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Can't-Miss Family Activities in Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield Counties

Can't-Miss Family Activities in Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield Counties

Our bucket list of things to do with kids in Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield counties.


Things to do with kids in Rockland County

Enjoy the outdoors at Bear Mountain State Park.

hikers at bear mountain state park

This park, set next to the Hudson River, includes a zoo, open fields, hiking, museums, cross-country skiing, and ice-skating.

Dive in at Lake Welch Beach. In warm weather, you can swim and fish in a beautiful lake.

Pick, eat, and enjoy at  The Orchards of Concklin.
Pick produce, feast at a bakery, and enjoy this historic family farm.

Dig in dirt with the Rockland Farm Alliance.
Visit the  Cropsey Community Farm, which has educational programs for the little ones.

See the Stony Point Lighthouse.
Explore the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River, which includes a museum and activities for kids.

Get your skate on at Palisades Center Ice Rink.
Zip around the ice at this family-friendly rink.

Explore Rockland Lake State Park
. Get into nature with swimming, fishing, tennis, biking, and hiking in summer and fall, and cross-country skiing in winter.

Shop at the  Nyack Farmer’s Market. This robust and long-running market is open Tuesday and Fridays from the beginning of June to almost the end of November.

Get historic at the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park. Every August and September, this celebration of Elizabethan England includes rides, games, crafts, and more.

Visit (or join!) the Children’s Shakespeare Theater in Palisades. Check out Shakespeare for kids, by kids.

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Things to do with kids in Westchester County

Get creative at  Legoland Discovery Center Westchester in Yonkers.

legoland discovery center westchester

As the name promises, this is all Lego, all the time, with construction sites, movies, a factory tour, and more.

Get country at Stone Barns Center.
Ogle the farm animals, explore the greenhouse, and learn about the future of farms at this cutting-edge center/restaurant/research spot.

Be one with nature at the  Teatown Lake Reservation. Hiking trails, gardens, nature education and special events such as EagleFest offer outdoor fun for everyone.

Explore Muscoot Farm in Katonah. Meet goats, shop produce, and watch the seasons change at this historic farm.

Say “Whee” at the  Playland Amusement Park in Rye. With rides for most ages, games, food, and entertainment, this has been a summer treat for generations.

Run with the wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. Learn how these creatures affect the environment, how they operate as a species, and how to protect them.

Get inspired at Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Festival in Croton-on-Hudson. Every June, this fun, festive, more-than-50-year-old event has been inspiring song, dance, and environmental stewardship.

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Things to do with kids in Fairfield County

Make animal friends at  Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.

peacock at beardsley zoo

With more than 300 animals, this zoo holds tigers, lions, and wolves (oh, my!), and lots more.

Discover  Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk. Fun and educational at the same time, this museum offers an experiential exploration zone for kids 10 and younger to learn about their bodies, nature, and more.

Explore the  Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. This beloved venue is dedicated to the sea denizens and environment of the Long Island Sound.

Check out the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic. Dedicated to a larger body of water—the world’s oceans!—this spot houses whales, penguins, and much more.

Explore the cosmos at  Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport. Families can check out the stars, the moon, and more through 65 exhibits and a planetarium.

Get dramatic at the Westport Country Playhouse. Be entertained by kid-oriented plays through the year.

Delve into nature at  Audubon Greenwich. This 285-acre nature education center is full of ways for kids to enjoy and learn about nature—through exhibits, puppet shows, hiking trails, and more.

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