This oasis offers an escape from city life. Explore its woodlands, tranquil lakes, playing fields, playgrounds, and swimming complex. On a steamy day, glide down the water slide or cool off at the spray playground. Play some ball at the in-pool basketball or volleyball net, swim the lap lanes, or just float the day away on the “lazy river.” Year-round activities are on offer at this signature Westchester park.
355 Midland Ave, Yonkers; parks.westchestergov.com/tibbetts-brook-park
Situated on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, at the mouth of the Pocantico River in the village of Sleepy Hollow, the 18-acre Kingsland Point Park offers magnificent vistas from its overlook areas. Take in spectacular views of the mighty river, historic Tarrytown Lighthouse, and beyond. Picnic areas, ballfields, hiking, fishing, and playgrounds are all available at this fun family — yet also quite romantic — spot that’s been faithfully serving the community since 1926.
299 Palmer Ave, Sleepy Hollow; parks.westchestergov.com/kingsland-point-park
Currently undergoing a massive $135 million reno, this beloved amusement park has been a magnet of good old-fashioned fun since 1928. Beyond its family-friendly Kiddyland section and thrilling Crazy Mouse, Double Shot, The Whip, and the newest pulse-pounder, the Dragonator, the Art Deco amusement masterpiece appeals to people of all types and stripes. Playland is also the home of the recently renovated Westchester Children’s Museum, featuring enhanced opportunities for hands-on learning, STEM activities, and interactive programs to inspire curiosity and critical thinking for everyone from toddlers to tweens. The museum is also available for kids’ private birthday parties.
1 Playland Pkwy, Rye; playland.com
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Billed as “Westchester’s Public Garden,” nature enthusiasts will find a 30-acre arboretum boasting lush gardens and brimming with trees, colorful blooms, and shrubs. Cardinals, bluebirds, and woodpeckers are often spotted here. Lasdon Park is also home to rare American chestnut trees and one of the largest lilac collections in the county. There is also a lovely Chinese Friendship Pavilion and Cultural Garden, and history buffs can visit the Westchester County Veterans Museum & Memorial, dedicated to all of the county’s military members who served, from the American Revolution through Desert Storm.
2610 Amawalk Rd, Rte 35, Katonah; lasdonpark.org
This lakeside preserve is set on 1,000 bucolic acres and features 15 miles of all-season trails. Journey over to Cindy’s Garden or Wildflower Island, home to 280 species of blooms, trees, and more. On-site programs include outdoor activities, classes, and lectures. The “Animal Ambassadors” are always eager to teach the community about critters. Also check out the summer and school-break mini-camps. 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining; teatown.org