The warm weather is moving in and we'll be wanting to cool off on those super hot days. From Albany to Lake George - and a few places in between - here are the five most popular spots to lay out a towel and umbrella and soak up some sun.

Million Dollar Beach, Lake George

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Probably the most popular beach destination for summer in the area. Not only for Capital Region residents but thousands of tourists every year.

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Million Dollar Beach generally operates from Memorial Day through Labor day.


Grafton Beach

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On Monday May 30th they'll hold their annual sand castle contest on the beach to kick off the summer season.

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The beach is just a tiny part of the incredibly vast Grafton Lakes State Park. Grafton Beach is located along Long Pond.


 

 Brown's Beach, Saratoga Lake

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Brown's Beach is the only public beach on Saratoga Lake.

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They open Memorial Day Weekend and go through Labor Day. They're also looking to staff up if you need a summer gig. More info here.


 

Moreau Lake State Park

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Enjoy a day at the beach on Moreau Lake. The state park also offers camp sites, boat rentals, fishing, etc.

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Although probably a little chilly, you can jump in the water starting Memorial Day Weekend. They stay open through Labor Day.


 

Thompson's Lake State Park

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Located just south of Altamont as part of the Thatcher State Park area.

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Generally open Memorial Day through Labor Day.


 

It's worth noting that New York State is currently looking to fill lifeguard and other positions for the summer of 2022. If interested, check out the opportunities on the Parks & Rec website.

Travel Back in Time to Lake George in the 1950s

Lots of these sights should still be very recognizable.