These Hudson Valley Polar Plunges Make the Chill Worth the Thrill

Do you plan on freezing for a reason this season? These arctic dips and polar plunges for charity make it easy to take the dive.

Throughout the winter, a number of towns in the Hudson Valley host annual polar plunges to raise money for charities and organizations in our communities. Although you have to be a little crazy to agree to a January swim in New York, maybe the fact that it’s for a great cause will keep you feeling warm inside. Whether you want to jump in with your friends for an unforgettable experience or make a solo splash for a special cause, here are the polar plunges you won’t want to miss this winter.

11th Annual New Year’s Polar Plunge

Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill
January 1, 2024

In its 11th annual rendition, Peekskill’s polar plunge will take place on New Year’s Day. Ring in 2024 with fellow plungers and thrill seekers at Riverfront Green Park. All participants are required to register by December 30 to plunge for safety reasons, but all are encouraged to sign up, and the public is welcome to cheer on the brave participants. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the This Is Me Scholarship Fund, inspired by Ryan Risco and Cait Chivonne Polhill.

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Fishkill Polar Plunge 2024

Sharpe Reservation at Camp Mariah, Fishkill
February 17, 2024

Back again this year, the Fishkill Polar Plunge will take place this coming February. Start a polar plunge team with your friends, co-workers, or family to take the jump with you, or sign up as an individual to show them how it’s done. In the time leading up to the arctic event, all are encouraged to send a gift or make a donation to help the New York Special Olympics reach its goal of raising $250,000 in support of local Special Olympics athletes.

Subzero Heroes

Berean Lake, Highland
February 24, 2024

Head to Highland this February in honor of loved ones living with Alzheimer’s. First held in 2010, the Subzero Heroes polar plunge has since expanded dramatically to include more community members and cold-weather lovers. Funds raised for the event help support the Alzheimer’s Association’s goals of providing care, support, and research on behalf of the six million Americans living with the disease, as well as their families.

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Oakdale Plunge

Oakdale Lake, Hudson
March 2, 2024


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Be a part of the group of courageous plungers who will brave the frigid water of Hudson’s Oakdale Lake this March. Your jump helps support two hugely important Hudson institutions that promote safe recreation in and around the water. Proceeds are split between the Hudson Youth Department Waterfront Program and the Hudson Fire Department’s Water Rescue and Dive Team. Crazy costumes are recommended for anyone willing to take the jump, and there will be prizes for the lucky winners.

17th Annual Penguin Plunge

Memorial Park, Nyack
March 3, 2024

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Penguin Plunge is a nonprofit organization that helps the families of seriously ill children to meet their medical and support costs as they focus on their children’s health. Take a memorable dip in the icy waters of the Hudson River to raise money for a great cause. If you can’t beat the winter, you might as well embrace the freezing weather in the best way!

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