special designation as the first Nature Conservancy land project and the first National Natural History Landmark designated by the US Department of the Interior. Today, the Mianus River Gorge Preserve, Inc., is an independent not-for-profit that protects over 750 acres of land and a water supply for over 150,000 people in Connecticut and New York. Drawing on our rich history of science-based management and land conservation, we continue to be a model for the protection of rare, isolated habitat in an increasingly developed world. Visit www.mianus.org.
This child-centered museum emphasizes interactive education through exploration and discovery. It embraces scientific, historical, and artistic exhibits. It maintains programs and exhibits appropriate for children of all ages, including a special area for infants and toddlers. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is $6.50 per adult and $6.50 per child. Free Admission for members and children under 1 year. The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is located on 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. For more information, call 845.471.0589 or visit www.mhcm.org.
Muscoot is a 777 acre early 1900′s interpretive farm that depicts life as it would have been lived on a country gentleman’s farm circa 1880-1950. Visitors can view a variety of farm animals, tour historic farm buildings, see a collection of historic agriculture equipment and tools, walk to the ice pond, and hike over 7 miles of woodland trails. Educational programs and workshops are offered on weekends. Hayrides are offered on Sundays from May through October. Refreshment stand open in season. Admission and parking are free. Rte 100, Somers, NY 10570. 914.864.7282. Visit muscootfarm.org.
From boat building to barnacle scraping, this is the place for the young pirate. In the Discovery Barn kids aged 8 and up can discover through interactive displays and hands on learning. At the Children’s Museum, kids aged 7 and under can swab the decks, cook in the galley, dress in sailor garb, lie in the ships bunks, and more. A planetarium and lively sea show are available as well. Just FYI, some displays are not available during the winter. For more information, call 860.572.5331 or visit www.mysticseaport.org.
The Neuberger Museum of Art is a major visual arts center and vital cultural resource. The permanent collection features major works by American and European modern artists, an extensive collection of African Art including masks and sculpture, and presents more than a dozen changing exhibitions each year dedicated to new forms of artistic expression. The Neuberger Museum offers special events for children and families throughout the year. The Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577-1400. Call 914-251-6100 or visit www.neuberger.org
The New England Air Museum is situated in two large display buildings consisting of more than 75,000 square feet of exhibit space. Exhibits feature amazing planes, helicopters, and the like. As well as airplane and helicopter displays, the museum also has many fascinating exhibits on such diverse topics as the History of Sikorsky Aircraft, Early French Aviation, a History of Air Mail, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Flying Mollisons, and many others. There is a small dining area with snack vending machines and aviation-related arcade games for the kids. A variety of restaurants can be found on nearby Route 75. For more information, call 860.623.3305 or visit www.neam.org. 36 Perimeter Road, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096.
2694 Dr Theodore Kazimiroff Blvd, Bronx, NY 10458, (718) 817-8700
A grand museum of plants. A place to relax, rejuvenate, and experience the wonders of nature. A worldwide leader in studying the Earth’s plant life. The New York Botanical Garden is all of these things and a great deal more. Founded in 1891, the Garden is one of the world’s great collections of plants, the region’s leading educational center for gardening and horticulture, and an international center for plant research. The Garden is alive with opportunities for discovery, from an “ecotour” of the world in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to an innovative indoor/outdoor science museum for kids to 50 exquisite gardens and plant collections, all on a 250-acre National Historic Landmark site in New York City’s Bronx borough. Visit www.nybg.org.
The Onatru Farm Town Park and the Onatru Preserve are owned by the Town of Lewisboro. They were donated by Alice Lane Poor. Onatru is a word created by her father, Edward Lane, from “On a True Farm.” Recreation facilities at the park include fields for baseball, soccer and lacrosse, tennis courts and a play area. A marked walking trail leads through hardwood forests and a stand of Scotch pine. The open fields afford a good opportunity for bird watching. The Preserve across the street from the park consists of marsh and a small pond reached by a short trail suitable for the smallest of hikers. A camping area is available with a permit from the Town Clerk. The remnants of an old foundation can be found in the woods near Shady Lane. Trail length is 1.5 miles. Level: Moderate. Directions: Onatru Farm is located at 99 Elmwood Road in the Lewisboro Hamlet. Parking is in the Park.
Pelham Art Center’s mission is to provide the public with a place, the resources and the opportunity to see, study and experience the arts in a community setting. Last year the Art Center provided the following programs and services to nearly 8,700 households from Pelham and east to the Sound, west to the Hudson, north to White Plains and south to the Bronx: presented 6 exhibits with work by 106 artists, 6,800 visited exhibitions and 1,370 were school children on free tours, 51 teaching artists were employed and art works by 33 artists were sold, 11 artist residency programs took place at 5 different schools and community centers, 240 disadvantaged youth were served in free outreach programs, 146 fee based art classes served 1,393 students, 98 students received need based financial aid, 25 free workshops, lectures, and performances were presented. Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803. 914-738-2525. Visit www.pelhamartcenter.org email firstname.lastname@example.org
Playland Park features arcade games and 45 major rides for children and adults, including roller coasters, vertical thrills, log flume, and plenty of twists, turns and shouts. The Park also offers the following attractions: beach and boardwalk, swimming pool, lake boating and kayaking, picnic area, entertainment, miniature golf and ice-skating. Playland, operating since 1928, is a famous 279 acre recreational complex owned and operated by Westchester County. It overlooks the Long Island Sound and is highlighted by historic Art Deco structures and a beautiful grassy, flowered mall. Playland Park was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Minature Golf Available. Playland Ice Casino, indoor ice skating on 3 climate controlled rinks is open September through May. The Casino features a snack bar, skate rental, games arcade and lounge. Playland Skating School offers ice skating lessons. Visit www.ryeplayland.org. Playland Parkway, Rye, NY 10580. 914.813.7000.
PRLC is a private, non-profit corporation with the mission of preserving the character of Pound Ridge through the acquisition, conservation and stewardship of land. The Conservancy’s preserves are kept in their natural state for aesthetic, ecological and education purposes. The PRLC is involved in the following activities in support of its mission: preserving undeveloped land, stewardship of 14 preserves, community education, identifying strategic parcels of land in town, working cooperatively with other local land protection organizations and town agencies and boards on land conservation through advocacy, education, outreach and demonstration projects. Find out more at www.prlc.net.
287 Ridge Rd, Hartsdale, NY 10530, (914) 946-8133
A 170 acre park offering picnicking facilities for groups with three pavilions, ball fields and playgrounds.
Route 117, Sleepy Hollow Rd, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, (914) 631-1470
Visitors will delight in the ever growing haven of open space in Westchester County known as Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The Preserve is an idyllic spot for strolling, jogging, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. With 180 recorded species of birds, the Preserve is a must visit area for birders. In season, licensed anglers enjoy fishing for bass in the 22 acre Swan Lake and for brown trout in the Pocantico River. Stop in the Preserve’s Gallery across from the Visitor Center. Its rotating exhibits feature the art of local artists. The most notable feature of the Preserve is the system of carriage roads built by Rockefellers. Designed to complement the landscape, the carriage roads, many of which are handicapped accessible, allow visitors to experience and enjoy the natural wonders of the area. These scenic paths wind through wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and fields and past streams, rivers, and lakes. Trail maps of all the carriage roads and equestrian permits are available at the Preserve Office.
873 Boston Post Rd, Rye, NY 10580, (914) 967-5150
The Rye Nature Center is a Rye City-owned facility offering environmental programs through the cooperative efforts of the Friends of Rye Nature Center and the City of Rye. The Center is located on 47 acres of wildlife preserve, with over two miles of hiking trails, ponds, streams and granite outcroppings. The Nature Center has comfortable classroom and museum spaces for visiting classes and special events. Visit www.ryenaturecenter.org.
Established in 1963, the Southeast Museum offers exhibits on the history of the Town of Southeast, including the early American Circus, the Harlem Line Railroad, the Tilly Foster Mine, the Borden Milk Condensery, and the Croton Reservoir System. In addition, the museum presents various changing exhibits, drawing on its extensive collection of antique farm and household implements, quilts, clothing and assorted Americana reflecting 19th century material culture. The museum is located on Main Street, Brewster in one of Putnam County’s largest landmarked buildings, the 1896 Old Town Hall, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Southeast Museum, 67 Main STreet, Brewster, NY, (845)279-7500, www.southeastmuseum.org.
Clean, wet summer fun! Fishkill, NY, www.splashdownbeach.com
Splashdown Park in Fishkill is a multi-activity family waterpark packed with waterslides, tube slides, wave pool, and bumper boats for a really cool experience.
149 Jackson Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10706, (914) 231-3450
Sprain Ridge Park is named for its location on a ridge between the northbound and southbound lanes of the Sprain Brook Parkway. The Park’s 278-acres include a developed portion with a pool complex and picnic areas. The remainder of the park is heavily wooded with a variety of hiking and mountain bike trails.
This is several venues in one! Check out the different visiting exhibitions in the Museum. This always includes a child-friendly hands-on activity. Then tour Heckscher Farm– ask for The Heckscher Farm Activity Guide & Scavenger Hunt booklet. Then stop by for a visit at Animal Embassy, an independent venture that rescues exotic pets. Maybe you’ll stumble upon lunch time for the giant turtles when they amble between your feet to eat off the vegetable plate that the caretakers set on the floor for them. Or maybe you’ll be able to hold a snake or chinchilla! And don’t miss the amazing playground. That’s a great place for mom to bring a book for a long read while kids play! Call theStamford Nature Center at 203.322.1646, 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford CT 06903, www.stamfordmuseum.org.
The Stepping Stones Museum for Children invites children to explore, imagine, create and discover new experiences every time they visit! All of our exhibits, designed for children ages ten and under, encourage hands-on exploration and discovery, incorporating the themes of Science, The Arts, Culture and Heritage. The Museum offers a water room, where children can don smocks and play in the water, and a play area where even the smallest children can run, climb, and build with manipulatives. Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850. Phone: (203) 899-0606. www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a beautiful non-profit farm, educational center and restaurant in the heart of Westchester County. Our mission is to demonstrate, teach and promote sustainable, community-based food production. Open to visitors of all ages, we offer a unique experience: a chance to learn about farming firsthand on a real working farm, the only farm open to the public so close to New York City. Stone Barns Center is a four-season operation, producing food even in deep winter in the minimally heated greenhouse. Check our website for updated event and program schedules, or just drop by to walk around and see the animals, fields, and greenhouse. Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591. For more information, call 914.366.6200 x112, or visit www.stonebarnscenter.org.
West Sunnyside Lane, Off Route 9, Tarrytown, (914) 591-8763
A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanted adventure in a romantic landscape and a much-loved riverside home that has been charming visitors for generations. Hear about Washington Irving’s storied past and how he came to be America’s first internationally famous author, best remembered now for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories. A gently curved path leads to gorgeous views of the Hudson River and reveals the allure of Sunnyside’s unique design, its intimate setting, its bucolic grounds, and its association with a beloved man of letters. Your guide, dressed elegantly in hoop skirts or formal dress of the times, explains how Washington Irving designed Sunnyside and its grounds himself, collaborating with his neighbor, the artist George Harvey. The grounds reflect Washington Irving’s romantic view of art, nature, and history. He arranged garden paths, trees and shrubs, vistas, and water features to appear natural, and planted an exotic wisteria vine (still growing) to envelope the house. Visit site.
1600 Spring Valley Rd # 1, Ossining, NY 10562, (914) 762-2912
Teatown Lake Reservation is a nonprofit, environmental organization with an 834-acre nature preserve and education center located in the Lower Hudson Valley in the Towns of Yorktown, Cortlandt, and New Castle. Teatown Lake Reservation’s mission is to conserve open space and to educate and involve the regional community in order to sustain the diversity of wildlife, plants and habitats for future generations. Teatown’s educators offer adult, family and children’s programs to over 10,000 participants annually. Annually, over 15,000 hikers traverse Teatown’s 15 miles of scenic trails that span abundant fields, mixed forests, lakes, streams, swamps and farm land. Our Nature Center is a source of wildlife knowledge and home to a variety of amphibians, birds of prey, mammals and reptiles. Visit www.teatown.org.
Slated for opening July 16, 2012: The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum! The Adventure Park will be situated on five acres of forestland in Veterans Memorial Park, behind the Discovery Museum & Planetarium and will consist of about 110 platforms installed in the trees and connected by various configurations of cable, wood and rope to form bridges and challenges of different kinds including the ever-popular zip lines. Groups of bridges link together to form “aerial trails” throughout the forest. There will be a total of 8 different trails to choose from, ranging in difficulty from beginner level to expert. Trails are suitable for ages seven to adult. Participants wear harnesses which are doubly secured to safety cables using the Park’s own “always locked on” climbing system of interlocking carabineers (coupling links). Park goers receive a thorough orientation before going on the trails. For more information please visit www.DiscoveryAdventurePark.org.
The Audubon Center in Greenwich offers birders, families, students, teachers, photographers, hikers and all who are interested in learning about the natural world a place to explore and discover. With 285 acres of woodland, wetland and meadow habitat, 10 miles of hiking trails, interpretive programs, wildife viewing window, premier hawk watching site, an art gallery, a nature store, as well as special events, summer bird count, children’s summer day camp, Fall Hawkwatch Festival, and Christmas Bird Count, there’s a little something for everyone. Visit www.greenwich.center.audubon.org
The Bronx Zoo is the biggest zoo in the Metropolitan area, and is dedicated to the preservation of wildlife and wild places around the globe. It is a part of the Wildlife Conservation Society. The zoo has over 4,000 animals and features such installations as the Congo Gorilla Forest and the Indoor Asian Rainforest. It also features a string of children’s and family educational programs that involve animal study and projects. The Bronx Zoo is open from 10:00-4:30 every day. For additional information, please call (718) 367-1010 or visit www.bronxzoo.com
The Garbage Museum is an environmental education facility for all ages. Their mission is to empower children and adults with the knowledge that each individual can make a difference in the preservation of our natural resources. All activities are FREE to the public. Go greet Trash-o-saurus, the resident 1-ton dinosaur made entirely out of garbage. The museum also offers a unique variety of hands-on exhibits, a learning laboratory, and an amphitheater for videos and lectures. You’ll observe recycling in action with a “sky box” view of the dumping and sorting process. Family Fun Days are also scheduled on select Saturdays throughout the year. For more information, call 203.381.9571.
Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, New York, NY 10040, (212) 923-3700
The Cloisters, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century. The building and its cloistered gardens—located in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan—are treasures in themselves, effectively part of the collection housed there. View highlights from The Cloisters: sculpture, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts, goldsmiths` and silversmiths` work, stained glass, enamels, ivories, and more. Phone 212-650-2280.
The Emelin Theatre is a non-profit theater company that produces a full range of theater programs and activities. It was first founded in 1972 and since then it has been a Westchester institution giving stage time to young students, rising stars, musicians of all kinds, and actors of international acclaim. It is located on Boston Post Rd. in Mammaroneck. For additional information, call the box office at (914) 698-0098 or visit www.emelin.org
The Greenburgh Nature Center is a unique oasis of greenery and tranquility — just off Central Avenue in Scarsdale. Our mission is four-fold — Conservation, Education, Research and Cultural Enrichment. We are pledged to conserve the natural and historic character of our 33 acre property and local wildlife. We provide exciting and informative nature and environmental programs and exhibits for people of all ages and backgrounds. We encourage natural history research by our staff, area students, and scientists. And, we promote cultural enrichment through the presentation of nature-related art, music, craft, and entertainment events. 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583. Call 914.723.3470 or visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org
Explore the marine life and maritime culture of Long Island Sound. Watch sharks, jelly fish, sea turtles, and more than 1,000 other marine animals, or enjoy a film at the area’s only IMAX theater. Watch the professionals feed the seals, the river otters, or allow your kids to touch the animals in the “Touch Tank” where children can touch green crabs, sea stars, and horseshoe crabs. As well as the wonderful exhibits, when the kids have had enough, take them to the “Ocean Playscape”, a great play area for children under 5 years old. 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Call 203.852.0700 or visit www.maritimeaquarium.org
The Trevor Zoo is dedicated to environmental education and to the conservation of the world’s wildlife through programs in habitat preservation and the captive breeding of endangered species. Visitors enter the six-acre zoo via a bridge overlooking a North American otter enclosure on one side and a large waterfowl pond with on the other. They then proceed to four zoo geographic regions: Australia, North America, Asia, and South America. Winding paths take visitors through a total of twelve different exhibits including a covered bridge with views of birds of prey as well as bamboo groves sheltering red pandas and Asian deer. The center encourages people to support wildlife conservation, to become better informed about pressing environmental problems, to make environmentally sensitive decisions regarding their life-style, and to promote conservation alerts and legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. For information, call 845.677.3704 or visit www.trevorzoo.org
1 Midland Ave, Yonkers, NY 10705, (914) 231-2865
Tibbetts Brook Park a 161acre park with its mammoth 412’ x 125’ pool is one of the first parks developed by the County. The Park offers many recreational activities throughout the year and hosts ethnic celebrations, fairs and festivals during the summer months.
945 N Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701, (914) 377-6450
Grecian gardens landscaped in the Beaux Arts style. Temple overlooking a mosaic pool, a Greek amphitheater and sculptures. Views of the Hudson River and the Palisades.
525 S Riverside Ave, Croton On Hudson, NY 10520, (914) 271-8981
At Van Cortlandt Manor, explore the stone manor house and brick ferry house, wander through the heritage gardens, and stroll down a quiet country road along the Croton River. There, you`ll experience the domestic life of a patriot family living in the years just after the American Revolution – the New Nation period. Costumed guides demonstrate and invite visitors to try their own hands at blacksmithing, brick making, open-hearth cooking, spinning, weaving, and other crafts and tasks of the period. These activities and a lively program of special events help bring the past to life. Enter the manor house and see an extraordinary collection of furnishings from the colonial and federal periods, in their original setting. Downstairs hear about one of the largest and best-equipped colonial kitchens in America and see samples of 18th-century medicines and foodways. At the Ferry House, built before 1750, find a rural tavern that offered food, drink, and lodging to travelers along the Albany Post Road. As you walk through the gardens, you`ll find a remarkable array of flowers, vegetables, and herbs available to American gardeners in the late 18th century. Visit www.hudsonvalley.org
Route 121 S, Cross River, NY 10518, (914) 763-3493
The 4,315-acre park makes Ward Pound Ridge Reservation the county’s largest park. With its varied terrain and landscapes. And miles of wooded trails the park provides a variety of activities in all seasons. There are areas for picnicking, lean-to camping, fishing and cross-country skiing. Hike to the Leatherman`s cave and explore history.
675 W 252nd St, Bronx, NY 10471, (718) 549-3200
Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. Visit www.wavehill.org
455 Mamaroneck Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583, (914) 722-1289
For more than 30 years, this ten-acre sanctuary, owned by the Village of Scarsdale, has been a haven for a wide variety of animals and birds, as well as for people. With a meadow, fruit orchard, woodlots, swamp, and an apiary for bees, the Nature Center is perfect for family outings. Folks can stroll the trails or take advantage of the 8-mile trail that connects the Center to Pinebrook Ball Park for a lengthy hike. The Trailside Nature Museum offers nature-related exhibits, and families will find opportunities throughout the year to enjoy Special Events and Programs. The many Children`s Programs, including after-school programs, help introduce them to the world of nature. The Native American Village offers visitors the chance to explore the life and culture of the Lenape and Iroquois Tribes through exhibits that focus on how Indians lived with nature. Picnic area available. Handicapped: Accessible. Visit site.
Built in 1996, the Westchester Skating Academy is the only NHL twin rink facility in Westchester. WSA offers top level figure skating and hockey programs. Birthday Parties, Group Rates, Public Sessions, Daily Freestyle, Full Service Cafe, Skate Rental, Hockey Clinics, Hockey Figure Skating Camps, Youth and Adult Hockey Leagues, Adult Coffee Club. Open Year Round. Call 347-8232 for times, Group or Individual Lessons (8 Week Programs) for Beginners to Adults, In-House Hockey Leagues (Mites through JV Levels). 91 Fairview Drive, Elmsford, NY 10523. 914.347.8232.
Musical adaptations of children’s classic fairytales, folktales, and legends as well as Broadway musicals, comedies, and dramas for audiences as young as 2 years old. Audience can meet the cast, take pictures, get autographs and ask questions after the show. Located at the Rochambeau Theater in White Plains, the Irvington Town Hall Theater, the Antrim Playhouse in Suffern, and the Westchester Broadway Theater in Elmsford. Also available for Birthday parties. For more information and a calendar of events, call 914.761.7463 or visit www.westcoprods.com
260 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Mt Kisco, NY 10549, (914) 666-8448
Westmoreland Sanctuary was established in 1957 as a private not-for-profit corporation. Surrounded by wooded countryside and suburban areas, Westmoreland’s unspoiled acres offers a variety of activities to its more than 20,000 annual visitors. Visit www.westmorelandsanctuary.org.
8 Bradford Rd, Mt Vernon, NY 10553, (914) 813-6990
One of the oldest parks in the county system, Wilson’s Woods is a 23-acre park offering a wave pool, water slides, a spray deck and water playground, against the backdrop of an English Tudor style bathhouse. The park also has areas for picnicking and fishing.