Said it ain’t so! The summer is inevitably coming to a close and with it the end of some seasonal pleasures; pools will close, fireworks will cease, outdoor concerts will take a bow. So spend some time in the waning weeks of August and early September to take part in these only-in-summer pleasures.
Hop into the pool
- All four Westchester County pools, including Sprain Ridge, Saxon Woods, The Brook at Tibbetts and Willson’s Waves Pool, are open daily, 11 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. through Sept. 5. Last admission at 6 p.m.; proof of residency is required. For additional information, visit parks.westchestergov.com or call 914-864-7275.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park Pool: 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights is open until Sept. 5, Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per person for the pool and $10 per vehicle to enter the park. For more information, go to parks.ny.gov/parks/148.
- Bear Mountain State Park Pool: 55 Hessian Dr., Bear Mountain is open through Sept. 5. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. holidays. Admission: $10 per car; Pool: $5 per person, cash only.845-786-2701; parks.ny.gov/parks/bearmountain.
- Tallman Pool: 2 Tallman Mountain Road, Sparkill. Open daily to Labor Day, Sept. 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to the public. Members of the pool can access the pool beginning at 10 a.m. Day pass admission: Monday through Friday $10 for kids and $15 for adults; Saturday and Sunday $15 per child and $20 per adult. Open to New York and New Jersey residents. 845-422-7126; tallmanpoolclub.com.
- SplashDown Beach: This waterpark has a wave pool, waterslides and more. Open thru Labor Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 16 Old Route 9W, Fishkill. Visit splashdownbeach.com/calendar for more information.
See a movie at a drive-in
There’s nothing like watching Brad Pitt’s “Bullet Train” on the big screen, especially when that screen is at a drive-in movie theater. If you’ve always wanted to try it, buy a ticket now. Most of these theaters close their doors in late fall.
- Hyde Park Drive-in Theatre: The long time favorite plans to close Sept. 25. Check website for what will be playing. 4114 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park. 845-229-4738; hydeparkdrivein.com.
- Overlook Drive-in Theatre: 126 Degarmo Road, Poughkeepsie, 845-4523445; overlookdrivein.com
- Fair Oaks Drive-In in Middletown will offers its Fright Fest, featuring Dee Wallace, on Sept. 3. The season runs through September, with nightly showings thru Sept. 1, then weekends only through September. Check their Facebook page for more updates. 365 Bloomingburg Road, Middletown, 845-316-2266, fairoaksdriveintheatre.com.
- Four Brothers in Amenia usually closes in late fall, but the restaurant remains open. Open seven nights a week from noon-10 p.m. thru September and maybe beyond, depending on weather and staffing, so check website before you go. 4957 NY-22, Amenia; 845-373-8178. For movie times, and more info, go to Playeatdrink.com.
- Warwick Drive-In theater in Warwick has been a go-to for generations. It’s open daily thru the last Sunday in October. 5 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick,845-986-4440; warwickdrivein.com
Go to an air show
NY International Air Show: The show will be once again held at the Orange County Airport in Montgomery, Aug. 27-28. Among the lineup will be the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as headliners featuring the F-16 Viper demo team, the West Point Parachute Team and more. Tickets range from $30-$189. For more information, go to airshowny.com.
Old Rhinebeck Aerdome: Every Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 16, the gates open at 10 a.m. at the Aerodome in Rhinebeck for air shows, with pre-show activity at 2 p.m.; the planes fly at 2:30 p.m. Biplane rides are available before and after the air shows, beginning at 10 a.m. and running to twilight. Admission is $28 adults (18-64) $21 seniors (65+) youth $13 (6-17) toddles up to age 5 are free. Active, retired military with ID, $21. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, 9 Norton Rd., Red Hook. For info, tickets, go to oldrhinebeck.org
Visit an amusement park
Playland Amusement Park: This Rye park features iconic rides such as The Dragon Coaster, one of the last wooden coasters in the U.S, kiddie rides, an arcade and live entertainment. The park is open daily through Sept. 7, then weekends only thru Sept. 25, Fireworks will take place Friday nights thru Sept. 2, with the season finale Sept. 4. For schedule, ticket info and more, go to playland.com
LEGOLAND: This homage to all-things Lego in Goshen added some new attractions in 2022, including its LEGO® City Water Playground, a new food and beverage outlet that connect Miniland with Lego Ninjago World, Lego Castle and Lego City, along with three new entertainment shows at two brand-new stages. No worries if you’ve missed all this: The park will remain open through Dec. 31. For dates and more info, go to legoland.com/new-york
Root for the home team!
The Hudson Valley Renegades and NY Boulders are wrapping up their seasons.
The Renegades are home over Labor Day weekend against The Jersey Shore, with fireworks scheduled after game on Sept. 2; the last home game is Sept. 4. For tickets, go to milb.com/hudson-valley. The Renegades play at Dutchess Stadium in Wappingers Falls.
The last home game for the NY Boulders is scheduled for Sept. 1 against the Empire State Greys; it’s also Back To School night at the stadium. The Boulders play at Clover Stadium in Pomona. For more information, and for tickets, go to nyboulders.com
Watch balloons take flight
The Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival takes flight Sept. 2-4 at Tymor Park in Unionvale. Bring your blankets and chairs to watch hot-air balloons ascend from the designated picnic area. Reservations can be made on a per person basis for a donation of $15 for evening launches and $8 for mornings. A reservation must be made in advance as donations will not be accepted at the gate. Donation is non-refundable and non-transferable. As always, balloon inflations are at the sole discretion of the pilot, and is dependent on ideal wind and weather conditions. Hot-air balloons may not inflate or fly – especially if the wind and weather is not safe for ballooning. To find out more go to www.dcrcoc.org.
Chow down at a food festival
- The 8th annual Flavors of Haverstraw Food Crawl, Sept. 18: This annual event celebrates the diverse culinary options in the village. Expect a small plates or tapas-focused food sampling. The Crawl begins in the Webster Bank lot at 38 New Main Street; over 15 restaurants are participating. Tastings are $5-$10 per plate. New Main and Main St. will be closed to vehicular traffic. 1-5 p.m. For more info and a street crawl map, go to haverstrawriverwidearts.org/taste-haverstraw.
- Hudson Valley Wine & Music Festival, Sept. 3: This one day event will bring a variety of food, wine and music to Newburgh’s Waterfront Trail. Artists performing throughout the day include Funk Junkies, Westmob Band, Jimmy Jorge & The Latin Express, Bria The Artist’s and BaseCamp. The festival is from noon to 6 p.m., with the doors opening at 11 a.m. Tickets are $30 per person. Waterfront Trail, 1 Washington St., Newburgh; hudsonvalleyfest.com.
- Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival, Sept. 10, 11: The 21st annual festival will take over the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for two days. The event, which is held rain or shine, focuses on New York-based wineries and gourmet festival foods as well as vendors selling lifestyle goods, fine art and more. There will also be seminars and live entertainment. The festival is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $45 for a one-day tasting ticket or $80 for the weekend. Designated driver tickets, which includes free water and soda, is $15 for one day and $27 for the weekend. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, 6550 Spring Brook Ave., Rhinebeck; hudsonvalleywinefest.com.
See Shakespeare outdoors, under a tent
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is in its first season at its new home in Garrison, complete with an amazing view of the Hudson River and its traditional tent setting, but the season ends Sept. 18. You can see “Romeo & Juliet” by William Shakespeare and directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, which will conclude on Sept. 18. “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play” by Anne Washburn with music by Michael Friedman and directed by Davis McCallum runs through Sept. 17. For tickets, more info go to hvshakespeare.org
Go to an outdoor concert
- Yorktown Summer Concert Series, last show Aug. 28: Class Action, a military appreciation show featuring Alyssa Martin starts at 5 p.m. The concert takes place at the Jack Devito Veterans’ Memorial Gazebo and Field on Veterans Road. For more info, go to yorktownlionsclub.com
- East Fishkill Concert Series, last show Sept. 17: Shows are in the Hopewell Recreation Field across from the hockey rink. Free admission, bring your own chair or blanket. The last two shows are Sept. 2: Johnny Dell & The Nite life Reunion Band, 6 p.m. Sept. 17, Community Day with the Carrie Zazz Band.
- Pawling Music By The Lake, last show Sept.10: Concert series is held at Lakeside Park. Performing will be the All in Band. Bring chairs, blankets and a picnic for concert, 7-9 p.m. For more info, go to facebook.com/MusicByTheLakePawlingNY/
Always wanted to try it? Get out on the water now. Many local kayak rental groups close up shop after Labor Day. Check websites for available time slots.
- Hudson River Recreation: Offers rentals, lessons and tours at the Tarrytown Lakes, Rye Beach, Croton Point Park, and Kingsland Point Park through Labor Day; bookings may be available beyond so check website. kayakhudson.com
- Hudson River Riders: A free offering of the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club, the program provides expanded access to the Hudson River thru kayaking for Yonkers youth. To learn about upcoming rides, more go to hudsonriverriders.org
- Silver Canoe & Whitewater Rafting, 10 Corso Road, Port Jervis, 845-856-7055. Raft, canoe, kayak, tube and fish. Day and overnight trips. Open daily through September. silvercanoe.com
- Mountain Valley Guides, Newburgh Waterfront and Cornwall, 845-661-1923. Kayaking trips for all ages and abilities – including one for dogs and their people. Fee includes kayak, gear, guide and instruction. Open daily through October. mountainvalleyguides.com
- Atlantic Kayak Tours, Paddlesport Center in Mills Norrie State Park, Staatsburg. This group offers paddle in locations along the Hudson River, from New York Harbor to the Albany area. Beginners can take the Norrie, a short paddle that leaves from the Norrie Paddlesport Center in Staatsburg or explore Tivoli Bay. For tour descriptions, schedules and more info, go to atlantickayaktours.com/kayak-tours.
Go camping (finally)
If your summer plans included camping out, but you just didn’t get to it, there’s still time to grab a Coleman camping stove, some sleeping bags and bug spray. These local sites offer easy one-night overnight options that are close to home:
- Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park: This park covers 14,086 acres in Putnam and Dutchess counties, offering hiking trails, picnic areas and opportunities for boating, hunting, fishing, and birding. The park is also home to the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, which provides environmental programming. It offers 80 campsites, each with a picnic table, charcoal grill, and fire ring. 1498 Route 301, Carmel, 845-225-7207. parks.ny.gov/parks/fahnestock/details.aspx.
- Ward Pound Ridge Reservation: A favorite destination for local Scouts, this 4,315-acre park offers open-faced lean-tos and tent sites, giving overnighters a good starting point for miles of marked hiking trails. The on-site Trailside Nature Museum houses wildlife exhibits and offers weekly interpretive nature programs all year long. Located at Routes 35 and 121 South, Cross River. For more info, including camping fees, go to parks.westchestergov.com/ward-pound-ridge-reservation
- Stephen and Betsy Corman Harriman AMC Outdoor Center: The Outdoor Center, located at a former youth camp off Lake Welch Drive, offers tent camping and cabins located on a 64-acre lake. It offers easy access to trails, including the Applachian Trail, great for day hikes. Open thru Oct. 15. 200 Breakneck Road, Haverstraw. For more info, including fees, go to outdoors.org/lodging-camping/lodges/harriman.
- Lake Taghkanic State Park: Campsites, waterfront cottages, and a beach attract families to the rolling hills of Columbia County. The park has tent and trailer campsites and cabin and cottage lodging facilities. 1528 Route 82, Ancram, 518-851-3631, Lake.Taghkanic@parks.ny.gov.
As summer begins to wind down so do the car shows and car cruise nights in the area but there’s still time to take the family and stroll among the many classic and antique cars at these events. The Brewster Elks will host its show Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 430 Route 22 in Brewster. More than 100 afficianados of British cars will roll into Woodstock for the The Woodstock British Car Show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 17. They’ll gather at the Woodstock Playhouse, at the intersection of Routes 212 and 375. For more info, go to woodstockbritishcarshow.com. If you love tractors and machinery be sure to check out the Neversink Rondout Antique Tractor and Machinery Association Tractor Show and Swap Meet, Sept. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds, Route 55 in Grahamsville. This is a family-friendly event with tractor rides, vendors, games for the kids, Tractor Bingo and more. Four Brothers Drive-in in Amenia hosts the Amenia Lions Club a “Classic Car Show” on Sept. 25, from 10 am.-2 p.m.. Check the Facebook page for info: facebook.com/AmeniaLionsClub
Heather Clark, Karen Croke, Jeanne Muchnick, Alfina Badolato, and Donna Christopher contributed to this story
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