The Highland Falls 4th of July Festivities include a parade, music, food, fun family activities and spectacular fireworks display. Photo courtesy of the Highland Falls  4th of July Committee
The Highland Falls 4th of July Festivities include a parade, music, food, fun family activities and spectacular fireworks display. Photo courtesy of the Highland Falls 4th of July Committee

50 FREE Things to Do This Summer with Westchester and Hudson Valley Kids

Summer is here, and while the end of school can be a relief, the new challenge is to keep the kids busy seven days a week! Filling those long days can get pricey—fast. But fear not: We’ve been hard at work identifying tons of FREE things to do with the kids that will keep them entertained all summer long—and we're not just talking about crafts. We found multi-cultural festivals, admission-free days, magic shows, outdoor yoga, astronomy nights, animal encounters, 18th-century games, and loads more.

Read on for 50+ of our favorites below—and also note that our Event Calendar is your BFF all season, because we keep adding to that frequently, so it’s always worth a gander. Want more that’s FREE? Bookmark our guide to year-round FREE things to do and sign up for our newsletters.

In addition to the list below, check out our lists of free outdoor movies and free outdoor summer concerts, as well as our guide to local spraygrounds, several of which offer FREE entry.

The Westchester Library System offers annual Summer Reading Games to keep kids (and adults, with their own version) reading all summer long, with incentives like the chance to win prizes and loads of library events. Many host an official kickoff event in late June. Keep tabs on our Event Calendar for some of the highlights we’re rounding up for our readers.


Kensico Dam Plaza (and another location; see description)
1 Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10603

Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401

Center for the Urban River at Beczak
35 Alexander Street
Yonkers, NY 10701

Center for the Urban River at Beczak
35 Alexander Street
Yonkers, NY 10701

Kensico Dam Plaza
One Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Bronx River Parkway
Westchester, NY

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
29 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701

Senasqua Park (and Vassallo Park; see description)
Eliott Way
Croton-On-Hudson, NY 10520

Rye Free Reading Room
1061 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580

MacEachron Waterfront Park
100 River Street
Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

Lewisboro Library
15 Main Street
South Salem, NY 10590

Hendrick Hudson Free Library
185 Kings Ferry Road
Montrose, NY 10548

Multiple Locations
Highland Falls, NY 10928

Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701

Historic Huguenot Street
81 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY 12561

Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Road
Elmsford, NY 10523

Turnure Park (and other locations)
26 Lake Street
White Plains, NY 10601

Riverfront Green Park
Hudson Avenue and Route 9
Peekskill, NY 10566

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Route 121
Cross River, NY 10518

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
on Muser Drive across from 174 Angola Road
Cornwall, NY 12520

Piermont Avenue
Piermont, NY 10968

Ruby Dee Park (in front of New Rochelle downtown public library)
1 Library Plaza
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Glynwood Farm
362 Glynwood Road
Cold Spring, NY 10516

Kensico Dam Plaza
One Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Walkway Over the Hudson - Poughkeepsie Entrance
61 Parker Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Larchmont Public Library
121 Larchmont Avenue
Larchmont, NY 10538

Hudson River Rowing Association Dock
270 N Water Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Jefferson Valley Mall
650 Lee Boulevard
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Ridge Road Park
287 Ridge Road
Hartsdale, NY 10530

Kensico Dam Plaza
One Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Briarcliff Manor Public Library
One Library Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Rye Town Park and Beach
95 Dearborn Avenue
Rye, NY 10580

Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park
201 Gipsy Trail Road
Carmel, NY 10512

Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay Street
Katonah, NY 10536

Ridge Road Park
287 Ridge Road
Hartsdale, NY 10530

Mount Kisco Library
100 East Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Greenburgh Public Library
300 Tarrytown Road
Elmsford, NY 10523

Kensico Dam Plaza
One Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

White Plains Library
100 Martine Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

Kathryn Davis RiverWalk Center
Kingsland Point Park
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Beacon Riverfront Park
Beacon, NY 12508

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum
75 North Water Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Putnam County Park
200 Gipsy Trail Road
Carmel, NY 10512

Kensico Dam Plaza
One Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Stewart International Airport
1180 1st Street
New Windsor, NY 12553

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (and other locations)
4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Kensico Dam Plaza
One Bronx River Parkway
Valhalla, NY 10595

Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
29 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701