Recreation

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 info@pelhamartcenter.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.