Our town lake and beach with summer life guards. Great for kids. Easy walk from the village via the Meadow Street recreation fields. The beach closes for the season at the end of August but you can still get in after that just by walking in.
Route 140 West, Wallingford, VT
A flash flood swept all these huge boulders downstream and created the wonderful swimming hole we now have (see aerial link below). Easy to get to and access with a pebble beach only steps from the parking area. The Big Branch River in Mt. Tabor has the cleanest water east of the Mississippi River. Nestled in the Vermont State forest, it’s only ever had trees above it. Super dog and kid friendly. Deep enough for swimming but not diving or jumping.
Mount Tabor, VT
What makes this waterfall special is the uber-shaky public-use suspension bridge. This 30-foot long bridge resides directly above the small cascades that can be seen here within Clarendon Gorge.
This waterfall is one of several classic swimming holes in southern Vermont. There is a large pool below both the middle and upper falls, each being deep enough for complete submersion. Easy to find with ample parking. Dog and kid friendly.
On hot summer days, the sight of dozens of families jumping, swimming, and basking in the sun around this massive 60-foot-deep swimming hole makes it one of the most wholesome and picturesque recreational spots in the region. First mined in 1785, the stone from the country’s oldest commercial marble quarry went to build the main branch of the New York Public Library and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Located conveniently between Manchester and Rutland, this park is popular for its wooded hillside campground, beach and swimming area, and nearby attractions and tourist destinations. The park surrounds 20-acre Emerald Lake, named for the emerald green color of its waters when viewed from above. Restricted to non-motorized watercraft, the lake is ideal for swimming and paddling. Sorry dogs are not allowed but ultra kid friendly.