Situated on a bluff on the east bank of the Hudson River, overlooking the United States Military Academy at West Point, Boscobel House & Gardens offers its visitors inspirational and astounding views of the river and the Hudson Highlands.
Completed in 1808 for the States Dyckman family, Boscobel House is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the country. It contains an extensive and important collection of Federal-period furniture and decorative arts, many of which were crafted by premier New York cabinetmakers Duncan Phyfe and Michael Allison. Boscobel’s experienced docent staff guides visitors through a step back in time with tours of Boscobel House. While the grounds – a magnificent rose garden, orangery, herb garden, springhouse, pond, fountain and woodland trail, complete with rustic cedar structures and glorious scenery – are open for independent strolling and picnicking. Go to Cold Springs nearby for lunch. Check website for opening days and times.
“A garden of great music.” Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen who built the luxurious Mediterranean-style villa and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world to reality. Their musical evenings were the seeds of the International Music Festival of today.With its outstanding performances, engaging arts-in-education programming, the extraordinary Rosen House, and beautiful grounds, Caramoor is a cornerstone of the cultural lif e of Westchester County and beyond. Since 1945 visitors have delighted in the exceptional music - from classical to opera to jazz - and the enchanting garden setting that makes Caramoor such a unique and treasured resource. Bookings advised. Superb tour and afternoon tea!
“There's always something new at the historic sites of Historic Hudson Valley in Sleepy Hollow country. In spring, lambs are born on the farm at Philipsburg Manor and wisteria blossoms cover the façade of Kykuit. Summer brings opportunities to kayak on the river or play 19th-century baseball at festivals like River Day and Independence Day 1856. The Headless Horseman, ghosts, pirates, and other scary characters from Hudson Valley folklore make appearances around Halloween. Winter is the time to explore the sites by candlelight and enjoy a warm cup of cider by the bonfire. You will want to come back to the sites again and again, and bring friends and family to celebrate the changing seasons at Historic Hudson Valley. Of course, Historic Hudson Valley's sites are wonderful places to just unwind. You can read a book, picnic, stroll in a garden, hike a woodland trail, bird watch, sketch, visit the farm animals, play traditional children's games, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hudson Valley.”
Various annual membership packages are also available which provide numerous discounts: free general admission to Historic Hudson Valley's sites: Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, Van Cortlandt Manor, Union Church of Pocantico Hills, and Montgomery Place. Free tickets to The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze and Legend Weekend Nights for those in your membership package, plus access to an early reservation period and Members-only entrance. Free admission to special events, (check website for full details). Four guest passes for free general admission to the sites. Discounted admission to Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, a National Trust historic site.
Details of Hudson River towns, events, parks, cruises, wineries, tours, museums, etc.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation welcomes you to Lyndhurst, America's finest Gothic Revival mansion and a remarkable example of the Hudson River's grand and historic estates. Lyndhurst has always been a place to escape the city and to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Hudson River and the peaceful surroundings of the country John Jay Homestead State Historic site, interesting House and acres of lawn for a children's picnic/football game.
10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT
Check out the website for full details of all exhibits and activities. They also organize sleepover parties!
Philipsburg Manor presents special Legend Weekend programs during the month of October. The grounds are transformed into a haunted landscape for an evening of entertainment that has become one of the most popular events of the year. As visitors explore the grounds, eerily lit with candles and bonfires, they will encounter a chilling selection of ghouls, witches and other characters from Hudson Valley folklore. The Headless Horseman himself, riding a black stallion, appears in the back pasture. The barn is decorated with pumpkins and hay bales, where storyteller Jonathan Kruk will recount "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and other tales. Refreshments are available indoors and out.
Playland is Metro New York's great family amusement park and entertainment center based in Rye. Featuring more than 50 rides and attractions for children and adults, Playland also offers free entertainment and has a beach, pool, boardwalk and pier on scenic Long Island Sound, lake boating, picnic area, mini golf and indoor ice-skating. Playland has the distinction of being America's first totally planned am usement park and prototype for today's successful theme parks. Dedicated as a National Hi storic Landmark in 1987, Playland has provided family fun since 1928. Often referred to as "Rye Playland", it is America's only government owned and operated amusement park.
At Van Cortlandt Manor, explore the stone manor house and brick ferry house, wander through the heritage gardens, and stroll down a quiet country road along the Croton River. There, you'll experience the domestic life of a patriot family living in the years just after the American Revolution - the New Nation period.
Costumed guides demonstrate and invite visitors to try their own hands at blacksmithing, brick making, open-hearth cooking, spinning, weaving, and other crafts and tasks of the period. These activities and a lively program of special events help bring the past to life.
For Halloween, visit the amazing Jack O’Lantern event and see thousands of intricately carved pumpkins lit up in amazing displays. This event sells out fast so check the website nearer the time.
Route 35 & 121 South, Cross River, NY
This more than 4,000 acre reservation is Westchester County’s largest and one of its most beautiful parks, consisting of many diverse habitats and hosting nearly 1,000 species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, amphibians and plants. 35 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and year-round camping. An extensive system of five, three and two mile trails is available for cross-country skiing. Trailside nature museum and wildflower garden.