With summer sadly coming to a close, here are some area beaches to visit for one last swim.

Who doesn't love the beach in the summertime? Many might not realize it, but even though we are surrounded by the Hudson River, and not an ocean here in the Hudson Valley, there are still plenty of great beaches throughout the area. National Beach Day takes place annually on Aug. 30, celebrating all the sandy beaches across the nation. A day at the beach is always a good time to bond with loved ones. Play games such as Frisbee or volleyball, have a picnic. Labor Day Weeknd signals the end of Summer, and many folks will be hitting the beach that weekend.

I have a lot of memories growing up in the Lake Carmel, NY area and going to the beach. It was always a fun time hanging out with family and friends.

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5 Hudson Valley Beaches to Visit Befoie Summer Ends

Hopewell Inn Beach Yard

Dawn Weber, The Hopewell Inn
Dawn Weber, The Hopewell Inn
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The Hopewell Inn made our lists of Top Hudson Valley Dive Bars back in July 2022 and Top Places in the Hudson Valley to Get a Good Whiskey Sour in August 2022. The Hopewell Inn located at 488 NY-376 in Hopewell Junction, NY is the oldest bar in Dutchess County dating back to the 1800s. While there is no body of water surrounding the bar, they do have a popular outdoor beach and tiki bar. So enjoy the sand, no swimming though. The Hopewell Inn Beach Yard was also the setting for several Bandana Cabana radio promo parties all summer in 2023.

Kingston Pointe Beach

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Kingston Pointe Beach located at Kingston Pointe Park in Kingston, NY has been a "must see" for visitors for over 100 years with beautiful views of the Hudson River, Rhinecliff and the surrounding natural areas.

Canopus Lake Beach

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Canopus Lake Beach located at Fahnestock State Park in Putnam Valley, NY has a sandy beach with lifeguards for swimming, rowboat rentals available and great fishing.

Minnewaska Lake Beach

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Minnewaska Lake Beach in Gardiner, NY is located at Minnewaska State Preserve and is a popular swimming spot.

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Lake Taghkanic

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Lake Taghkanic just off the Taconic State Parkway in Ancram, NY has always been a popular destination for Hudson Valley area residents. Whether it's swimming or getting family and friends together for a bbq, it's a great spot. The 1.5-mile-long lake covers 168 acres and has a maximum depth of 40 feet with an average depth of 19 feet. These days, the Lake Taghkanic State Park offers tent and trailer campsites, cabins and cottages, two beaches, picnic areas, paddleboat and kayak rentals, playgrounds, sports fields, a rentable pavilion, a rec hall, and showers. They also offer hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, and more as well.

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