We all love our own little cozy corners of Westchester. There are so many things to do and see, places to eat, parks to visit. We love exploring the county and “finding” the kid-friendly gems! Even if you have lived here your entire life, you can still find new fun things to do all the time. It is our mom-bloggin’ duty to highlight some of those awesome places so that other moms can take advantage too! With each installment one or two new towns/cities will be highlighted to give you a glimpse into the awesomeness that is Westchester! Be sure to read all posts in our Spotlight on Westchester Series.
Smack dab in the middle of Northern Westchester lies the charming village of Croton. The massive train station makes Croton super accessible. When I was little my mom would sometimes take my brother on the train from Garrison and Peekskill to enjoy the river views and go on a waterfront adventure. You’d be surprised how exciting a quick train can be for kids. I recommend hopping on the Hudson Line and disembarking at Croton Harmon. Many of the spots featured in this post are within walking distance of the station.
What to do:
Straddles Gymnastics – This is a great little gym for toddlers and school age children. The focus is to create a safe environment while promoting strength, balance, flexibility and coordination. Every Friday night they have open gym for ages 5 and up.
Van Cortlandt Manor – The Blaze is ubiquitous and sells out every night, but did you know that you can also visit Van Cortlandt Manor off season?
Croton Point – Lots of gravel walking paths, playgrounds, and even a campground. (You read that right, you can camp right here in Westchester). This is the only place in the county with a swimming beach on the river. The park, rich in natural and human history, is also the site of historic wine cellars that are thought of be the oldest in New York State and the Croton Point Nature Center.
Croton Landing – Lovely paved and raised walkways, also suitable for bike rides.
Sunset Park – The home of one of my son’s favorite playgrounds.
Croton Gorge Park – Years ago you could drive over the new Croton Dam but the road has been closed for almost two decades. Now it’s a great spot for a walk. Park by the playground and walk up past the aqueduct and river trails to look out on the reservoir. Like Croton Point, this one is a county facility, so they charge for parking on the weekends and some weekdays during the summer. I recommend going off season or during the week when the crowds are gone. A great spot for leaf peeping.
Where to Eat:
Umami Cafe – Every culture has its own idea of comfort food. At Umami Cafe in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, their mission is simple: To serve up a joyful blending of multi-cultural home cooking, with an abundance of umami in every dish. These are taste sensations without borders. The atmosphere is casual with lots of kid friendly food options.
Hudson River Bagels – Egg everything all the way. In the summer and on weekends this place also does made-to-order donuts.
Capriccio II – My personal favorite pizza place. There’s also a Capriccio I, but for some reason I like Junior a lot better.