Get away from it all by visiting Kingston’s parks. Best kept secret is Kingston Point, located right on the Hudson River; you can observe beavers, turtles, eagles, and other wildlife while experiencing the tidal river in all its majesty. Nearby is Kingston Beach, where swimming is permitted in season. Forsythe Nature Preserve, located in Uptown off Lucas Avenue, has animal exhibits and garden displays and offers a full program of hikes, kayaking on the river (in season), and educational activities for kids. There are softball, tennis, basketball, and other recreational sport facilities, and in warm weather, the parks host festivals and free musical performances. Click here to go to the City’s website for more details.