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.
Mamaroneck is a beautiful waterfront town in lower Westchester. Home to Harbor Island Park, quaint shops, a variety of delicious eateries, and more, Mamaroneck has something for everyone.
What To Do
The harbor park is a 44 acre wonderland which offers a public beach, splash ground, playing fields, fishing and boating spots, year round tennis, and two playgrounds. Throughout the year, Harbor Island is the setting for many different carnivals, festivals, and fun kid friendly events, the biggest being The Fireman’s Carnival (held in late June through July 4).
History buffs may enjoy a peek into the one room school house built in 1816 and now located on the harbor’s grounds. Meanwhile environmentalists may enjoy a trip to the Marine Education Center. There, children and adults can learn about the marine life found within the harbor and sound waters.
Plus, there are trails to walk and plenty of photo opportunities. I can’t help but take pictures there every time I go! Try visiting in the spring when the cherry blossom trees are in bloom; it’s a pink princess wonderland! (location: Mamaroneck Avenue and Boston Post Road).
A Day at the Theater:
One of the best little parts of Mamaroneck is the Emelin Theater. The Emelin is a performing arts center that brings in a huge variety of performances at very decent prices. They host local productions as well. There are comedy nights, movie series, and best of all kid/family friendly shows! We have seen a ton of shows there and each one is better than the last.
The kid shows are always packed with children and knowing this, the staff is very friendly and accommodating. Seats are often first come first serve, so arrive in a timely fashion. Parking is ample and the theater is attached to the Mamaroneck Public Library (check out their beautiful children’s room while you are there). It is also down the block from Mamaroneck Avenue and every kind of restaurant you can imagine.
Let your inner artist out at MADE: My Art + Design Experience. At Made you can walk in, pick a piece, and get creative! They have pottery wheels, mosaics, and paint your own ceramics and canvas opportunties. That’s not all. They have fun theme nights and will host a great event with many party options, after school and summer camp programs and group projects for scouts and other groups. They’ve adapted to the virtual world with amazing opportunities to grab art in a bag and will pack up everything you need to let your inner Picasso out at home. It is the best artistic outlet for kids, and adults a like. My only warning, you may not be able to stop yourself from visiting over and over again. One note on logistics – street parking only.
Where to Eat
There are many kid friendly places to enjoy a good bite in Mamaroneck. Many restaurants can be found right on Mamaroneck Avenue, locally nicknamed “The Ave.” My family is full of some picky eaters, but we can all agree on one place: Sal’s. Sal’s Pizza has been at 316 Mamaroneck Avenue for over 50 years. It has an old-school Italian pizzeria feel. Try their Sicilian slice or a calzone. On a weekend night you will find lines around the block waiting for these no-muss slices. If you look up NY pizza in the dictionary (or if you google it, because who uses a dictionary anymore) you’ll see a Sal’s slice. Trust me, one slice and you will be hooked. Come for the salad slice (what?! Salad on a pizza? YES!) and stay for the gelato at their attached gelateria. This little spot offers you a scoop (or two) of deliciously authentic Italian gelato or a nice cup of coffee to finish up your evening
One of A Kind:
If you are in the mood to take the kids out for a quick-serve kind of meal, Walter’s is for you. Walter’s is a walk up restaurant featuring delicious hot dogs, fries, and shakes. There is no indoor seating, but if the weather is nice they have many outdoor tables. My little one loves to order a puppy dog – half a hot dog, just her size. I suggest getting a double, with Walter’s special mustard blend. It’s tangy and delish. Wash it down with one of their cowboy shakes, or if you have a sweet tooth, try their funnel cake fries. They serve their dog on buttery toasty buns, just the way they have been serving the community for 101 years in their historic pagoda style building. If you can’t make it to Mamaroneck (and seriously, why not, it’s so cute here!) then keep an eye out for their food truck or try their White Plains location. These dogs do not disappoint. Logistics – street parking only, and be ready to wait on a line.
Ok, so sometimes we mommas need a step above the dogs and the fries. When that’s the case, I suggest Andrea’s 25 North. This restaurant oozes Italian hospitality and charm. You can get all the classic Italian dishes you love, plus their specials are always delicious. I’ve never had a dinner I did not enjoy at Andrea’s, from the lobster ravioli to lighter choices like zucchini marinara. They also have a kid’s menu with smaller portions of pasta, chicken, or even steak or ravioli! Plus Andrea’s has a bar and lovely wine selection for when it’s just been that kind of week. The only downside is the parking, as there is almost none. The restaurant does have a valet to help with the lack of parking but, trust me on this, by the time you’ve finished pasta/carb loading and hit dessert, you won’t care about the parking anymore.
Sometimes you just need to let your sweet tooth win, and treat yourself to a delicious treat. Well, when that craving hits, Mamaroneck will not disappoint. If you are in the mood for a warm donut made with whatever wild creation you can concoct in your mind, head over to Duck Donuts. These sweet cake based donuts can be topped with whatever you desire, or you can pick one of their classic combos like Bacon in the Sun, or classic cinnamon sugar. Order ahead online for contact delivery or head into the store and watch them make your treat in front of your eyes. DIY kits are available for a fun donut topping night at home too! If you’re more of a traditionalist, stop by Milk N Cookies instead. Milk and cookies serves just what you might think, the most decadent selection of homemade warm and gooey cookies imaginable. You’re sweet tooth won’t be disappointed, but you’ll definitely want that icy cold milk to wash it all down with. What you may not expect, is that this yummy little store front also has a cereal bar! Where else can you decide which childhood classic cereal to infuse into ice cream or a milkshake, or hey! just have a bowl of cereal.
When you find the time, I definitely recommend a trip to our little town.