Activities to Enjoy Now
Westchester County’s cultural scene springs to life with a series of reopenings just in time for warm-weather visitors.
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For would-be wanderers weary of staying home, the news from Westchester County is a breath of fresh air: As the weather warms and the landscape greens and blooms, the County’s concert venues, galleries, historic sites and other cultural attractions—temporarily shuttered by pandemic restrictions—are once again opening their doors to visitors. Following are highlights of some of the significant openings, plus news and offerings from Westchester restaurants and hotels to help travelers plan a spring or summer escape just a short drive or train ride from New York City. Travelers can visit with confidence thanks to the County’s Westchester With Care pledge, designed to safeguard all who work and play in the region.
Arts in bloom
ArtsWestchester marks its May 7 reopening in White Plains with an exhibition that explores humanity’s shared experiences during the pandemic through works of painting, photography, sculpture, craft, song and more by 224 Hudson Valley artists. Entry is free, with a suggested donation of $5.
The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem resumes its art exhibitions with Transparent Libraries—a collection of mixed-media works by Caroline Wirth Ullman, May 15—June 27.
After a steady stream of virtual concerts, Jazz Forum Arts makes its live return Friday, May 28, with the Helio Alves Quartet. The Tarrytown venue will also bring back its popular free outdoor summer concert series, July 7—August 27, at riverfront locations in Dobbs Ferry, Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow & Ossining. The schedule will be announced soon.
Untermyer Gardens Conservancy’s Amphitheater Concert Series kicks off Saturday, June 5, with Songs of Love, featuring Persian music performed by Amir Vahab and the Amir Vahab Ensemble. The Yonkers park also offers Sunday tours that alternate between five different themes, from historical to botanical.
Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts in Katonah will show off its newly renovated grounds with the return of a full season of outdoor summer concerts. An intensive, seven-week festival (June 19—August 8) kicks off with an Opening Night Gala featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Two post-season concert series follow, August 13—September 12.
Historic home tours
Lyndhurst, Tarrytown’s iconic Gothic Revival mansion, is once again offering daily grounds passes and is open for weekend landscape tours starting May 7. May and June events will be announced soon.
The whimsically designed Armour-Stiner Octagon House has reopened for tours with limited capacity. The Irvington home, originally a summer retreat, boasts the only remaining Egyptian Revival room in the U.S.
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.
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Faraway Farm in Yorktown Heights, raises award-winning alpacas and offers beautiful handmade alpaca products through its online store. In addition to homegrown yarn, it offers sweaters, shawls, hats, scarves, socks, sofa throws and super-soft teddy bears.
Phat Olive in Katonah is the shop for your favorite foodie. They offer more than 30 varieties of oils and vinegars, a variety of accessories to accompany your oils, as well as custom gift baskets.
Greyston Bakery makes delicious desserts with an important story. Greyston’s mission is to create thriving communities through the practice of Open Hiring™, which hires workers without asking questions or making any judgements, giving opportunity to individuals who face employment barriers. Greyston bakes everything from scratch and is certified kosher and peanut-free.
Clay Art Center has a great selection of handmade goods for the art lover. Be sure to check out Clay Holiday 2020 (Live Nov 21- Dec 24) their annual sale features hundreds of pieces by local and nationally recognized artists. Shop online for ceramic pieces featuring ornaments, mugs, serving pieces and more.
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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.
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
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week returns this spring, May 10-23, with special, three-course prix-fixe menus at more than 100 restaurants throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Restaurants have the option to offer dinner ($35.95 per person), lunch ($25.95 per person) or both, as well as a take-out option. Beverage, tax and tip are additional.
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. For a updated list of all the happenings, click here. This weekend, consider:
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.
Grooving to Jazz Forum at Home, a live streamed concert on Facebook, Saturdays at 7 p.m.