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.
One of the new up and coming areas of Westchester is Peekskill, located right on the Hudson. In northern Westchester, Peekskill, a friendly city, has a small town feel, with big city amenities. With all of the new changes being made daily, Peekskill certainly has a ton of family friendly activities to enjoy.
What to do:
Paramount Hudson Valley – In 1930, Paramount Studios opened a motion picture theater in the center of Peekskill. In the late 1970’s, the Paramount Center for the Arts was gifted to the city. Designated as a Westchester County landmark, the State of New York granted the Paramount $1 million for restorations in 2006. Many famous and local talents have graced the stage since the theater has been in business. Check their website to see when your favorite is coming to town. You don’t want to miss this regal, historic monument!
Spins Hudson – The new kid on the block, Spins Hudson, recently opened it’s doors. For the adventure seekers, Spins has an aerial ropes course and two-story laser tag arena! Enjoy indoor bocce ball or shuffle board, or grab a snack at the bar while the kids play in the arcade. If you are looking for a water front event space, Spins is not to be overlooked. Continuing their expansion, Spins Hudson, located at Charles Point Marina, will feature extraordinary dining not to be missed. Be sure to check back for updates!
Peekskill Farmers Market – Open from June to November, the Peekskill Farmers Market has tons of vendors and live music weekly. Grab a snack and support your local farmers and businesses from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday!
Riverfront Green Park – Because Peekskill lives on the Hudson, it wouldn’t be complete without a park with an amazing view. Equipped with a gazebo, including barbecues and tables, a large playground, a sculpture garden, and a walking trail that takes a tour along the river, Riverfront Green has something for everyone. In the summer, the park hosts a Wednesday Night Concert series, as well as many local events. While visiting, be sure to check out the Lincoln Depot Museum, that highlights Abraham Lincoln’s visit to New York in 1861. The Riverfront is accompanied by a train station that is part of the Hudson line, and adjacent to locally owned restaurants that satisfy any foodie!
Depew Park – Rich in history, covering 55 acres, Depew offers a public pool and many wooded trails to hike. Tennis, basketball, bocce ball courts and a shaded playground make Depew perfect for any fair weather day. At any given point in the year, you can find people practicing different sports on Torpey Field which at one time was the practice field of The Jets. The pavilions overlooking Lake Mitchell make a great place for a picnic. Historic monuments make exploring the nature trails exciting and informative. Home to the Red Devils, Depew has ample parking to enjoy a football game during the fall. In the center of the park, you can visit the Peekskill Parks and Rec office to check the annual events Depew hosts.
Where to eat:
In the heart of the city, where Main and Division street meet, there is a restaurant to satisfy any appetite. Whether you’re looking for Caribbean Soul, Irish pub fare, or something more upscale, downtown Peekskill is lined with restaurants serving every cuisine from around the world.
Kathleen’s Tea Room– The best place for a tea party in all of Westchester! In the center of all the culturally diverse restaurants is a cozy, little tea shop serving more than just tea. Although reservations are not necessary, they are recommended to enjoy their fresh, seasonal menu of delights. Don’t miss Afternoon Tea, which includes sandwiches, sweets, and your choice from their list of over 60 flavors of teas. Pinky up!
Peekskill Brewery– Established in 2008, the Peekskill Brewery is home to “craft beer with local character.” Also adjacent to the Riverfront Green, on Water Street, PB is enjoying its second location after an expansion became necessary. Enjoy their seasonal menu from the Tap Room on the first floor seven days a week, or for a more intimate setting, the Pub- on the second floor- is open on the weekends. During the summer, PB hosts a Summer Concert Series on Friday nights in their outdoor patio garden. Be sure to check their website to see the other events PB has to offer.