PLANNING YOUR VISIT
The WCC is located in an area full of natural, cultural, and culinary pleasures. So whether you’re visiting from “down county,” the big city, or from a couple of states away, there’s plenty to do before or after your visit. We've listed a few of our favorites, but there are many more reasons to explore our extended neighborhood! (Please check websites for hours and potential admission fees.)
MORE NATURE! If howling with the wolves has stimulated your appetite for the outdoors, you can get your hike on or learn about other animals here:
Muscoot Farm - an early 20th-century interpretative farm museum in Katonah (just 9 miles down the road from the WCC). The farm is open year-round and offers a full schedule of programs for families, as well as group tours, farmyard visits and hayrides by reservation
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation: Westchester County’s largest park is literally across the street from us, though the entrance is a couple of miles down the road. Full of varied hiking trails, picnic areas, streams, historical interest, the Trailside Nature Museum, and a spectacular overlook or two, it's one of our favorite places!
Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary: Located a short drive away, this Nature Conservancy site features hiking trails and Chestnut Ridge, a great place to watch the fall raptor migration.
Mianus River Gorge: Open April through November, this gem of a sanctuary has 5 miles of hiking trails through an old growth forest and along a beautiful gorge (of course).
Leon Levy Preserve: Also located a few miles down the road (but in the opposite direction of Ward Pound Ridge), the preserve offers 5 miles of beautiful hikes through varied terrain, including wetlands.
Woodcock Nature Center: Situated in nearby Wilton, CT., the WNC has a nature center with exotic and local animals, 3 miles of trails through woods and wetlands, and various picnic areas, all of which make it a great family destination.
Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream: Treat yourself to all-natural delicious Atka-approved ice cream or invigorating Stumptown coffee a few minutes away from the WCC (across from the Cross River Shopping Center). Tell them we sent you and leave your mark by drawing your favorite wolf on the giant blackboard!
Cross River Shopping Center Just a couple miles away from the WCC (and on the way to the entrance of Ward Pound Ridge). Grab a bagel or pastry at the Bagel Nosh Café, enjoy a slice at La Famiglia, or stock up on picnic supplies at the supermarket.
Bacio: Long a favorite of the WCC, Bacio features great Mediterranean food in a casual atmosphere. An excellent for a quality sit-down meal. Also located across from the Cross River Shopping Center.
Cameron’s Deli: No matter what hour you leave the WCC, you can indulge in one of Cameron’s specialty sandwiches because it’s open 24/7. Another great place to stock up for a picnic at Ward Pound Ridge.
Farther afield the towns of Katonah, Mt. Kisco, and Ridgefield (CT) are all relatively short drives from the WCC and feature a variety of restaurants. We’re particular fans of the Mt. Kisco trio of neighbors: Little Kabab Station (Indian), Little Crepe Street (French), and Little Spice Bazaar (snacks, smoothies and juices), and of Lalibela for authentic Ethiopian food.
Katonah Museum of Art: About 5 miles away from the WCC, the museum has inspiring exhibits and The Learning Center, an activity space for “children of all ages.”
Gossett Brothers Nursery: Just a few minutes from the WCC, this nursery is a great place to find a little of nature’s beauty to brighten your home or garden, or to grab a snack at the farmers market held every weekend throughout the year.
Antiques and other shopping: There are plenty of cool places to browse or buy interesting products, from the nearby Yellow Monkey to a variety of stores in neighboring towns.
Need a place to stay? For a partial list of area accommodations, click here.