Here's Where to Go Swimming in the Hudson Valley

Cool off at our public pools and beaches.


Lake Taghkanic State Park

Photo courtesy of NYS Parks and Historic Preservation

State Parks


Bear Mountain State Park

Bear Mountain, Rockland

The pool is in a beautiful wooded setting, just before the zoo entrance. A large play field and picnic groves allow for a full day of sun and surf. Other water activities at the park include paddleboat and rowboat rentals on Hessian Lake. 

845.786.2701, ext. 242 


Cherry Plain State Park

Petersburg, Rensselaer

This 175-acre park features a sandy beach on Black River Pond, with picnic grounds and a boat launch adjacent to the beach. The surrounding area is home to countless hiking, biking, and nature trails. The pond cultivates a large ecosystem of marine life, and fishing is permitted. 



Clarence Fahnestock ​Memorial State Park

Carmel, Putnam

The beach at Canopus Lake is a popular spot for swimming and picnicking for both day visitors and campers. The park covers land in Putnam and Dutchess counties, providing ample opportunity for hunting, fishing, birding, and moreYou can also tour the lake on a rented rowboat. 



Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park

Yorktown Heights, Westchester

They don’t do things small in Westchester: this pool is twice the size of an Olympic-sized pool. For fishing and boating, visit the park’s Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond. Fields for volleyball, soccer, basketball, and more are available at the parks spacious picnic areas. 



Grafton Lakes State Park

Cropseyville, Rensselaer

Long Pond, one of the six ponds at this 2500-acre park, is the place to go for swimming and a large beach. Other water activities at the park include canoeing, sailing, row boating, and fishing at any of the ponds. Electric boats are allowed, and visitors can traverse the 25 miles of park trails freely.  



High Tor State Park

New City, Rockland

The park includes a public swimming pool and offers miles of trails for hiking that provide gorgeous views of the Hudson River. Follow the Long Path into the Catskills, or simply enjoy the day at the pool before hitting the shower.  



Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Kerhonkson, Ulster

Surrounded by jagged cliffs sprouting from lush forests, Lake Minnewaska features an unspoiled beach and swimming experience backdropped by the dramatic Shawangunk Mountain ridge. Aside from the usual park amenities, the Preserve also offers plentiful opportunities to rock climb, scuba dive, and boulder on the many lakes, waterfalls, and rock faces in the park.  



Lake Superior State Park

Bethel, Sullivan

In addition to swimming, rowboats and paddleboats are available to rent at the park. Dogs are also allowed on the beach as long as they are placed on a leash less than six feet long. 



Lake Taghkanic State Park

Ancram, Columbia

As you enjoy the serenity of the park’s two beaches, let the kids enjoy the nearby playgrounds. A rentable pavilion, sports fields, and a newly renovated recreation hall creates a fun and entertaining environment for groups of all kinds. The boat shop in the park includes boat, paddleboat, and kayak rentals. 



Harriman State Park

Stony Point, Rockland

You’ll find swimming beaches at Tiorati and Welchtwo of this park’s lakes. The park itself has 31 lakes and reservoirs in total as well as 200 miles of hiking trails, making it the second largest in New York’s park system. Public camping areas, tons of wildlife vantage points, and comprehensive waterfront facilities make this park a must-see. 



Rockland Lake State Park

Valley Cottage, Rockland

This park features a 25,000 sq ft zero-entrance swimming pool with diving boards, a spray ground, and two large water slides. There is also a picnic area with tables, grills, and a playground. Six tennis courts and two 18-hole golf courses are also available. 



Taconic State Park

Copake Falls, Columbia

Located along the Taconic Mountain Range, this park offers two main waterfronts: Rudd Pond and Copake Falls. The extensive surrounding trail system has a myriad of footpaths that vary in difficulty. Copake Falls has a well-maintained campground, and Rudd Pond is a 64-acre getaway with tent sites, rowboat and kayak rentals, and a beautiful view of the surrounding ridge and countryside. 




Tallman Mountain State Park

Sparkill, Rockland

The Tallman Beach and Pool Club located inside the park is open seven days a week and requires a club day pass or a season pass. The Club offers a sandy beach area, summer concerts and events, poolside service, and an unbeatable view.  

(845) 359-0544 


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Tibbetts Brook Park

Photo courtesy of Tibbets Brook Park


More Public Pools & Beaches


Albany County



Lower Lincoln Park Pool, Albany


Elm Avenue Park Pool Complex, Delmar



Columbia County



Crellin Community Park, Chatham


Dutchess County



Spratt Park Pool, Poughkeepsie

Pulaski Park Pool, Poughkeepsie


City of Beacon Recreation Department Pool at University Settlement, Beacon


Orange County



Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park, Greenwood Lake



Maple Hill Swimming Pool, Middletown

War Veterans Memorial Pool, Middletown


Rockland County



Germonds Park Pool, West Nyack

Lake Nanuet Pool, Nanuet

Congers Pool, Congers


Ulster County



Kingston Point Beach, Kingston


Saugerties Village Beach, Saugerties



Ulster County Pool Complex, New Paltz


Neversink Swimming Pool, Grahamsville


Westchester County



Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson

Glen Island Beach, New Rochelle

Playland Beach, Rye



Playland, Rye

Saxon Woods, White Plains

Sprain Ridge, Yonkers

The Brook at Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers

Willson’s Waves Pool, Mount Vernon


Wild Waters Outdoor Center

Photo by Jim Swedberg


Rafting in the Region

The Town Tinker Tube Rental, Phoenicia

This local company has been offering rides on the Esopus Creek for more than 30 years. They describe the waters in this stretch as “not a lazy river” — there’s often some challenging whitewater, depending on season and weather, with 1- to 3-foot waves and rapids. Trips on more placid areas of the creek are available, too.



Silver Canoe & Whitewater Rafting, Port Jervis 

Family owned and operated, they offer rafting, canoeing, and kayaking on the Delaware River near the Poconos on the Pennsylvania side and the Catskills on the New York side. Do some fishing, or enjoy birdwatching, photography, and more. The 5-hour day trip heads about 10 miles along the river. Overnight trips can be booked for one to three nights.



Delaware River Tubing, Milford, NJ.

A three-to-four-hour tube ride will take you 5 to 6 miles on the Delaware; or opt for rafting, kayaking, or an eco-jet boat tour. A unique deal: a free BBQ meal with every rental. Just guide your raft or tube right up to the River Hot Dog Man — it’s a floating food stand — and have a bite at a picnic table in shallow water at the tubing company’s private island in the river.



Wild Waters Outdoor Center, Lake Luzerne and Warrensburg

This family-run operation near Lake George features 17-mile, guided daylong raft trips on the Hudson River Gorge, with some class III–V rapids. Other options include a two-hour, 3.5-mile trip on the Sacandaga River, or a 7-mile river adventure. They also provide kayaking, a rafting/lodging package, and overnight rafting trips, complete with a guide to help set up camp. 



Berkshire Whitewater, Charlemont, MA.
Take a ride on the Deerfield River starting from the base area of Berkshire East Mountain Resort. Options include everything from challenging rapids trips to easy 5-mile guided family floats – ideal for groups with kids ages 5 and up. Then head to the resort for mountain biking, zipline canopy touring, and other land-based fun.



Kittatinny Canoes, Barryville

Seven family-run riverfront locations along the Delaware River in New York and Pennsylvania provide water rides and camping. Try a two-day canoe trip, kayaking, whitewater adventures, or rafts that carry up to six riders. They also offer the only dual zipline on the Delaware, plus paintball games on seven mountaintop playing fields.


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