Parks/Outdoor

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.


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

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 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

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.

turtlecove250Turtle Cove Golf Center is New York area’s premiere golf practice range, featuring private full-swing practice stations, PGA instruction, miniature golf, batting cages, event space, sports camps, located in Pelham Bay Park minutes from Manhattan and Westchester County.  Turtle Cove Golf Academy’s program provides young golfers, ages 7-15 with a fun, safe environment to learn the game of golf. Students work with our friendly, experienced teaching professionals to develop all areas of the game. Our 10:1 student to instructor ratio ensures that they’ll get a solid foundation of the game. PGA professionals can design a program for your entire family.  1 City Island Road, Pelham Bay Park, N.Y. 10464.  (718) 885-1129, www.turtlecovegolfcenter.com.

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.