Local and Surrounding Attractions..Points Beyond

CORTLANDT MANOR

 

Annsville Creek Paddlesport Center—“Hand-powered” boating facility sells and rents kayaks and canoes, and hosts a variety of water-related activities (www.paddlesportcenter.com).

 

Business Expo—An annual networking event that offers a chance to meet with business owners from around the area. Prizes, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and WHUD’s Mike Bennett, who traditionally emcees, make it one of the Hudson Valley’s most popular get-togethers (www.hvgatewaychamber.com).

 

Aaron Copland House—The famous 20th Century composer’s former home was once a part of Peekskill but is now incorporated into the area known as Cortlandt Manor. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home is very active with a multitude of musical events, and fosters and encourages young musicians (www.coplandhouse.org).

 

Old Saint Peter’s Church—Built in 1767, the “old red church” was used as a meeting house when General Washington was in town, as well as a hospital by General Rochambeau’s troops during the American Revolution. It features a cemetery of both American and French soldiers who served and died for the cause (www.hudsonriver.com).

 

COLD SPRING

 

Main Street—A short drive up from Peekskill, Cold Spring is an historic 19th Century riverside community that is its own attraction. It offers historic sites, interesting boutiques and antiques shops, as well as a number of restaurants and eateries (www.coldspring.com).

 

Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum—Features the Hudson River school of artists, as well as a collection of artifacts and documents from the West Point Foundry, among other historical components (845-265-4010).

 

Stonecrop Gardens—12 acres include gardens, fields and woodlands “at a windswept elevation of 1,100 feet in the Hudson Highlands” (845-265-2000).

 

GARRISON

Boscobel Restoration Estate—19th Century mansion features guided tours of the estate and annual activities, including an outdoor Shakespeare Festival (www.boscobel.org).

 

Garrison Art Center—Located at Garrison’s Landing, GAC offers regularly scheduled exhibits and instructive classes in all mediums (www.garrisonartcenter.org).

 

Russell Wright Design Center—Former home of 20th Century designer Russell Wright offers self-guided tours of the entire estate, among other activities (www.russelwrightcenter.org).

 

KATONAH

 

The Katonah Museum of Art—Houses a number of art exhibits and special events throughout the year (www.katonahmuseum.org).

 

Caramoor—A popular historic estate that is mostly known as the site of indoor and outdoor concerts, as well as tours, lectures and other cultural activities ( www.caramoor.org).

 

MOHEGAN LAKE

 

Spotlight Theatre Productions—Local theater group features popular musicals onsite and offsite, including “Caberet Night Under the Stars,” hosted at the Mahopac Marina (www.stpny.com).

 

YORKTOWN

 

YCP Theaterworks—Local theater group presents famous dramatic plays and musicals, as performed by professional actors and local thespians (www.ycptw.org).

 

Mohansic Golf Course—An 862-acre championship golf course features 18 holes, driving range, practice green and more (www.westchestergov.com).

 

Yorktown Stage—YS produces popular Broadway-style musicals, as well as children’s programs and special events (www.yorktownstage.org).

 

Yorktown Golf & Baseball Center—14-acre complex includes putting greens, batting cages, driving range, pro shop, miniature golf course and more (www.yorktowngolfandbaseball.com).

 

PLEASANTVILLE

 

Jacob Burns Film Center—Dedicated to award-winning foreign movies, independent films and notable documentaries. Lectures and educational activities for adults and children are also available (www.burnsfilmcenter.org).

 

SOUTH SALEM

Wolf Conservation Center—Learn about the conservation’s fascinating wolves, “up close and personal.” By appointment only (www.nywolf.org).

 

WEST POINT

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point—With its gothic architecture and strategic views of the Hudson River highlands, West Point is one of the region’s most famous sites. The complex features beautiful grounds, administrative buildings, classrooms, residences, halls, historic sites, museums and Thayer House, an historic hotel located at its entrance. It also features a number of concerts throughout the year at Eisenhower Hall (www.usma.edu).