Winter Things to Do in the Hudson Valley That Get You Out of the Cold
Leave hibernation to the bears this winter and explore all the indoor attractions of the Hudson River Valley. From epic outlet shopping and world-class performances to historic Gilded Age estates, there are plenty of ways to warm up this season in the Tarrytown area. Check out some of our favorite things to do in the Hudson Valley - and get out of the cold this winter!
Admire Remarkable Antiques & Art at Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate
Choose from five different tours at this hilltop mansion, the palatial home of four generations of Rockefellers. The six-story house is very well preserved and absolutely loaded with priceless antiques and works of art - including masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Henry More. There's also a fantastic collection of 20th-century cars and horse-drawn carriage. See how the upper-crust lived in America's Gilded Age.
Dive into an Underwater World at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk
Watch playful seals eat lunch, see river otters frolic about, and touch a real sea cucumber at this acclaimed aquarium in downtown Norwalk. Almost 3,000 animals of 300 different species live at the Maritime Aquarium, which boasts numerous different habits - freshwater rivers, salty marshes, and deep blue ocean. Be wowed by alien-like jellyfish and graceful sharks. And don't miss Lew and Levi, the resident river otters. Your admission ticket to the aquarium also includes entry to a film at its IMAX theater.
Tour an American Castle: Gothic-Revival Lyndhurst Mansion
Set on its own 67-acre park, this majestic mansion is an iconic Gothic Revival country house on the banks of the Hudson River. Formerly the home of Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand and Princess de Sagan, the 1838 castle is lavishly decorated and meticulously maintained. Browse unique rooms filled with period decor including a laundry room, bowling alley, and multiple kitchens. You'll also find guided tours and special events throughout the year. Visiting Lyndhurst Castle is one of the top things to do in Tarrytown in winter and all year long.
Shop for Bargains on Designer Merch at Woodbury Common Outlets
Featuring 220 name-brand stores, this outlet mall boasts the largest collection of designer and lifestyle factory outlets in the entire world. Save up to 65% on apparel and accessories from sought-after designers, including Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Guess, DKNY, Gap Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike, Ted Baker London, and Tory Burch. Stop for lunch at the Market Hall, a fast-casual food court that's home to a Shake Shack, Kung Pao Wok, and Umi Teriyaki.
Catch a Live Performance at the Hudson Valley's One-of-a-Kind Venues
Settle into your seat and immerse yourself in the area's vibrant arts and culture scene. You'll find several unique theaters and performing arts centers in the region that are in full swing during the wintertime:
Visit the Riverside Home of Legendary American Author Washington Irving
Overlooking the Hudson Valley with beautiful views of the river, this charming, 19th-century home once belonged to Washington Irving, the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Follow costumed guides through the restored home and listen to their intriguing stories about the writer. Sit at his desk, see his actual possessions, and put yourself in the shoes of this famous author.
Discover a Historic Stone Church with Stained Glass by Chagall and Matisse
Built in 1921 by John D. Rockefeller by his family's estate, the Union Church of Pocantico is a quaint country church with gorgeous stained glass windows created by two famous French artists. Rockefeller's wife added a colorful, round rose window by Henri Matisse in 1948. Then in 1960, his children commissioned Marc Chagall to create another beautiful stained glass windows. Tours run every half-hour, or you can visit the chapel on your own.
Step Back in Time to the Revolutionary Era at Van Cortlandt Manor
Glimpse what life was like for early American patriots living shortly after the Revolutionary War in this historic home. Consisting of a brick ferry house and stone manor house, Van Cortlandt Manor was the opulent residence of a prominent New York family in the late 18th century. Tour a well-equipped colonial kitchen and see demonstrations of textile-making and open-hearth cooking.
Stay In & Get Cozy at Tarrytown House Estate
Sometimes the only thing you want to do in the wintertime is to stay in, relax, and have a warm meal - and our riverside estate is the perfect place to do so. Unwind in a sumptuous room or suite in our historic mansion, an impressive sanctuary with elegant architecture and old-world style. Share elevated American comfort food with a modern twist at our comfortable tavern, Cellar 49. Heat up in the sauna or spend an afternoon at the indoor pool. Soak in the hot tub or book an in-room massage. Discover why Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson is the perfect winter getaway.