Swim! Swim! Swim! – Pool and Beach Locales in the Capital Region

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This spring I wasn’t sure if we would even get warm enough to want to go for a swim, but lo! Summer has arrived in Tech Valley! Here is a list of places to take a refreshing dip, ranging from municipal pools, to state parks, to country swimming holes. I’ll be testing out some of the more obscure ones and look forward to reviewing them through the summer.

Updated 6/17/2013

Albany County

AlbanyCity of Albany Recreation Department  – Several outdoor pools available, click link for PDF of locations.

Cohoes –  Cohoes Community Center – indoor pool, basketball court and gym.  Day passes available, non-residents welcome.

ColonieCiccotti Family Recreation Center – indoor pool with lazy river, water splash park, zero depth entry.  Day passes $15 per person, ages 6 months and up for non-members.

GuilderlandTawasentha Park – Outdoor pool, non-residents allowed as guests of town residents.

RavenaRavena Village Park – Outdoor pool. Non-residents welcome. Call 756-8233 for info.

RavenaRavena-Coeymans School District Aquatics Center – Indoor pool. Non-residents welcome, fees and info in link.

New ScotlandThompson’s Lake State Park – Beach, near Thatcher State Park

Rensselaer County

Cherry PlainCherry Plain State Park – Beach.

GraftonGrafton Lakes State Park –  Beach.

North GreenbushSnyder’s Lake – Town of North Greenbush

Greene County

AthensAthens Community Pool – Outdoor pool. Link goes to Facebook page with membership and entry info.

Haines FallsNorth-South Lake  – Beach. Campground, day use swimming available.

HunterDolan’s Lake  – Beach. Picnic tables, lifeguard in summer months.

MaplecrestCD Lane Park – Beach.  Scroll down for park and beach info.

Columbia County

Hudson Hudson High School – Indoor pool. 

Taconic HillsTaconic Hills Aquatic and Fitness Center  – Indoor pool.  Non-residents welcome, fee info for residents in link.

Taconic State ParkBeach – Rudd Pond

Taconic State ParkBeach – Copake Falls

Schenectady County

NiskayunaNiskayuna Town Pool – Outdoor pool. Residents only, non-residents may attend as guests of residents. For fee info, click link and download Summer Brochure pdf.

Saratoga County

Ballston SpaBallston Spa Village Pool – Outdoor pool, is next to playground.

Charlton – Little Troy Park Beach & Swim Club – Beach – Open Memorial Day – Labor Day.

Moreau Lake State Park – Beach.

Other Lists

Swimmingholes.org is user generated, and has listings by state. Your mileage may vary, as this is crowdsourced.

All Over Albany has a great roundup of pools, with hours of operation, on Capital Region Swimming Pools 2011.

Katie on Kids Out and About adds a few more on Beyond the Pool: Splash Fountains, Creeks and Beaches in the Capital District.

Be sure to check links given for new policies before making a trip!