Located in the suburban village of Bronxville, New York, Sarah Lawrence College is a unique and highly sought-after destination for higher learning. With its selective admissions process and personalized approach to education, you may not want to leave once you step foot on campus!
But let’s face it, every student needs a break every now and then. Whether you’re looking for a fun day trip with your classmates or your family is in town and you need some ideas for activities, the surrounding areas of Bronxville and Yonkers have plenty to offer.
So, take a break from your studies and explore all that this vibrant community has to offer. Here are eight things to do near Sarah Lawrence College, brought to you by the college storage, shipping, and moving experts at Collegeboxes.
1. Stroll the Untermyer Gardens
Located in Yonkers, Untermyer Gardens is a historic public park and estate that boasts 60 acres of beautifully manicured gardens, a bird sanctuary, a woodland walking path, and a greenhouse. This destination is perfect for those looking to stretch their legs, immerse themselves in local history, and capture stunning pics for Instagram.
2. Work Up a Sweat at Tibbetts Brook Park
Also in nearby Yonkers, Tibbets Brook Park is a sprawling multi-use recreational area that boasts a wide range of amenities. From pickleball courts and ball fields to swimming pools and woodland trails, this park has something for everyone. Whether you’re an avid hiker, swimmer, biker, or angler, Tibbets Brook Park provides the perfect escape from the rigors of college life.
3. Get Educated at the Hudson River Museum
If you’re new to Westchester County, we recommend spending an afternoon learning about the region at the Hudson River Museum, located about 15 minutes from campus. The museum is home to a large collection of paintings, as well as exhibits that focus on Hudson Valley’s history, science, and heritage. It is an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of this beautiful area.
4. Take in the Views at Wave Hill
Just a short drive from campus, Wave Hill is historic estate, garden, and cultural center offering visitors dazzling views of the Hudson River as well as the New Jersey Palisades. Have a walk through the botanical garden, visit the two historic homes, and stop by the Café at Wave Hill for a refreshment. This destination is a must-visit for anyone looking for a tranquil and culturally enriching experience.
5. Power-Up Your College Fit at Ridge Hill
We know money can be tight. But when you do have some extra cash (or the parents are in town), check out Ridge Hill. This open-air shopping mall found in Yonkers boasts an impressive selection of entertainment options, including over 150 shops, a food court, a movie theater, a bowling alley, and much more. It is an ideal destination for those looking for a fun and engaging experience.
6. Shop Local at the Bronxville Farmers Market
For a truly authentic local experience, we highly recommend visiting the Bronxville Farmers Market. This delightful market takes place every Saturday from May through November and offers a wide variety of locally sourced and crafted goods. From savory foods and baked goods to handmade soaps, pottery, and fresh produce, there is something for everyone at this bustling market.
7. Explore New York City
Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention that New York City is a short drive from campus. We won’t bore you with the specifics of what you can do in the city, as the possibilities are endless. But it’s certainly a perk of being a student at SLC. In just about an hour, you can escape the tranquility of Bronxville and immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of New York City.
8. Get Your Game On at Empire City Casino
Not everyone is into gambling, and that’s totally cool. But Empire City Casino has a lot more to offer than just that. The casino hosts a lot of live entertainment, plus they have great restaurants, bars, and even a hotel. If you want to switch up your scene from typical college hangouts, a casino is worth checking out.
9. Get Wild at Bronx Zoo
You’ve seen one zoo, you’ve seen them all, right? Not quite. Bronx Zoo is one of the largest zoo in the U.S. It offers plenty of unique and historic attractions, including the Rainey Memorial Gates (listed on the National Register of Historical Places) and plenty of award-winning exhibitions. This zoo is worth the trip!
10. Shop Nearby at Cross County Shopping Center
You won’t have to travel far from Sarah Lawrence to get your shopping fix. Cross County Shopping Center – practically across the street from SLC – is home to a wide range of name brand shops and restaurants. Cross County Shopping Center is also home to a movie theater and plays host to numerous events year-round, providing a much-needed, nearby escape for students.
When you’re ready to move to Westchester County and start your Sarah Lawrence College career (and hopefully visit some of these great destinations), Collegeboxes is here to make your college move easier. Our Ship to School service was designed for students moving to school. You pack your belongings and ship them to us, then we’ll deliver them to Sarah Lawrence when you arrive.