Massachusetts May 25, 2017
If You Didn’t Know About These 11 Swimming Holes In Massachusetts, You’ve Been Missing Out
On a hot, sticky summer day, there’s nothing like diving into a cool swimming hole. Luckily, Massachusetts is peppered with plenty of delightful places to spend some time in the water. From hidden forest ponds to gorgeous coastal spots, there’s something for everyone.
Here are some of the best swimming holes in Massachusetts that you really need to know about.
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1. Hathaway's Pond, Barnstable
This place has exceptionally clear and blue water. Plus, it's not as well known as many Cape Cod beaches so the tourists are few and far between. Bring the whole family for a dip in the warm waters and spend some time relaxing on the soft sand beach.
2. Deerfield Lazy River, Conway
If you want to spend some relaxing time on the water, there's no better place to do it than with the Deerfield River Portage lazy river experience. This company will drive you to and from the river, give you a sturdy inner tube and send you off on a perfectly soothing float.
Click here for more information.
3. Upper Goose Pond, Lee
This is a great spot for a dip or a paddle. Bring your canoe for a serene cruise around the sparkling waters of this pond, or simply ease into the pond for a relaxing swim. This spot is definitely on the secluded side, so you'll likely be the only one around. There's also a small dock that makes boating much easier.
4. Norris Reservation, Norwell
If you don't mind a touch of grass and some reeds, this place is an incredibly private and peaceful place to take a dip. Located along the North River, this park also offers over two miles of hiking trails and some very scenic views.
5. Lake Dennison, Winchendon
This little pond is usually a serene and beautiful place to take a dip. Don't be scared off by the picture above – it's from a boating event when the crowds turned up in droves. The waters are warm and clean, and there's a well-maintained campground as well.
6. North Pond, Florida
This swimming hole is convenient and beautiful. There's plenty of parking, and the changing rooms make slipping into or out of your bathing suit as simple as can be. The nearby Savoy Mountain State Forest also makes for a great place to hike after you've enjoyed the lovely waters of North Pond.
7. Morses Pond, Wellesley
Want a classic beach day experience but don't feel like traveling all the way to the coast? This beach in Wellesley is a great option. There's a large floating dock with a ladder that makes getting into and out of the water a breeze, and the pond itself is exceptionally clean. Kids will love playing in the sand, and you'll love the gorgeous views.
8. Wells State Park, Sturbridge
This state park is a hidden jewel. Featuring a beautiful lake, plenty of trails and lots of grass to stretch out on, this park is a great alternative to a more traditional beach day. Head to Sturbridge to check this one out. (159 Walker Pond Road)
9. Lake Wyola, Shutesbury
Located in Lake Wyola State Park, this lovely swimming hole is clean and great for families. You can explore the beautiful natural landscape around the lake, or just spend a few hours splashing in the warm waters. (94 Lakeview Road, Shutesbury)
10. Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
While this isn't quite a swimming hole by traditional standards, the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston does offer urban families the chance to cool off when the summer heat strikes. Kids can splash in the fountains and sprays, while grownups can lounge on the park's lush lawns.
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