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Located on 28 acres (11 hectares) of beautiful gardens and woodlands, this non-profit cultural institution overlooks the Hudson River. Wave Hill is dedicated to exploring the interaction between human beings and the natural environment. It maintains four historic buildings and five greenhouses and has won many awards for its gardens. Its Arts Program presents the work of contemporary artists and landscape professionals. Partake in educational, horticultural and art programs that are held at the cultural center from time to time. Come enjoy the feast of nature in its own arms.
A walk at the Untermyer Park in Yonkers, New York will make for a good evening. Previously infamous as the spot where serial killer Son of Sam did satanic rituals, the park has now been beautified to a vast extent and yet manages to retain its natural beauty. The Greek columns and pillars along the park look brilliant and there are also some light hiking trails within the park. The park is said to be haunted by some, but it might just be a deer roaming around the trees.
A local favorite since 1960, the E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Center offers state of the art facilities for some skating fun. From professional rollerblading lessons to ice-hockey, one can indulge in various activities here. In the evenings, young crowds skate with their partners to the beat of peppy numbers. A good place to unwind, drop by and lose yourself to the excitement that is experienced at this venue.
If you long for some quiet from the Manhattan crowds, then the 1,146 acres of Van Cortlandt Park is made for you. This is the third largest park in New York City, but one of the least well known. It is filled with playgrounds, fields, picnic areas, a lake, and the Van Cortlandt House Museum. There is also a swimming pool, horseback riding and stables, a golf course, cross-country skiing trails, tennis courts, two nature trails and a bird sanctuary. Admission is free.