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Hudson Valley Beaches and Swimming Holes: Know Before You Go

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Soak in the sun or swim laps at the top waterside spots in the Hudson River region. Plus, COVID-19 policies to know before hitting the beach.

Call ahead to confirm opening hours and social distancing restrictions at each location. Want more places to cool off near you? Check out our swimming guide here.

Nothing signals that summer has arrived quite like a sandy beach and the opportunity to do some swimming. Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to the ocean; the Hudson Valley is full of lake and river beaches, as well as public pools, where the whole family can have fun in the sun (with sunscreen, of course). It may be worth your while to get a single-year Empire Pass, which provides access to all New York State parks for one year for $80.

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Belleayre Beach

Highmount, 845.254.5600
Open in June with masks required and social distancing protocol in place

This state-run ski resort transforms into a happening Hudson Valley hotspot come summertime. In addition to swimming and sunning, pedal boats, rowboats, and kayaks are available for hourly rentals, and there are designated areas for fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and basketball. Swimmers can make use of the diving dock and deep water lap lane, while adventurers will love the climbing wall and stand up paddle board rentals.

Greenwood Lake Beach

Greenwood Lake, 845.986.1124
Open only to Town of Warwick residents after Memorial Day, with applications required and 125 max capacity

Swim and sunbathe at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. Athletes can play a vigorous game of volleyball before ending the day with a relaxing picnic.

Taconic State Park

Copake Falls, 518.329.3993 
The park is open for swimming. It fills to capacity early most days, so call ahead to confirm.

Nestled alongside 16 miles of the Taconic Mountains in northeastern Dutchess County, this Hudson Valley state park offers swimming at 64-acre Rudd Pond, where visitors can also rent canoes and rowboats. The pond has 15 tent sites and 26 tent platform sites for visitors who want to make a weekend of it.

Wilcox Memorial Park

Milan,  845.758.6100
Swimming lake is closed for the season.

Set sail on one of the two small lakes at Wilcox Park. With paddleboats and rowboats available to rent, swimming areas, four covered pavilions, and a 27-site family campground, guests can spend an action-packed day at the park.

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Clarence Fahnestock State Park

Carmel, 845.225.7207
The beach is open for swimming on weekends only.

Home to Canopus Lake and many scenic ridges, this Hudson Valley park offers a sandy beach and picnic area. Outdoorsy visitors work up a sweat with a hike before boating, fishing, or swimming to cool down. And if hunger strikes, the snack bar is fully stocked.

Lake Taghkanic State Park

Ancram, 518.851.3631
The park is open for swimming.

With two beaches to choose from, swimmers at Lake Taghkanic have no trouble finding a spot on the sand. Rent a rowboat, paddleboat, or kayak; a newly renovated recreation hall, snack bar, and playground are also available.

Rockland Lake State Park

Valley Cottage, 845.268.3020
Rockland Lake Pool is open for the season.

Larger than an Olympic-sized facility, the pool next to Rockland Lake opens around Memorial Day weekend. With a boat launch and fishing available on the lake, a paved 3.2 mile trail, six tennis courts, two 18-hole golf courses, and a concession stand, there’s plenty to amuse your family.

Harriman State Park

Ramapo, 845.947.2444
Beaches open after Memorial Day Weekend

With two sand beaches and 31 reservoirs and lakes, visitors of New York State’s second-largest park have plenty to explore. Guests can work up a sweat on the 200 miles of hiking trails or opt to go boating or fishing. Camping is also available. Swimming is available at Lake Tiorati and Lake Welch’s sandy beaches.

Hot Spots to Cool Down on the Hudson

Croton Point Park

Open seven days a week

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Kingston Point Beach

Open beginning June 20

Saugerties Village Beach

Open July 1 to September 1

Ulster Landing County Park

Open sunrise to sunset

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