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Gardens in Westchester to Explore with Your Kids

Gardens in Westchester

Spring has sprung and we couldn’t be more thrilled! From outdoor festivals to hiking, there are tons of things to do outside in Westchester. One of our favorite ways to enjoy the weather and landscape is to explore the areas gardens. Incredibly, many of the areas gardens are free and/or offer a range of programming for kids of all ages. Check out some of our favorites below:

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Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden

Families will love spending the day at this South Salem museum and garden. This includes a beautifully-preserved 3.5-acre Japanese-inspired stroll garden, as well as on-site museum. In the museum, you’ll find exhibits with local artists and events. They are also hosting a free open house on April 6th. During this time, families can enjoy access to the gardens, art, exhibitions, and live music. Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden, 28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY 10560

Exploring Untermyer Gardens with Your Kids
The Temple of Love at Untermyer Gardens sits atop a man-made rocky outcrop, with rivulets of water cascading down. Photo by Jessica Norman

Untermyer Gardens Conservancy

A Westchester favorite, this 43-acre public garden features a look at incredible architecture and multicultural design overlooking the Hudson River. Founded in 1917 by Samuel and Minnie Untermyer, the gardens have  families can enjoy access to the gardens, as well as tours, summer concerts, and more. Admission is free; however, special events have various fees. 945 N Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701.

Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens

Enjoy an afternoon in this sculpture garden to view a collection of 45 pieces of outdoor art. Started in 1965 by Donald M. Kendall, former chairman of the board and CEO, the garden features art from 20th-century artists and gardening design from Russell Page. The gardens are open from 10:00am-4:00pm on weekends from May 31st-November 17th.  PepsiCo, 700 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, NY 10577.

Gardens and walkways at Caramoor in Katonah New York on July 7, 2022. (photo by Gabe Palacio)

Caramoor Center of the Arts

While Caramoor is the go-to place for summer concerts, it is also home to beautiful grounds for exploring and hiking. Over the summer, this includes access to sound art throughout the gardens. You can also view their gardens, enjoy a picnic, or simply relax.  149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY 10536

John Jay Homestead

This historic site is the former home of John Jay, one of the authors of The Federalist Papers. Here, you and your family can enjoy access to its grounds during their weekend farmers market or view one of their five gardens. The formal garden dates all the way back to the 19th century. Additionally, throughout the year they host events where you can learn more about the grounds and its history. 400 Jay St, Katonah, NY 10536.

Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial

Explore this beautiful public park and garden with your family all-year long. This includes gardening events, spring walks, and the cool dinosaur garden. Everywhere you turn you will be amazed by the beauty of the landscape and its 15 garden spaces. 2610 NY-35, Katonah, NY 10536

Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate

Take a tour of this sprawling 40-room home and garden space. The former home of four generations of the Rockerfeller family, the estate is now the site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The grand tour includes the classic (home) tour, plus additional time in the gardens, art galleries, and visits to the second floor of this historic home. 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591

Beverly E Smith Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden

This Yonkers gardens is volunteer-run where you and your kids can enjoy birds, butterflies, plants, animals, and insects. Programming includes spring walks, bird watching, nature exploration, and more. Admission is free.  19 Dudley St, Yonkers, NY 10703.

Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center

Located close by in the Bronx, a day trip to Wave Hill offers families a fun day of nature and exploration. Enjoy access to their multiple gardens and woodlands within its 28 acres, art events, hands-on workshops, performances, and much more! Upcoming events include garden walks, birding, forest bathing, and more. 4900 Independence Ave, Bronx, NY 10471

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