Purchase College tries for a rare goal by providing a traditional liberal arts education side by side with a conservatory-based arts education, with the goal to build both intellectual and artistic talents off of each other. The college was founded by Nelson Rockefeller and intended to serve as the focal point of arts education in the State University of New York system. Things have worked out just that way: Purchase's art program is world-renowned and its other programs are also highly ranked. The college consistently places on "Best College" lists from the likes of the Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report.
Silver Lake Preserve
You can explore the natural beauty of the Port Chester area to your heart's content at Silver Lake Preserve. The preserve was the site of a former grain mill during the colonial period, and the stone foundations of some structures from that time still linger on. The preserve's terrain is steep, rugged, and dotted with rock outcroppings. The terrain makes for great hiking as well as trail running if you want to get some exercise. The preserve is a great place for viewing birds and other wildlife native to the region, so be sure to bring your binoculars.