In a lot of ways being so close to New York City makes Yonkers suffer a little in the tourism area. Because of it’s proximity to the Big Apple, most visitors assume that there’s less to do but nothing could be farther from the truth. If you make the trip out there you can expect a wealth of attractions like beautiful New York style gardens, fun museums, sky diving simulations and more all nestled next to the Hudson River. Here are 5 must see attractions in Yonkers New York.
The Hudson River Museum
The Hudson River Museum is a perfect is spot to visit for world class galleries and collections of art conveniently located under one roof. The museum not only features exhibits that tell the story of Yonkers but also features an outdoor amphitheater, a planetarium, and a historic period house that will almost make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
The Untermyer Gardens is one of the hidden gems of Yonkers. This attraction is definitely not to be missed on your trip. The Gardens are actually a selection of different areas that are arranged by themes to showcase the different flora and fauna. These areas include the Walled Garden, the Temple of Love, The Sundial Garden, and the Rock Garden. Untermyer Gardens is perfect if you want to spend a relaxing day outdoors.
The YoFi Film Festival
Yonkers isn’t the first place one thinks of when it comes to film festivals. It’s not Canne, or Sundance, but the city does host the Annual YoFi film festival. YoFi was started in 2013 and showcases the work of emerging local talent across a huge range of genres. The festival happens in October of every year., and it’s main goals is creating connections for indie film makers so that their visions can be brought to the world.
Think New York City is your only choice for destination shopping? Well visit Ridge Hill and you might change your mind. Ridge hill is a one stop for shopping, and entertainment all in one place, and if you’re there in the summer you can take advantage of the live events happening every day, and even the outdoor movie nights. There are tons of options for dining, shopping at nationwide brands.
This is a recent addition to the Yonkers entertainment scene. Opened in 2016 this is one of the most exciting attractions at Ridge Hill. iFly is an indoor skydiving simulator. You can put on a skydiving suit and fly indoors in the gigantic fan powered vertical wind tunnel. The air pushes you up so that you fly and get the real feeling of weightlessness that you experience in actual skydiving without having to go up the plane
Yonkers is only 30 minutes from New York City, but you don’t have to go down and fight the crowds in the big apple to have a good time this summer. If you live in the big city, and are just looking to get away from the crowds and ruckus for the day, Yonkers is a perfect solution this summer.