5 Swimming Lakes Near Westchester You Need to Discover
Pools and splash pads are great for summer fun, but swimming lakes are ideal destinations for cooling off in the great outdoors. While you'll only find a few local swimming lakes and rivers in Westchester County, the Hudson Valley offers plenty of places for a freshwater swimming, including some spots that merit a day trip—or are worth visiting as part of an overnight stay at a nearby family campground. Here, we've rounded up several lakes and rivers that are perfect for swimming with kids this summer, from the Hudson River to Lake Taghkanic.
Looking for even more fun in the sun? Check out our Summer Fun Guide.
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1. Croton Point Park – Croton
Open weekends from Saturday, May 28-Sunday, September 4
Croton Point Beach offers swimmers an inviting stretch of the Hudson River nestled inside the 508-acre Croton Point Park. Area families can enjoy a day of playing in the sand and swimming in the river. Hang around after your swim and check out other activities at the park, like the hiking trails. Even though it's typically only open on weekends, you can also visit Croton Point Park on the Monday of all summer holiday weekends—May 30, July 4, and Sept. 5.
Lake Welch is the larger of the two public beaches in Harriman State Park.
2. Lake Welch – Stony Point
Open weekends starting on May 28, then daily from Monday, June 20-Monday, September 5
Part of Harriman State Park, this swimming spot is open every day from June 20 through Labor Day. Once the kids tire of the water–if that's even possible–there are fun hiking trails to check out. Hours are 10am-5:45pm on weekdays and 9am-6:45pm on weekends.
Bring your four-legged family members along to enjoy a beach day at Lake Tiorati.
3. Lake Tiorati – Southfields
Open weekends starting Saturday, May 28, then daily from Monday, June 20-Sunday, August 21. After that, it's back to weekends only through Labor Day
Also located in Harriman State Park, this swimming spot 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 leashed dogs are welcome.
Lake Taghkanic offers swimming, a playground, a picnic area, and a concession stand.
4. Lake Taghkanic — Ancram
Open weekends starting Saturday, May 28, then daily from Saturday, June 25-Monday, September 5
Looking for a great day trip? About an hour-and-a-half from central Westchester, Lake Taghkanic State Park offers loads of family-friendly activities—from swimming in the lake and 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. Currently, only West Beach is open. For even more details on this action-packed spot, check out our full review.
Take a dip in family-friendly North-South Lake. Photo by Diana Kim
5. North-South Lake – Haines Falls
If you're hoping to take the family camping, consider North-South Lake Campground. It's a great spot for an overnighter or day trip that's about 2 hours away from central Westchester. Swimming is available at two beaches as long as a lifeguard is present. Call the campground for exact hours. Kids can stay busy with many additional activities, from hiking to horseshoes to playing on the playground.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the parks