The Hudson River Valley is rich in experiences, offering something for travelers with a variety of interests. Those who find solace in nature can hike, bike, golf or go apple picking, while a leisurely day of shopping can be enjoyed at nearby shopping malls, including Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. ArtsWestchester offers a cultural destination within walking distance of our luxury Hudson Valley hotel, while the area’s rich past can be discovered at the Rockefeller Estate or home of Washington Irving. Allow our staff to arrange visits or activities surrounding top attractions in the area.
New York State’s largest private, not-for-profit service organization, working to ensure the availability and accessibility of the arts for all of Westchester County’s residents.
Address: 31 Mamaroneck Ave, 3rd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601. Contact: (914) 428-422 | Distance: 0.15 miles/35 seconds | Website
Hudson River Museum
The Museum complex is comprised of six art galleries, the Andrus Planetarium, and GlenviewMansion, an historic house museum dated 1876. Permanent and special thematic exhibits cover a diverse and fascinating range of art, photography, sculpture and even sound from the 19th , 20thand 21st centuries. Planetarium shows cater to even the youngest enthusiast, offering stargazing “tours” for children 6 years and upwards.
Spend a day surrounded by the arts and plan a visit to the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art. For a half day experience, the recommended tour is The Director’s Tour for the First Floor. If you are traveling with a family, The Family Treasure Hunt tour is perfect for you. At the end of the day stay to experience the Museum’s dining options from a casual, self-service cafeteria to the outdoor Roof Garden Café and Martini Bar or the elegant Members Dining Room.
Address: 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028. Contact: (212) 535-7710 | Distance: Driving - 23 miles/41 minutes | Website
The Performing Arts Center
A landmark performing arts center on the SUNY Purchase campus, this spectacular complex of concert halls and theatres attracts more than 125,000 people each year to some 600 cultural events. It presents fifteen professional series of music, dance and theatre performances and many special events that draw internationally renowned orchestras and ballet companies, as well as legendary solo performers.
Address: 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577. Contact: (914) 251-6200 | Distance: 4 miles/10 minutes | Website
White Plains Performing Arts Center
WPPAC is a 410-seat, state-of-the-art, professional Equity theatre located on the third floor of the City Center building in downtown White Plains. Through a combination of self-produced, professional broadway quality theatrical productions as well as presentations of nationally/internationally known performing artists and companies in the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, stand-up comedy and children’s programming; WPPAC provides residents of White Plains and the surrounding communities an easily accessible, intimate and comfortable setting to see LIVE entertainment in the heart of Westchester County.
Historic Hudson Valley is a museum of historic sites – buildings, landscapes, and collections. As a not-for-profit educational organization, it owns, restores, preserves, interprets, and promotes historic landmarks of national significance within the Hudson Valley for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. The sites possess documented historical integrity, architectural distinction, superb decorative and fine arts collections, and exceptional importance of landscape and setting.
The Historic Hudson Valley sites include, Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortland Manor, Union Church of Pocantico Hills, Montgomery Place and 639 Bedford Place.
Address: 639 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591. Contact: (914) 631-8200 | | Distance: 8 miles/15 minutes | Website
Visit American’s oldest winery and learn about the rich history while tasting delicious wines. Address: 100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY 10992.
There are endless amounts of activities in Central Park, you can bring a blanket to picnic and enjoy the scenery, see the animals at the zoo, take the kids to ride the carousel or enjoy a tour to discover the park history. Choose from a self guided, guided or custom tour of the park for a great way to spend part of your day in New York City.
Take a tour of the property and learn many stories that highlight the lives of the Rockefeller family members and their contributions to philanthropy, conservation, business, government, and the arts. Please note that a tour of Kykuit must begin at Philipsburg Manor.
Lasdon Park, Arboretum is Westchester’s largest public arboretum encompassing 235 acres. This arboretum hosts formal gardens and specimen plants from all over the world right here in Westchester. Activities on property include: gardening workshops, botanical art classes, art exhibits and fundraising plant sales. The Shop at Lasdon provides garden gift items and plants for purchase.
Also on property is the Westchester Veterans Museum. Here, they honor veterans with memorials dedicated to wartime soldiers throughout our nation’s history.
Address: Wood Street and Route 35, Somers, NY. Contact: (914) 864-7268 | Website
The scenic views, majestic old trees, and formal gardens of Montgomery Place make it an ideal, tranquil spot for enjoying nature and landscape. Enjoy the gardens, arboretum, woodland trails, and the falls of the Sawkill river as part of this 380-acre historic site overlooking the Hudson. Picnicking is permitted. You can also enjoy a 45-minute house tour and view the incredible grounds.
Tour the 300-year-old manor house. It’s dairy, kitchens, bedchambers, warehouse rooms and parlor attest to its significance as a place of work, business, trade, leisure, and repose. Period artifacts and touchable reproductions give you an understanding of the people who lived and worked here.
Address: 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Contact: (914) 366-6900/(914) 631-3992(weekends)| Distance: 7 miles/15 minutes | Website
Visit the Prospero Winery for tastings and to learn about the family history behind these locally made wines.
The most notable feature of the Preserve is the system of carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Sr. and John D. Rockefeller Jr. 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. They traverse wood and stone bridges, including the first triple arch bridge in America. One road passes by the foundation of Rockwood Hall, once the 220 room home of William Rockefeller.
Experience a visit to The Statue of Liberty National Monument to learn more about the incredible history and to see the sites.
Address: Liberty Island, New York, NY. Distance: Driving - 30 miles/50 minutes | Website
Union Church at Pocantico Hills
Visitors marvel at the colorful rose window created for the church by Henri Matisse. You are welcome to just gaze at the windows on your own or to take a tour.
Address: Located off Bedford Road in Pocantico Hills, 2 miles east of Tarrytown, NY. Contact: (914) 631-2069 | Distance: 10 miles/17 minutes | Website
Van Cortlandt Manor
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.
Address: 525 S Riverside, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. Contact: (914) 366-6900/(914) 631-3992 (weekends)| Distance: 15 miles/14 minutes | Website
Warwick Valley Winery
Take in the beautiful scenery at Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. Take part and enjoy wine tastings, apple and pear picking, live music and dining at the Pané Bakery Café.
Address: 114 Little York Road, Warwick, New York, 10990. Contact: (845) 258-4858 | Distance: 59 miles/1 hour 15 minutes | Website
Washington Irving’s Sunnyside
Hear about Washington Irving's storied past and how he came to be America's first internationally famous author.
Address: 3 W Sunnyside Lane, Irvington, NY 10533. Contact: (914) 366-6900/(914) 631-3992 (weekends)| Distance: 7 miles/14 minutes | Website
This unique full functioning winery brings the wine country experience to the big city while offering fine dining, food & wine classes, special events and concerts.
Address: 155 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013. Contact: (212) 608-0555 | Distance: 29 miles/48 minutes | Website
Grand Central Terminal
As your train arrives to New York City, you will enter the beautiful and historic terminal where you can take in the classical facade, the unified 16,000 square foot waiting room, and the distinctive ornamentation, including monumental cast-iron eagles with wingspans of 13-feet. Experience either an audio tour or a self guided walking tour by printing out a map or downloading the app on a smartphone.
Address: 89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017. Contact: (212) 340-2583 | Distance: Driving - 26 miles/45 minutes; Train - 35 minutes | Website
The Westchester Mall
Westchester County’s answer to Rodeo Drive, The Westchester mall houses 150 luxury stores under one spectacular skylit roof. Anchor stores Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom’s keep illustrious company with designer names including Tiffany’s, Coach, Armani, and Louis Vuiton, as well as sophisticated favorites like Crate & Barrel, Ann Taylor, and Abercrombie and Fitch. Carpeted walkways, marble floors, and commissioned sculptures interspersed throughout three levels make this a deluxe shopping mecca.
Address: 125 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601. Contact: (914) 683-8600 | Distance: 0.6 mile/2 minutes | Website
Woodbury Commons – Premium Outlets
Common Premium Outlets is more than just a great collection of the finest designer labels and brands; it is one the world's top shopping destinations. Include a shopping stop when you are in the New York area or plan a special trip. Located one hour from New York City, it is a bargain hunter's haven.
Address: 498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY 10917. Contact: 845-928-4000 | Distance: 37 miles/50 Woodbury | Website
Awesome Flight helicopter charters are like a limousine service in the sky. Private tours of New York City are offered from Westchester County Airport, along with personalized tours to better suit your needs. In addition to tours, Awesome Flight offers helicopter charter services to many destinations in the Northeast, including airport transfers.
Bear Mountain State Park in Bear Mountain, N.Y., has something for everyone. From miles of hiking trails to an inn with all the comforts of home, the park offers nature in all of its glory for both the avid outdoorsman as well as those just out for a scenic Sunday stroll.
Nestled along the Hudson River, Bear Mountain was so-named because the profile of the mountain resembles a bear lying down.
Address: Located about 30 miles north of White Plains at the intersection of the Palisades Parkway and Route 9W.
Briarcliff Peekskill Trailway
The Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway, a 12-mile park, runs from the town of Ossining north to Westchester County's Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill. The Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway provides guests many beautiful sites along the way, including views of water cascading over the magnificent stone spillway at the county’s Croton Gorge Park, and a view of the Hudson River from the 560-foot high Spitzenberg Mountain at Blue Mountain Reservation.
The Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway is one element of the county’s extensive trail system that also includes the North County Trailway, South County Trailway and the Bronx River Pathway.
Address: Ossining to Peeskill. Contact: (914) 864-7000 | Website
Bronx River Pathway
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.
Address: Yonkers to Valhalla. Contact: (914) 864-7000 | Website
Citi Field is the place to be for Mets fans, sports fans and visitors to the New York metropolitan area. The open-air ballpark connects the Mets' National League heritage to the future and to the City through a number of unique design elements.
Hudson Hills is a 7,000 yard, par 71 championship golf course that takes full advantage of its setting in the Hudson River Valley. Perched atop the first tee, golfers are treated to a beautiful vista, with nearly one third of the golf course in view. But don’t be too distracted by the beauty of this hilly countryside, because strategically placed golf shots are paramount to mastering Hudson Hills.
Kingsland Point Park is an 18-acre park on the Hudson River. It has ball fields, picnic areas, kayaking and access to Tarrytown Lighthouse.
Address: Palmer Avenue, Off Route 9, Sleepy Hollow, New York. Contact: (914) 366-5109 | Website
Madison Square Garden
Root for your favorite sports team or enjoy a concert in New York’s most famous arena. Tickets are available at The Garden Box Office as well as through Ticketmaster.
Address: 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10119. Distance: 27 miles/44 minutes | Website
Marchlands Conservancy is a 170-acre preserve with a variety of diverse habitats including the salt marsh and the largest meadow in southern Westchester. Its woods, fresh water ponds, streams and Long Island Sound shoreline provide undisturbed habitats for many animals and plants. Marshlands Conservancy has naturalist-conducted programs and includes the 23-acre Jay property.
MetLife Stadium is the home to the New York Jets and the New York Giants. It is also a great venue for other events such as, concerts, college football programs and international soccer.
Address: One MetLife Stadium Drive, East Rutherford, NJ 07073. Contact: (201) 559-1500 | Distance: 30 miles/47 minutes | Website
North County Trailway
The North County Trailway is a paved bicycle and pedestrian path located primarily on right-of-way lands of the former Putnam Division of the New York Central Railroad. The Putnam Railroad once served 23 stations in Westchester, some of which still stand today. Included is the Tudor-revival style Briarcliff Manor Station, which is now used as a public library. Other former stations can be found along the trailway in Millwood and in Railroad Park in Yorktown Heights. Historic marker plaques have been placed at most of the former station locations.
The Putnam Right-of-Way spans 36.2 linear miles through Westchester County, of which 22.1 miles comprise the North County Trailway. The remaining 14.1 miles, south of Eastview to the Bronx border, is being developed in sections as the South County Trailway.
The North County Trailway is one element of an extensive countywide trailway system that includes the Bronx River Pathway, Briarcliff- Peekskill Trailway, South County Trailway and many planned bike routes along the county’s roads. This Trailway is from Eastview in the Town of Mt. Pleasant, to Baldwin Place in Somers. It continues north into Carmel in Putnam County for 7.5 miles as the Putnam Trailway.
Address: Mt. Pleasant to Putnam County Line. Contact: (914) 864-7000 | Website
Playland is Metro New York's family amusement park and entertainment center. Located on scenic Long Island Sound, with its own beach, boardwalk and pier, it offers lake boating, mini golf, and indoor ice-skating, as well as more than 50 rides for children and adults. Playland was America's first totally planned amusement park and became the prototype for today's successful theme parks. Dedicated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987, it is America's only government owned and operated amusement park.
Pocantico Lake, owned by the Westchester County Department of Parks and Recreation, has been available for hiking, fishing, equestrian, and nature studies since 1916. It was originally a water supply reservoir. Pocantico Lake has 164 acres, is 35 feet in heights and is 300 feet in length.
This 4,315-acre location, off the shores of the Hudson, provides campers an ideal location to get outdoors. On site, Croton Point Park has tent and RV sites and vacation cabins near Cross River. Campers can pitch their tents and relax, while taking part in activities, such as, freshwater fishing, hiking and stargazing. Additionally, the park has weekend nature interpretive programs throughout the year, which is hosted by on-site Trailside Nature Museum.
It’s never been easier to see a Yankee game, sporting event or concert at Yankee Stadium. The Metro-North Railroad takes you right to the stadium.
Address: 1 E 161st St New York, NY 10451. Contact: (646) 977-8000 | Distance: 20 miles/32 minutes | Website
Empire State Building
Visit the Empire State Building observatory and experience the stunning views from the top of one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Plan a visit during the day or see the city beautifully lit up at night.
Address: 350 5th Avenue New York, NY 10118. Contact: (212) 736-3100 | Distance: Driving: 27 miles/45 minutes | Website
Hilltop Hanover Farm
Hilltop Hanover Farm is considered one of Westchester County’s environmental resource centers. According to Westchester County Parks Magazine, this 187-acre farm “promotes sustainable agricultural and environmental education through demonstration, exhibits, farming practices and educational events.”
Address: 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Contact: (914) 962-2368 | Website