Many call this, the county’s smallest city, its loveliest—and with good reason. This exclusive, picture-perfect community boasts an expansive Long Island Sound beachfront and a quaint New England–like downtown shopping district complete with a town square. Visitors will find high-end fashion boutiques, gift galleries and a “Restaurant Row” of both fine-dining establishments and family eateries. Very much an old-fashioned small town in feel, Rye appeals to visitors for its traditional, family-oriented ambiance.
Your Beyond-Perfect Day in Rye
Start with a quick coffee or leisurely brunch: Stop by The Granola Bar for a fresh morning brew and healthy breakfast treats from avocado toast to granola parfait, or go big with chicken and waffles at the Rye Roadhouse.
Get your art fix: Check out the aluminum and steel butterfly sculptures at The Rye Arts Center’s Rye’sAbove public art project throughout the summer.
Shop till you drop (for lunch): Purchase Street in downtown Rye has been transformed into a pedestrian mall—all the better for browsing its diverse shops and people-watching from one of the many restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating.
Stretch your legs: Pick up a self-guided walking tour brochure at historic Knapp House or Rye Town Park, between 1 and 3 p.m., and go! Or, amble around the beautiful gardens, woods and walking trail at Crawford Park.
Stay longer: Extend your getaway with a hotel stay.
- Rye Playland: One of America’s oldest amusement parks features historic rides, a beach, boardwalk, pier, swimming pool, kiddyland, lake boating, picnic area, fireworks, mini golf and indoor ice-skating.
- Rye Nature Center: Located on 47 acres of wildlife preserve, with over two miles of hiking trails, ponds, streams and granite outcroppings, the Nature Center has classroom and museum spaces for visiting classes and special events.
- The Square House Museum: Formerly a tavern where George Washington once stayed for the night, the Square House was opened as a museum in 1967 and houses many exhibits and a large collection of artifacts, dating back to 1660.
- Jay Heritage Center: The Jay Property in Rye is the boyhood home of New York state’s only native Founding Father, John Jay (1745–1829).
- Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary: Located on the shore of the Long Island Sound, this 179-acre sanctuary is home to a great diversity of marine life. There are three miles of trails, and along the half-mile of publicly accessible shore, the intertidal habitat harbors a wide diversity of plants and animals.
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