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Fun Spots to Visit in Westchester County, New York, by Steven Wengrover, MD April 23, 2013

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Fun Spots to Visit in Westchester County, New York, by Steven Wengrover, MD

Ideally situated just outside of New York City in the southern Hudson Valley, Westchester County plays host to some of the most enjoyable family fun spots in the region. In one direction is the excitement and hustle and bustle of one of the greatest cities on the planet; in the other are mountains, rivers, and other natural wonders. But you don’t have to go far to have fun, and I’d like to share some perennial favorites right here in Westchester.

New York is one of the original 13 colonies, and it should come as no surprise that Westchester is home to some famous Revolutionary-era sites. White Plains was the northernmost spot the British army traveled before winter set in and drove its troops to look for quarters. The Battle of White Plains took place at Battle Park and Chatterton Hill on October 28, 1776. Though now located in a residential neighborhood, the spot is marked by a commemorative plaque. Also in connection with this battle is the Elijah Miller House, which served as George Washington’s headquarters during the Battle of White Plains. Other sites bound to draw history buffs include Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, and Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson.

Sure to impress adults and kids alike are the several castles that adorn the Westchester landscape. Located on Westchester’s highest point, Castle on the Hudson is an authentic turn-of-the-century Norman-style castle. Completed in 1910, it was sold in 1941 for $45,000 and is now an upscale hotel and venue for special occasions. Other must-see castles include the 65-room Kykuit mansion completed in 1913 for the Rockefellers; the 6-story, 84-room granite Reid Castle at Manhattanville College, the first home in Westchester wired for electricity and telephone; and the neo-Tudor Westlands building on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College.

Finally, if you really want to feel like you’re getting away but don’t want to drive all the way to Bear Mountain or Harriman State Parks (both within 50 miles), you can breathe in the clean air and pick up some fresh produce at one of the many farms that dot the countryside of Westchester. Supporters of community-based agriculture will revel in the educational programs at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. Whether you want to eat farm-fresh food in the restaurant, take cooking classes, or participate in a how-to workshop, Stone Barns Center will educate you and satisfy your palate at the same time. Or, if you’d prefer to pick your own vegetables and have a picnic, make your way to the 187-acre Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, and don’t forget to visit the nearby 400-year-old forest.

For more information about things to do in Westchester County, visit http://www.tourism.westchestergov.com.

About the Author: Certified radiologist and authority on medical imaging techniques Steven Wengrover, MD, is a lifelong resident of New York State, mostly in Westchester County. Having raised three children, Dr. Wengrover appreciates the many family-friendly locations in the area.

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