Discover Westchester: Exploring Rye 

Apr 17, 2024

Rye, located in Westchester County, sits directly along the shores of the Long Island Sound. Known for its outdoor activities and thriving arts scene, Rye has long been a popular go-to for city dwellers looking to make a move. 

Beyond the arts, culture, and amazing waterfront location, Rye is a family-friendly community with top-rated schools and a quick, comfortable commute. The town’s coastline is lined with sandy beaches, yacht clubs, nature preserves, and a historic waterfront amusement park, Rye Playland. Rye Arts Center is popular with creatives and budding artists who enjoy browsing galleries and participating in workshops. All of this plus tons of community activities throughout the year, and there’s always something to do in Rye. 

So what’s drawing our clients to Rye? 

#1. A+ Schools

Rye is home to a sought-after school district including three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. The elementary and middle schools are all designated as National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and the high school is ranked as among the best in the nation.

The middle and high schools share a large Gothic-style building, but they are kept separate. Once students reach high school, they have access to more than 20 AP courses and tons of extracurriculars, including athletics, performing arts, and service-oriented clubs.

From K-12 students engage with the community through real-life project-based learning assignments that promote self-reliance and social responsibility. 

#2. Quick and Convenient Commute

Rye commuters can reach Manhattan in 40-45 minutes – quicker than countless commuters who live in city limits. Metro-North trains run from downtown Rye to Harlem-125th Street in 30 minutes. 

The Rye station is just off Purchase Street in the heart of downtown. You’ll find several great cafes and restaurants, like Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro and Rafele Rye, a short walk from the train, making it easy to grab a cup of coffee before hopping on – or meeting up for dinner and drinks after a day in the city. 

#3. Outdoor Activities

There’s so much to do in Rye – and so much of it is outdoors. Live here, and you’ll have access to the Rye Town Park and Beach year-round. Depending on the season, this spot is a favorite with dog walkers, picnickers, and swimmers.

Between the beaches, yacht club, public boat launch, and waterfront amusement park, residents have tons of opportunities to enjoy the water. But the coast is just one part of Rye’s outdoor scene. Rye Nature Center has 47 acres of woodlands with nature trails and community events like birding programs and summer camps. Check out the farmers market held seasonally on Sundays for even more outdoor fun.

#4. Dynamic Arts Scene

Rye has a destination-level art scene anchored by the Rye Arts Center. This cultural hub hosts STEAM workshops, music classes, dance lessons, and visual art programs for kids and adults. The Arts Center’s gallery puts on several shows and artist talks throughout the year. 

Beyond the Arts Center, the public library has film screenings and craft events for kids. Rye Recreation Park hosts summer concerts at the outdoor amphitheater. Residents can head to neighboring Port Chester to catch a big-name band at the historic Capitol Theater.

With so many great suburbs, how do you find the right town for you? Reach out today to connect with a Suburban Jungle Strategist who will help you discover the suburb that matches your lifestyle.

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