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Top 10 Places to Swim

Publish Date: 2019-07-30

Summer in Dutchess can get sweltering, with temps reaching into the 90s and humidity off the charts. During these times, there's nothing you want more than to cool off at the nearest watering hole or swimming pool. We've got you covered! Check out these Top 10 Places to Swim:

1. Splashdown Beach, Fishkill 
American’s Biggest Little Water Park is right here in Dutchess County! With rides including the Monster Wave Pool, The Megalodon and Croc Creek Wavy Lazy River, there’s something for kids of all ages. Purchase park tickets or even opt for a private cabana. It’s the perfect place to cool off and keep the kids occupied for hours!   

2. River Pool at Beacon, Beacon
This small, unique pool is partially submerged in the Hudson River, allowing the river waters to flow through it for a safe swimming and wading area.  A ramp from the rivers’ shore leads swimmers to the pool. Floatation and seats line the pool’s perimeter for spectacular river views. The pool is used from early July to Labor Day. Visit Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park next door to picnic or go on the playground. Pool is free to use and open 12-6pm, Tuesdays through Sundays. More info can be found here. 

3. Wilcox Memorial Park Lake, Stanfordville 
Take a dip in the swimming lake at Wilcox Park! Open 9am-4:30pm, the park offers paddle boats, swimming, camping, mini golf and other activities. Plenty of guests enjoy walking the trails and taking in the scenery of this spacious park. More info can be found here.  

4. Taconic State Park, Rudd Pond Area, Millerton
Live for the weekends and enjoy splashing around at Taconic State Park through Labor Day! Vehicle entrance fee is $7.  Explore 225-country acres featuring a sandy beach and clear water swimming with boat rentals, children’s play area, flush toilets, picnic tables, fishing, and forest land. Make it an experience for the whole family – campsites available for rent! Get more info.

5. Beekman Recreation Park, Hopewell Junction 
Part of the Beekman Recreation Park, this swimming area features two sand beaches and a deep water area. The park itself boasts two playgrounds, swings, a sand volleyball court, 18-hole mini golf course, horseshoe pits, BBQ grills, a pavilion with restrooms and changing rooms, picnic tables and a snack shack. Non-resident fee of $15 per person. More information can be found here.

6. Lakeside Park, Pawling 
This 280-acre park in Pawling is made for an all-day family outing. Enjoy a picnic and nature walk, and on hot summer days enjoy boating or a swim in the lake. Lakeside Park has picnic tables, shelters and pavilions. Non-Pawling resident admission is $10 for an individual or $15 per family.

7. Sylvan Lake Beach Park, Hopewell Junction 
If you want to get away for it all for a night or two, this lakeside beach offers clear, spring-fed swimming to those who camp here.  Campers can enjoy swimming, fishing and playing along a 120-acre lake. Camping reservations are required.  More info can be found on the site here. 

8. Pulaski Park Pool, Poughkeepsie 
Take a plunge in this city of Poughkeepsie pool open to both the public! Hours run from 1-7pm daily between June 29th and August 31st. Non-resident admission is $4 per person. Visit frequently?! Opt for the Family Season Pass that will cost $85. More info.

9. Tymor Park Pool, Union Vale 
A beautiful place to spend the day enjoying miles of walking trails, playground and cooling off in the pool! Pool open weekdays from 12-7pm and weekends from 11am-6pm through September 2nd. Admission for non-residents adults if $7 and all children (ages 3-18) $3 for the day. Cash only accepted at the pool gate. More info can be found here.

10. Spratt Park Pool, Poughkeepsie 
Another great pool in the city of Poughkeepsie, Spratt Park Pool is open from 1-7pm daily for open swim, and 12-1pm and 6:30-7pm for lap swimming. Daily passes are for sale at the pool, cash only. Non-resident admission is $4 per person and Family Season Pass available for $85. More info.





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