Ossining -- Activities

Local newspapers -- LoHud (Lower Hudson), Ossining-Croton Patch

Hudson Valley Calendar

Hospital -- Phelps Memorial - 701 N. Broadway (Route 9 at Route 117), Sleepy Hollow

Activities on the Hudson

The Hudson isn't a typical river, carrying water downhill to the sea. Rather the Hudson is a tidal estuary, with fresh water flowing downhill to the sea and saltwater from the sea flowing and ebbing upstream on a regular schedule.

Most days, the water is clean enough for swimming. Ever day, its clean enough for boating. Water Quality.

Kayaking - We keep our boats (2 tandem and 1 single kayaks that you pedal with your feet) at the Shatemuc Yacht Club (which also has an outdoor pool, clubhouse, and nice views).

In good conditions, moderately experienced paddlers with the right gear can reach parks and towns up and down and across the river.

Ossining Community Sailing club - a volunteer community-based organization with the goal of promoting recreational sailing by making it more accessible, affordable and convenient. With donated sailing vessels and experienced sailors sharing their knowledge, the club offers hands-on sailing experience without the expense and commitment of owning your own boat.

Sailing instruction in Croton, Ferry Sloop club/instruction


Ice Boats -- weather permitting

Indoor Activities

Caputo Community Center - pool with kid features, gym, ping pong, wifi, museum of Sing Sing prison. Closed Sunday. 95 Broadway,Ossining, NY 10562. (1.4 miles away)

Ossining Library (1.6 miles away)

Golf Simulator thebacknineindoorgolf.com (Cortland Manor)

Trampoline play areas: BounceOnIt (30 minute drive on the other side of river). Rockin' Jump (Mt. Kisco or Yonkers)

Go karts and bowling in Mt. Kisko -- 25 minutes. Bowling in Cortland -- 20 minutes.

Bocce, Shuffleboard, Laser tag, Arcade (and indoor/outdoor ropes course) -- SpinsHudson

Table tennis - serious club

Legoland -- (Yonkers)

Shopping Malls -- The Westchester (White Plains), Ridge Hill (Yonkers)

Skating (indoors)

Dia Beacon - Contemporary sculpture museum (accessible by train)

Mt. Gulian Historic Site (Fishkill)

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center -- Free art museum at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie

Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY)

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, art galleries in Peekskill

Cooking classes

Art Along the Hudson -- Guide

Ossining Arts Council

Manitoga: Russel Wright Design Center

Mid-Hudson Childrens' Museum -- Poughkeepsie (1 hour)

Thompson's Cider Mill (Fall only)

Music, film, theater

Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleassantville)

Picture House (Pelham - 40 minutes SE)

Mid-Hudson Civic Center -- Events -- Poughkeepsie (1 hour)

Tarrytown Music Hall

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater (Peekskill)

Performing Arts Center at Purchase College

Capital Theater

Outdoor Activities

Historic sites, Living history Museums

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Untermyer Gardens (Yonkers)

Lasdon Park & Arboretum (Katonah)

Wethersfield garden (Dutchess County)

Hammond (eastern) Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden (N. Salem) (summer only)

Larchmont Manor Park - private park on Long Island Sound (Larchmont)

Caramoor Garden with performances (Katonah)

John Jay Historic Site (Katonah)

Thunder Mountain Trap and Skeet (Shooting)

Baseball (minor league)

Renaissance Faire (August)

Downtown Ossining -- Historic buildings. Some stores and restaurants, but not a developed tourist area.

Hiking - there are a lot of hiking opportunities in the area, from the nearly flat Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (unpaved. Guide to the northern section. Start by taking Spring St. north to Maple.) and the Briarcliff-Peekskill Trailway (unpaved) to the challenging Breakneck Ridge. Lots of hikes at Teatown Lake Reservation and Blue Mountain Reservation (Peekskill). Many hikes offer river vistas or history (e.g. Crawbuckie Nature Preserve -- Rt. 9 to Beach Rd OR via the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail., Croton Dam). County trails. I have a book, Hiking and biking trails from Westchester County.

Biking - The North County Trailway is a 22 mile paved former railroad, which runs north from Ossining Detailed map. One can also bike on the unpaved Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (start by taking Spring St. North to Maple.)

See Hiking and biking trails from Westchester County.

To the north, Dutchess county's Harlem Valley Rail Trail looks nice.

To the north and across the river, the Walkill Valley Rail Trail looks great, though its not paved

Waterpark -- Splashdown in Fishkill (50 minutes)

Rye Playland (Amusement Park)

Zipline, ropes courses -- SpinsHudson (also indoor Bocce, Shuffleboard, Laser tag, Arcade) (Peekskill), Boundless Adventures (Purchase, NY), New York Zipline Canopy Tours (Hunter Mnt)

Big Bear Ziplines (Hyde Park) - closed?

Bear Mountain - Zoo, Merry-go-round, pool, skating.

The Clearwater (a sloop (old-style sail boat))

Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Walkway Over the Hudson - pedestrian bridge at Poughkeepsie

Stone Barnes or Hilltop Hanover Farm- non-profit farms and education centers

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

Storm King Art Center -- outdoor Modern sculptures (New Windsor, NY)

Opus 40 -- outdoor sculpture garden Harvey Fite (Saugerties, NY)

Pepsico Sculpture Garden -- outdoor sculpture garden (Purchase, NY)

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum --air show, fly in an open-air bi-plane. Summer weekends.

Farmers' Market - Saturday mornings, in season

Berry and Apple picking in Fishkill, Apple picking

Minigolf, Batting cages

New Paltz -- Huguenot Street, Minnewaska State Preserve, Mohonk Preserve, Walkill Valley Rail Trail (unpaved)

Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortand Manor (Halloween)

Stormville Flea Market

Bard College

Vassar College - Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Skiing (Sorry.)

Campgaw -- 45 minutes away. Small skiing hill and tubing. 270' vertical drop. Top is steep.

Victor Constant Ski Area @ West Point. Open to public Monday-Friday, I think. 36 minutes away. 487' vertical drop.

Mt. Peter -- 1 hour away. 450' vertical drop

Mt. Creek in Vernon, NJ -- 1 hour and 15 minutes away. 1,000' vertical drop

Hunter Mountain -- 2 hours away. 1,500' vertical drop

Skating (Outdoors)

Blue Mountain Reservation in Peekskill (20 minutes)

Bear Mountain Ice Rink at Bear Mountain State Park (30 minutes)

Sledding Croton Gorge Park, Route 129 (Cortland)


South Horse Stables

Zephyr Farm

Summit Farm

Kentucky Riding Stables

Lucky 7 Stable

Indoor/Outdoor Activities

United States Military Academy at West Point

Camp Shanks Military Museum

Historic Homes and Living History Museums, also Muscoot Farm

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Cold Spring Historic District (accessible by train) Nearby: West Point Foundry Preserve

Peekskill -- Spins Hudson (ropes course, laser tag, arcade, bocce, shuffleboard), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Bruised Apple Books.

Beacon Flea Market

Peekskill Attic Treasures (Sundays, 8:00-4:00. Bank Street, Peekskill)

Winery tours

Hyde Park - home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. If you are in the area, you can visit the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and the CIA, Culinary Institute of America. Also, Hyde Park Antiques.

Kingston -- On the Hill Antiques, Stan'z Used Items & Antiques

Rhinebeck (90 minutes by car). Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Antique Market, Rhinebeck Antique Emporium, Wilderstein Historic Site. The Gallery @Rhinebeck, Shahinian Art Gallery,

Millbrook -- Millbrook Antique Center, Millbrook Antiques Mall