COVID-19 Update: Public and private beaches in New York State can reopen with certain restrictions beginning May 22, as per Governor Cuomo’s mandate. Call ahead to confirm opening hours and restrictions at each location.
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 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.
This state-run ski resort transforms into a happening hot spot 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, 845.986.1124
Open only to Town of Warwick residents beginning June 6, 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.
Copake Falls, 518.789.3059
The parking lot and trail for the Bash Bish Falls is closed.
Nestled alongside 16 miles of the Taconic Mountains in northeastern Dutchess County, this state park offers swimming at 64-acre Rudd Pond, where you 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.
Swimming lake is temporarily closed.
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.
Perkins Memorial Trail is closed from the intersection with the Charcoal Burners Trail to the intersection with the Cabot Trail. Cabot Trail is closed from the intersection with Charcoal Burners Trail to the intersection with the Perkins Memorial Trail.
Home to Canopus Lake and many scenic ridges, this 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.
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.
Valley Cottage, 845.268.3020
Open with reduced parking in some lots
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.
Exit 16 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Lake Welch Drive to St. John’s Road, Tiorati Brook Road, Route 106 from Kanawauke Circle to Route 17, Arden Valley Road, Perkins Memorial Drive, and Exit 19 off the Palisades Interstate Parkway are closed until further notice. Tiorati/Welch and Island Pond boat launches are open and can be accessed from Tiorati Circle for permit holders only.
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’s sandy beach.
Open to Westchester residents only on Saturdays and Sundays