Parks/Outdoor

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.