Summer Fun!

There are so many ways to enjoy the pleasures of summer in the Valley — it all depends on your mood. Looking for something relaxing? Take a stroll through a formal garden or a cruise down the Hudson. Need more excitement? Watch a stock car race, rock out at a summer concert, or hurtle down a 600-foot water slide. The choices are endless. So gas up the car, and get going!


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woman barefoot on the beachPhotograph by Netfalls/Shutterstock

Become a Beach Bum

Okay, let’s just get it out of the way and state the obvious: For all of the Hudson Valley’s many and considerable charms, there is no ocean here. And our editorial staff truly believes that, if possible, everybody should stick their feet in one of the planet’s great bodies of water (or just gaze out at the rollicking waves) at least once a year. That said, there are a handful of beautiful sandy beaches, both on the Hudson River and on several area lakes, where you and your family can swim, boat, and sunbathe — and sometimes take part in such extras as ice cream and burgers, hiking trails, and even mini-golf, all at the same time. So beach bums, check out the following list. All of the beaches are staffed by lifeguards; many are open only on weekends from Memorial Day through the end of June (and daily after that); call or check the Web sites for more information.

beach ball Lake Taghkanic State Park
Ancram, Columbia County
Two sandy lake beaches; picnic areas; rowboat, paddleboat, and kayak rentals; playgrounds; sports playing fields, and a rentable pavilion
518-851-3631 or

beach ball Wilcox Memorial Park
Milan, Dutchess County
A sandy beach, two small lakes, hiking trails, paddleboat rentals, concession stand, mini-golf — and even a resident heron to look out for! The swimming lake, boat rentals, and mini-golf will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays this summer. Free for Dutchess County residents
845-758-6100 or

beach ball Clarence Fahnestock State Park
Western Putnam/Dutchess counties
Large sandy beach on Canopus Lake with nearby picnic area and concession stand; hiking trails and rowboat rentals
845-225-7207 or

beach ball Greenwood Lake Public Beach
Greenwood Lake, Orange County
Two public beaches with picnic areas, playgrounds, and boat launches
845-986-1124 or

beach ball Harriman State Park
Northern Rockland County
The second largest state park in New York has three sandy beaches for summer fun: Lake Sebago Beach (845-351-2583); Lake Tiorati Beach (845-351-2568); and Lake Welch Beach, the largest in the park (845-947-2444).

Hudson River Beaches

beach ball Croton Point Park
Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County
914-862-5290 or

beach ball Kingston Point Beach
Kingston, Ulster County
845-331-1682 or

beach ball Saugerties Village Beach
Saugerties, Ulster County
845-246-2321, ext. 1 or
(Actually located on the Esopus Creek)

beach ball Ulster Landing County Park
Saugerties, Ulster County
845-336-8484 or

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