WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Back from time away and want to keep that vacation frame of mind intact?
Or been around all summer and want to make the most of your last few weeks of August?
Either way, Westchester is full of great staycation ideas to make you feel far, far away. We've rounded up a few. Feel free to add your own ideas in our comments below.
Get Peachy: Peach season begins Saturday, Aug.15 at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm in Yorktown Heights where you can pick-your-own. View their harvest calenda r so you can also plan apple-picking come September.
Take a Hike: Westchester is full of wooded trails steeped with varied terrain where you can commune with nature and unplug from the world. Among the possibilities: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Pound Ridge, Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville and Sheldrake Enviornmental Center in Larchmont.
Dine by the Water: Nothing says summer more than dining alfresco with a nice cold glass of Chardonnay (or something else!), the calm scene of lapping waters in the background. Some classic Westchester stunners include Red Hat On The River in Irvington, Forty-North in Hastings, bartaco in Port Chester, Sunset Cove in Tarrytown, and The Pier Restaurant and Tiki Bar in Rye.
Rent a Kayak: Explore the Hudson River via kayak. Hudson River Recreation offers kayak programs in Sleepy Hollow, Croton, and Tarrytown, among other locations. The L.L. Bean site also offers kayaks in New Rochelle and Yonkers. Go here f or information. Not up for kayaking but like to row? Boats are available for fishing and rowing at Wampus Pond in Armonk as well as other county parks.
Ride the Dragon: Rye's Playland is a summertime rite of passage. Seek your thrills on the Dragon Coaster, cool off on the Playland Plunge or groove to hip-hop on the Thunderbolt. It’s half-price admission after 5 p.m.; Friday nights feature concerts and fireworks.
See a Movie Outdoors: The Hudson River Museum Amphitheater in Yonkers screens movies and other entertainment under the stars. Saturday, Aug. l5 is "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." Also in Yonkers: "The Lego Movie," shown Friday, Aug. 28. at Philipse Manor Hall .
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