Area Events and Activities

Museums

Hudson River Museum: Located in Yonkers, the museum was founded in 1919. It offers a variety of art and exhibits related to the region and houses the only planetarium in Westchester County. 

Yonkers Police Museum: Exhibitions of artifacts and photos dating back to 1866 that detail the history of the Yonkers Police force.

Sherwood House: Built in 1740, Sherwood House is one of the few remaining pre-revolutionary war structures. It has been restored with period antiques and maintained by the Yonkers Historical Society. Listed on the Register of Historic Places, the building is open to the public for tours.

Philipse Manor Hall: Built in 1682, this Georgian mansion once served as Yonkers’ first City Hall.  Today it is used for celebrations, special events, musical performances and public meetings. It is a National Historic Landmark and received a “Save America’s Treasures” designation by the White House.

Jasper Cropsey House and Studio:  Cropsey, one of the most accomplished painters of the Hudson River School, made his home in Hastings-on-Hudson in the latter part of his life. The house is open to the public by appointment. 

Historic Hudson Valley Tours

Sunnyside: Washington Irving’s residence located in Irvington

Phillipsburg Manor: A pre-revolutionary home and working farm in Sleepy Hollow

Kykuit: Rockefeller family home in Pocantico Hills 

Union Church: Built by the Rockefellers and known for its stained glass windows by Marc Chagall and the Rose Window by Henri Matisse

Lyndhurst: The Gothic revival mansion and former home of railroad magnate Jay Gould.

Events

Riverfest: This annual Yonkers riverfront event highlights the diversity of the city. The festival features concerts, performances, games, arts and crafts and ethnic food. 

Untermyer Performing Arts Festival: This series of free concerts is held Saturday nights throughout the summer in Yonkers’ Untermyer Park. Performances include everything from opera and dance to street theater. New York Times: Untermyer Gardens

Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra: Formed in the early 1960’s, the orchestra offers performances in Yonkers five times per year.

Tarrytown Music Hall: Built in 1885, it is one of Westchester’s oldest surviving theaters. It still opens its doors to some of today’s most popular performers and productions.

Parks and Trails

The Old Croton Aqueduct Trail: Once responsible for bringing fresh water to Manhattan, the aqueduct opened in 1842 and was decommissioned in 1955. Now a State Historic Park, the trail acts as a perfect venue for biking, walking and jogging.

Lenoir Preserve: Located in Yonkers, this 39-acre Westchester County Park overlooks the Hudson River and the Palisades. It features fields, a native hardwood forest, a dragonfly pond, a butterfly garden and a nature center.

Untermyer Park: Once the home of lawyer and self-made millionaire, Samuel Untermyer, this park was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1974.  Set above the Hudson in Yonkers, the grounds feature flower beds and classical antiquities including a small temple, a grotto, a Roman mosaic pool and numerous sculptures. Japanese maples and massive oaks dot the landscape. 

Draper Park: Hastings home of John William Draper, astro photography pioneer and first to photograph the moon.  The home, surrounded by a small park, currently houses the Hastings’ Historical Society and a museum of local history. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1975.

Rockefeller Preserve: This 1,233-acre state park in Sleepy Hollow offers horseback riding, carriage paths, a 24-acre lake and panoramic vistas. Fishing is permitted in Swan Lake and the Pocantico River.

MacEachron Waterfront Park: This 8-plus acre park is located on the river banks of Hastings-On-Hudson right next to Harvest On Hudson restaurant.

Boat Clubs

Palisades Boat Club: Home to kayakers, boaters, jet skiers and fisherman. It is the oldest boat club in New York state and the third oldest in America.

Tarrytown Boat Club: Opened its doors in 1906. The club offers a comfortable marina and is conveniently located close to the Tarrytown railroad station. 

Washington Irving Boat Club: Located 1/4 mile north of the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, this private club has magnificent views of the Hudson River.

Horse Racing

Empire City Casino & Yonkers Raceway The place to be for harness racing. The facility also features legalized video slot machines. 

Shopping

Central Park Avenue:  This  8-1/2 mile stretch from Yonkers to White Plains is a shopper’s dream. The area includes everything from retail stores and outlets to specialty shops, restaurants and grocery stores.

Cross County Shopping Center: Just off the Cross County Parkway in Yonkers, the center includes retail stores like Macy’s, Sears, Victoria’s Secret, A/X Armani and even a Stop & Shop.

Westchester's Ridge Hill: The area's latest venue for shopping, dining, strolling, lounging, and entertainment. Westchester's Ridge Hill contains an eclectic mix of specialty boutiques, national retailers, tempting restaurants and engaging entertainment spots including LL Beane, R.E.I, Sephora, Whole Foods Market, Dick's Sporting Goods, Cheesecake Factory, and Yard House.

The Westchester Mall: Located in nearby White Plains, the mall offers everything from Nordstrom’s and Nieman Marcus to specialty shops and a full service Food Court.

Popular Stew Leonard’s, Costco and Home Depot are nearby just off I-87. Accessible via Jackson Avenue or Tuckahoe Road.

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