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TOP 20 THINGS TO DO IN SUMMER IN WESTCHESTER

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by Kaitlin Ahern and Charles Beacham June 13, 2014

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Summer is the perfect time to be outside, and we've compiled a list of the top 20 things to do in Westchester County in the summer, including where to pick strawberries, outdoor music festivals and concerts, county fairs, and where to see fireworks.

1. Go to an amusement park.

Willson’s Waves water park, featuring a wave pool, water slides, and a water playground, opens at Willson’s Woods Park in Mount Vernon around Memorial Day weekend. Check out our full list of amusement parks. willson waves amusement parks


2. Walk for a good cause.

geoffery the giraffe autism speaks walk Kids could meet Geoffrey the giraffe from Toys “R” Us during the Westchester/Fairfield Walk Now for Autism Speaks in White Plains, which typically takes place in early June. The 2-mile walk raises funds for those affected by autism and includes family-friendly activities.


3. Experience Colonial times.

In early June, experience old-fashioned music, dancing, crafts, and games during Colonial Day at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site in Mount Vernon. See a full list of kid-friendly historical sites in the NYC area for other locations to visit. colonial day at st pauls church national historic site


4. See butterflies at Greenburgh Nature Center.

Walk Among Live Butterflies at Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale. See New York-native butterflies such as monarchs and painted ladies and learn about the lifecycle of these colorful creatures. The exhibit is hosted outside in the meadow from June through early August.

5. Go to a music and environmental festival.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, held at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson in mid-June, is the country’s oldest music and environmental festival. The festival always features an impressive lineup of musical performers and includes family activities such as storytelling, crafts, boat rides, and a Green Living Expo. Proceeds benefit efforts to help preserve and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries.


6. Go fishing.

father and son fishing Treat Dad at one of the many Father’s Day events happening in the area around mid-June, such as Father’s Day Fishing at Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco. Try casting a line at these other fishing holes.


7. Pick your own strawberries.

Gather your brood and pick your own berries at Ochs Orchard in Warwick (in nearby Orange County) or another berry farm in the area. girl holding strawberries


8. Ride a carousel.

Take a spin on the Grand Carousel at Playland in Rye (there’s also a Kiddy Carousel for little ones between 36 and 48 inches tall), or find another merry-go-round near you.

9. Participate in science and art workshops on a boat.

the science barge in yonkers The Science Barge in Yonkers opens in July for weekend art and science workshops, which run through October. Cross the gangplank and board the barge, a greenhouse and educational center that floats on the waters of the Hudson River, to learn about everything from growing hydroponic plants to the dynamics of juggling. Want to keep the kids busy during the week? 


10. Celebrate different cultures.

Check out Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, which hosts cultural celebrations throughout the summer, including an African-American Heritage Celebration in June, an Italian Festival in July, or another festival in the area.

11. Celebrate July 4th.

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Pops, Patriots, and Fireworks at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah. fourth of july fireworks


12. Attend a pirate festival.

pirates at philipsburg manor Gather ye scallywags at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow for Pirates of the Hudson, a festival filled with bandits and buccaneers of all sorts, not to mention a ton of kid-friendly games and shows. The fest takes place in early July.

 

13. Go to the beach.

Go swimming and visit the beach and spray park at Harbor Island Park Beach in Mamaroneck.

three girls at the beach


14. Attend an outdoor concert.

outdoor summer concert Enjoy open-air music at summer concerts held at several locations, including Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, Playland in Rye, and Caramoor
Center for Music and the Arts.


15. Play mini-golf.

Play a round of miniature golf at Fairview Golf Center in Elmsford—which boasts two outdoor 18-hole courses—or another course in the area.

16. See Shakespeare plays outside.

Introduce the kids to The Bard’s timeless work during the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, a summer-long event that allows you to watch Shakespearean tales unfold as you picnic and lounge on the lawn of Garrison’s Boscobel House and Gardens in nearby Putnam County. shakespeare at boscobel


17. Attend the Storytelling and Music Festival in Crompond.

music and storytelling festival in crompond Kids and adults of every age will be enchanted and entertained at the Mohegan Colony Storytelling and Music Festival at Mohegan Colony in Crompond, which takes place in early August.


18. Go to the Renaissance faire.

The New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park’s Sterling Forest (Orange County) kicks off in early August and runs through late September. Bring the kids for circus-type performances by costumed characters, a jousting match starring knights in shining armor, and lots of carnival-inspired games, all in a 16th-century setting. See our list of top family day trips in the NYC area for other ideas. the new york renaissance faire in tuxedo park's sterling forest


19. Learn to ride a horse.

girl riding a horsea Take a horseback riding lesson at Boulder Brook Equestrian Center in Scarsdale or one of the other horse stables in Westchester.


20. Visit the Dutchess County Fair.

Head to the area’s nearest county fair, the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck (Dutchess County), in mid- to late August to see farm animals and pig races, watch a variety of performances, shop for crafts, ride and play the amusements, and enjoy a mind-boggling selection of food.  girl and goat at dutchess county fair

 

Also see:

125 Ideas for Summer Fun

125 Reasons to Get Outside This Summer

 


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