The best places to cool off in these popular suburbs.
School’s wrapping and the temperatures are rising — so there’s no better time to hit the Westchester beaches, pools, and splash pads as you’re touring towns. These local favorites are good jumping-off spots!
Westchester is home to some of the best beaches on the Long Island Sound — and Rye Beach ranks right at the top. This go-to local spot includes a shallow swimming area plus plenty of sand for sunbathing.
Want vacation vibes? Head to nearby Playland Beach for the classic boardwalk attractions. Riding the Dragon Coaster is practically a summertime right of passage.
Another go-to? Glen Island Park, the beach for New Rochelle locals. Fun fact: Glen Island Park was the site of a well-known 19th-century summertime resort. Now it’s open to the public so anyone can wade in the water or build a sandcastle on the shore. Book a pavilion if you want to host a BBQ.
In Mamaroneck, residents flock to Harbor Island Park when they want to cool off. There’s a saltwater beach for swimming, a splash park, and a boat launch. For even more summer fun, check out the park’s outdoor concerts (Broadway on the Sound is a favorite).
And lastly, don’t miss Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson. Instead of a Long Island Sound spot, the beach sits on the Hudson River — and, yes, you can swim in the Hudson. Consider booking a beachfront campsite if you want to plan a laid-back staycation.
Westchester Pools and Splash Pads
Beaches are just the start — you’ll also find some amazing public pools in Westchester. In White Plains, locals cool off at the Saxon Woods Pool which includes slides and a spray park for kids. And if you’re looking for more of a chill day? There are plenty of chairs and umbrellas, plus a mini-golf course, perfect for pre- or post-pool time.
Hommocks Pool in Larchmont is a great spot to cool off. Not only can you swim laps or just splash around, but the pool hosts tons of activities including aqua Zumba, a kids triathlon, and more.
In Yorktown Heights, locals and day-trippers flock to the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Pool Park. This huge pool can accommodate up to 3,000 swimmers and includes a zero-depth entry section for toddlers plus 26 different spray features. And for something more low-key, locals recommend taking a rowboat out on the pond, or grabbing a bite from the onsite concession.
Speaking of boats, kayaking is one of the best ways to cool off in Westchester. We mentioned Croton Point Park earlier for its beach, but we also love kayaking from this spot. If you don’t have your own gear, don’t worry. Kayaks, canoes, and standup paddle boards are available to rent from Hudson River Rentals.
Mountain Valley Guides also offers kayak rentals in Hastings on Hudsons. But you’re going to want to check out their lessons and tours. Have a four-legged family member? Sign up for a doggie paddle tour. This is also a great way to meet other pup parents in town.
Wampus Pond is a low-key spot where Armonk locals can get out on the water. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, rowboats are available to rent on holidays and weekends.
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