Peekskill with Kids: 25 Things to Do for Westchester Families
Perched on a small hill above the Hudson River, Peekskill is a cozy, eclectic city with a rich history. Named for the early 1600s Dutch fur trader, Jan Peeck, Peekskill has played an important role in nearly every era of American history, from the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad to the Civil Rights movement. It was even the landing site of a famous, 23-pound Peekskill Meteor that crashed into a car in October 1992! Today, it is a bustling mix of new restaurateurs, artists, young families, long-time residents and weekend visitors.
We've mentioned Peekskill in our coverage of the Rivertowns. However, this month we're taking a closer look at this up-and-coming city, starting with our list of the top 25 things to do in Peekskill with kids.
- Get hot chocolate at the Peekskill Coffee House.
- Take in a summer show at the Riverfront Green.
- Run, swing, climb, fish and swim at Depew Park.
- Get creative at New Era Creative Space.
- See a show at The Paramount Theater.
- Drop the kids off for a day of action at one of Go No Sen Karate's mini-camps.
- Become a fairy or a firefly at EMBARK.
- Splash in the sprinklers at Lepore Park.
- Enjoy a cup of coffee while the kids play in the play room at Bean Runner Café.
- Take a hike at Blue Mountain Reservation.
- Check out Book Babies at the Field Library.
- Set sail on the Hudson River on a Trinity Cruise.
- Shop for sweets at Homestyle Bakery.
- Learn to box at Be First Boxing.
- Become the next Picasso with the Orange Splot Mobile Art Lab.
- Pose with Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Depot Museum.
- Walk along a (very) small stretch of the Yellow Brick Road that may have inspired Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz.
- Find out about Peekskill’s extraordinary role in history at The Peekskill Museum.
- Join an Art for Families program at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts.
- Explore the Peekskill Landing to find the biggest sling-shot you’ve ever seen.
- Browse for books at Bruised Apple Books.
- Meet the farmers at the year round Peekskill Farmer’s market.
- Stake out a spot at the Peekskill Community Gardens.
- Toodle around town on the Trolly.
- Root for the home team at the Peekskil Stadium.