FARMS, MUSEUMS & HISTORIC SITES
Croton-Cortlandt Center for the Arts
You’ll find classes for the whole family at this nonprofit.
Historic Hudson Valley
This nonprofit, which is comprised of six sites, including Croton’s own Van Cortlandt Manor, has dozens of educational programs for children and many seasonal events.
Jacob Burns Film Center
This nonprofit dedicated to preserving great cinema has many programs for children, beginning as young as age 4.
Founded as a dairy farm in 1880, Muscoot is “a Westchester County Park that strives to preserve and interpret its agrarian past. Visitors may stroll through the original barns, visit with the animals, participate in educational programs or hike the many miles of trails.”
A “real and accessible” working farm in Bedford where children can learn, hands-on, about the farm-to-table connection.
“The mission of Stone Barns Center is to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all.” Children can visit the farm, take part in educational programs, attend camps, and—as they get older—volunteer.
Children can learn about ecology and nature at this Croton-area nature preserve.
PLACES TO WALK, HIKE, PLAY OR PICNIC
Black Rock ParkYou can fish, picnic, and even bring your dog to this park along the Croton River.
Trails and a boardwalk through 20+ acres of wetlands and woods.
Croton Gorge Park
You’ll find picnic tables and a playground in this lovely site beneath the Croton Dam.
Croton Point Park
This Westchester County park has hiking, swimming, camping, and more.
This nearby state park abounds with gentle and easy hiking paths. Leashed dogs are welcome, too.
Teatown Lake Reservation
Teatown is an 875-acre nature preserve with nearly 15 miles of hiking trails; a Nature Center with exhibits and a live animal collection of a variety of amphibians, reptiles, birds of prey, and mammals, and Wildflower Island, a two-acre island home to over 230 native and endangered species of wildflowers.
Owned by the Yorktown Land Trust, this site has a short but very rigorous climb to the top, with stunning views all the way to New York City.