The town of Rye is another one of Westchester County’s upscale communities. Much of Rye’s culture revolves around its waterfront community and rich history. Rye is currently home to many influential people including athletes, politicians and journalists. One of the most striking features of Rye is its beaches. Rye Beach, Oakland Beach and Milton Point are all popular places to relax, fish or enjoy the day swimming.
While Rye has several important historical points one of the most famous is Playland Amusement Park. Playland is a National Historic Landmark with hundreds of rides, miniature golf and and Ice Skating Rink. The Dragon Coaster, the most well known ride in the park is one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the northeast. Even if you don’t like rides Playland is still a Westchester necessity. The beach front location on Rye’s protected Long Island Harbor is ideal for summer nights. The amusement park itself is a rare gem with period Art Deco design. Because of the unique architecture and natural beauty the park has hosted many famous movie scenes and music videos. Each summer the park is filled with visitors from all over the country coming to see this exceptional landmark.
The dominant character of Rye is residential, a trait that Rye works hard to maintain. While there are condominiums, co-ops and apartments available, they are limited. Rye strives to maintain the natural beauty that originally drove people there and they have always been successful. A fifth of the land is used for recreation and conservation as seen in the Rye Nature Center, 47 acres of wildlife preserve, one of many such places. The 127 acre private country club doubled the capacity at the marina on Milton Harbor and now hosts hundreds of gorgeous events including many prestigious weddings. This is just one of many country, golf and yacht clubs that have long called Rye home.
While business locations are limited in Rye they are the cream of the crop. The dining in Rye is among some of the best in Westchester County and the shopping brings designer names away from the large department stores to small boutique shops. Purchase Street, Rye’s downtown area, is sprinkled with art galleries, jewelers and the town Banks can all be found in this quaint neighborhood. No matter what shop you walk into, the gourmet deli or Starbucks Coffee each store works to maintain the small town feel.