Best Swimming Pools for Westchester and Hudson Valley Families
Nothing says summer like a day at the pool, and there's no shortage of spots in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley to take a dip. These area pools offer everything from water slides and three-foot waves to a lazy river! Need a break? Many have concession stands and places to picnic, as well as playgrounds, hiking trails, mini-golf, 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. Another note: Yonkers' Sprain Ridge Pool remains closed for repairs, but a 2019 reopening may still be in the cards, so stay tuned!
All Westchester County pools are for county residents only, with the exception of the Playland pool. For summer 2019, the pools will be open from Friday, June 28 – Monday, September 2 (Labor Day). All are open seven days a week, from 11am – 6:30pm (no admittance after 6pm). The schedule for Sprain Ridge Pool is TBA. Check 2019 fees here.
The beautiful Playland Park pool boasts amazing beach 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 from outside of Westchester: You don’t need to be a resident to enjoy the Playland pool. (But Park Pass holders will get discounts.)
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. There's also a water playground with lots of cool features, and 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—and the same Park Pass information applies.
Sprain Ridge Pool – Yonkers: Still closed for repairs
Re-opened in 2017 after a multimillion-dollar renovation, the pool at Sprain Ridge Park closed again in 2018 due to leaks and other structural issues. As of early June, county officials have not set a reopening date; check the Westchester County Parks page for updates.
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 dig the offerings—volleyball and basketball inside the pool—at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers. There’s also 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.
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 has zero-depth entry, 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. You must be a Westchester resident to use the pool—and while you don’t need a Westchester County Parks Pass to enter, having it does mean lower fees.
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. Plus, you’ll find an accessible playground, tennis courts, volleyball court, and spots to picnic and grill. Entrance fees for swimming start at $20 for non-residents ($15 and up if you live in town), so look into getting a season pass if you plan to go often.
Hi-Tor State Park – New City
Enjoy a hike and then cool off with a swim 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.
Rockland Lake State Park is an ideal 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.
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 until about mid-August. Along with the pool, there’s also a fun splash pad for toddlers. While there are entrance discounts for town residents, you don’t have to live there to enjoy the facilities. Open seven days a week from Saturday, June 15 – Monday, September 2, 2019.
Tallman Beach & Pool Club – Sparkill
This pool club in Tallman Mountain State Parknoffers a large swimming pool, as well as a sand area. 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.
Fancher-Davidge Park – Middletown
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 (July 1 – August 25, 2019) 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 $4 (residents are $3). Speaking of affordable, not only do the parks offer extremely inexpensive family season passes—$85 for non-residents—but Pulaski also holds FREE swimming lessons for town residents (non-residents can still participate, but it's $30 per week).