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 our area's beautiful, tranquil, freshwater swimming lakes? We've rounded up the best swimming lakes near NYC. Some are even close to our favorite family-friendly campgrounds, making them perfect for a weekend getaway that meets the social distancing requirements for summer 2020 fun!
For more fun things to do this summer, be sure to see our Ultimate Summer 2020 Staycation Planner for NYC Kids and our jam-packed Summer Fun Guide.