A Local’s Guide to Westchester County, NY

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Westchester County is the closest county to New York City. With its richness in history and culture, this makes it a great place to start when exploring the Hudson Valley.

Where is Westchester County?

Located approximately 30 miles North of New York City, with nearly 1 million people living in the county, there’s a diversity of not only people but also things to do and see. There is something there for everybody interested in visiting the 6 cities, as well as, 19 towns and 23 villages. 

How can you get to Westchester County?

Westchester County is accessible by train (Metro North), car and bus (Bee-line bus service). Whichever way you get there, make sure you plan ahead and fill the day with fun things to do.

According to Westchestergov.com

“It has retained much of its rural character while adopting the urban and suburban lifestyles dictated by its proximity to New York City.”

Highlights of Things to do in Westchester County

With its mixture of urban and city life, Westchester county is full of places to see.

Here are some highlights:

  • Read and learn about Washington Irving’s story set in Sleepy Hollow. The best time to visit Sleepy Hollow, NY is during October when they have special events: Tours at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Horseman’s Hollow at Philipsburg Manor, and Irving’s Legend at Old Dutch Church. Purchase tickets early because they usually sell out fast!
  • Visit a historic home. Kykuit in Pocantico Hills, Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, Glenview in Yonkers, and Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow are wonderful places to tour and explore.
Lyndhurst Mansion, Tarrytown, NY
Hudson River Museum in Westchester County, NY is a great place for adults and children alike. It houses a Planetarium and is also connected to Glenview.
Yonkers, NY
Stuart’s Farm & Orchards, Granite Springs, NY
  • Ride all the rides at the Historic Playland Park in Rye, NY and explore Legoland Westchester at Ridge Hill in Yonkers.
  • Feel like you’re in Ancient Rome while visiting Untermyer Park in Yonkers. Not only is the scenery picturesque, every Saturday in July and August, the park hosts free music concerts.
Untermyer Gardens, Yonkers, NY

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A Few Things to Know Before Visiting & Exploring Westchester County: 

  • Westchester County is perfect for everyone
  • Many places listed here are open seasonally. Check each individual location for days/times they are open to the public.
  • Many places charge an entrance, admission and/or tour fee. Check each individual location for more detailed information regarding prices.

For Additional Information Regarding Westchester County, visit the:

County Website: www.visitwestchesterny.com
County Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WestchesterCountyTourism

Until the Next Adventure…


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