25 Ways To Beat the Heat with Westchester Kids this Summer

Splashdown Beach. Photo courtesy of Spalshdown
Splashdown Beach. Photo courtesy of Spalshdown

When the temperature soars, families have to come up with strategies to beat the heat. We've got 25 ideas for ways families can keep cool in and around Westchester—whether you love the outdoors or prefer to stay in the air conditioning.

Our list includes outdoor spots like parks with splash pads and awesome pools where you can take a dip, as well as indoor havens such as kid-friendly museums. We have even included exceptional frozen-treat spots so you can indulge in ice cream and other goodies. For even more summer fun, be sure to bookmark our Event Calendar

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1. Hit the Beach!

Head to Rye Beach or take a day trip to any of these New York and New Jersey beaches.

2. Go Swimming

Go to a local splash pad or pool for some water fun. Alternatively, explore one of the natural swimming lakes in the area. 

3. Plan a Boating Trip

Explore the local waterways in a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Check out the top boat rentals in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.  

4. Ice Cream

Need we say more? Check out the best ice cream shops in Westchester or opt for some decadent frozen custard.

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Kids stay cool at the indoor Toddler Beach at the Westchester Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

5. Westchester Children's Museum

Check out the popular build-your-own roller coaster exhibit and toddler beach, or register for one of the weekly educational programs for kids at the Westchester Children's Museum. Head to our Museum Guide for more local museums and art galleries.

6. Popsicles

You can always buy some popsicle molds and make your own popsicles. Or, head to a local gourmet popsicle shop such as ZoraDora's in Beacon, or check out Mexican-inspired popsicles at Paleteria La Mihoacana in Yonkers or Mount Vernon.

7. Take a Train Ride

Bring your train lover for a long ride on the Metro North railroad. Some destination ideas include a beach in Connecticut, the Dia:Beacon museum in Beacon, and the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum.


Hide away in the AC with a good book at The Trove. Photo courtesy of the library.

8. The Trove Children's Library

Take a book break at the air-conditioned Trove in the White Plains Library. 

9. Local Swimming Holes

Search for swimming holes—but don't forget your life jackets! Our favorites include Peekamoose Blue Hole in the Catskills and Split Rock swimming hole at Mohonk Preserve. 

10. Palisades Center

Head over to the Palisades Center, just across the Tappan Zee bridge. The mall includes an indoor play space, a ropes course (including SkyTykes, where kids under 48 inches can climb FREE on Tykes Tuesdays in the summer), a movie theater, a Dave & Buster's, and plenty of restaurants. And don't forget Slime World.

11. Exit 4 Food Hall

Eat your way through the Exit 4 Food Hall, where plenty of cool, refreshing foods and drinks are on offer.

12. Croton Point Park

Explore Croton Point Park on the Hudson River. The park offers camping, hiking, swimming in the Hudson, a playground, and a nature center. 

13. Hudson River Cruises

Take a cruise along the Hudson River with Hudson River Cruises

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Head to Legoland New York for a day or a weekend of fun! Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

14. Legoland

Kids can immerse themselves in Ninjago at Legoland Discovery Center in Yonkers. Or head to Legoland Theme Park in Goshen and cool off in the Lego City Water Playground. 


Get truly hands-on with the sting rays at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Clementina Verge.

15. Norwalk Aquarium

Chill out with some sea creatures across the county line at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

16. Jacob Burns Film Center

Check out a film or sign up for a media arts camp at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

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Get out the water guns for hours of water fun in the backyard. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

17. Backyard Water Games

Try out a backyard water game. Ideas include a DIY slip-n-slide and a water piñata. 

18. Ralph's Famous Italian Ices

Grab some Italian ices at Ralph's Famous Italian Ices in Mamaroneck, or try their new edible cookie dough ice cream. 

19. Curling

Find out what "curling" is at the Ardsley Curling Club.

20. Bowlmor Lanes

Teach the kids to bowl at Bowlmor Lanes in White Plains. Tip: Before you go, check out the website for a special offer for a discounted kids' summer bowling or arcade pass. 

21. LOOK Dine-In Cinemas

Get dinner (or lunch) and a movie all in one seat at LOOK Dine-In Cinemas. Offerings include a kids' menu, milkshakes, and cocktails. 

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Take advantage of the lake at Minnewaska State Park. Photo courtesy of New York State Parks

22. Minnewaska State Park

Go swimming in Lake Minnewaska or explore one of the many waterfall trails in the park. 

23. Howe Caverns

Feeling up for a longer trip? Try a "cool cave tour" at the Howe Caverns, a few hours away in Schoharie County.

24. Playland Ice

Register for a public ice skating session at the Playland Ice Casino

25. Splashdown Beach

Stay in the water at SplashDown Beach until your fingers and toes have wrinkled.  

 

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