Dive in to NEPA’s Lakes, Pools and Parks
Beat the heat this summer.
Summers were made for leaping off of diving boards and giggling through games of Marco Polo. A refreshing swim always hits the spot on a hot summer day. Not to mention, it keeps the kids from saying the dreaded b-word. No one will complain that they’re bored after a day of splashes and smiles.
NEPA’s state and community parks offer tons of summertime fun, from crystal clear pools to lakes and sand beaches. So grab your towel, slather on some sunblock and throw on your flip flops. These parks are some of the coolest spots to spend the summer.
Kick It Poolside
That glittering blue water is so inviting on a hot day.
The local pool is a little oasis on sunny days. It’s easy to spend all of summer vacation floating in an inner tube, just watching the clouds drift by. Work on your strokes or race down the waterslides. Maybe you’ll nail that high dive this year (or just end up with an epic belly flop).
Gather up the family and spend a day in the water. The pools at NEPA’s state and community parks offer summertime fun at prices that won’t break the bank.
Lackawanna State Park
Cool off at Lackawanna State Park’s ADA-accessible swimming pool. The kids will love frolicking through the splash pad, which is full of fountains and play equipment.
Frances Slocum State Park
Located just outside of Wilkes-Barre, Frances Slocum State Park provides a little escape from the bustle of the city. Their pool is ADA accessible and features fun slides. The Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) offers a bus route to the park from June through August.
Nay Aug Park
Spend the day jumping off the diving boards and racing down the waterslides at Nay Aug Park in Scranton. The Olympic-sized pool offers tons of space to splash and swim. Scranton residents and non-residents can purchase daily passes and season memberships.
Kingston Community Pool
Swim, slide, and splash at the Kingston Community Pool. This pool features diving boards, waterslides and a splash pad for the little ones. They also offer swim lessons. Daily passes and season memberships are available for residents and non-residents.
Ber-Vaughn Park and Pool
Dive in at Ber-Vaughn Park and Pool in Berwick, the largest community pool in the state. This ADA-accessible pool welcomes residents and non-residents. This season they’re offering Glide Fit Yoga classes where you’ll practice your poses on a float. Daily rates and season memberships are available.
Plan a day trip to McDade Park, a peaceful spot right outside of Scranton. The Olympic-sized pool will keep the family busy for hours. While you’re there, keep the fun rolling on the playground, sports fields and waking trails. The pool opens for the season on June 29.
Palmerton Memorial Park
Take a dip at the pool at Palmerton Memorial Park. Work on your strokes in the swim lanes or embrace your inner child on the waterslides. The splash pad area is full of fountains and play equipment for the kids. Daily rates and season memberships are available.
Baer Memorial Pool
Make a splash this summer at Baer Memorial Pool in Lehighton. This community pool has three waterslides and a children’s splash pad. Switch up your workout routine with an exercise classes like aquatic Zumba or water aerobics. Later, cool off with a sweet treat from the snack bar. Daily rates and season memberships are available.
Relax. We’re on Lake Time.
Tranquil waters and gentle waves provide the perfect getaway.
Relive the glory days of summer camp and leap in to one of NEPA’s pristine lakes. There’s nothing more refreshing than that sudden jolt of cool water when you first jump in.
Plan a staycation this summer. Most of NEPA’s state and community parks have sand beaches, so treat yourself to a beach day without the drive. Spread out a towel and sunbathe while the kids work on building a sandcastle. Just don’t fall asleep, or you might end up buried neck-deep in sand.
Lakes and Beaches:
Hickory Run State Park
Get your fill of sun and sand at the beach at Hickory Run State Park in White Haven. Take a dip in Sand Springs Lake, then grab a bite to eat at the snack bar.
Mauch Chunk Lake Park
Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe is home to a 345-acre lake with a sand beach, swimming area and snack stand. Lifeguards are on duty. Beach tags are available at the main park office.
Promised Land State Park
Two beaches mean double the fun at Promised Land State Park in Greentown. The main beach is located by the day use picnic area and snack stand. A smaller sand beach is at Pickerel Point.
Ricketts Glen State Park
Soak up the sun at Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park. The park offers a swimming area and sand beach with picnic tables, charcoal grills and a volleyball court right on the shore. After a day in the water, grab an ice cream cone from the concession stand.
Tobyhanna State Park
The beach at Tobyhanna State Park is a great place to cool off in the Poconos. Kick back on the shores of Tobyhanna Lake and treat yourself to a mini vacation.
Gouldsboro State Park
Plan a beach day at Gouldsboro State Park. They offer a sand beach and swimming area in the scenic Pocono mountains. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
Splash and play all day at Merli-Sarnoski Park in Greenfield Township. Their 35-acre lake has a relaxing sand beach and convenient bathhouses. Admission is free.
Take a dip in DeSandis Pond at Covington Park, a community space just outside of Moscow. A sandy beach borders the 9-acre pond. Admission is free, and lifeguards are on duty.
Take some beach time at Aylesworth Park in Jermyn. Their 4-acre lake and sand beach is a great place to beat the heat. Admission is free.
Tuscarora State Park
Chill out at the beach at Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville. After a day in the water, take a break at their snack bar, which offers picnic food and ice cream.
Beltzville State Park
The cool waters of Beltzville Lake are calling your name. Visit the sand beach and swimming area at Beltzville State Park in Lehighton the next time you need to cool off. They also have a concession stand.
Locust Lake State Park
Relax to the sound of waves lapping the shore at Locust Lake State Park in Barnesville. A sand beach and swimming area invite visitors to the pristine lake.
Leap into the lake at Eurana Park in Weatherly. The sand beach, waterslide and concession stand hit the spot on a sunny afternoon.
About the Photographer
Originally from Williamsport, Courtney is a 2019 Marywood grad. She enjoys discovering the often-overlooked beauty of NEPA, making clean Jeeps dirty, and cuddling with her chunky cat, Marley.