John Jay was one of America’s Founding Fathers—he was also President of the Continental Congress, U.S. Secretary for Foreign Affairs, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the second governor of New York State. Construction started on his home in 1799 and Jay moved there in 1801. Today the historic site sits on 62 acres, which feature 19-century farm buildings and formal gardens.
The oldest military museum in the country, collections include items related to the history of the U.S. Army, the history of warfare, as well as displays of large and small weapons. Admission is free.
The original Clermont mansion was built around 1740 and burned to the ground in 1777, as punishment for supporting the rebels during the American Revolution. Martha Livingston rebuilt the home during the Revolution. Her son, the home’s most famous resident, was Robert R. Livingston, Jr., Founding Father of the United States. The gardens and home have views of the Hudson River.
Designed by Frank Gehry, the performance space showcases theater, dance, and musicians from around the world.
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The country home of Ogden Mills and his wife Ruth Livingston Mills, the couple renovated the estate in the 1890s to create a Beaux-Arts mansion of 65 rooms and 14 bathrooms.
There are only about 100 wooden roller coasters in the United States, and Rye Playland is home to one of them. In operation since 1928, the park has both kiddie rides and thrill rides, as well as a boardwalk, beach, and pool area.
A contemporary art museum located in a 300,000-square-foot former industrial building on the Hudson River. The museum showcases artists of the last half-century, including Blinky Palermo, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt, Andy Warhol, Anges Martin, and more.
Home of Frederick Philipse III and his family. Historical highlights include its 18th-century Georgian architecture and a rare 1750s papier-mâché Rococo ceiling.
Nearly two miles of trails and romantic vistas designed by Hans Jacob Ehlers. It’s called Poets’ Walk in honor of Washington Irving and other authors who reportedly walked here.
The only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady. Tour the cottage, gardens, and grounds on the site.
Photo Credit: NPS/Bill Urbin