Vermont’s beaches and swimming holes are legendary, and as fun to discover as they are to jump, soak and dunk in. At Oakledge Park, families frolic along the warm and shallow shoreline, where it feels like you can walk halfway to New York before you're deeper than your knees. Competitive swimmers gather at North Beach to fine-tune their open water swimming skills, while others just come to relax and to enjoy Vermont’s sandiest shorefront. From Colchester to Charlotte and beyond, every lakeside town has its sandy or rocky public beach to explore.
If it’s a swimming hole you’re after, Huntington Gorge is a natural wonder where the river has carved a canyon that plunges into a welcoming pool that’s also the best vantage point to safely see this natural wonder. In nearby Bolton, the three-tiered waterfall called the Potholes is one of Vermont’s most stunning and unusual swimming spots. The emerald green river splashes through swimming pools, wading pools, with places to picnic and nature-bathe on the pebble shores.