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Discover New York’s Majestic Bodies of Water

With miles and miles of picturesque lakes, rivers, and beaches, have your own slice of adventure and discovery. The best part of Head out on I-87 and take the crew to Plattsburgh City Beach. Walk along the mile-long freshwater beach or the nature trail just a stone’s throw from downtown Plattsburgh.

Enjoy a breathtaking view from the beach of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Take advantage of the picnic tables and outdoor barbecue grills to have an unforgettable cookout.

Drive about an hour east of Manhattan and bask in the diversity of plant and animal life found at Fire Island National Seashore; a beautiful barrier island offering solitude and relaxation to contrast with the hustle and bustle of the city.

Explore an ancient maritime forest, see the estate of Revolutionary War general and Declaration of Independence signer William Floyd, go for a swim, or just relax on the beach.

Get an up-close look at one of the Empire State’s most famous bodies of water, the Hudson River. Bring everyone up north to Saratoga County and go fishing or rowing at Saratoga Lake.      

Plattsburgh City Beach

Found by I-87, the Plattsburgh City Beach welcomes visitors to enjoy fun times outdoors, along its sandy shores of Lake Champlain, in upstate New York. Schedule plenty of time for relaxing at the mile-long freshwater beach, one of the longest in the country. The views of Vermont's Green Mountains are incredible from the beach!

Bring plenty of sunscreen for hours of fun, swimming and splashing at the swimming area. The picnic tables and outdoor BBQ grills make it a perfect location for a delicious summer-time cookout at the beach. After fun in the sand, walk along the nature trail, minutes from downtown Plattsburgh.

Fire Island National Seashore

Operated by the National Park Service, Fire Island National Seashore preserves a 26-mile shoreline, and a 30-mile barrier island – covering nearly 20,000 acres in all.

Established in 1964, FINS draws over 650,000 annual visitors to Long Island in the eastern NYC metro area.

Fire Island visitors may hit the beach for swimming, fishing, beachcombing, sunbathing, bird watching, and much more.

Attractions on Fire Island include Lighthouse Beach and Fire Island Light, plus the Sailor's Haven and Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness.

Hudson River Cruises

There are many ways to fully experience the best of New York – the attractions and allure alone are sure to make your next visit memorable. Be sure to plan your trip to include some time spent in the the Catskills region – the city of Kingston makes a great landing spot, and is an ideal respite from the rush of the big city.

Explore Kingston and the nearby Hudson River – the best way to do so might just be with help from the Hudson River Cruises. See the scenic and historic shoreline as you embark on a Hudson River excursion. The Rip Van Winkle, the flagship vessel of the Hudson River Cruises, will guide you down the Hudson on a relaxing and unique experience in New York.

Saratoga Lake

Stretching over 4.5 miles long – and over a mile wide at its widest point – Saratoga Lake is set in the community of Saratoga Springs in the eastern part of the Hudson Valley region.

The lake's freshwater, provided by Kayaderosseras Creek, offers a wealth of seasonal activities, including boating in warmer months, and ice skating during the winter.

Saratoga Lake has a longstanding history with the sport of rowing – the Rowing Association of American Colleges hosted the University Race for the Championship on the lake in 1874.

Legend holds that George Crum invented potato chips at Moon's Lake House, which overlooks the lake's north end.