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5 Things to Do in Carmel

Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

By Liza Rodriguez Krontilik July 20, 2021

Carmel is a sweet little town where parks and lakes are a stone's throw away.  It's a place where the past and present mingle along on Gleneida Avenue with the still active Putnam County Courthouse built in 1814 juxtaposed next to George's Place a busy little diner.  Now you can be a tourist here and check out these five things!

1- Arts on the Lake: This non-profit corporation fosters performances, exhibits and art classes to support both adults and children.  Be sure to check their calendar often for events the whole family can enjoy.

2- Beaches: Not oceanfront beaches but Carmel has access to a few waterfront areas open to the general public for a modest entry fee including: Canopus Lake a part of Fahnestock State Park and Veterans Memorial Park. Just pack some snacks and sand buckets for the littles.  Tip:  Call ahead to reserve your spot for Canopus Lake and/or you may want to spring for a season pass for Veterans Memorial Park.  Bonus if you visit Veterans Memorial Park on a Wednesday for access to their museum.

3- Bike Path: Come one.  Come all.  Come on two wheels or bring your favorite four legged friend.  The Putnam Trailway offers miles of scenic views and smooth pavement for a nice bike ride the whole gang can enjoy.  Even Fido can join but don't forget a leash.

4- Hiking: If biking isn't your thing, lace up your hiking boots.  There are several parks in the area including Ninham Fire Tower Loop with awesome views upon reaching the top of the yes- fire tower!  Fahnestock State Park which houses Canopus Lake (see above) also offers plenty for all including: picnic areas, scenic campground, boating, fishing, and birding.

5- Tea Time:  Whether you enjoyed time in Carmel hiking, biking or enjoying the art scene, a trip to Florrie Kaye's is a must!  This British tea house offers a full menu from royal afternoon tea to a quick panini on the run.  You won't be disappointed.