Spring Activities to Enjoy
Springtime’s annual reawakening is in full view thanks to Westchester’s 24,000 acres of parkland, and longer, warmer days bring a season of unique experiences and fresh news to the County.
Springtime Festivities & Events:
- Lyndhurst Mansion’s annual Spring Flower Show returns April 15-16 to Tarrytown, with a weekend-long expression of floral design and all things botanical. Floral designers transform Lyndhurst with luscious botanical displays that highlight and harmonize with the opulent interiors of the historic mansion. Free activities are available throughout the property, including a market offering plants, flowers, and garden-related items, special lectures, landscape tours and workshops.
- Somers Historical Society is celebrating World Circus Day at The Elephant Hotel on April 15 in Somers. This national landmark is the perfect location to herald all things carnival. The event invites visitors to celebrate Somers’ circus art heritage and revel in all the fun! Peekskill Brewery is collaborating with other riverfront business owners to bring the first-ever Historic Peekskill Waterfront Arts & Music Festival to the community on May 20. The event will be a celebration of live music, live artwork, entertainment, food, beer and small businesses.
- Sure to delight music lovers, programs during Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts’ spring season in Katonah include chamber music from the Takács Quartet; Baroque violinist Rachel Podger; guitarist Yasmin Williams; the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; jazz from the Sean Mason Quintet; and performances by young artists from Caramoor’s Schwab Vocal Rising Stars programs, as well as the Ivalas Quartet, this season’s Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence.
- Back by popular demand, Cross County Center in Yonkers will host Flip Circus shows daily from March 2-20. Enjoy all the amazing acts including acrobatics, aerial and trapeze, clowns, jugglers, motorcycle globe, magic and more. Tickets are available here.
- After a successful concert at the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, Daisy Jopling will recreate the magical experience at the Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill on March 25. The evening will be an experience of Egyptian culture blended with Daisy’s music, including culinary delights, mesmerizing dance, and an opportunity to enjoy traditional Egyptian musical instruments.
- LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester in Yonkers is hosting LEGO City: City of Champions from March 17 through April 23. Complete with epic missions and limited-edition mission cards, participants can test their skills and builds with awesome games and challenges.
- Green Ossining’s 13th Annual Earth Day Festival will be held on April 22. The event will take place on the beautiful banks of the Hudson River at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park in Ossining to honor the 53rd anniversary of Earth Day.
- PlantFest, the annual spring celebration at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining returns Mother’s Day weekend (May 12-13) and invites visitors to shop for native wildflowers, annuals, perennials, herbs and other flora to make their own spring gardens bloom with perfection.
Get Outdoors and Smell the Flowers:
- The first-ever Adaptive Hike Program within Westchester County Parks launches this spring. This program allows individuals living with disabilities the opportunity to immerse themselves within Westchester County Parks—at no cost to the user—with All-Terrain Trackchairs. Individuals with their family, friends, or caregivers will experience an approximately one or two-mile guided hike.
- Boundless Adventures in Purchase is adding a kid’s course for ages 4-7 years old. Bring little ones to check out the ultimate treetop adventure featuring eight ziplines and 30 other rope elements.
- Bicycle Sundays are a beloved Westchester tradition starting mid-spring. Each year, more than 60,000 cyclists, joggers, and others come out to enjoy the curves and wooded scenery of the Bronx River Parkway as it’s closed to automobiles. Stay tuned for this year’s opening date.
- Gotham Bicycle Tours offers tours along The Empire State Trail, a 750-mile traverse designed for bicyclists and hikers to explore New York State, starting in New York City and traveling north through Westchester. The trail was constructed along former railroad lines that once carried passengers and freight throughout the Hudson Valley. Not to miss: the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which proves to be relatively flat and takes riders past beautiful lakes and farms, over breathtaking bridges and through quaint towns bursting with history.
Seasonal Dining News:
- New restaurants are blooming, and spring is a great time to try them all. Located at The Opus, Westchester in White Plains, Red Horse by David Burke is a modern American steakhouse with Asian inspirations and is expected to open this spring. Other new spots opening this spring include two restaurants by Farmer and the Fish. The first is a fast casual smokehouse in Bedford Hills that will include menu items such as brisket, ribs and smoked pork shoulder. The second restaurant opening is Bistro de Ville, a Parisian-style bistro in Scarsdale that will feature classics like steak tartare, moules frites and more.
- Spring 2022 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is planned for March 20 – April 2, with more than 60 restaurants participating throughout Westchester.
- Westchester’s newest speakeasy, Whistling Rail is a woman-owned business in Bronxville and is getting a lot of buzz. During the daytime, visitors can enjoy BXVL Coffeehouse before the space transforms into a craft cocktail speakeasy bar.
- Port Chester’s tapas restaurant, Sonora, will turn green for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Holiday-inspired drinks include a green margarita, Mexican grasshopper, green apple martini and traditional Irish bar food. Additionally, the restaurant will hold a Passover celebration featuring a Latin-Jewish menu and an Easter brunch with live music.
- Westchester is the most culturally diverse county of New York State outside of New York City, and Michelin Guide’s list of elevated eateries also includes some of Westchester’s best international dining experiences. A few to explore include Badageoni Georgian Kitchen in Mount Kisco, Chutney Masala in Irvington and RaaSa, with fine Indian cuisine in Elmsford.
Colorful Historic Homes & Places:
- Lyndhurst Mansion is set to reopen on March 31, with many guests recognizing the historic home from HBO’s The Gilded Age, which spent nearly five weeks filming onsite. Other impressive film locations for the show within Westchester included The Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown, Glenview Historic Home at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, and Edith Macy Center in Briarcliff Manor.
- Westchester has a long history as a home to African American culture. Learn about and explore historical sites, annual events, arts and culture and more by following the African American Heritage Trail.
- A National Historic Landmark, Armour-Stiner Octagon House is a lyrical, eight-sided home turned museum in Irvington-on-Hudson that is one of the most visually distinctive homes in the world, and also features the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture. Starting April 28, it will once again wow visitors by offering Historic Home and Landscape tours.
- Other top historic attractions that are reopening this spring include Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate and Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown, Union Church of Pocantico Hills in Pocantico Hills and Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson.
- Once home to the Rockefeller family, The Pocantico Center is located in the scenic hills of the Hudson Valley and has been home to some of the most influential leaders, thinkers and creative minds of the last century. Today, visitors can immerse themselves in the estate’s historic architecture through seasonal tours and year-round events including performances, exhibitions and educational activities.
Stay a While:
- The Opus is Westchester’s newest contemporary lifestyle hotel in the heart of White Plains. It welcomes guests with a social nature and modern appeal, featuring eclectic art and décor, authentic experiences and urban glamour. The indoor rooftop heated swimming pool and lounge deck are a treat for friends and family. Plus, the spa opened last summer and is the perfect place to rejuvenate.
- Recently renovated, Courtyard by Marriott Rye offers guests comfort and convenience as the property is within close proximity to many local attractions such as the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester or Playland Amusement Park in Rye.
- Holiday Inn Express – New Rochelle is slated to open this spring. Located near the Long Island Sound with easy access to the Metro North New Rochelle Station, Holiday Inn Express is a great choice as the brand new 80-room property features meeting rooms, complimentary breakfast, a fitness center and market.
- Set on 26 acres of breathtaking property, Tarrytown House Estate offers luxurious lodging and amenities with extensive leisure and recreational facilities all throughout the spring season. The resort is home to Goosefeather, a restaurant offering seasonal, modern Cantonese cuisine by celebrated Chef Dale Talde.
- Completely reimagined, Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers is a gorgeous accommodation within close proximity to the scenic Hudson River, as well as local parks, restaurants and the Empire City Casino. Hotel guests and locals can unwind at Venue, the hotel’s restaurant and lounge, featuring delicious cuisine, cocktails and lively entertainment.
Easy to Reach:
- Metro-North Railroad, the commuter railroad, can whisk travelers from midtown to White Plains in just 35 minutes. The Hudson, the Harlem and the New Haven are the three main lines that provide passengers service on the east side of the Hudson River in Westchester. Amtrak also serves Westchester with stops at Yonkers, New Rochelle and Croton-on-Hudson.
- Westchester County benefits from its perch just north of New York City, with the metropolitan area’s three major airports an easy option. In addition, Westchester County Airport in White Plains (HPN) benefits from direct service to key markets throughout the country. A newer route by Breeze Airways™ provides direct service to Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, Charleston, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Sarasota Bradenton, Vero Beach and Savannah.
- Westchester County Airport’s new Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program supports passengers with hidden disabilities and accessibility needs to ensure a positive travel experience. Travelers can voluntarily choose to wear a sunflower lanyard as a way to discreetly inform the airport staff and others that they have a disability. The program is designed to support all passengers.
Itineraries for every interest
From seasonal getaways that let you explore the best of Westchester to one-day, one-town excursions, we’ve created itinerary suggestions for every interest and travel style.
Discover the Westchester Farm Trail, a state-designated route connecting 13 farms and orchards across the county. Along the 17-mile trail, there’s no shortage of things to do including u-pick apples, farmer’s markets, and family-friendly activities. Taste the bounty of our region and support local farmers.
Tour the 62-acre grounds and gardens at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site in Katonah, home of the founding father and first Chief Justice of the United States.
Hike/bike/explore/picnic and enjoy the county’s natural beauty in Northern Westchester’s large parks –Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and Mountain Lakes Park.
Stroll the wooded trails at Hilltop Hanover Farm, Muscoot Farm, one of our many County-operated nature preserves, or at Teatown Lake Reservation, which has 15 miles of hiking trails spread over 1,000 acres with lakes, streams, waterfalls, hardwood swamps, mixed forests and meadows.
Southern Westchester and Mid-County
Take a guided tour of Untermyer Gardens; Saturday through Monday a limited number of tours, with a maximum of ten people each, will be available. Advance tickets are required.
Enjoy nature at Greenburgh Nature Center, a 33-acre woodland preserve with trails, ponds, two significant wetland sites, and gardens.
Spend the day bird watching and picnic near a pond or stream on the 47 acres at Rye Nature Center. There are forests, fields, ponds and streams with 14 stations on a self-guided trail as well as a paved trail for seniors and disabled.
Explore the grounds of Jay Heritage Center at the Jay Estate. The 23-acre Jay property, overlooking Long Island Sound in Rye, was the boyhood home of New York State’s only native founding father, John Jay. It is part of the Boston Post Road Historic District, a National Historic Landmark and a stop on Westchester County’s African American Heritage Trail.
Hudson River Towns
Lyndhurst’s beautiful grounds make for a good walk, and they connect to the Riverwalk, spanning over 32 miles of the Hudson River shoreline.
Hike/bike/explore/picnic and enjoy the county’s natural beauty in the Hudson River Towns’ large parks – Croton Point Park and Blue Mountain Reservation.
Walk or bike on The Bridge Path on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, The 3.6 mi (each way) path — with six overlooks and amenities at each landing — offers an exciting and unique recreational experience. Each overlook was designed in partnership with the community and celebrates the rich history of the Hudson Valley. The two landings on either end of the bridge offer amenities including welcome centers, interactive displays, public art and restrooms. The landings offer access to the path for pedestrians to enter onto the bridge and continue to explore the overlooks on their way across the Hudson River. The Westchester Landing is located less than a mile from downtown Tarrytown. For a free mobile audio tour of the Bridge Path and more, check out Historic Hudson River Towns.
Hot culinary news
Six newcomers to the Westchester restaurant scene have made MICHELIN Guide’s Bib Gourmand list, announced May 6: Burrata (Westchester-Eastchester), Badageoni Georgian Kitchen (Westchester-Mount Kisco), Rafele Rye (Westchester-Rye), Boro6 Wine Bar (Westchester-Hastings-on Hudson), Macelleria Italian Steakhouse (Westchester-Pelham) and Tredici Social (Westchester-Bronxville).
Three more new restaurants are also catching an early buzz: The Blind Pig (White Plains) for its elevated cocktails, fine dining and speakeasy vibe; The Greekish (Harrison) for authentic meze and ouzo; and TBoy’s Bistro (Sleepy Hollow) for its sophisticated take on traditional bistro favorites.
Check out Westchester's first and only food truck park, 9A Eats. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with rotating food trucks. The site offers a safe dining experience with socially distanced picnic tables and hand sanitizer stations.
Westchester loves ice cream and has a long history starting with the iconic soft-serve maker, Carvel, which started here with a single ice-cream truck in 1929. Westchester is home to dozens of local gems and national chains alike – where you can indulge in many variations of this favorite food group: All-American ice cream cones and sundaes, Italian gelatos, Mexican paletas, frozen custards and yogurts. Find one near you, or plan a journey around Westchester County in search of the perfect scoop.
Visit a farmers market for great, fresh and locally produced and harvested food, including produce, meat and fish, baked goods, dairy and prepared food.
- Hilltop Hanover Farm Stand, Yorktown Heights
- John Jay Homestead Farm Market, Katonah
- Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow
- Muscoot Farm, Katonah
- Fable Farm, Ossining (open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays; Barnside Pickup Saturdays only.)
In the Arts
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Watching the wolves of the Wolf Conservation Center on their webcam.