25 More Things Every Hudson Valleyite Must Do!

Back in 2007, we told you about 20 local activities — from dining at the CIA to taking a swim in the Hudson — that help separate true Valleyites from the out-of-town tourists and weekend wannabes. But — we now realize — that list wasn’t half long enough. Here are 25 more can’t-miss Valley pursuits to spice up your late summer/early fall weekends


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11. Swim in Lake Taghkanic

Our Valley offers dozens of places to “play outside” — hiking trails, bike paths, and the like. But, with no oceanfront within about 50 miles, we’re a little short on beach swimming. Which is one of the reasons why taking a dip at Lake Taghkanic State Park is so much fun. The 156-acre lake has not one, but two sandy beaches — which are usually filled to capacity once the temperature hits 90 degrees. Not into sunbathing? The park also offers camping facilities; rowboat, paddleboat, and kayak rentals; sports fields and playgrounds; and picnic areas. And — with an entrance located right on the Taconic Parkway — getting there is a breeze.

Lake Taghkanic State Park
518-851-3631 or www.nysparks.state.ny.us/parks/38/details.aspx
1528 Rte. 82, Ancram

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