Westchester’s park system includes more than 50 parks and recreation areas, ranging from the historic, four-acre, beaux-arts Patriots Park in Tarrytown to the wild 4,315-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

Several serene destinations offer exceptional hikes throughout the year. Scenic Hudson Park in Irvington offers magnificent views of the Hudson River and timeless New York skyline, as well as opportunities to enjoy picnicking, paddling and bird watching. A RiverWalk is progressing along the Hudson. When completed, it will have 51.5 miles of trail from Yonkers to Peekskill.

On a scintillating summer weekend, “communing with nature” can mean bringing a picnic lunch to an outdoor sculpture garden. A couple of acclaimed options are Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate in Pocantico Hills, and The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens in Purchase.