Steeped in history and rich in cultural treasures, the area surrounding White Plains, NY, affords visitors innumerable sightseeing opportunities, recreational activities, entertaining attractions, and exciting things to see and do. Visit the historic estates of the Hudson Valley, take in the vibrant Westchester theater and arts scene, or enjoy a day of retail therapy at one of our stylish shopping centers. It's all just steps from your hotel room when you're a guest of the Crowne Plaza White Plains-Downtown.
The Westchester, A Simon Mall-
Located adjacent to our downtown White Plains, NY hotel, The Westchester, A Simon Mall features the area's largest collection of top-name retailers offering the best in fashion, home, and beauty. Shop in high style at premier stores that include Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton, Crate & Barrel, and Tiffany & Co. For more information, go to www.simon.com/Mall/?id=105.
Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo -
The PepsiCo headquarters in Purchase, NY, just outside White Plains, features a world-renowned sculpture garden that is the legacy of PepsiCo former chairman Donald M. Kendall. More than 45 pieces of modern 20th century outdoor sculpture grace the lawns and gardens, including major works by Rodin, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and Claes Oldenburg.
Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
The Westchester region's top performing arts center is located on the campus of the State University of New York in Purchase, NY. The PAC has featured more than 650 performances by top entertainers and artists of theater, dance, music, and cabaret, including such renowned talents as Patti LuPone and the Tokyo String Quartet. For events calendar and ticket information, go to www.artscenter.org.
Once a thriving gristmill and a trading center for African American slaves, Philipsburg Manor is a perfectly preserved example of a 1750s colonial farm. Docents and interpreters in period costume invite visitors to tour the manor house, explore the working mill, and learn about early American farming and the hardships of slave life. For more information, visit www.hudsonvalley.org.
Set in Tarrytown, in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Lyndhurst is an 1842 gothic revival mansion and gardens that is part of the National Trust. The house and gardens were once owned by railroad magnate Jay Gould, who added the enormous gothic greenhouse, and the estate is in easy walking distance from Sunnyside, writer Washington Irving's home. For more information, visit www.lyndhurst.org.
Kykuit is home to the magnificent Rockefeller estate, built at the turn of the 19th century, where four generations of Rockefellers resided. The estate features a six-story stone house, terraced gardens, and stunning collections of 20th century sculpture, Picasso tapestries, and classic cars cultivated by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. For more information, visit www.hudsonvalley.org.
Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway
The Empire City Casino in Yonkers, NY offers a huge variety of slot machines, video poker, Progressives, and Keno, along with live music and entertainment nightly. Yonkers Raceway is a year-round harness racing track, with action every night of the week, except Wednesdays. For more information, go to www.yonkersraceway.com.
Featuring more than 50 rides and themed attractions, Playland is one of New York's top family amusement parks and a National Historic Landmark. Located in Rye, NY, on picturesque Long Island Sound, Playland was built in 1928, and also features a beach, pool, boardwalk and pier with lake boating, mini golf and indoor ice-skating. For more information, go to www.ryeplayland.org.
The Tarrytown, NY home of Legend of Sleepy Hollow author Washington Irving, Sunnyside offers a romantic peek into the 19th century writer's past. The house, which affords stunning views of the Hudson River, is open for guided tours daily. A costumed docent recounts tales of Irving's life as well as the collaborative design of his house. For more information, visit www.hudsonvalley.org.
Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre -
For 35 years, the Westchester Broadway Theatre has brought musical theater and Broadway-style entertainment to the heart of Westchester County, making it the longest-running continuously performing theater in New York state. Performances by the likes of Wayne Newton and Harry Belafonte augment original musical theater productions such as "Kiss Me Kate" and "Guys & Dolls." For ticket information, go to www.broadwaytheatre.com.
Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets -
The place to go for discount designer labels and outlets of your favorite fashion brands, Woodbury Commons in Central Valley, NY, features more than 200 stores, including discount outlets for such top brands as Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Dolce & Gabbana. For more information, visit www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=7.