The city of Yonkers was established along the banks of the beautiful Hudson River in the early part of the 17th century. Today Yonkers is a thriving city, the fourth-largest in New York State. The city was home to the first sawmills in the New World, and was also where the world’s first elevator was designed by Elisha Otis in 1854. The innovation did not stop there, and in 1912 Edwin Armstrong invented the FM radio in his Yonkers home. Today it is easy to access Yonkers from NYC for a day trip. Attractions include the Untermyer Gardens, which are arguably the finest in the US, and historic buildings like the Philipse Manor Hall and the Sherwood House Museum. Scroll to see the full list with photos or jump to the table of contents.


Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

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Originally laid out in 1916 on a steep section of land along the Hudson River, Untermyer Gardens is a very beautiful public garden which was once part of the private estate of prominent lawyer and civic leader, Samuel Untermyer. At the heart of the gardens you will find the Indo-Persian-inspired Walled Garden which is divided into quarters by waterways and is based on the biblical Garden of Eden. The Greek-style amphitheatre has hosted many performances and features dramatic sculptures on tall ionic columns and a beautifully tiled stage. There are several other interesting features to admire including the fanciful Temple of Love and the Rock and Stream Garden.

Untermyer Gardens, 945 North Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: 914-613-4502

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Hudson River Museum

Hudson River Museum

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A must-see attraction for visitors to Yonkers, the Hudson River Museum stands out as a center for the arts and sciences. The main part of the Museum is housed in an excellent example of a Gilded Age mansion called Glenview, which even boasts a marvelous planetarium in its dining room. When the museum needed more exhibition space in the 1960’s, a modern wing in the Brutalist style was added. Visitors can expect to admire a very large permanent collection of historic and contemporary art as well as regularly rotating special exhibitions. The museum also hosts interactive science and art workshops for all ages. More things to do in NY

Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: 914-963-4550

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Tibbett’s Brook Park

Tibbett’s Brook Park

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Tibbett’s Brook Park was one of Westchester County’s first developed parks and is a popular recreational area for local residents and visitors. The park covers 65 hectares including hiking trails, a large water park and enormous swimming pool, picnic areas and playgrounds for little visitors. The whole family will enjoy gently tubing around the water park on hot days, while the more adventurous can enjoy the water slides and tubes or perhaps a game of water basketball. There is a pleasant beach area and lifeguards on duty. When it is too cold to swim you can still enjoy fishing or the hiking and biking trails which are open all year round.

Tibbett’s Brook Park, 355 Midland Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704, Phone: 914-231-2865

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Empire City Casino

Empire City Casino

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Conveniently located just 20 miles north of NYC’s Times Square, the Empire City Casino is situated on a local landmark called the Yonkers Raceway, where fans can watch thrilling live harness horseracing on most days of the week. In addition to enjoying the races at this legendary race course, punters can also try their hands at slots and enjoy a range of dining venues. If you are not sure what you fancy for dinner the Big Kitchen International Food Court is a good bet, while ardent carnivores will not go wrong at Chophouse, which features live music, romantic lighting and delicious steaks on Fridays and Saturdays. There are also two other venues where you can get light snack and drinks.

Empire City Casino, 810 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704, Phone: 914-968-4200

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Ridge Hill

Ridge Hill

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When you feel the need for a little retail therapy, Ridge Hill Mall is the place to go in Yonkers. Ridge Hill is an open-air retail and lifestyle mall set around an attractive Town Square with ponds, fountains and benches. In addition to a long list of retail outlets, the mall also offers a children’s play area and many restaurants and cafes. You will find an excellent selection of clothing stores as well as electronics outlets and much more. Children will love spending time at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center where they can play and enjoy themed rides. Before you leave the mall you can stock up with healthy food and groceries at the Whole Foods Market or catch a movie at the 12-screen movie house.

Ridge Hill, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers, NY 10710, Phone: 914-207-2900

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Science Barge

Science Barge

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The Science Barge is a unique and innovative floating organic farm which is docked in the Hudson River in Yonkers. The center produces crops which are donated to charity, using hydroponic farming methods combined with a solar-powered greenhouse, biofuels and wind turbines. In addition to crop production, the Science Barge is an educational facility and interactive science museum, where school groups can come to learn about zero-emission food production methods. On weekends the facility is open to the public and you can come onboard and learn about sustainable small-scale food production methods that can be used in your own back yard.

Science Barge, 99 Dock St, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: 914-375-2151

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The Center for the Urban River at Beczak

The Center for the Urban River at Beczak

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In alliance with the Sarah Lawrence College, the Center for the Urban River at Beczak was established in 2013 to spread the word about the importance of environmental knowledge and the protection of the Hudson River Estuary. The center is housed in what was previously called the Beczak Environmental Center, where it offers a range of informative educational displays. The Aquaria are filled with native Hudson River fish, crabs, oysters and turtles, and the interactive Kid’s Corner is filled with washed up treasures and other activities for young children. Outside, along the edge of the river, you can explore the tidal salt marshes and the beach area or just relax in Habirshaw Park.

The Center for the Urban River, 35 Alexander St, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: 914-377-1900

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Philipse Manor Hall

Philipse Manor Hall

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The Philipse Manor Hall is a State Historic Center and House Museum located in the Getty Square neighborhood of Yonkers. The home is one of the oldest in the US and parts of the original Manor House were built around 1682 by the Dutch immigrant Frederick Philipse. The beautiful old home is filled with architectural treasures including a Rococo-style 1750’s paper Mache and plaster ceiling, which is one of just two such examples in the US. Since 1911 the Manor Hall has operated as a museum of art and history and today visitors can admire the impressive Cochrane Collection of American Portraiture. Visitors are welcome to tour the Manor House at their own pace on a self-guided tour.

Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: 914-965-4027

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Sherwood House Museum

Sherwood House Museum

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Owned and maintained by the Yonkers Historical Society, the Sherwood House Museum was built around 1740 and is one of very few remaining examples of a pre-Revolutionary War farmhouse. The house was originally a single storey structure, but in 1850 extensive additions were completed including a second floor and a red barn. In 1902 electricity was added as well as a lean-too bathroom at the rear of the house. Sherwood house is open to the public on Sundays during spring and summer, but if you visit outside of these times you can learn about this historic house by visiting the Historical Society offices at the Yonkers Public Library on Thursdays.

Sherwood House Museum, 340 Tuckahoe Rd, Yonkers, NY 10701, Phone: 914-961-8940

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Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

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Family owned and run for over 95 years, the Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana chain of pizzerias started in a very modest way with a single outlet in New Haven CT. Today, descendants of the original Frank Pepe are still hands-on at the Yonkers branch in Central Park Avenue. Here you can enjoy their original thin-crust pizzas, baked to perfection in a coal-fired brick pizza oven. For a trip down memory lane you can try their original “Tomato Pie”, which translates as a tomato based pizza with cheese, garlic, olive oil and oregano. For a more adventurous meal you can choose the very popular White Clam Pizza or another option from the extensive menu.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, 1955 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10710, Phone: 914-961-8284

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Lenoir Preserve

Lenoir Preserve

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Lenoir Preserve covers around 40 acres of woodland and field habitats. It is located on the grounds of the former Lenoir Mansion, which was built between 1850 and 1870. Although the mansion has been somewhat neglected, the original Carriage House is currently used as a nature center. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing forest walk along various paved and unpaved trails, many of which offer sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. There is also a seasonal butterfly garden to admire. The park open from dawn to dusk every day and is free to enter. If you are feeling energetic you can continue your hike along the Croton Aqueduct Trail.

Lenoir Preserve, 19 Dudley Street, Yonkers, NY 10701, 914 968 5851


Decostas Restaurant

Decostas Restaurant

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For a fine-dining feast in the Italian tradition you need look no further than Decostas Restaurant. Decostas’ is family owned and operated by brothers Nuno and Pedro de Costa, with the assistance of many of the family members. Judging by their reviews, you are assured of a warm greeting and a memorable dining experience. Both brothers are avid fishermen and often personally select the fish and seafood for the menu – always ask for their suggestions if you are considering a seafood meal. You can expect to find all your favorite Italian specialties on the menu as well as many dishes inspired by de Costa family recipes.

Decostas Restaurant, 400 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704, Phone: 914-964-8887


Nahmias et Fils

Nahmias et Fils

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Nahmias et Fils is a family-owned and operated craft distillery located in the heart of Yonkers. The distillery is proud to produce an all-organic range of whiskey and a uniquely Moroccan spirit called Mahia, which is made from figs and flavored with herbs. Their Mahia is made using an age-old recipe which has been passed down from generation to generation in the village of Taznakht in Morocco, and they make 3 whiskeys using organic rye which is sustainably grown by local farmers. Visitors are invited to go online and book a tour of the distillery followed by a tasting and perhaps a cocktail or two.

Nahmias et Fils, 201 Saw Mill River Rd, Building C, Yonkers, NY 10701, 646 644 4256


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

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The LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester is both educational and great fun. There are several activities your children will love including rides, an exciting 4D movie theatre, virtual reality experiences and much more. There is an amazing mini-town where you can admire many New York landmarks which have been made using LEGO bricks, a wonderful DUPLO village play area for younger children and the chance to meet some LEGO characters. The center is the perfect place to host your next children’s birthday party and special birthday packages are available, which include entrance, food (pizza), soft drinks, a LEGO building activity and more.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers, 10701, 914 775 6015


Edward J. Murray Memorial Skating Center

Edward J. Murray Memorial Skating Center

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For more than 60 years the Edward J. Murray Memorial Skating Center has provided all kinds of skating programs and facilities. The center recently underwent an upgrade, which saw the addition of a mezzanine viewing level from where you can watch all the action. Everyone is welcome to come and skate at the center – public skating sessions are scheduled every morning of the week and on weekend evenings. Rental skates are available onsite and seniors get a discount. There are ice-hockey programs during the winter months and roller and deck hockey is available May through August. If you are still finding your skating legs you can sign up for some lessons to get you started.

Murray’s Skating Center, 348 Tuckahoe Road, Yonkers, NY 10701, 914 377 6469

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Rockin’ Jump Skyzone, Yonkers

Rockin’ Jump Skyzone, Yonkers

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A visit to Skyzone will get your kids off their electronics and into some high-energy, healthy fun activities. Activities have been designed to increase your child’s agility and confidence while having hours of fun with their friends. You can start off by finding your feet on the freestyle jumping trampolines before moving on to challenge your friends at Skyslam, Ultimate Dodgeball, Skyjoust or the Ninja Warrior Course. Enthusiasts can buy a membership which entitles them to unlimited jumping at a reasonable price. Skyzone is also the ideal place to host a birthday party and they have packages which include everything you need including invitations.

Rockin’ Jump Skyzone, 241 Market Street, Yonkers, 10710, 914 510 9119


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