Swimming lakes near New York City add to the bounty of options tri-state families have for taking a plunge on a scorching day. New Yorkers are lucky to be surrounded by water: When we get the urge to take a dip on a hot summer day, there are plenty of family-friendly beaches right here in NYC, plus those on Long Island or at the Jersey Shore. But, for families with little kids, the ocean can be intimidating, with its choppy waves and miles of hot sand without an inch of shade. If you're itching to get the kids out of the city to enjoy a swim in the great outdoors, what better place than one of the area's beautiful, tranquil, freshwater swimming lakes?
We've rounded up 10 beautiful, tranquil freshwater swimming lakes in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for summertime visits. Some are even close to our favorite family-friendly campgrounds, making them perfect for a weekend getaway.