In summer, it’s easy to get deeply enamored with New England’s ocean beaches. But families also flock to fresh-water lakes and swimming holes to dive into the joys of summer. Find nostalgic summer fun at a sandy swimming beach and a diving dock, pine trees rising in the distance, a snack bar dispensing gooey summer treats.
Vermont – Swimming hole at Warren Falls in Warren
Vermonters love their swimming holes; many are stone-lined bathtubs left from the state’s quarrying industry. A classic, deep swimming hole with rocky “beach” shelves and high rocks for jump-offs is at Warren Falls in Warren.
Rhode Island – Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville
This small lake and beach in the northwestern corner of Rhode Island attracts families to its clean water, diving dock, picnic groves, snack bar and especially its classic penny arcade. Lifeguards oversee this perfectly harmonious family retreat.
New Hampshire – Diana’s Baths in Bartlett
Naming a waterfall-fed swimming hole after the Roman goddess of nature is pretty audacious, but no one who has visited Diana’s Baths in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is quibbling. Pools and ledges are carved in granite by Lucy Brook.
Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor Maine is known for its stunning ocean cliffs. For swimming in calmer, shallower, and much warmer waters, Acadia visitors slip over to inland Echo Lake on “the quiet side” of Mount Desert Island.
Connecticut – Lake Waramaug in New Preston
Lake Waramaug is a pretty blue s-curve of clear water wrapping around two state parks in the peaceful Litchfield region of western Connecticut. During summer, families scatter among picnic groves, launches for canoes and kayaks, and swimming areas.