New York State boasts almost 9,700 miles of lake, river, and ocean shoreline, as well as numerous spectacular public swimming pools, so it's simple to find a spot to cool off on a hot summer day.
Here is your guide to some of the greatest locations to swim in New York State, from world-class surfing beaches to calm-watered coves to crystal-clear lakes and large pools.
Remember to maintain social distance and to wear a mask as needed by state law.
Call ahead of time and check websites and social media to ensure that attractions are open and accessible.
Sandy Island Beach State Park is located on Sandy Island (Thousand Islands-Seaway)
Sandy Island Beach State Park is a great place to reconnect with nature.
This Lake Ontario freshwater beach features a bathhouse, picnic area, and a car-top boat launch, as well as fishing, kayaking, hiking, and bird viewing.
There are walkovers and observation platforms so tourists may enjoy nature without harming the beach's delicate dunes, which were created by wind and the waves of a huge sea that came long before Lake Ontario.
Sacandaga Lake is a large lake in New York (Capital-Saratoga)
Great Sacandaga Lake is one of New York State's largest, most beautiful, and least developed lakes, featuring excellent sand beaches mixed with rocky sections.
The lake is located about 22 miles from Saratoga Springs and is surrounded by the towering pine wooded slopes of the Adirondack Mountains, which provide a beautiful background for its 125-mile shoreline.
Visitors may enjoy waterskiing, kayaking, jet skiing, and fishing, but the lake's beautiful waters and attractive natural sand beaches are the main draws.
Check out Northampton Beach, the lake's most developed beach, which has a great "Junior Naturalist" program and guided walks.
Long Lake Town Beach is a popular tourist destination (Adirondacks)
Long Lake Town Beach, with its magnificent background of the Seward Mountain Range, is a must-see for a fun, family-friendly summer vacation.
A swim dock with a mini-trampoline, slide, and rope swings is available at the beach.
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday, Red Cross certified lifeguards are on site to oversee swimming, and free swimming lessons by a Water Safety Teacher-licensed instructor are also offered.
State Park on Lake Superior (Catskills)
Ideal for children,
A beach, swimming, boating and boat rentals, fishing, volleyball, a playground, picnic tables and grills, picnic pavilions (for a charge), vending machines, and a bath house with shower are all available at Lake Superior State Park near Bethel.
The beach is open weekends from Memorial Day weekend through June, and everyday from June to Labor Day.
There are seasonal and group prices available.
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