Spots for Summer Swimming

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Sometimes even with the A.C. on blast and fans blowing on high, we just can’t escape the summer heat. With the dog days of summer approaching and the heat rising, we’re all looking for ways to cool off. Instead of swimming in sweat, why not find a place to take a dip and cool off? Well, look no further than the greater Merrimack Valley.

Nara Park Beach

Photo of Nara Beach
Photo Credit: Acton,MA and Ethan Fleming

Located in the Nathaniel Allen Recreation Area, Nara Park Beach is a great place for beach-goers to catch some waves. Both Acton residents and non residents can enjoy affordable, daily rates to visit the beach. And if you’re looking for even more fun this summer while laying in the sand, make sure to visit our event page for any upcoming events like the Nara Park Beach free concert this July 24. 

Pomps Pond

Pomps Pond
Photo Credit: Pomps Pond Facebook

Swimming, boating, and even stand up paddle boarding are all options you can dive into at Pomps Pond this summer. If you’re an Andover resident, you can also sign up for a season pass. But for others who will only visit Pomps Pond a few times during the summer, the daily pass will be a good choice for you. The daily rates can be paid at the pond gate by cash or check, so don’t forget your wallet (and don’t leave it in your swim trunks either). 

And for the kids, they might even get a chance to meet Splash, the Pomps Pond mascot!

Pearl Hill Brook Pond

Photo of Pearl Hill Pond
Photo Credit: Only In Your State

You can cool off in the Pearl Hill Brook Pond, lay on the beach, and simply relax. But if you’re looking for an action-packed day of even more activities like fishing, camping, biking, and hiking along with jumping into the pond, you can visit the rest of the Pearl Hill State Park located in Townsend. 

Sunset Tiki Bar & Grill at Nashoba Valley

Photo of the beach by Sunset Tiki Bar & Grill at Nashoba Valley
Photo Credit: Sunset Tiki Bar & Grill

When we think of Nashoba Valley in Westford, we can’t help but think of snowy peaks and skiing. But from June 1 until the end of August, you can visit Nashoba Valley for a summer experience. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can enjoy live music and the tiki bar. With a full summer menu, you can’t go wrong with enjoying a day by the water and taking a dip between delicious appetizers. 

For premium seating, it is first come, first served so we strongly encourage you to make a reservation before arriving. Reservations are recommended, but not required. If this is a family affair or a girls day out, you’ll want to make sure for any reservations larger than six that you give them a call at 978-692-5700.

Pools Nearby

Not a pond or ocean type of swimmer? No worries, because a pool is available in or near the greater Merrimack valley. Visit the Water Park of New England located in Danvers for some indoor swimming fun and attractions. Or if you’d like to stay close to home, head to the Merrimack Valley YMCA and jump right into their Splash Page or Whirl Pool.  

We hope with these suggestions, you can stay cool this summer! 

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