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Cannonball! Places to Swim in NEPA

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.

Public Pools:

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • McDade Park

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Palmyra Township Public Beach

    Lounge on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack at Palmyra Township Public Beach. Spend the day in the sand, chill out at the snack bar or start a cookout at their charcoal grills. Lifeguards are on duty. The beach charges daily rates.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Merli-Sarnoski Park

    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.

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  • Covington Park

    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.

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  • Aylesworth Park

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Eurana Park

    Leap into the lake at Eurana Park in Weatherly. The sand beach, waterslide and concession stand hit the spot on a sunny afternoon.

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Courtney Snyder

About the Photographer

Courtney Snyder

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.

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