[NY] Things to do in Westchester / NY the weekend of May 24-26, 2014

It is the Memorial Day weekend. Besides the regular weekend activities, we are also including some day trip ideas.

Family Art Project @ Wave Hill Garden

When: Saturday and Sunday May 24-25 2014 10am-1pm
Details: Visiting artist Em Rooney invites us to create an environment of our liking for outdoor, spring enjoyment. Working primarily with air-dry, natural clay, make an inventive “patio” to take home with fossil-like imprints and structural features. Leave your patio in the rain and observe as it returns to nature. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon. The Wave Hill Garden offers break-taking view overlooking the Hudson River.

Bear-Foot Storytime @ Greenburgh Nature Center
When: Sunday, May 25, 2014 2pm
Details: Join a naturalist for an hour of stories, live animals, and nature activities. Recommended for children ages 2-6. Members $5, Non-members $8.

Meet the Baby Animals @ Muscoot Farm
When: Sunday, May 25, 2014 1-3pm
Where: Muscoot Farm, Somers
Details: Watch the proud resident mothers showing off their new arrivals at the farm

Croton Falls and the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail

Croton Gorge Park is a 97-acre property at the base of the Croton Dam and affords impressive views of the dam and spillway. The park is a popular spot for fishing, picnicking and hiking, with direct trail access to New York State’s Old Croton Aqueduct, which begins here.
Directions: Route 129, Cortlandt, NY. Park hours: Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to dusk, year-round. Parking fees: $5 with Park Pass, $10 without Park Pass, May through September weekends only.
For hikers, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail is one of New York City's best-kept secrets! Follow this 160-year-old route and keep a sharp eye out for the history at your feet. The aqueduct reaches from the Croton Dam and reservoir in Westchester County all the way to 42nd Street in Manhattan, a distance of 41 miles. The trail reflects the changes that the aqueduct has gone through since it was first built — some sections are packed–dirt paths running through a forest, while others are asphalt and concrete streets and sidewalks. In some places history will unfold right before your eyes — for some you will need to use your imagination.

Day trip to Cold Spring, NY 

Local Attractions include
1) Cold Spring Main Street: Antique shops, ice cream shop, restaurants, waterfront park, etc. Stroll down to the river where the mountains meet the water and just gaze.
2) Cold Spring Trolley: Trolleys are in service Friday-Sun through Dec. Schedule can be found at coldpsringchamber.com. You can ride the trolley to nearby Boscobel Restoration, a museum with gardens and a great lawn with sweeping views of the Hudson River. You can also ride the trolley to Garrison's landing and visit Guinan's, a tiny Irish country store and pub that was immortalized in Gwendolyn Bounds' book Little Chapel on the River.
3) Stonecrop Gardens (81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring, NY)

The display gardens cover an area of approximately 12 acres and comprise a diverse collection of gardens and plants.
Open days are Monday-Saturday, and select Sundays (May 25, July 6, Aug 31),10am-5pm, Admission $5.
4) West Point Foundry Preserve (Kemble Avenue, Cold Spring)

Experience the sights and sounds of a 19th century ironworks. Hikers can enjoy a tranquil soundtrack - the gentle murmur of Foundry Brook. Allow a minimum of 2 hours.
5) Foundry Dock Park (Market Street, Cold Spring)
Though small, Foundry Dock Park is full of history and offers incomparable views of the Hudson Highlands. Both Foundry Dock Park and West Point Foundry Preserve are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
6) Hudson Highlights State Park (Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY)
Trail maps can be obtained at the Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park office. The park's most well known trail – Breakneck Ridge was rated by Newsweek as one of the top 10 day hikes in America. The 5.5 mile Breakneck Ridge trail rises 1,250 feet in only a ¾ mile stretch. The trail difficulty level is medium to high.


Beach Updates
Playland, Croton Point and Glen Island beaches open Saturdays and Sundays and Memorial Day.

Pick-your-own-strawberry Updates
I called the farms mentioned in our "Strawberry Field Forever" blog post, and they are not ready for "Pick-you-own-strawberry" yet. Let's wait one or two more weeks and call back again.



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