The Howland Public Library

The Howland Public Library is a wonderful place to meet other local families. The library offers excellent children’s programming such as Story Time, Spanish Story Hour, Come & Play, and Lego Club in addition to adult programming and rotating art exhibitions.

The Beacon Recreation Center

The Beacon Recreation Center, located at 23 West Center Street, hosts Wee Play’s Imagination Playground Block Party once a week throughout the school year. In addition, the center hosts many other programs and events, including Rec Center Fun Days!

A Little Beacon Blog

A Little Beacon Blog highlights all the great things happening in and around Beacon. This website is a wonderful resource for residents and visitors alike!


Private Gyms/Clubs
These listings are for gyms/clubs with paid memberships/pools most with indoor/outdoor pools and most also offer swimming lessons throughout the year.
AllSport Health and Fitness
(Fishkill, NY)

(New Windsor, NY)

The Southern Dutchess Country Club
(Beacon, NY)

Golds Gym
(Newburgh, NY) * indoor pool only

Splashdown Beach
(Fishkill, NY) *Outdoor only, no lessons, water park with pool, water slides, etc.
Hudson River Beaches
(These listings are for great summertime spots along the Hudson River.)
The River Pool at Beacon
(Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY) *Opens in July, a small, round wading-pool in the river at Riverfront Park, free, small but fun

Little Stony Point
(9D, just before Cold Spring) *Pretty views, know that there is some litter and bring swim shoes due to glass and sharp water chestnuts

Dennings Point
(Beacon, NY) *Various paths off the main loop to small beaches

Long Dock Park and Beacon Point
(Beacon, NY) *Not for swimming, but you can wade at the end of the pier from the steps, it’s metal, a bit slippery, but still fun

Plum Point
(New Windsor, NY) *no swimming, a beach, great for splashing, playing in the sand and launching kayaks
Lakes and Ponds
(These listings are for local lakes and ponds in the Hudson Valley.)
Lake Canopus
(Fahnestock Park, Cold Spring, NY) *Access with daily parking fee or Empire Pass


Local State Parks with Campsites
(These listings include a few campsites at state parks within 1-2 hours of Beacon.)
Fahnstock State Park
(Cold Spring, NY)

Lake Taghkanic State Park
(Ancram, NY)

North-South Lake Campground (Catskill Forest Preserve)
(Haines Falls, NY)


Children’s Museums
(These listings include museums within 1-2 hours of Beacon.)
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
(Poughkeepsie, NY)

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
(Norwalk, CT)

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
(New York, NY)

The New Jersey Children’s Museum
(Paramus, NJ)

Art & Other Museums
(These listings are not comprehensive, but include parent-recommended museums within 1-2 hours of Beacon.)
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
(Cornwall, NY) A small, but wonderful nature museum. Has charming “meet the animals” events every weekend and many other events as well. Also has an “Outdoor Discovery Center” with many wonderful trails (quite a few of which are stroller-friendly). Also has a summer camp, pre-schools and mini-camps on holidays. Your trip can end with a snack at nearby Jones Farm (which also has a few farm animals to visit) or a meal in Cornwall.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
(Norwalk, NY)

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
(Ridgefield, CT) Aldrich Museum

Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art: State University of New York at New Paltz
(Norwalk, CT) A small two room art museum. Note: opening hours follow University schedule (closed over school breaks, etc.) The Dorsky

New York State Museum
(Albany, NY) Offers historical exhibits, art, a bit of natural history, and a carousel. NYSM

West Point Museum
(Albany, NY) Museum at the United States Military Academy at West Point. You should check at the Visitor’s Center for information on tours of West Point or visits to the Museum. West Point Museum