Autumn in Westchester County: Take a Ride & See the Sights
Although we think every season looks great on Westchester County (and, as a local limo service, we get to see every mile), autumn is a particularly gorgeous time of year here. As the foliage heats up, you don’t have to travel far to get some leaf-peeping in on the weekends.
Here’s our must-visit list of beautiful Westchester County sights that look particularly Instagram-worthy in autumn.
Want to get outside and enjoy the cool weather a bit? Hop in the car and get out to Kensico Dam located in Valhalla, NY. Running, walking, and bike trails and paths lead the way to and around the dam. Admission is free (as is the beautiful scenery). This is a Westchester County gem: its well-maintained and always clean for tourists.
If you want to take in the majesty of the Hudson River and/or need a new place for some exercise, Westchester County’s Pierson Park shines in autumn. Located in Tarrytown, there are plenty of parking spots for your car -- though earlier in the day the parking lot does get a bit full (of course, if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of parking, give our car service a call). Pierson Park offers amazing views of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge -- sunset makes for some great photos, especially in the fall. Park benches dot the water’s edge, and there is even a dock for those who are more nautically inclined.
Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park
Want to really hit the autumn nature trail in Westchester? Dobbs Ferry, NY has just what you’re looking for. An easy trip from New York City, deer run wild here, and the foliage really shines in autumn. The Lenoir Nature Preserve is worth a visit while here, as is the lovely Untermeyer Gardens. Fresh air and trees abound: this is a long, narrow state park that traverses an impressive 41 miles that spans the original aqueduct from New York City.
Teatown Lake Reservation
If you haven’t yet visited Ossining Teatown Lake Reservation, get in the car or give our limo service a call. This is a natural wonderland, brimming with nature trails that edge the lake, a small rehabilitation zoo for rescued animals, and New York’s quaintest little gift shop. The Bergmann Boardwalk is the perfect spot to watch birds -- so be sure to grab your binoculars...As October is peak foliage in Westchester (aka BESTchester), there is a fee of $5 per car -- and an overflow parking lot when the reservation gets busy. If you get tired from walking, there are plenty of benches where you can rest and just take all the Westchester loveliness in.
Kingsland Point Park
Sleepy Hollow, NY is home to the famous Kingsland Point Park, a refuge for city slickers craving some nature alongside gorgeous views of the Hudson and (new) Tappan Zee bridge. A walking path leads the way to the iconic Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse -- and although you can’t enter, you can certainly snap some beautiful photos (especially in autumn). Kingsland Point Park is kid friendly (and soccer friendly) with large play areas and a soccer field. Bring a picnic lunch if you’re so inclined as there are plenty of picnic tables as well as a gazebo.
Bottomline? Westchester County in autumn is not-to-be-missed. Grab your sweater, hop in the car (or use a car/limo service such as ours) and get outside and enjoy.