5 Swimming Spots Outside Of Philly That Aren’t Public Pools

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5 Swimming Spots Outside Of Philly That Aren’t Public Pools

Featured image: New Jersey State Park Service

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 nearby lakes and beach shores. Enjoying the sun and swimming in cool wild waters is the perfect weekend trip to escape the city for a little while.

1. Lake Absegami

Image: New Jersey State Park Service

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.


2. Beltzville Park

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.

3. Presque Isle State Park

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This state park is located on Lac Eerie. 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 lac.


4. Promised Land State Park

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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.

5. Nockamixon State Park

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This park is perfect for families! Only an hour outside the city, the swimming pool complex is equipped with two water slides, a shallow end, and fountains to play in. The pool is only open on weekends starting in mid-August, and fees are applicable. However, the half-acre main pool will be so much fun for you and the kids.

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