Contemporary Accommodations & Amenities in Downtown Yonkers, NY
Let the Hampton Inn & Suites Yonkers hotel be your gateway to New York State’s fourth most populous city (after New York City, Buffalo and Rochester). Just two miles north of Manhattan and bordering the Bronx, downtown Yonkers has lately come into its own as a destination worth exploring.
First, let’s start with the name. The area was settled in the 17th century by the Dutch, who awarded it the name "Djonk Herr's (Young Gentleman’s) land." Eventually, colonial farming villages made way for the factories and mills of the 19th century and Yonkers became a stronghold for the immigrant families drawn here by the abundance of work.
These days, the downtown Yonkers NY area is in the throes of a splendid revival. Many of its grand 19th-century structures, including a Beaux Arts train station and a Victorian pier, have been beautifully refurbished, and fabulous new restaurants and shops are opening for business every day.
Yonkers is home to several museums and science centers, along with the Yonkers Raceway, a renovated harness racing track and casino called Empire City. There are also many large shopping areas along Central Park Avenue (NY 100), informally called "Central Ave." by area residents.
Below, you’ll find information on the most popular attractions in Yonkers, courtesy of the staff at the Hampton Inn & Suites hotel.
The Science Barge is an itinerant floating science museum and sustainable urban farm now permanently docked on the Hudson River in Yonkers. Powered entirely by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels, it is the only fully functioning renewable energy supported food production facility in New York. Each season, the Science Barge grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, greens, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff.
Cross County Shopping Center
Founded in 1899 as the Empire City Race Track, Yonkers Raceway is a one-half-mile standardbred harness racing dirt track and New York state-approved slots “racino” located at the intersection of Central Park Avenue and Yonkers Avenue. In addition to live horse racing five nights a week, the Raceway casino offers 5,300 of the hottest slots in the area, including Wheel of Fortune, Video Poker, Progressives and Keno, with individual and multi-denominations ranging from 1 cent to $100.00.
Beczak Environmental Education Center
Set along the Hudson River with views of the Palisades, Beczak is a hidden gem. Here, you'll find a sandy beach, and a tidal marsh where kids can use a spotting scope to view birds like osprey. The center offers a host of educational programs, but kids will have the most fun wading into the water and catching fish with a 30-foot net.
Hudson River Museum
Housed in a Victorian Gothic mansion built in 1877, the museum displays changing exhibits of 19th- and 20th-century American art and has the Westchester County's only planetarium.
Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site
Frederick Philipse I, a wealthy Dutch merchant, began building this house in the 1680s. After the Revolutionary War his great-grandson Frederick Philipse III, a loyalist to the British Crown, had to leave behind the house and a 52,000-acre estate stretching from the Bronx to Croton. The home, the oldest in Westchester County, includes some of the finest surviving examples of American rococo architecture and decor.
One of the oldest amusement parks of its type in the country, this National Register site on the Long Island Sound is known for its Art Deco architecture and the fact that it retains some of its original rides (its carousel was built in 1915). You can swim, boat, fish, and picnic on the grounds, or skate indoors in winter at the Ice Casino. The park is 10 miles northeast of Yonkers in Rye.
St. Paul's Church National Historic Site
The parish that built St. Paul's church was established in 1665. The present fieldstone-and-brick Georgian church begun in 1763 was used by British and Hessian soldiers as a military hospital during the Revolutionary War. The historic cemetery, one of the oldest in New York, contains footstones (or grave markers) dating back to 1704, a mass grave for Hessian soldiers, and the graves of former slaves. Guided walking tours are available. The church is in Mount Vernon, about two miles east of Yonkers.