Communities and Local Flair
Welcome to Westchester County, New York — your destination for business, cuisine and culture, family and fun
Westchester County is a great place to visit — or to hold a meeting, event, family reunion or wedding. From the majestic Hudson River to picturesque main streets, world-class shopping to historic homes and gardens, cutting-edge culinary innovation to scenic trails and natural beauty, we’ve got it all.
And with a strategic location bordering New York City — the first stop heading north into the Hudson Valley and easy access to New England — we’re the perfect place to work, relax, strategize or play.
The mighty river awed Henry Hudson, who was convinced it would lead to the Pacific Ocean. Today it leads to historic homes, magnificent gardens and charming villages like Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. Look for riverfront dining, acclaimed accommodations and easy access by the Metro-North Railroad.
- Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate, and its sculpture garden. The famed manse is one of five sites, including a chapel with breath-taking stained-glass windows.
- EagleFest, centered in Croton Point Park each February, where you’ll track bald eagles as they soar over the river.
- Ever Rest, the home/studio of Hudson River School painter Jasper Cropsey, plus a gallery of 15 works by this master artist.
Balancing urban chic, suburban charm and rural beauty, this is the county’s dynamic hub. At the center is White Plains, where you’ll find upscale shopping at The Westchester mall. Look for world-class hotels (like the Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester and Hilton), award-winning restaurants, music, theater and a lively nightlife.
- The Westchester Knicks, an NBA Development League squad, offer up-close access to potential NBA stars at the Westchester County Center.
- Hosted by Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme, the “Rarely Seen” series is just one of many movie samplers at the five-screen Jacob Burns Film Center.
- The White Plains Performing Arts Center, an intimate theater with an eclectic mix of plays, music and original productions.
Who thought you could find such rural beauty so close to New York City? Discover miles of trails for hiking, biking or cross-country skiing. Look for the pristine 4,315-acre Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, golf courses, horse farms, and quaint, historic towns like Katonah and Bedford.
- Grand Prix New York, where you’ll take a thrilling go-kart ride around an indoor track. Plus there’s bowling and plenty of fun activities for the whole family.
- Pete Dye-designed Pound Ridge Golf Course, named to Golf Magazine’s list of “U.S. Open-Worthy Public Courses.”
- Caramoor’s annual summer Jazz Festival features more than a dozen nationally-known artists performing all afternoon and into the evening in a lush garden setting.
The County’s eastern edge follows the Long Island Sound shore and combines urban settings, marinas and beaches, and historic neighborhoods. Look for village-style charm in Rye, a thriving restaurant scene in New Rochelle, and beautiful water views from Glen Island Park, all in an area easily accessible by car and train.
- Playland Amusement Park, America’s oldest amusement park, offers lots of old-fashioned fun — historic rides, a boardwalk, indoor skating and more.
- Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre, once host to Janis Joplin and other music luminaries, and now featuring top acts like Steely Dan and Ringo Starr.
- New Roc City, with over one million square feet of family activities, from black-light bowling to a space shot ride.
Just north of New York City, this area is anchored by Yonkers, which features a revitalized downtown-waterfront with Hudson views and waterside dining at award-winning X2O Xaviars on the Hudson. Look for upscale enclaves like Bronxville, great shopping at Ridge Hill and historic sites like 18th-century Philipse Manor Hall.
- Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway features 5,300 slot machines, electronic table games, and the excitement of year-round harness racing.
- Legoland® Discovery Center Westchester, with everything from a Star Wars mini-land to 4D movie fun to a master class in Lego building.
- The “Bookstore,” a walk-through sculpture-comic artwork by famed installation artist Red Grooms, at the Hudson River Museum.