Activities to Enjoy
- Caramoor's Jazz Festival is a highly anticipated highlight of the County’s summer schedule. On July 20, jazz is performed by phenomenal talent, including Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet: Burt Bacharach Reimagined, amid the lush gardens Katonah’s marquee center for music and art.
- Jazz Forum Arts will host free outdoor Summer Concerts at five locations in the municipalities of Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Ossining. The 32 concerts will take place throughout July and August.
- Untermyer Gardens Conservancy will host its second annual Minnie Untermyer Concert Series through September 4 in the amphitheater in the magnificent Walled Garden and overlooking the length of this monumental Indo-Persian space.
Ideas for Exploring
- Four premier art organizations including Jacob Burns Film Festival, Historic Hudson Valley, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival have joined together to offer the Hudson Valley Summer Arts Pass. This discounted bundle of tickets to the season’s top events is an incredible way to experience the best of Westchester arts this summer.
- Sail aboard the iconic Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which underwent a major overhaul and will be cruising throughout the Hudson Valley starting in June. Clearwater will sail between Albany and New York through October, with docking plans in Westchester’s Ossining and Yonkers.
- Closed since 2020, Kykuit is once again welcoming visitors. Home to four generations of the Rockefeller family with sweeping river views, the historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is open through Nov. 13, 2022 for guided tours.
- Join over 60,000 participants in Bicycle Sundays, a beloved Westchester tradition since 1974 and get outside to bike, skate, scooter, walk or jog the 13.1-mile loop of the Bronx River Parkway. Another option is Gotham Bicycle Tours, which offers tours along The Empire State Trail, a 750-mile traverse designed for bicyclists and hikers to explore New York State.
- Dig into Westchester history at any number of places, like Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, The Union Church of Pocantico Hills, or with a Historic Homes and Landscape tour of the eight-sided Armour-Stiner Octagon House, a National Historic Landmark.
Great for Families
- Explore the well-shaded climbs of Westchester, which feature some of the best hiking trails in the state. For example, Mianus River Gorge Preserve in Bedford is a trail that looms 40 feet above the Mianus River. Despite the exhilarating view, the hike is easy and perfect for the whole family. And at Croton Gorge Park in Cortlandt, an easy two-mile hike includes gorgeous vistas of the New Croton Dam.
- Teatown Lake Reservation will offer Wildflower Island Guided Tours throughout the season giving visitors an in-depth look at the unique ecology of the sanctuary.
- Hit Westchester County’s beaches, skipping the typical traffic and crowds of nearby shoreline areas. On Long Island Sound, options include Rye Town Park & Beach, and Playland Beach, both of which offer water access from Rye. On the Hudson River, Croton Point Park Beach in Croton-on-Hudson is popular for its scenic views and spacious beach, as well as its water activities including kayaking, boating and stand-up paddle boarding. Adventure seekers can explore the 508-acre Croton Point Park to discover a host of enjoyable activities that summer brings to Westchester County.
- Sail throughout the Long Island Sound with Port Sailing School, located at the New Rochelle Municipal Marina. Port Sailing School offers rentals, lessons, and a junior sailing camp programs, to ensure a fun and safe day on the water.
- Take a trip to the famed Playland, in Rye, for endless family fun. Renowned for its historic rides, gorgeous beachside setting, and Art Deco architecture, the park offers ample thrill rides as well as calmer, family-friendly options. Playland will open for the 2022 season on June 9.
Cheers to great food and drink
- Westchester County has long been known for its cool treats. A few favorites include Bigfoot Creamery in Ossining serving small-batched handmade ice cream, King Kong in Katonah for classic soft serve, The Hudson Creamery in Peekskill, Ice Cream Social in White Plain, Main Street Sweets in Tarrytown and more. A comprehensive guide to Westchester ice cream is available on visitwestchesterny.com. For a different sort of sweet, Baked in Color launched in Larchmont this spring – a must-try for the happiest cookies on Earth.
- Much of Westchester’s sensational culinary scene has moved outdoors for the season. Enjoy warm weather and delicious bites outdoors at 3 Westerly Bar & Grill in Ossining, Apropos Restaurant & Bar at The Abbey Inn & Spa in Peekskill, RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen in Tarrytown serving New American fare, The Bit in Dobbs Ferry or Harvest on Hudson in Hastings-On-Hudson.
- Three other restaurants to try: Eastchester Fish Group in Scarsdale, where visitors can opt to stop in at the fish market, grab a quick bite at the casual counter-service takeout shop or enjoy a fine dining experience in the restaurant; Tipsy Taco Bar for authentic Mexican food to Mount Kisco; and Wood & Fire Neapolitan Pizza in Pleasantville and Scarsdale, where hand-tossed blistered crusts, fresh toppings, and a finish of grated Parmesan are pie hallmarks.
- Westchester’s craft cocktail scene continues to thrive. A few places offering the happiest of outdoor happy hours include Bartaco in Port Chester, Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. in Mount Kisco, Freebird Kitchen & Bar in White Plains, Le Fontane in Katonah and even BXVL Coffeehouse in Bronxville, which offers a European-style happy hour featuring music, cocktails, aperitifs and small plates.
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
Check out ArtsWestchester’s Top 5 Arts Picks weekly for new arts events and cultural happenings throughout Westchester.
Our cultural partners are committed to keeping you entertained, informed and engaged with virtual tours, art talks, live concerts, and at-home activities to do with the family.
Meeting the alpacas, horses and donkeys at Faraway Farm Alpacas. Call the farm at (914) 962-2110 to arrange an educational and interactive private Zoom call.
Watching the wolves of the Wolf Conservation Center on their webcam.