Looking for some great spots to cool off this summer? Look no further. These amazing Massachusetts swimming holes are sure to have you coming back again and again. Whether you want to wade next to a waterfall, take a dip in a world-famous pond, or just plan a great family outing, we’ve got you covered.
1. Upper Goose Pond, Lee
This spot is definitely a hidden gem of the Berkshires. Perfect for kayaking (there is a small boat launch) or just splashing around in the water. Depending on what part of the day and season you visit, you might have the water all to yourself. Well, besides the ducks.
2. Hart Pond, Chelmsford
A gorgeous spot to take a late summer swim (or even an autumnal dip if you’re feeling brave), Hart Pond offers clear water that is usually pretty warm up through the early fall. Take a dip in the water, explore the woodlands by the water, or set up a picnic on one of the smooth stones by the shore. Parking is available.
3. Shelburne Falls, Shelburne Falls
Part of the Deerfield River, this swimming hole is easy to reach and a real summer treat. The gentle swirling water collects in shallow pools that are perfect for wading, and there are deeper areas for those looking to swim.
4. Walden Pond, Concord
Though the rest of the world may known Walden Pond as Henry David Thoreau’s favorite haunt, Massachusetts natives know it as a great place to cool off during the hot summer months. Visitors can also picnic, hike and canoe at this scenic pond.
5. North Pond, Florida
This spot has great parking right near the water, plus easily accessible changing rooms and bathrooms. North Pond is the perfect place to cool off if you are camping in the Savoy Mountain State Forest, or just passing through. There is a daily fee to park in the state forest.
6. The Mystic Lakes, Winchester
These are popular swimming spots due to their sandy beaches and calm waters. In recent years, these lakes have drawn sand artists who have created some truly striking sculptures.
7. Chapel Brook Falls, Ashfield
There’s nothing like taking a dip right next to the white spray of a waterfall. This is a beautiful natural setting with several deep pools at different levels. The water is ice-cold and there is a short hike from the parking area.
8. Morses Pond, Wellesley
This is an ideal family outing destination. The pond features a long floating dock with a ladder that is perfect for getting in and out of the water. The water is clean and there is lots of space in the shallows for smaller kids to splash around.
9. Benedict Pond, Monterey
This swimming hole offers clear blue waters, a sandy beach, and a clearly designated swimming area. Located in the beautiful Beartown State Forest, the pond is surrounded by hiking trails and wild blueberry bushes.
10. Upper Spectacle Pond, Richmond
There is no parking permit required for this town beach, and lifeguards are on duty from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visitors can leap off the floating dock and paddle around the designated swim area. Bathrooms are also available.
11. Otis Reservoir, Otis
Located in the Tolland State Forest, this spot is actually the largest body of water in Massachusetts. Otis Reservoir is a full-featured swimming spot, including a sandy beach, hiking trails, biking trails, and even equestrian trails. The water is usually pretty warm, and exceptionally clean.
12. Umpachene Falls, New Marlborough
Located in the Konkapot River, this gentle waterfall is surrounded with rocks that are perfect for laying out on and drying off. The swimming area closes at 8 p.m., but the park is open all year round.
13. Lake Mansfield, Great Barrington
No town resident sticker is required for this public beach, and there is oodles of parking. If you’re looking for a grassy place to have a lakeside picnic, this is a great option. The sandy beach is monitored by lifeguards, and there is a small boat launch area for those looking to do a bit of kayaking or canoeing.