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Places to Swim in NEPA: Summer 2021

Cannonball! Dive in to NEPA’s Lakes and Pools.


Summers were made for leaping off of diving boards and playing endless games of Marco Polo.

A refreshing swim always hits the spot on a hot summer day. 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 public parks are some of the coolest spots to spend the summer.


Relax. We’re on Lake Time.



Sandy beaches and gentle waves provide the perfect staycation.

Treat yourself to a beach day without the drive. Many of NEPA’s state and local parks have lakes and sand beaches where you can splash and sunbathe all day long. Relax on the shore, or relive the glory days of summer camp as you leap into the cool, refreshing water.

Lakes & Beaches:

  • Beltzville State Park - Things to Do - DiscoverNEPA

    Beltzville State Park

    Lehighton, PA

    The 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.

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  • Gouldsboro State Park

    Gouldsboro, PA

    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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  • Hickory Run State Park

    White Haven, PA

    Get your fill of sun and sand at the beach at Hickory Run State Park in White Haven. The cool waters of Sand Springs Lake always beat the heat.

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  • Locust Lake State Park

    Barnesville, PA

    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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  • Promised Land State Park - Things to Do - DiscoverNEPA

    Promised Land State Park

    Greentown, PA

    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

    Benton, PA

    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.

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  • Tobyhanna State Park

    Tobyhanna, PA

    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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  • Tuscarora State Park - Things to Do - DiscoverNEPA

    Tuscarora State Park

    Barnesville, PA

    Chill out at the lake at Tuscarora State Park in Barnesville. The beach is a fun summertime destination for all ages.

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  • Palmyra Township Public Beach

    Hawley, PA

    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. The beach charges daily rates.

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  • Mauch Chunk Lake Park

    Jim Thorpe, PA

    Mauch Chunk Lake Park in Jim Thorpe is home to a 345-acre lake with a sand beach and  swimming area. The beach area also includes a refreshment stand, children’s play area and a pavilion.

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Kick It Poolside



That glittering blue water is so inviting.

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:

  • Ber-Vaughn Park and Pool

    Berwick, PA

    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. Daily rates and season memberships are available.

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  • Baer Memorial Pool

    Lehighton, PA

    Make a splash this summer at Baer Memorial Pool in Lehighton. This community pool has three waterslides and a children’s splash pad. Daily rates and season memberships are available. Open to Carbon County residents only.

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  • Forty Fort Pool

    Forty Fort, PA

    Cool off at the Forty Fort Pool at Betty Mascelli Park. The pool also features a playground, basketball court and picnic pavilion. Memberships are available for residents and non-residents. Day passes are only available to residents.

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  • Lackawanna State Park

    North Abington Twp., PA

    Cool off at Lackawanna State Park’s ADA-accessible swimming pool. The kids will love frolicking through the splash pad and picking out treats at the refreshment stand. The pool charges a daily fee.

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  • Frances Slocum State Park

    Wyoming, PA

    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) will offer a bus route to the park through the summer.

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  • Kingston Community Pool

    Kingston, PA

    Swim, slide and splash at the Kingston Community Pool. This pool features diving boards, waterslides and a splash pad for the little ones.

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  • Palmerton Memorial Park

    Palmerton, PA

    Take a dip at the pool at Palmerton Memorial Park, which has swim lanes, waterslides and a splash pad. The pool also offers children’s swim lessons and exercise classes.

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  • Dansbury Park

    East Stroudsburg, PA

    The Dansbury Park Pool in East Stroudsburg features a splash pad, waterslides, lap lanes and a zero-depth entry. Memberships and day passes are available for residents and non-residents.

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