Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011
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Sun ’n Sand
Belleayre Mountain might be best known as a ski haven in the winter, but sun-worshippers can flock to the hilly hot spot to cool off in the summer too. The sandy Belleayre Beach offers swimming (with lifeguards on duty), picnic areas, pedal- or rowboat and kayak rentals, fishing, and a recreational area.
Take your little ones for a swim lesson at the Belleayre Beach Aqua School, where they’ll learn water safety and age-appropriate skills; or brush up on your backstroke with workshops geared towards all ages.
Those who enjoy spending time at any New York State park (including the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation-owned Belleayre) might want to consider the Empire Passport. For $65, you’ll receive a pass (valid for one year) that provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to 178 state parks, 55 forest preserve areas, and to certain boat launch sites, arboretums, and park preserves. Visit www.nysparks.com/admission/empire-passport for more information.
Clarence Fahnestock State Park
Swim in Canopus Lake or lounge upon its sandy shores. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy other activities including boating, hunting, fishing, bird-watching, organized hikes (on weekends), and camping alongside scenic ridges.
Harriman State Park
Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701
With 31 lakes and reservoirs (including three sandy beaches: Lakes Sebago, Tiorati, and Welch) and 200 miles of hiking trails, Harriman is the second largest of the New York State parks. Camping, boating, fishing, concessions, and plenty of vantage points for photo ops are also available.
Lake Taghkanic State Park
This park offers two beaches, boat rentals, picnic areas, and a newly renovated recreation hall and showers, and more. Having too much fun to leave? Camping options include sites for tents, trailers, and RVs plus cottages and cabins to rent.
Dutchess County Wilcox Memorial Park
This family-friendly park offers a lifeguard-protected beach open from Memorial Day to Labor Day (except Tuesdays and Wednesdays), and another lake ideal for fishing. There are also pavilions for parties, a bathhouse, and a snack bar.
Greenwood Lake Beach
Greenwood Lake. 845-986-1124
This public beach offers two swimming areas with lifeguards, picnic spaces, recreational areas, and events — from mini arts festivals to food fêtes — throughout the summer.
On the Hudson:
Croton Point Park
Kingston Point Beach
Saugerties Village Beach
Saugerties. 845-246-2321, ext. 1
(Actually located on the Esopus Creek)
Ulster Landing County Park