If you’re able to venture forth and are looking for an outdoor ramble with sweeping views and some historic interest, the Lyndhurst mansion in Tarrytown has some tour offerings and a Halloween-infused landscape this fall.
While the dramatic Gothic Revival mansion designed by Alexander Jackson Davis is closed, the house is set in an equally stunning 67-acre landscape. Special guided experiences designed to put a spotlight on the surroundings are available through November 22. Highlights include a look at the restored 19th century bowling alley, a garden tour with a walk past the ruins of the circa 1914 swimming pool building and a more adventurous two-hour stroll that takes in all the natural and man-built features of the landscape.
For a dose of Halloween fun, you can take a self-guided tour past seven spooky vignettes scattered across the landscape. The witch and skeleton-themed scenes are described as spirited but “generally not scary” and are family-friendly for young ones. Children decked out in their costumes are encouraged to strike a pose. A map of the vignette locations is available online so you can plan ahead.
While the landscape at 635 South Broadway in Tarrytown, N.Y. is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., grounds pass tickets are required to ensure social distancing. Passes are free for Tarrytown residents and members and $10 for individual passes or $30 for groups arriving via vehicle. To choose your day on the grounds in order to view the Halloween vignettes and for more information on site protocols visit the grounds pass info page online.
All guided landscape tours require a ticket. The $18 fee includes a grounds pass so that you can do some exploring on your own after the tour should you wish. For more information on all the offerings and ticket availability, visit the Lyndhurst event page online.
If you are unable to visit in person and really want a gander at the impressive interior of the mansion, you can now do so virtually. Looks at the landscape, the interior and the bowling alley are all available online. You can even get a glimpse of the mansion decked out in seasonal attire with virtual tours of the house at Halloween and Christmas.
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