Exploring the Outdoors in Westchester County, New York

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Photo by Schmidsi (Pixabay)

Writing this blog after having come back from Westchester County myself today, I remember how relaxing and different it is from NYC and Long Island. Just being gone several hours, I felt as if I went away and more relaxed. To add to it, I did not just visit another city in the county. I got to spend some time near the water, which is what I always crave!

Here are some quick, easy ways to spend time in the outdoors in Westchester County, NY:


yonkers photo

Photo by Kristine Paulus

Yonkers has expanded its waterfront in the past few years as well as the restaurants and new condos around it. You can take the ferry from/to Wall Street, NYC. Great views especially in Autumn when the leaves change. Also, a great restaurant for any time of the day is Dolphin Restaurant.


rye amusement park photoPhoto by WalkingGeek

Heading to the beach? Switch it up with going to Rye Beach which has a beach bar – Pier Restaurant and Tiki Bar. Parking is $9 on weekdays and $10 on weekends including beach access. Rye’s amusement park is right next door – Rye Playland – with rides and fun. It’s nice to get a rest from the Coney Island and Long Island traffic.

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow

sleepy hollow photoPhoto by shinya

Drive to the end of Westchester County ( before you mistakenly get on the Tappan Zee Bridge) and get off Sleepy Hollow or Tarrytown. Halloween is a creepy time to visit the cemetary and go on the tour of Sleepy Hollow – as legend has it – and you may give yourself a good scare. Tarrytown has a beautiful waterfront and live music outdoors during the summer months. You can rent a kayak or canoe out on the Hudson River.

Hiking  – All Over !

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For a sporty day, there are many hiking trails in Westchester County and you can find them all here. Hearing from others who have trained to climb mountains, Westchester is the perfect spot to go for long hikes and train. Take the MetroNorth to your location as you most likely will not want to drive on the way back!

Have you visited Westchester?

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  2. “Hearing from others who have trained to climb mountains, Westchester is the perfect spot to go for long hikes and train. ”

    This is very true, and they are extending some of them. As a native, I must say this was an excellent post.

    1. Thank you so much! My friends’ fiance climbed Machu Pichu recently and he was in Westchester almost every weekend hiking.

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