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5 Great Public Beaches Near Albany NY

Are you in the mood for a little fun in the sun? Ready to feel the sand beneath your toes? You don't have to go as far as you might think!

When you think beach, you probably think ocean, but why limit yourself to the coasts when you want to take a beach trip? Albany is less than an hour from some of the best lakes in the northeast, many of which have public beaches.

If you itch to lay out your towel, put up an umbrella, and dip your toes in the water, plan a trip to one of these five beaches near Albany and be home in time for dinner!

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5 Beaches Under 60 Minutes From Albany

Brown's Beach on Saratoga Lake (35 minutes)

Want to hit the beach, but not go too far? Head up the Northway to Brown's Beach on the southern end of Saratoga Lake. Though most of the lake is private, Brown's Beach has public access and a beach for sun bathing and playing in the water. With its shallow launch area, Brown's Beach is a great place to bring your kayak, paddleboard or canoe for even more fun on the lake!

Grafton Lakes State Park (35 minutes)

If you're looking for somewhere to swim near Albany, you should definitely check out Long Pond at Grafton Lakes State Park. If you're torn between hitting the beach or checking out the trails, no need to choose! The best part about choosing a park like Grafton Lakes for your beach day is that there are plenty of outdoor activities to satisfy all your interests.

Cherry Plain State Park Beach (41 minutes)

This state park east of Albany has a little bit of everything. Start your morning hiking and then relax on the beach in the afternoon. You can even go horseback riding or camp overnight! Only 40 minutes from Albany in Rensselaer County, Cherry Plain State Park is a great, out-of-the-way beach for a day by the water.

Moreau Lake State Park Beach (45 minutes)

Located between Saratoga and Lake George, Moreau Lake State Park is a hidden gem in the Southern Adirondack region. We love this park's secluded feel, beach volleyball, and easy parking.

Million Dollar Beach on Lake George (58 minutes)

Lake George can get a bit crowded in the summer, but it's definitely worth the trip. Clear blue water, lots of outdoor activities and things to do, and excellent dining make Lake George the perfect day trip from Albany. There are several public beaches on Lake George, and we suggest trying them all!

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