Have a blast on the rides and at the beach at Rye Playland. Photo by Meagan Newhart
Have a blast on the rides and at the beach at Rye Playland. Photo by Meagan Newhart

End of Summer Checklist: 25 Things To Do in Westchester Before School Starts

The start of August sets me in a panic every year: Have I made summer fun enough? How will we squeeze in all the great outings I had hoped to take my kids on? If you're feeling down about the end of summer, we've rounded up our top picks for the rest of the season. Make the most of summer's swan song with these 25 picks, from annual events to oft-overlooked favorite outings.

Find more must-do seasonal activities in our Summer Fun Guide and list of the best things to do this August with kids for our top picks of the month.

1. Go for a Wild Ride

Check out the Dragonator and all the fun rides at Rye Playland.

2. Go to a Baseball Game

Root, root, root for a local minor league baseball team—whether it's the Hudson Valley Renegades or the New York Boulders.

Boundless Adventures
Climb through the trees at Boundless Adventures. Photo courtesy of Boundless Adventures

3. Visit Boundless Adventure

Climb to new heights at the treetop adventure park in Purchase

4. Swim in a Lake—or Two

From Croton to Haines Falls, there are great spots to jump in a lake (or a river).

5. See a Show

Check out a performance of Twelfth Night—great for kids 6 and up—at the O’Hara Nature Center in Irvington

6. Head to the Drive-In

Go retro and watch an outdoor movie old-school style at a classic drive-in theater.

7. Get on the Water

From kayaking to paddleboarding, you can easily find somewhere to float your boat (or tube).

8. Get a Little Dirty—for a Good Cause

Splash and stomp at the Muddy Puddles Mess Fest, on Saturday, August 7, in Carmel, in support of pediatric cancer research

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Caramoor hosts outdoor summer concerts
Enjoy a beautiful summer night with a concert at Caramoor. Photo by Gabe Palacio

9. See an Outdoor Concert

Bring a blanket and take in an outdoor summer concert.

10. Go Fro-Yo Tasting

Hop from one fro-yo spot to another and pile on the toppings.

11. Visit the New York Renaissance Faire

Don your best Elizabethan garb and bring your sense of humor to the New York Renaissance Faire.

12. Get Corn-y

Enjoy the maize-themed Beacon Corn Festival on Sunday, August 15.

13. Go Peach Picking

Take advantage of summer's bounty and pluck peaches right off the tree at these pick-your-own orchards.

14. Spend Time in the Great Outdoors

Whether you’re looking to get pampered, you want complete solitude, or you’d like a place with a few “extras,” there are plenty of camping options for every camper’s comfort level.

15. Read Up!

Little comic book lovers can take part in the FREE Comic Book Day on Saturday, August 14, with participating stores in White Plains, New Rochelle, Dobbs Ferry, and more.

16. Tee it Up

Play a round of mini-golf at one of the many courses throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

RELATED: 50 Things We Can't Wait To Do This Summer With Westchester Kids

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Kids will get a kick out of watching an antique-plane air show. Photo courtesy of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

17. Watch an Antique Air Show

You can be a spectator—or even fly in one yourself—at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.

18. Eat Outdoors

Take advantage of the weather at one of these top outdoor dining destinations.

19. Hit the Beach

You won’t even have to travel outside the county to visit one of these great beaches.

20. Head to a Nearby Water Park

Raise the excitement level a notch at one of these cool-down, splash-around water parks.

21. Go to a Carnival

The Fireman’s Carnival, from Wednesday, August 11-Saturday, August 14 in South Salem is always a hit with kids.

22. Go Bike Riding

Take the family biking down the Bronx River Parkway when it closes to motorized vehicles as part of the annual Bicycle Sundays event.

23. Play at a Park

Hike, swim, splash, picnic, and more at one of these destination parks.

24. Check Out an Eclectic Show

Head over to the Hudson River Museum’s outdoor amphitheater and catch one of the many cool performances taking place in August.

25. Spend the Day at the Dutchess County Fair

Hit the rides, see the animals, catch the live shows, and lots more at New York’s second-largest county fair.

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