Top Swimming Lakes and Rivers Ready to Welcome Westchester Families in 2021
Pools and splash pads are great for summer fun, but swimming lakes are an ideal destination when it comes to 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 swim, including some that merit taking a day trip—or even planning an overnighter at a family campground. Here, we've rounded up several lakes and rivers that are perfect for swimming with kids this summer, spanning 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
Currently open weekends only; Wednesdays-Sundays from Friday, June 25-Monday, September 6
Croton Point Beach is located inside the 508-acre Croton Point Park. Area families can enjoy a day of playing in the sand and swimming in the Hudson. Hang around after your swim; there are lots of other activities to check out at the park.
2. Greenwood Lake – Warwick
This town beach at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park offers Warwick residents—and this year, only Warwick residents—access to Greenwood Lake. The beach is open every day in the summer. Day passes are available, though you can also snag a season pass if you plan to go regularly. Along with the lake, kids can have fun on the playground.
Lake Welch is the larger of the two public beaches in Harriman State Park.
3. Lake Welch – Stony Point
Open weekends only; daily from Monday, June 21-Monday, September 6
Part of Harriman State Park, this swimming spot is open daily, starting June 21. 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.
4. Lake Tiorati – Southfields
Open weekends only; daily from Monday, June 21-Sunday, August 22 and then weekends 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 dogs are welcome, as long as they're on a leash.
Lake Taghkanic offers swimming, a playground, a picnic area, and a concession stand.
5. Lake Taghkanic — Ancram
Open weekends only; daily from Monday, June 26-Monday, September 6
Looking for a great day trip? About an hour-and-a-half from central Westchester, Lake Taghkanic State Park offers lots 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
6. North-South Lake – Haines Falls
If you're hoping to take the family camping, consider North-South Lake Campground. At about two hours from White Plains, it's 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). Kids can stay busy with many additional activities, from hiking to horseshoes to playing on the playground.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the parks
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Croton Point Park