Looking for a spot to relax in some cool water this summer? Look no further than Westchester’s Department of Parks for locations for all your summer swimming! From the shores of the Long Island Sound, to the Hudson, and everything in between, Westchester provides a wonderful array of beach and pool options. All you need is your park pass, or proof of residency, and you can enjoy all of the amenities of these areas.
One of the nation’s oldest amusement locations, Rye Playland in Rye offers a beach, a pool, and an amusement park that includes over 50 rides and attractions. Lounge on the beach on the Long Island Sound, or take a stroll on the boardwalk. There is always something going on, including live music and entertainment. The park also features a beautiful swimming pool, a wonderful place to get away from the hot summer sun. The park is open from 10 am until 6:30 pm. For more information, visit the website at www.ryeplayland.org.
Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle offers picnic tables, miniature golf, playgrounds, fishing and of course, Westchester’s most popular Sound Shore beach. The beach is open from 10am to 6pm, the park from 8am-dusk, and is a beautiful (and historical) spot to enjoy all the sites of the Sound! For more information, visit www.westchestergov.com
Located on the opposite side of the county on the shores of the Hudson River, you will find Croton Point Park. This lovely spot offers playgrounds, camping areas, and breathtaking views of the Hudson Valley…and the beach is free! Open from 10am to 6pm, it’s a beautiful place to spend a day relaxing with family and friends. Visit www.westchestergov.com for more information.
Willson’s Waves is located off Lincoln Avenue, in Willson’s Park in Mount Vernon. It features four water recreation areas for people of all ages. The wave pool, which has a graduated depth from 0 inches to six feet, offers three-foot waves! There are also two water slides, and an interactive water playground with different levels of spraying and shooting water. Then, there is the spray deck, a level surface with different spray heads…sort of like running through a sprinkler!! It’s a great way to cool off.
The Pool at Saxon Woods Park is the largest pool in the County. It is located in Saxon Woods Park in White Plains, a 700 acre property with an 18 hole golf course, playgrounds, miniature golf, and hiking. Many events are held at the pool, including the Swim Across America event to benefit cancer research. You can even have a pool birthday party at Saxon Woods!
The Pool at Tibbett’s Brook Park in Yonkers, has been recently renovated. The original pool was built 81 years ago, and featured a Tudor-Revival Bath House, dear to many in the county. The pool is now knows as “The Brook at Tibbetts”, and the Bath House is still there, majestically keeping watch over the cool water. This new “water complex” boasts a spray playground, in-pool basketball and volleyball, lap lanes, and the signature “lazy river” that inspired the re-naming of water center “The Brook.” There are even in-pool benches, which make cooling off and relaxing very easy!
The Pool at Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers is currently closed. Check here for updates.
Again, for more information about any of these Westchester watering holes, visit www.westchestergov.com. You will find fee schedules and other park amenities listed there. STAY COOL!!