Kingston (Ulster County)
Why we love it
It’s perfect for a beach getaway without logging up the miles driving there. There’s lots of room to spread a family-sized blanket close to the river, which remains placid save for occasional waves from the wakes of passing ships. Little ones will enjoy building sand castles and wading, while adults can sunbathe or do laps, all under the watchful eyes of lifeguards (summers, Wed.-Sun.). Away from the water more pleasures await — a playground, volleyball courts, and (at adjacent Rotary Park) a BMX track and nine-hole disc golf course. The hardest part of the day will be fitting in all of the fun.
More to explore
Beginning at Kingston Point Park is the 1.9-mile Hudson River Brickyard Trail, part of the Empire State Trail, which parallels the river and dramatic cliffs as it passes through nearby Sojourner Truth State Park. For another visual feast, check out the beach’s northernmost stretch (just past the boat launch), whose vivid red hue stems from leftover bricks manufactured at the adjacent Hutton Brickworks. Further afield at Kingston’s Hudson River Maritime Museum, enjoy exhibits tracing the river’s past as one of the nation’s first “highways” of commerce or take a trip on its solar-powered boat Solaris.
- Sandy beach with lifeguards
- Picnic area, pavilion
- Playground, activities for all ages
- Seasonal concession stand, restrooms
- Launch for kayaks, small motorized boats
Directions, hours, etc.: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/content/8401/10588/10622/default.aspx