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“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. ”

—John Muir


The snow has finally melted here in the Hudson Valley. Bruising nor’easters brought frigid temperatures and snowfall to the area in a time when we’re used to warmer weather. Now that Old Man Winter is releasing his grip, it’s time to get outside.

Putnam County offers a haven for hikers, bikers and kayakers. We have a beach for families: Canopus Lake in Fahnestock State Park is open to the public. We’re home to street fairs and festivals, farms and farmers’ markets. To top it all off, we offer world-class dining and farm-to-table options. Whether you’re looking for a reprieve from the NYC bustle or need to cure serious cabin fever, here’s the place to start!


Arts & Culture

Each year, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival draws nearly 40,000 visitors, from budding thespians to lovers of the Bard. Hosted at the historic Boscobel Estate in Garrison, the event overlooks the Hudson River, adding natural beauty to the poetic lyricism of Shakespeare’s prolific works.

Arts on the Lake is a seasonal event where you can attend performances, exhibits, and classes in Kent. Enjoy jazz, pop, and classical music from artists all over the area.


Farms and Markets

Putnam County nurtures a rich farm culture, with several farmers’ markets, farm stands, and CSAs, providing the best the area has to offer, all at the peak of freshness. Choose from one of the following, which offer fresh produce, farm-to-table opportunities, farm animals, and more:



Putnam County is home to some of the most beautiful landmarks and historical sites in the country. Come picnic and tour the Boscobel in Garrison, a mansion built by British loyalists at the turn of the 19th century—featuring gorgeous landscape views of the Hudson, an iconic collection of furniture and art from the Federal period and lush gardens. Or stop by the Historic Courthouse in Carmel, which began its existence as a small “unadorned rectangle” before being refurbished in Neoclassical style; it’s the second oldest working court in the state.


Outdoor Sports

Outdoor recreational opportunities abound in Putnam County, from hiking and biking to kayaking. Take a hike on the historic Appalachian Trail, explore the Big Buck Mountain State Forest. The Bog Brook Unique area near Patterson offers year-round opportunities for recreation.



Putnam County is home to dozens of parks, including numerous state forests and parks. Many of them offer ample opportunities for year-round recreation, from hunting and fishing to hiking and water sports.



The warmer weather is a great excuse to go downtown in many of Putnam’s scenic communities and shop with local businesses. Putnam County is home to stores that will pique every interest, from art galleries and jewelry stores to vintage clothing and chocolatiers.


There is always something new happening in Putnam County, NY. To learn more about the area, go to www.visitputnam.org, or download our free travel guide.

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