Labor Day Weekend marks the beginning of the end of summer in the Hudson Valley, and it’s a chance to squeeze as much out of these long warm days as possible before the cool breezes of autumn start. We’ve created this handy guide to help you make the most of this long weekend in Peekskill and beyond.
Peekskill’s very own NY BOAT CO. sets sail from the Peekskill Riverfront Green Park through October, but this weekend could be one of your few remaining chances to ride the Evening Star without needing to bundle up. NY BOAT CO. will offer Sunset Cruises, River Trips, and One Hour Boat Rides (perfect for traveling with small children) for the entire long weekend. If you use our promo code EXURB15 at checkout you’ll save 15%! Head over to the NY BOAT CO. website to book now!
Veteran’s Memorial Pool in Depew Park is Peekskill’s public pool and it’s a fabulous summer destination for residents looking to beat the heat — so fabulous that we wrote a guide to using it! The pool closes for the season after September 4th (Labor Day) so this is your last chance to take advantage of it this summer.
September marks the start of weekly farm tours at Hemlock Hill Farm in nearby Cortlandt. Tours start at 10:30am and 12pm. They are 45 minute walking tours. The farm tours share the family history, techniques and practices and explain how the farm works as a whole. $5 per person, kids 2 and under are FREE! And don’t forget to stop at their farm market for some of the freshest local meat you can get for a Labor Day BBQ.
The Riverfront Green Park is arguably Peekskill’s greatest asset, and the summer is when it really shines as residents and visitors gather along the shore of the Hudson to take in the breathtaking river and mountain views that stretch almost of entire length of the city limits. There’s a great playground for kids, a sculpture trail, pavilions to grill that meat you bought from Hemlock Hill Farm, a kayak launch at Peekskill Landing, and a riverwalk that leads to our next suggestion located at the south end of the riverfront…
Factoria at Charles Point is Peekskill’s premiere entertainment and dining destination located right on the Hudson River and it’s really its best during the summer where the ample outdoor space can be fully enjoyed. If you’re lucky enough to have a boat, you can dock for free at Charles Point Marina for dock and dine and River Outpost or Fin & Brew. Bring the kids to Spins Hudson for arcade games, laser tag, and a ropes course. River Outpost will have live music all weekend: DJ Vinnie Campisi on Friday, HERE24 on Saturday, and Chris Raabe on Sunday.
And on Sunday from 4pm – 10pm Factoria will be hosting the FREE Hudson River Music & Comedy Fest!
One of Peekskill’s centrally located urban parks — Lepore Park on Main Street — contains within it a hidden gem: a spray pool (we prefer to call it a splash park) perfect for little ones to safely cool off. The water features invite children to splash, run, and play. The spray pool season ends on September 6, so this is your last weekend to take advantage of it this summer.
Forest Baths is a Peekskill based “forest therapy guide” offering immersive forest therapy experiences throughout the Lower Hudson Valley. On Sunday from 4pm – 6pm they will be offering a guide forest bathing walk from Croton-on-Hudson. Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased on the Forest Baths website.
Peekskill’s coolest deli opened this summer and it’s located right across from Peekskill High School, so do yourself a favor and head to Benny’s Brown Bag this weekend to grab one of their many amazing specialty sandwiches before the back-to-school rush. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we’re partial to the Chimi Chimi Ya Roast Beef. Oh, and they have a fully stocked fridge of curated craft beers for your Labor Day BBQ.
Ladies, this weekend The Lounge House is clearing out their summer stock and it’s your chance to save on their cute collections. All summer items including dresses, accessories, hats, and tanks are just $15! On Saturday and Sunday, they’ll have bubbly while you shop and if you spend $150+ you can get a free permanent bracelet.
In addition to our suggestions here, our Peekskill Events Calendar is chock full of great music, market, foodie, and cultural events happening in and around Peekskill this weekend. Round out your to-do list with a visit, and bookmark it because we’re constantly adding new events!