Please disregard this article if you're traveling to the Hudson Valley from NYC this Weekend. All of these places stink!

AGAIN, go to Rockaway Beach for fireworks and July 4th and not any of these local JEWELS

Alright, I'm just trying to keep White Castle wrappers from littering these gorgeous LOCALS ONLY spots

Without further ado..

Kingston Point Park- Delaware Ave Kingston:

Karen Crewe - Getty Images
Karen Crewe - Getty Images

Kick back by the scenic Hudson River at Kingston Point Park, your go-to oasis for beating the summer sizzle. Dive into refreshing waters, soak up stunning views, and sprawl out on the shores for picnics and basking. From picnics to playtime, this park has it all. With picnic spots, trails, and a playground, it's the ultimate destination for family frolics.


Taconic State Park 253 NY-344, Copake Falls:

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Columbia County, Taconic State Park unveils its hidden gem: the idyllic swimming spot at Copake Falls. Enveloped by verdant woodlands and majestic cliffs, this secret sanctuary beckons as a serene escape from the daily grind. Plunge into the soothing waters of Bash Bish Brook, echoing the nearby Bash Bish Falls, or embark on an adventure along the park's sprawling network of hiking trails.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve, 5281 Route 44-55 Kerhonkson

Minnewaska State Park Preserve
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 Get ready for an adrenaline rush at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, where pristine lakes and thundering waterfalls call out to swimmers and nature lovers alike. Whether you're luxuriating in a dip in Lake Minnewaska or embarking on a breathtaking trek to Awosting Falls, prepare to be mesmerized by the abundance of natural splendor in this vast sanctuary. With sweeping vistas of the Shawangunk Mountains and activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, and birdwatching, Minnewaska guarantees boundless adventures in the great outdoors.

Lake Welch Beach, 800 Kanawaukee Road, Stony Point

Escape the summer scorch at Lake Welch, a hidden paradise in Harriman State Park. Sink your toes into sandy beaches, glide through tranquil waters, and soak in the stunning scenery. Whether unwinding on the shoreline or frolicking in the waves, Lake Welch is your ticket to a fantastic getaway sans the hefty pool fees.

Split Rock, Clove Road, Gardiner:

Dive into the allure of the Hudson Valley at Split Rock, a hidden gem nestled in Gardiner. Tucked away near the Coxing Trail lot off Clove Road, this oasis beckons with its tranquil waters and pristine surroundings. From swimming to picnicking and beyond, immerse yourself in nature's embrace amidst towering cliffs and verdant greenery. Split Rock promises a rejuvenating escape for adventurers of every age.

As you explore the wonders of the Hudson Valley This 4th of July

(Not You Big Apple Residents!!)

From tranquil lakeshores to secluded waterfalls, these five swimming holes beckon as refreshing havens for nature enthusiasts seeking a cool respite. So, don't forget your swimsuit and sunscreen—immerse yourself in the adventure that awaits at these picturesque destinations.

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