The biggest town in Westchester County and the fourth biggest town in the State of New York, the Port of Yonkers offers a little bit of everything. Central Avenue is home to a huge shopping district, and the Lenoir Nature Preserve offers an area of tranquility away from the city. There are many historic sites like the restored Yonkers Train Station, and a city park honors one of Yonkers' most famous residents, Ella Fitzgerald. Esplanade Park offers outstanding views of the Hudson River. The Recreation Pier is the last steel Victorian Pier on the Hudson, and it offers great views of the Manhattan skyline. The Port of Yonkers has a growing community of cabarets and restaurants, and its 20-year-old St. John's Farmers' Market offers fresh regional produce.
The Port of Yonkers has a humid continental climate with distinct seasons. Summers can be hot and humid, and winters can be severely cold. Precipitation is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year, and summer thunderstorms bring most of the rain and the occasional tropical storm. Temperatures in the Port of Yonkers range from an average high of 24°C (75°F) in July and August to an average low of -1°C (just over 30°F). Rainfall peaks at about 12 centimeters (4.75 inches) in May and falls to seven centimeters (just over three inches) in February. Humidity levels are fairly constant in the Port of Yonkers, peaking at about 78% in September and reaching lows of around 68% from December through April. Snowfall comes to the Port of Yonkers from November through April, peaking at about 21 centimeters (8.5 inches) in February.
The Hudson River Museum is one of the Port of Yonkers' outstanding attractions. Located in Trevor Park, the Hudson River Museum is an art museum and a study in the science, heritage, and history of the Port of Yonkers region. The 1877 Glenview Mansion was the home for the museum from 1929 to 1974, and it is still an important part of the museum. The Andrus Planetarium finds a home at the Hudson River Museum and presents some of the best laser shows available in the region. This Port of Yonkers museum is open on Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 5pm. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children. Planetarium shows are at 12:30, 2pm, and 3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday, and the admission for shows is $2 for adults and $1 for seniors and children.
The Port of Yonkers' Science Barge is a floating hydroponic greenhouse where fresh produce is grown free of carbon emissions, pesticides, and runoff. Energy for the Barge is generated with biofuels, solar panels, and wind turbines. Plants are irrigated only with rainwater and purified river water. Docked north of the Port of Yonkers Pier, the Science Barge is the only functioning demonstration in New York of renewable energy used for food production. The Science Barge in the Port of Yonkers is open for educational programs and field trips from mid-April to early November. Weekend walk-ons are on Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 6pm, and a donation of $3 is suggested. Children ten and younger are admitted free of charge.
The Lenoir Nature Preserve in the Port of Yonkers is a 39-acre park that overlooks the Hudson River. The park contains fields, hardwood forest, a butterfly garden and a dragon pond, and a nature center. Bird-watchers love the Port of Yonkers's Lenoir Nature Preserve where they can view migrating hawks, passerines, and ducks. In the fall, migrating flocks of waterfowl and other birds like American Robin, Blue Jay, and blackbirds can be seen flying down the Hudson. The Butterfly Garden has attracted hummingbirds since 2001. The 40-acre Nature Preserve and trails are open every day from dawn until dusk. The Nature Center is open in July and August from Monday through Friday from 9am until 4pm and from September through June from 9am until 4pm.
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