This non-profit farm and and education center is found only 25 miles outside of Manhattan, in Pocantico Hills, New York. The 80-acre farm is open year-round, with tours of its gardens, pastures and farm available, so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the operation, or meet the livestock, which includes pigs, sheep, chicken, turkeys and even honeybees. Get a sneak peak of the picturesque grounds here.
Through various programing for children and adults, the center aims to improve the way America eats and farms by Increasing public awareness of healthy, seasonal and sustainable food, training farmers in restorative farming techniques, and educating children about the sources of their food.
Speaking of food, you can shop for fresh items at its farmers market, as well as dine at Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant, a destination in and off itself for New York foodies.
If you're getting to the center by train, it's a quick ride on the Metro North Hudson line to Tarrytown - which is a nice trip in and of itself - and hail a taxi at the station to take you to the farm. And be sure to plan your visit accordingly by checking out its schedule of programming. Your city escape awaits.