attractions in westchester and nearby

You may already have heard that the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is leaving its long-time venue of Madison Square Garden for the 2021 show. It is moving to the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown next June 12 and 13, as the show’s organizers deemed it important to host the event at an outdoor location.

But, you don’t need to wait until June to enjoy this historic site. On Saturdays and Sundays, through November 22, Lyndhurst is offering a two-mile, two-hour “adventure” that moves among its historic Civil War-era rockeries, and the rose, fern and rock gardens, to the spectacular views of the Hudson River. To reserve tickets, click here.

Dia Beacon, a former Nabisco box-printing factory in Beacon, NY, has a mesmerizing array of indoor installations. Pictured here is a peek at one of the current exhibitions, which features Sam Gilliam’s early work from the 1960s and 1970s. Dia Beacon is abiding by strict safety protocols. You need to reserve a time-specific ticket in advance to visit, and they are now accepting reservations for November.  To reserve your free or discounted tickets today, to request special accommodations, or to ask questions about your visit, contact 845-231-0811 or


And as MoMA declares on their website, “There’s nothing like being here,” consider a trip to Manhattan to wander through the Donald Judd exhibition. Judd, considered one of the foremost sculptors or our time, explores color and surface through his “boxes” and “stacks.” Slated to run through January 9, reserved time tickets can be had on the website now for dates in November. Arrive during the 30-minute window of your ticket and know that the checkroom is closed. Large bags (over 11 × 17 × 5 inches) are not permitted in the Museum.

The New York Botanical Garden’s new outdoor color and light experience GLOW has plenty of room to spread out and explore a glowing world of color and light featuring the Haupt Conservatory as the centerpiece. Washes of brilliant colors, thousands of dazzling lights, and picture-perfect installations fill the Reflecting Pool and enliven surrounding gardens and collections. Also  enjoy artistic ice carving displays, roving dancers and musicians, plus more outdoor fun.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, November 10 at 10a.m., with GLOW running from 5-10p.m. on November 27 and 28; December 5, 12, 18, 19,

Rockefeller State Park Preserve (shown to left) in Pleasantville is a wonderland of hiking trails and paths. Roam the grounds on your own or sign up for a free tour, such as the November 5pm Full Moon Hike, among others. (Park capacity is capped at 50%; picnics are not allowed.)

Now for some sad news, Westchester Broadway Theatre will be permanently closing after 46 years in business, a direct result of the pandemic. White Plains Performing Arts Center is stepping up to help WBT ticket and gift certificate holders by offering tickets to WPPAC shows. The exact program will be forthcoming soon.

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