Yonkers is a vibrant city set on New York State's Hudson River, home to a wealth of farmers markets, boutiques and craft breweries. You can also visit local history museums, admire presidential portraits and check out one of the most iconic harness horse racing tracks in the United States.
Things to do in Yonkers
The Hudson River Museum offers a glimpse at New York's rich local history. Inside you'll find everything from Gilded-Age art to Victorian-era drawings. It also features a planetarium, which showcases the moon, stars and planets. Housed in a historic Georgian mansion in the heart of downtown Yonkers, the Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site displays presidential portraits.
Yonkers may be one of New York's biggest cities, but it doesn't scrimp on green space. Untermyer Park and Gardens is filled with grassy lawns, bubbling fountains and tree-lined paths. For stunning views of the Hudson, snag a table at X2O Xaviars, a waterfront restaurant serving contemporary American fare.
Kids will love the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Westchester. It's a 15-minute drive from downtown Yonkers and is loaded with rides and attractions. You can watch 4D movies, tour a working LEGO factory, jump aboard family-friendly rides and enjoy refreshments in the cafe.
For a high-octane experience, head to the famous Yonkers Raceway, which has been hosting year-round harness racing events since 1899. It's attached to Empire City Casino, a dazzling complex filled with over 5,000 slot machines.
Getting around Yonkers
Downtown Yonkers is easy to get around on foot, while it’s also well-serviced by local buses and taxis. Metro trains whisk passengers to Midtown Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal in just 25 minutes.