Nothing says summer like a day at the pool. Lucky for us, there’s no shortage of spots in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley to take a dip. These area pools offer families everything from water slides and three-foot waves to a lazy river! Need a swimming break? At many of the pools, there are concession stands and places to picnic, as well as playgrounds, hiking trails, and other activities to truly make it a great day out.
Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites. Some of these—particularly the Westchester pools—require county residency, so take note before you head out. Prefer splash pads instead? Check out our list of go-to spots—and look to our Summer Guide for even more outdoor fun.
The zero-depth entry at Willson's Waves makes it a perfect pool for tots. Photo courtesy of Willson's Waves
Willson’s Waves – Mount Vernon
Where else can you find three-foot-high waves—in a pool? You’ll get just that and lots more at Willson’s Waves, located inside Willson’s Woods Park in Mount Vernon. Along with the waves, the pool is zero-depth entry and has 18-foot water slides and a spray deck with 57 jets. Outside of the pool, you’ll find picnic spots, a covered pavilion to rent for parties, and more. For this pool, you have to be a Westchester resident—and while you don’t need a Westchester County Parks Pass to enter, having it does mean lower fees.
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Take a relaxing float on the lazy river at the Tibbetts Brook Park pool. Photo courtesy of the park
Tibbetts Brook Park – Yonkers
Sports-loving kids will love the in-pool offerings—volleyball and basketball—that they can play at the pool at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers. Prefer relaxing to running and jumping? There’s a lazy river and benches in the pool itself for when you need some downtime. Along with the pool, there’s a splash pad for kids, and in the park, you’ll find everything from playgrounds to mini-golf. Westchester residency is required to visit.
Saxon Woods Park – White Plains
Looking to make a splash in the biggest of the County pools? Then jump right in to Saxon Woods Pool, part of Saxon Woods Park, in White Plains. Once there, you’ll also find a water playground with lots of cool features, plus, outside of the pool complex, you’ll find mini-golf and a newly re-designed playground. You’ll need to be a Westchester resident for this pool as well—and same Parks Pass information applies.
The beautiful Playland Park pool boasts amazing views. Photo courtesy of Westchester County Parks
Playland Park – Rye
There’s so much to do at Playland, whether you’re looking to play mini-golf or ride the famed Dragon Coaster. When you’re ready for a swim, head to the pool for hours of fun. Prefer the beach? There’s that too. Also, good news if you’re hoping to visit, but don’t live in Westchester: You don’t need to be a resident to visit the Playland pool. (But Parks Pass holders will get discounts.)
Sprain Ridge Pool is closed for repairs.
Sprain Ridge Park – Yonkers
Re-opened last year after a multimillion-dollar renovation, the pool at Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers now offers a zero-depth entry pool, a splash pad, and a concession area. Read our review for a full run-down of what you’ll find. Like most of the other County pools, you’ll need to be a resident to splash around in this spot as well.
Tallman Beach & Pool Club – Sparkill
This pool club—which is inside Tallman Mountain State Park in Sparkill—offers a large swimming pool, as well as a sandy beach area and playground. There are lots of chairs where you can set up your stuff, and the menu at Tallman Grill offers everything from burgers and salads to chicken fingers and quesadillas for the kids. You can snag a day or season pass.
Spook Rock Pool – Suffern
Enjoy some late-evening swimming at Spook Rock Pool in Suffern, which stays open until 8pm every night of the week during the season. Along with the pool, there’s also a fun (and gated) splash pad for toddlers. While there are entrance discounts for Rockland residents, you don’t have to live there to enjoy the facilities.
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Rockland Lake State Park is a perfect day-cation spot for families. Photo courtesy of New York State Parks
Rockland Lake State Park – Valley Cottage
There are tons of cool, new features to check out at the pool inside Rockland Lake State Park in Valley Cottage, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation. That includes a 25,000-square-foot pool that has zero-depth entry, huge water slides, and a cool splash pad. Plus, there’s a playground, picnic area, and a trail along the lake for biking.
Hi-Tor State Park – New City
Enjoy a day of swimming at this pool, located inside Hi-Tor State Park in New City. There’s no fee to park—and it costs only $5 to get in, no matter when you visit. There are also spots to picnic.
Bowline Point Park – Haverstraw
This park, open to both residents and non-residents, features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, water slides, a wading area and a toddler pool. There are also multiple playgrounds, a tennis court, volleyball courts, and spots to picnic and grill. Entrance fees can be a bit pricey, so look into getting a season pass if you plan to go often.
Hil-Mar Lodge – Salisbury Mills
Part of Hil-Mar Lodge, this pool is open to the public and has a fenced-in area for the youngest swimmers. Didn’t pack food? There’s a snack bar on site. Plus, you can check out the playground and grassy areas at the facility as well. You can use a day pass—entry is just $5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays—or snag a season pass. Here’s even more info.
With a newly renovated pool and splash pad with interactive fountains and fun, this Orange County spot is one of the most affordable places to cool off on our list. Kids 16 and under are just $1 each while adults are $3. It’s open every day during the season (June 25 – August 26) from noon–6pm.
Spratt Park & Pulaski Park – Poughkeepsie
Poughkeepsie lays claims to two town pools: Spratt Park and Pulaski Park. Both are extremely affordable, with kids just $1 each while adults are $3 at Pulaski and $4 at Spratt. Speaking of affordable, not only do the parks offer extremely inexpensive season passes—$25 for Pulaski and $85 for Spratt—but Pulaski also holds FREE swimming lessons for town residents (non-residents can still participate, but it's $30 per week). One downside: These pools close up shop on August 18, a bit earlier than most.