by Ayleen Gontz
Need a break from the summer heat or a short afternoon getaway? Check out the public pools, lakes, and swimming holes in southern Pennsylvania. Sunny or shady, chlorine or spring-fed, crowded or quiet, a couple hours or all day… Here are a variety of places to swim this summer.
Caledonia State Park
Lots of swimming space with a waterslide, and a snack bar.
101 Pine Grove Road, Fayetteville • 717-352-2161 • dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/CaledoniaStatePark/Pages/Swimming.aspx • Call ahead for opening date • Day passes: Free to $7 (discounts after 4 pm)
Codorus State Park
Ramp entry to a large pool and separate kids’ spray ground with a view of Lake Marburg.
2600 Smith Station Road, Hanover • 717-637-2816 • dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/CodorusStatePark/Pages/Swimming.aspx • Open daily 11 am to 6:45 p.m. through August 18, weekends through Labor Day • Day passes: $3 to $7 (discounts after 4 p.m.)
Graham Aquatic Center at the YMCA
Beach-style entry, underwater benches, plus dumping bells and a spinning vortex.
543 N. Newberry St., York • 717-718-1968 • yorkcoymca.org/ymca-locations/graham-aquatic-center • Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (noon to 7 p.m., Sundays) through August 17, weekends through Labor Day • Day passes: Free to $8 (discounts after 4 p.m.)
Lancaster County Pool in Central Park
Large pool with tubular slides and water fountains and a shallow entry.
1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster • 717-392-4621 • co.lancaster.pa.us/255/Pool • Open daily noon to 7 p.m. (Sundays 1 to 7 p.m.) through Labor Day • Day passes: Free to $7
Littlestown Community Pool at the YMCA
Newly renovated pool with zero entry and shallow kid pool; snack shop on site.
151 Lakeview Drive, Littlestown • 717-632-8211 • facebook.com/LittlestownCommunityPool • Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through August 20, weekends through Labor Day • Day passes: $3 to $7 (discounts after 4 p.m.)
Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach
Old-fashioned lake swimming with a sand beach, diving platforms, and rope swings.
130 Lakeview Drive, Lebanon • 717-964-3130 • www.mtgretnalake.com • Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Labor Day • Day passes: Free to $19
A cool pool with a small town feel, a shaded picnic area, and an ice cream shoppe.
72 N. 2nd St., McSherrystown • 717-637-1614 • www.neiderers.com • Open daily noon to 7 p.m. through Labor Day • Day passes: $3 to $6
Pine Grove State Park
Choose from Fuller Lake, an old iron quarry with lifeguards, or Laurel Lake, a large unguarded lake.
1100 Pine Grove Road, Gardners • 717-486-7174 • dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/PineGroveFurnaceStatePark/Pages/Swimming.aspx • Open daily 8 a.m. to sunset through September 30 • Day passes: Free
Small park with picnic tables and a sloping bank into the creek.
41-1 S. Hoernerstown Road, Hummelstown