August in the tri-state area is filled with "bad hair" days and high heat indexes. Everyone is looking for ways to beat the August heat and humidity. With the following five best swimming spots in the tri-state area, you don’t have to remain a prisoner inside your air-conditioned home.
Commune with nature in a state park
Ricketts Glen State Park is nestled in a lush forest just 30 miles north of Bloomsburg, Pa. During August, Lake Jean is a refreshing and relaxing spot to swim that might not be well-known to people who live in the tri-state area. The 600-foot beach is open 8 a.m. to sunset through Labor Day. A convenient picnic area and concession stand are nearby as well. For more information, go to www.rickettsglen.info
Discover a quiet beach
If you’re hoping for a quieter beach experience without all the hoopla of a boardwalk, you probably haven’t discovered Stone Harbor, N.J. The slower pace and small-town charm of Stone Harbor offers visitors a casual shopping district and restaurants. Think beach fun with a little sophistication. Beaches here are rarely crowded and are an easy walk to other points around town. More information is available at www.stone-harbor.nj.us
Get out of the city
Metropolitan New Yorkers head to Long Island in droves during summer, but not everyone can afford pricey Southampton. Montauk has become one of the East Coat’s premier surfing destinations. Relax on the ocean beach, body surf a few waves or take a surfing lesson. The town of Montauk is immersed in a cool surfer culture throughout the community. Visit the town’s website at www.Onmontauk.com
Head to a clean river
Residents of the northern tri-state area have the spectacular Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area within driving distance. This 40-mile stretch of wide but laid-back river has accessible beaches between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It's considered one of the cleanest and most beautiful rivers in the East, and both Milford and Smithfield beaches feature bathhouses, parking and picnic areas. For directions, visit www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/swimming.htm
Delight your kids with a tropical water park
“Duke’s Lagoon,” located at Dutch Wonderland just outside of Lancaster, Pa., delights kids of all ages with water-spilling coconuts, amazing water geysers and bubblers. Designed with a multilevel water-play platform, water features are creative and screaming fun. Mom and dad can join in or relax in the lounge with a cool drink under a thatched umbrella shade and palm trees. Visit dutchwonderland.com for more information, including details on the adjacent amusement park.
It’s easy to beat the heat in August when you try one of these five best swimming spots in the tri-state area.