Top Swimming Lakes and Rivers for Westchester Families

Best Lakes and Rivers for Swimming with Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley
Lake Welch is the larger of the two public beaches in Harriman State Park.

Pools in Westchester: check. Splash Pads to take the kids: check. Here's one more fun option to add to your list: lakes. While you won’t find many in Westchester, the Hudson Valley in general offers plenty of places to jump in and go for a swim, including some that merit a day trip—or even an overnighter. Here, we’ve rounded up several options, from the Hudson River to Lake Taghkanic.

Looking for even more fun in the sun? Check out our full summer guide for great ideas for the whole family.

Croton Point Park – Croton
At Croton Point Beach, which is inside the 508-acre Croton Point Park, families can enjoy a day of playing in the sand and swimming in the Hudson. The beach is open Wednesday to Sunday from June 22 through September 3, and is one of the few in Westchester that’s open to non-residents. There are lots of other activities to check out at the park, including a Nature Museum.

Bring Fido along to enjoy a beach day at Lake Tiorati.

Lake Tiorati – Southfields
Part of Harriman State Park, this swimming spot is open every day in the summer (June 16 through August 19) and offers lots for families to do along with swimming—like hanging out on the beach or enjoying a picnic. There are showers where you can wash up and change, and dogs are welcome, as long as they’re on a leash. 

Lake Welch – Stony Point
Also at Harriman State Park, this swimming spot is open every day from June 16 through September 3. Once the kids tire of the water (if that’s even possible!) there are fun hiking trails to check out. Hours are 10am to 5:45pm on weekdays, and 9am to 6:45pm on weekends.

RELATED: Best Swimming Pools for Westchester and Hudson Valley Families

Lake Taghkanic has swimming, a playground, picnic area, and a concession stand.  

Lake Taghkanic — Ancram
Looking for a great day trip? About an hour-and-a-half from White Plains, Lake Taghkanic State Park offers lots for to do—from swimming in the lake amd building castles on the beach, to playing on the grass or the playground. For lunch, you can snag a picnic table and grill, or skip the packing and visit the concession stand instead. For even more details on this family-friendly spot, check out our full review.

This little gem is perfect for the littlest of swimmers. Photo courtesy of the River Pool at Beacon

River Pool at Beacon – Beacon
Here’s another cool day trip idea: Head to Beacon and make it a point to visit the River Pool at Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park for a chance to hop into the Hudson River. Open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 6 pm, this sectioned-off part of the River has lifeguards on duty as well. Plus, once you’re in Beacon, there’s tons to do with kids, from cool playgrounds to doughnut shops.

North-South Lake – Haines Falls
If you’re hoping to take the family camping, consider North-South Lake Campground, which at about two hours from White Plains, is a great spot for an overnighter. (If camping isn’t your style, just visit for the day.) Swimming is available at two beaches, as long as a lifeguard is present (call the campground for exact hours), and kids can stay busy with lots of additional activities, from hiking to horseshoes to playing on the playground.     

Greenwood Lake – Warwick  
This town beach at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park offers both residents and non-residents access to Greenwood Lake. The beach is open from 11am to 7pm every day in the summer—June 25 through September 3 this year. There are day passes available, though if you plan to go regularly you can also snag a season pass, with fees varying depending on residency. Along with the lake, kids can have fun on the playground.

RELATED: Hudson Valley Day Trip: Lake Taghkanic State Park

Canopus Lake boasts beautiful water and clean sand for kids to dig in all day. Photo by Mizmareck via Flickr

Canopus Lake – Carmel
Part of Fahnestock State Park, this lake offers a beach area—open every day from June 25 through September 3, from 10am to 6pm—where families can set up for a day of swimming. Along with swimming, there are places to picnic and you can also get out on the water by renting a boat. *Note that because a water system is being added, camping is a no-go this season.  

Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of NY Parks

Croton Point Park
Croton Point Avenue
10520 Croton-on-Hudon , NY 41° 11' 28.4028" N, 73° 53' 4.956" W
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Lake Taghkanic
1528 Route 82
12502 Ancram , NY 42° 5' 25.0764" N, 73° 41' 17.7072" W
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Lake Tiorati
2300 Seven Lakes Drive
10975 Southfields , NY 41° 16' 32.61" N, 74° 5' 15.8964" W
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Greenwood Lake
end of Windermere Ave Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park
10925 Warwick , NY 41° 13' 6.8448" N, 74° 17' 51.6624" W
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Canopus Lake
1498 Route 301 Fahnestock State Park
10512 Carmel , NY 41° 27' 58.3632" N, 73° 49' 28.902" W
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River Pool at Beacon
2 Red Flynn Dr
12508 Beacon , NY 41° 31' 5.502" N, 73° 59' 7.0548" W
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Lake Welch
800 Kanawaukee Road
10980 Stony Point , NY 41° 14' 3.0444" N, 74° 6' 42.3756" W
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North-South Lake
County Route 18
12436 Haines Falls , NY 42° 12' 0.2412" N, 74° 2' 41.1864" W
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