Flights to Yonkers
Yonkers is a city, the fourth most populated in the state of New York. Yonkers is located only 3kilometres (2 miles) north of Manhattan so could make a good alternative base for exploring Manhattan and the surrounds.
Being so close to such a large metropolis there are actually several choices for flights to Yonkers. You could choose to land at JFK International Airport or La Guardia, though the closest airport for flights to Yonkers is the Westchester County Airport (airport code: HPN), which is about a half hour drive away from the city. You’ll need a rental car to make the trip into the city from the airport. Several airlines offer 2-stop flights to Yonkers from South Africa, usually with connections in London and Philadelphia. British Midland, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways all have this route. Delta does it differently, and has a flight route that will take you through Atlanta and Washington DC instead.
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The Tourist Attractions in Yonkers:
Most visitors to Yonkers are intrigued by the unusual name of this city. Yonkers derives from the nickname given to the Dutch man who was granted the land on which Yonkers now stands. Adriaen van der Donck was known locally as Jonker, which means ‘young gentleman’ or ‘esquire’, and the name stemmed from here.
Though Yonkers is not as famous as nearby Manhattan, and certainly doesn’t offer as many tourist attractions it is a nice city to visit all the same. You might choose to stay in Yonkers and use it as a base for exploring the state of New York, and New York City, and although some parts of Manhattan may take longer to reach than you would expect, it may still be worthwhile staying in Yonkers and enjoying what this smaller city has to offer.
Hudson River Museum
Formerly called the Yonkers Museum, the Hudson River Museum is a multi-purpose museum that focuses on the heritage of the region, as well as art, history and science. The museum has a fairly extensive art collection and also features the Andrus Planetarium which has shows and laser shows on regularly.
Philipse Manor Hall
Yonkers is home to several impressive historic buildings, and the Philipse Manor Hall is just one of them. Designated a National Historic Landmark this manor house was constructed around 1682 by Dutch born Frederick Philipse, and it is actually the oldest standing building in Westchester County. Today you manor house holds a museum and archive, giving visitors a look at life before the American Revolution.
The attractive Untermeyer Park is more than just a standard city park. There are architectural gardens including Greek gardens, plus reflecting pools and beautiful landscaped plantings. Throughout the year there are often live performances taking place in the park such as summer concerts.
Other Parks in Yonkers
Yonkers is also home to several other parks including the 278 acres of Sprain Ridge Park where you can enjoy mountain biking. There is also the 161 acres Tibbetts Brook Park, a multiuse park that includes a huge pool and different habitats to explore.
When Should You Visit?:
Yonkers has warm and humid summers and cool, snowy winters characteristic of its humid subtropical climate. In the summer months, between June and September you can expect high temperatures to average in the mid to high 20’s C. During the winter snowfall is common and average high temperatures will be around the zero mark in the coldest month, January.