25 Ways to Beat the Heat with Westchester Kids this Summer

When school's out and the temperature's soaring, it's time to come up with strategies to beat the heat. We've got 25 ideas (whether you love the outdoors or prefer to stay in the air conditioning) for ways families can keep cool in and around Westchester.

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Take a dip at in Lake Tiorati in Harriman State Park.  Photo courtesy of New York State Parks.

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

2. Go to a local splash pad or pool for some water fun. 

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

4. Two words: Ice cream. Two more: frozen custard.

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

6. Explore the water with a boating trip.  

7. Bring your train lover for a long ride on the Metro North railroad. Some destination ideas include a beach in Connecticut or the Dia:Beacon museum in Beacon, NY.


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

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

9. Search for swimming holes—don't forget the life jackets! 

10. Head over to the Palisades Center, just across the Tappan Zee bridge. The mall includes an indoor play space, a ropes course, a movie theater, a Dave & Buster's, and plenty of restaurants. 

11. Eat your way through the Exit 4 Food Hall, with plenty of cool, refreshing foods and drinks from which to choose. 

12. Grab some iced coffee (for the grownups) at Coffee Labs and then head across the street to A Nu Toy Store in Tarrytown.

13. Take a cruise along the Hudson River with Hudson River Cruises

14. Get ready for the upcoming Lego Ninjago movie at Legoland Disovery Center's Ninjago City.


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

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

16. Buy some popsicle molds and make your own popsicles

17. Look up where you can buy Bunch o' Balloons in your neighborhood and stage a massive water balloon fight.  

18. Grab some Italian Ices at Ralph's Famous Italian Ices in Mamaroneck. 

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

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

21. Bring them to a movie at the iPic luxury theater.

22. Go for a hike at the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, and ask where you can find the waterfall. 

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

24. Ice skate at the Playland Ice Casino

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

Top photo: Pixabay


Rye Beach
95 Dearborn Ave.
Rye, NY

Jacob Burns Film Center
364 Manville Rd.
Pleasantville, NY

Croton Point Park
1 Croton Point Ave.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Palisades Center
1000 Palisades Center Dr.
West Nyack, NY

Exit 4 Food Hall
153 Main St.
Mt. Kisco, NY

Coffee Labs Roasters
7 Main St.
Tarrytown, NY

A Nu Toy Store
16 Main St.
Tarrytown, NY

Maritime Aquarium
10 N Water St.
Norwalk, CT

Hudson River Cruises
1 E Strand St.
Kingston, NY

Ralph's Italian Ices & Ice Cream
946 E Boston Post Rd.
Mamaroneck, NY

Ardsley Curling Club
100 N Mountain Dr.
Ardsley-on-Hudson, NY

Bowlmor Lanes
47 Tarrytown Rd.
White Plains, NY

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary
127 Warren Landing Rd.
Garrison, NY

Howe Caverns
255 Discovery Dr.
Howes Cave, NY

Playland Ice Casino
100 Playland Parkway
Rye, NY

Splashdown Beach
16 Old Rte 9 W
Fishkill, NY