Activities with Children - Parks and Recreation
The farm is 777 acres and houses a variety of animals on a late 1920’s dairy farm. The animals are available for viewing, not petting. Through active participation, kids learn about the care and maintenance of domestic farm animals and crops. Farm buildings dating from 1880’s-1920’s and antique farming equipment are on display. In addition, there are nature trails to explore.
Greenburgh Nature Center
This 33 acre nature preserve features a 21-room manor house. It includes a live animal museum, hands-on nature exhibits, exhibits of nature-inspired arts and a working greenhouse with botanical exhibits.
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park
This 1,000 acre day-use park features the largest pool in New York State, boating, fishing, picnic areas, playgrounds, sports courts and fields, hiking and cross-country skiing.
Teatown Lake Reservation
The community nature center offers 600 unspoiled acres with twelve miles of hiking trails. A 1917 English Tudor carriage house holds natural history exhibits. Throughout the year there are programs and special events at the education center and nature preserve for children, adults and families.
Van Cortlandt Park - Bronx
There’s always something fun to do at Van Cortlandt. Running and hiking paths abound and there are courts/fields for almost every sport imaginable. Sometimes you’ll see teams from Manhattan College, Fordham, and local high schools practicing, and in the fall, many cross-country running meets are held in the park. For a nice walk, try the high school cross-country course; it’s scenic and just over two miles long. There is also a golf course and a nature center.
4320 Van Cortlandt Park East
Entrance on Broadway and 242nd Street, Bronx
There is also a pool within the park that is open from June 27th – September 7th, from 11 am – 3 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm. For more information about the pool, call 718-760-6969.
Spend as much time or as little as you want, anywhere from 1 hour to the entire day. Bring a picnic!
Yankee Stadium - Bronx
Well, it’s where the 26-time World Champion Yankees play. That’s exciting enough for a baseball fan. Plus, the 2009 season is the first year the NEW Yankee Stadium is being used. Some games will have giveaway days like “Bat Day”, “Hat Day” and others where children 12 and under, or the first several thousand visitors who enter the stadium receive gifts. Watching the Yankees play in their brand new stadium is an electrifying experience that will always be remembered.
Citi Field - Queens
Take them out to the ball game; take them out to the crowd. Buy them some peanuts and cracker-jacks; they won’t care if they never come back. See the Mets play at their brand new stadium, Citi Field! Baseball games are great fun for kids. Try to arrive early enough to watch the players practice. If you bring a ball and a pen and get down close enough to the field, you might be able to get some autographs!
Link to Another Helpful Site
Westchester Parks and Recreation
This site has additional information about parks, recreation and upcoming events throughout Westchester County.
Information checked May 2013. Call before you go to get up-to-date information and news of special opportunities.