5 of Westchester's Best Places for Outdoor Recreation
Whether it’s by the river or on the lake, at the ocean or in the woodlands, the greatest outdoors is all around you.
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A joint venture between the Hudson Valley Hospitality Group and Spins Bowl, Spins Hudson brings an incredible 40,000 square feet of fun to the Charles Point Marina in Peekskill. In addition to a dizzying myriad of attractions — including a multilevel rope course, ziplines, balance beams, laser tag, bocce court, shuffleboard, and arcade games galore — there is also The Hudson Room performance venue, River Outpost restaurant, and a Captain Lawrence Brewery satellite location. Those seeking more privacy can explore the 14,000 sq. ft. Factoria, directly above Spins Hudson. Factoria is an event space that can be booked for activities ranging from private parties to corporate team-building events.
5 John Walsh Blvd, Peekskill
This is a mainstay among New Rochelle dog owners who, with proper certification, can unleash their pups in a three-acre section known as Paws Place. It’s also home to Ward Acres Community Garden, which houses 10’ x 12’ plots doled out annually on a first-registered, first-received basis. The 62-acre former estate and horse farm includes a 15,000 sq. ft. barn complex built in 1906; a two-story, 2,500 sq. ft., cross-gabled farmhouse; and a forge outbuilding, which some historians believe was used as an iron forge for the Boston-Westchester railway. There is also 9,000 linear feet worth of trails, 27 acres of meadow, and 35 acres of woodland.
Quaker Ridge Rd and Sussex Rd, New Rochelle
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Tour the county’s incomparable Rivertowns district on foot by traversing the planned 51.5-mile expanse of the majestic Westchester RiverWalk. Ultimately running from the Putnam County border all the way to the Bronx, RiverWalk offers a wide variety of access points, connected by trails, esplanades, and boardwalks that include loads of signage offering fun and interesting facts related to the ecology, culture, and history of the many stops along the way. There is also direct access to clean, family-friendly parks, public institutions, shops, and restaurants. So the next time you and your special someone feel like a brisk 5K walk followed by an excellent meal with some breathtaking sightseeing in-between, RiverWalk is the brand-new solution that boasts a one-of-a-kind perspective on the county.
Tucked away in rustic Somers, the new-and-improved Lasdon Park is very well worth the trip. Awaiting visitors is a new (and blood-pressure-reducing) 30-acre arboretum, which features woodlands, open grass meadows, and exquisite gardens with trees, shrubs, and flowers from around the world. There is also the Chinese Friendship Pavilion and Cultural Garden, as well as the Westchester County Veterans Museum, with exhibits of photographs, historical documents, artifacts and memorabilia about Westchester County residents who served in the US armed forces in time of war, from the Revolutionary War to the present.
Rte 35, Somers
Perched right on the immaculately manicured grounds of the Purchase College campus, Boundless Adventures is an eco-friendly aerial adventure park that features nine treetop obstacle courses, bridges, rope challenges, and walking paths for thrill-seekers of all experience levels, from age 7 to adulthood. This is a three-season venue with varying schedules (Fri, Sat & Sun during spring and fall; 7 days a week during summer), so visit the website before embarking. Typical visitation circuits run 3.5–4 hours, so you may want to carb-up beforehand.
735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase