Head to the water this summer for scenic views, thrilling adventures, and more!
ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. (June 30, 2021) – School is out of session and the summer sun is calling to individuals of all ages. With scorching temperatures in the forecast, Orange County, N.Y.’s spectacular lakes and breathtaking rivers offer ways to beat the heat for the whole family. Lay out on the sand or kayak down the river as you take advantage of the Hudson Valley’s natural waterways.
“With summer in full swing, families can enjoy endless opportunities for some fun on the water right here in Orange County,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Spend the day taking in scenic views and all that our region has to offer in the summer. After being out on the water, unwind with a meal from one of our local farm-to-table restaurants or craft beverage locations to make the day truly unforgettable.”
Some opportunities for outdoor summer fun in Orange County, N.Y. are listed below. Before taking to the water, please contact the venue directly to confirm that they are open.
Pride of the Hudson, 90 Front Street, Newburgh: Cruise through the majestic Hudson Highlands aboard the luxurious Pride of the Hudson. Bask in the open air on one of the boat’s many narrated sightseeing expeditions down the historic Hudson River. Reservations for cruises are now being accepted.
Silver Canoe & Whitewater Rafting, 10 Corso Road, Port Jervis: Escape for the day and enjoy a float trip on a pristine section of the Delaware River. Enjoy paddling on a raft, canoe, kayak or tube as you take in the lush Poconos Mountains and Catskill Mountains. Guests are asked to wear a face covering during check-in, transportation, and whenever you are less than 6 feet from anyone outside of your household.
Jet High Watersports, 622 Jersey Avenue, Greenwood Lake: Located at Willow Point Marina, Jet High Watersports offers the ultimate FlyBoarding experience. With lessons available for learners of all levels, Jet High Watersports is committed to providing a safe and incredibly fun lesson for everyone.
Mountain Valley Guides, 2 Idlewild Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson: Embark on a kayak adventure, experiencing incredible views, open water, calm marshes and amazing sunsets on the Hudson River. With numerous tours to choose from, all include kayaks, gear, guides and instruction.
Thomas P. Morahan Beach, Windermere Avenue, Greenwood Lake: Sit back and soak in the sun or take a dip in Greenwood Lake during the day. At night, relax and unwind while listening to one of the numerous concerts at Waterfront Park. Beach access is limited to residents of Warwick only. Non-residents may purchase a day pass only if they are accompanied by a resident with a valid pass.
As the world reopens, Orange County, N.Y., invites residents and visitors to escape, enjoy and explore its wide-open spaces. For a full list of attractions, lodging and dining options available at this time, please visit orangetourism.org/summer/. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download at OrangeTourism.org/travel-guide.
About Orange County Tourism
Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging and events can be found at OrangeTourism.org. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings.
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