Take a dip in nature’s swimming pools and escape the city!
If you’re feeling adventurous and in need of a day trip, try road tripping to one of these refreshing nearby lakes. Soak in the sun and swim in cool wild waters. There’s no better time to pack up the cooler, fill up the tank, and go!
Located in Bass River State Forest in New Jersey, about an hour drive from Philly, this the perfect place if you want to hike then go for a swim. Lifeguards are on duty so safety measures are ensured. The beach area has changing rooms, restrooms, showers, and a boutique selling refreshments and beach supplies. Unfortunately, pets and floaties are not allowed.
🚘 70 miles southeast of Philadelphia
This national park has a 525-foot sand beach and is about two hours outside of the city. There are no lifeguards on duty so swimming is at your own risk. Restrooms and showers are located near the beach for all visitors, as well.
🚘 80 miles north of Philadelphia
This state park is located on Lake Erie. Although not relatively close to the city, the five hour drive would make for the perfect weekend getaway.
There are a variety of beaches where swimming is allowed, and somewhere you can only walk along the shore. Each beach is different with varying facilities at each one, for example, not all of them have picnic tables and only one beach has a volleyball court. There’s plenty to do and visit in this gorgeous state park on the shore of Pennsylvania’s renowned lake.
🚘 350 miles northwest of Philadelphia
Two sand beaches permit swimmers with no lifeguards on duty, so swim at your own risk. It is located about two hours and a half from Philly and will make you forget a city is nearby. Refreshment stands are open and there are picnic areas.
🚘 130 north of Philadelphia
5. Union Lake
Located about an hour’s drive from Philly, Union lake is the largest freshwater lake in New Jersey. The beautiful massive lake is nearly 900 acres and popular for fishing, swimming, and boating. Take a hike after swimming as there are countless trails to explore, too.
🚘 25 miles southeast of Philadelphia
6. Lake Harmony
Located about two hours north of Philadelphia in the Pocono Mountains, Lake Harmony is a family-friendly destination you don’t want to skip. There’s plenty to do around the town for a day of exploration. Cool off in the gorgeous lake with scenic views. Make a weekend trip and stay over in the his cute town.
🚘 95 miles north of Philadelphia
7. Lake Lenape
Located in Burlington County, NJ, Lake Lenape is only about an hour away from Philadelphia. This lake is nestled in a beautiful and welcoming community geared toward families. Indeed, you’ll feel relaxed and at peace visiting Lake Lenape.
🚘 50 miles southeast of Philadelphia
Located just 20 minutes from Center City Philly, this popular lake destination is the perfect choice for a last minute day trip. Swim with your family on friends Mondays through Sundays. It’s $6 and $8 for children and adults on weekdays, and $7 and $10 on weekends. Unfortunately, pets and alcohol are prohibited.
🚘 8 miles southwest of Philadelphia