This city offers popular suburban attractions of luxury malls, theaters, parks and shopping centers.  It is located just 30 minutes outside New York City. 

White Plains, in New York’s Hudson Valley, is often overshadowed by nearby New York City. Yet it has several upscale malls and restaurants that make it an entertaining place to spend a day.

City Center is a large complex that frequently hosts complimentary movies, concerts and other performances. During warmer months, get fresh locally produced food at the nearby farmers market.

White Plains is probably best known for its malls, most notably the Westchester. This complex has anchor stores of Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and features some of the world’s most luxurious labels as well as a selection of more affordable shops. For a more typical mall experience, head to The Galleria at White Plains or The Source at White Plains. These indoor centers offer a wide variety of stores to meet all your shopping needs.

The city oversees dozens of parks, playgrounds and gardens ranging from park squares to relatively secluded hiking trails. Saxon Woods Park is a popular outdoor destination. The 700-acre (282-hectare) site offers numerous recreational activities. Golfers of all skills can enjoy a day on the greens at the park’s 18-hole or miniature golf courses. Children flock to the aquatic playground and swimming pool. Hiking trails lead you away from the highly trafficked portion of the park and into its peaceful woodlands.

Throughout the year, White Plains holds several seasonal events and festivals. If you are in town, the New Year’s celebration and the St. Patrick’s Day parade shouldn’t be missed. In winter, dress warmly and head to Ebersole Ice Rink in Delfino Park. The rink is beloved by figure skaters, hockey players and even those putting on their skates for the very first time.

New York City is just 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of White Plains. With no traffic, you can reach it in under 30 minutes by car. For a more stress-free journey, take an express train from Metro North Station, which reliably delivers you into the Big Apple in 35 minutes.

Where to stay in White Plains

West Bronx
Bronx Zoo showing zoo animals

West Bronx

Known for Sports, Baseball, Architecture

3.5/5(486 reviews)

Noted for its historic sites and gardens, there's plenty to explore in West Bronx. Top attractions like Yankee Stadium and New York Botanical Gardens are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Tremont Av. Station or 174 - 175 Sts. Station to see more of the city.

East Bronx
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East Bronx

Known for Architecture, Culture, Rivers

4/5(87 reviews)

Get to know East Bronx and its many features like its riverfront and architecture. You might want to explore sights like Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortlandt Park, and you can jump on the metro at Middletown Rd. Station or Westchester Sq. - E Tremont Av. Station to get around the city.

Northwest Yonkers
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Northwest Yonkers

4/5(137 reviews)

While visiting Northwest Yonkers, you might make a stop by sights like Hudson River Museum and Untermyer Gardens Conservancy.

Ludlow
Favorite architecture in the city
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Ludlow

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Ludlow and surrounding area, you can visit Yonkers Public Library and Van Cortlandt Park.

North Riverdale
Sunset along the bay
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North Riverdale

While visiting North Riverdale, you might make a stop by sights like Van Cortlandt Park and Derfner Judaica Museum.

Getty Square
Sunday Brunch on the Hudson. Short train ride from the city and awesome skyline view of NYC.
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Getty Square

While visiting Getty Square, you might make a stop by sights like Yonkers Public Library and Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

Top Hotels in White Plains

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
HYATT house White Plains
HYATT house White Plains
3 out of 5
101 Corporate Park Drive, West Harrison, NY
¥12,921
per night
Nov 25 - Nov 26

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Westchester Mall, Manhattanville College, and Pace University Law School. Galleria at White ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,433 reviews)

"This hotel in White Plains is perfect in regards to its room layouts and big spaces in the hotel rooms. Location was nice and service was pretty good. However, this hotel has an outdated heating/cooling system that has to be manually adjusted by the maintenance staff instead of just being able to ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

HYATT house White Plains
Crowne Plaza White Plains - Downtown
Crowne Plaza White Plains - Downtown
4 out of 5
66 Hale Ave, White Plains, NY
¥10,337
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in the heart of White Plains, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from The Westchester Mall and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Westchester County Center. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,357 reviews)

"Beautiful and sparkling clean rooms, exceptional service. Knowledgeable and authentic staff. Stay here!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Crowne Plaza White Plains - Downtown
Hyatt Place New York/Yonkers
Hyatt Place New York/Yonkers
3 out of 5
7000 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY
¥14,037
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20

Located in Southeast Yonkers, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Empire City Casino, Sarah Lawrence College, and Yonkers Raceway. Van Cortlandt Park is 1.9 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,005 reviews)

"It was beautiful and the staff was phenomenal Clea. And the design of the hotel blew my mind"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Hyatt Place New York/Yonkers

Popular things to do in White Plains

Capitol Theatre
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Capitol Theatre

3.5/5(38 reviews)

Capitol Theatre is a popular theater with a storied past in Port Chester. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Iona College
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Iona College

5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe at Iona College as part of your travels around New Rochelle. Stroll along the riverfront or attend a sporting event in the area.

Lyndhurst Mansion
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Lyndhurst Mansion

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Step back in time and learn more about local history with a stop at Lyndhurst Mansion in Town of Greenburgh. Amble around this family-friendly area's riverfront and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top activities in White Plains

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Tickets

¥2,714

Let your imagination run wild as you build amazing creations, enjoy 15 different attractions, and see the fantastic 4-D Cinema show. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester is the ultimate indoor LEGO® attraction for families with children between 3 and 10 years old.

Couple's Private New York Helicopter Tour from Westchester
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Couple's Private New York Helicopter Tour from Westchester

¥37,798

Take flight with someone special on a private helicopter tour, enjoying amazing aerial views of some of the city's most iconic sights. Your pilot makes sure you don't miss out on anything and that your flight is safe, comfortable, and memorable.

Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Indoor Skydiving Experience

¥9,784

Experience all the plummeting, free falling, and soaring sensations of skydiving without ever getting on a plane. This indoor skydiving experience puts you in a vertical wind tunnel, where you can float weightlessly in space for an unforgettable adrenaline rush in totally safe surroundings.

Introductory Helicopter Flight Lesson
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Introductory Helicopter Flight Lesson

¥21,935

Make your dreams of piloting a helicopter come true with a lesson that lets you learn the basics from an expert pilot. Your experience includes engaging ground instruction before the chance to take to the skies and navigate aircraft yourself.

Private New York Open Door Helicopter Flight
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Private New York Open Door Helicopter Flight

¥39,882

New York is undoubtedly one of the most exciting places on Earth from a photographic standpoint. The near-perfect symmetry of Manhattan can really only be appreciated from hundreds of feet off the ground.

Harlem Renaissance Multimedia Walking Tour
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Harlem Renaissance Multimedia Walking Tour

¥2,719

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Harlem, 110th to 150th streets, New York City, NY Your tour is conducted by a lifelong born and raised Harlem resident. You'll also be equipped with portable sound and video which heighten the experience along the way.

Reviews of White Plains

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Paul

Nov 12, 2019

Friendly people

4/5 - Good

J.M.

Oct 28, 2019

The city of White Plains has a lot to offer. Many bars and restaurants plus shopping in close procimity.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 11, 2019

One of the best hotels in White Plains

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 8, 2019

I spent most of my business trip in New Bedford. Lovely area

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 11, 2019

I loved shopping at the Westchester Mall. The City Limits Diner was amazing!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 21, 2019

We lived in White Plains for most of our lives and always liked the city. We’re here again to visit old friends.

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