Best Places to Go Swimming in Albany – Our Top Five
As summer rolls in and you just can’t seem to crank the AC high enough, it’s always nice to know exactly the best places to go swimming . Between public pools and not-so-public swimming holes and waterfalls, here’s our list! – Oh and if you're looking for places to cool off that don't involve swimming, then check out the list our sister site Crush FM has.
Million Dollar Beach
Million Dollar State Beach has only a parking fee so despite it’s name it won’t cost you that much money. There is also a ton of stuff to do at Lake George so after some time on the beach perhaps you can head over to Neptune’s for some after beach fun. By the way - no inflatable devices are allowed on the beach.
City of Albany public pools
We are very fortunate that our local cities and towns offer a system of pools that are open to the public. The City of Albany has the best setup as well - including spray pools for the little ones. Your best bet is the Lower Lincoln Park Pool - it’s pretty big and located just steps from the Capital Plaza.
Tubing on the Battenkill
Tubing rocks - especially on the Battenkill. Nothing says “awesome summer day” than floating down a lazy river. Plenty of places where it’s deep enough to swim along the way too, especially a few places under covered bridges. Best stretch is between Arlington VT and just below Cambridge NY. Bring along anything that floats - a pool float or rent an inner tube from one of the dozens of places along the river that offers them.
"Come on baby let's slide, slide slide"...Catchy jingle- check. Family fun - check. Just a quick drive to Lake George and you’ll be having a blast at Waterslide World. It was always a huge treat to be able to go hang out here as a kid and why not inspire that same nostalgia in your child?
Grafton Lakes State Park
We picked this one as our top choice for a number of reasons - a big one being it’s “in the country” without having to travel too far to get there. Grafton is about 15 minutes outside of Troy and offers a great setting for summer fun. Aside from the swimming you can enjoy a sandy beach, or maybe take a walk around the lake on one of the many trails at the park. Additionally there are picnic tables and pavilions for get togethers. You’ll have a great day in Grafton!