Aerial view of marina in Mamaroneck, New York

Discover the versatile and picturesque Sound Shore in Westchester County, ideal for film productions seeking diverse coastal settings. From sandy beaches and salt marshes to sheltered coves and boat-filled harbors, these locations offer practical and stunning backdrops to bring cinematic visions to the screen. 

Here are some of the county's most iconic shoreline spots and the famous films that have captured their magic on screen.

Playland Park: A Classic Shoreline Destination

Located on the Long Island Sound in Rye, NY, Playland is the only Art Deco amusement park in America and one of two amusement parks on the National Registry of Historic Places. Featuring kiddie and thrill rides, including the famous Dragon Coaster, Playland also has a beach, pool, and iconic boardwalk where the 1988 fantasy-comedy “Big” (20th Century Fox) was filmed. The scene where Tom Hanks famously made a wish on the Zoltar machine left an indelible mark on film history.

Glen Island Park: A Serene Shoreline Escape

Glen Island Park, Long Island Sound

New Rochelle's Glen Island Park is a 105-acre property featuring sandy beaches, rolling lawns, picnic pavilions, and historic structures, making it suitable for diverse plots and productions. Showtime’s “City on the Hill," set in Boston, used the park's waterfront to recreate a New England shoreline. The Glen Island bridge stood in for one in St. Petersburg, Russia, in an episode of the CBS science fiction drama, “Person of Interest” and a commercial shoot with a medieval setting took place among the ruins of the park’s 19th century castle.  

Jay Heritage Center: Architectural Elegance

The Jay Heritage Center, a 23-acre estate boasting views of the Long Island Sound in Rye, served as a filming location for Apple TV+ historical comedy “Dickinson,” starring Academy-Award-nominee Hailee Steinfeld. Ideal for historic and contemporary scenes, the property includes an 1838 Greek Revival mansion, carriage house, gardens, and barn. 

Manursing Island: Natural Beauty on Screen

Manursing Island Club in Rye

Stunning waterfront views,  serene beaches, and luxurious surroundings in Rye’s Manursing Island set the scene for the 2023 comedy "No Hard Feelings" (Columbia Pictures), starring Jennifer Lawrence. Scenes from the Montauk beach club in the film were actually recorded in the Manursing Club  The Island’s amenities—secluded beach, elegant clubhouse, ample parking, tennis and pickleball courts, a restaurant, and a swimming pool—provide productions with a wide variety of looks and uses.

Marshlands Conservancy: A Haven for Wildlife — and Filmmakers

With 147 acres of protected land, Rye's Marshlands Conservancy offers a unique film setting. Featuring a variety of ecosystems, the property includes salt marshes, forests, meadows and a tranquil section of Long Island Sound shoreline. It’s also a haven for diverse wildlife making it  highly attractive for nature documentaries and films requiring a wild, untouched environment. 

Harbor Island Park: Expansive and Versatile

Harbor Island Park, Larchmont

Harbor Island Park is a sprawling 44-acre park anchored by a 700-foot beach pavilion. The park offers diverse settings in a compact area, including beaches, grassy recreation areas, sports fields, and a bustling harbor with docked boats. The park's versatile landscapes have been utilized in various productions, including Hulu’s “Life and Beth.” Easily accessible from Metro North, this location is attractive for cast and crew coming from NYC. 

Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club: Elegance and Glamour

With an elegant clubhouse set against a panoramic waterfront vista, the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club is a sought-after location for filmmakers. It’s been the star of productions such as Paramount Pictures "The Wolf of Wall Street" and Lionsgate Films’ "Ben is Back," showcasing its versatility and charm.  Notable features include a private peninsula with  300 feet of beachfront plus private beach cabanas,  a newly renovated pool, and nine reconditioned Har-Tru tennis courts overlooking the harbor. 

To discover how Westchester’s scenic shorelines can bring your cinematic vision to life or to explore additional locations, contact us.