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.
1. Go for a Wild Ride
Check out the Dragonator and all the fun rides at Rye Playland.
2. Go to a Baseball Game
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
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
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
15. Read Up!
16. Tee it Up
Play a round of mini-golf at one of the many courses throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley.
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.
This post is updated annually.