Best Places in the U.S. to Cool Off Before Summer Ends

By    August 22, 2014

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The neighborhood pool is nice and all, but where are the really cool places you can cool off? SpareFoot was wondering this very thing, so we scoured the Internet to come up with the answer.

Taken from numerous “Best of” lists, we found the top spots all over the U.S. that are ideal for taking a dip. Find the one nearest you and go make a big splash before Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer!

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Which lists did each of these places actually make? Here is what we came across:

Los Angeles, CA
Featured On: Top Swim Cities, Best Rooftop Pools (The London, The Standard)
Close Proximity: Raging Waters Waterpark (San Dimas), Santa Monica Beach (Santa Monica)

Honolulu, HI – O’ahu
Featured On: Best Places to Swim (Hanauma Bay), Clearest Waters (Hanauma Bay), Best Beaches (Hanauma Bay), Best Beaches ’14 (Kahanamoku Beach)
Close Proximity: Lanikai Beach (Kailua), Waimanalo Beach Park (Waimanalo), North Shore O’ahu (Haleiwa)

Traverse City, MI
Featured On: Top Water Parks (Great Wolf Lodge)
Close Proximity: Platte River (Empire), Torch Lake (Antrim County)

Havasu Falls – Supai, AZ
Featured On: Best Swimming Holes (II), Secret Swimming Holes
Close Proximity: N/A

Robert H. Treman State Park – Ithaca, NY
Featured On: Beautiful Swimming Holes, Best Swimming Holes, Natural Swimming Holes
Close Proximity: N/A

Las Vegas, NV
Featured On: Best Rooftop Pools (Wet Republic at MGM, Tao Beach, Marquee Daypool)
Close Proximity: N/A

San Jose, CA
Featured On: Top Swim Cities, Top Water Parks (Raging Waters)
Close Proximity: Carlon Falls (Yosemite)

Indianapolis, IN
Featured On: Top Swim Cities
Close Proximity: White Rock Park (St. Paul)

Boston, MA
Featured On: Top Water Parks (Great Wolf Lodge), Best Rooftop Pools (Rooftop @ Revere, The Colonnade)
Close Proximity: N/A

Cummins Falls – Cookeville, TN
Featured On: Best Swimming Holes, Beautiful Swimming Holes, Secret Swimming Holes
Close Proximity: N/A

Austin, TX
Featured On: Top Swim Cities, Gorgeous Public Pools (Barton Springs), Best Rooftop Pools (Rio)
Close Proximity: Blue Hole (Wimberley), Krause Springs (Spicewood), Jacob’s Well (Hays County), Hamilton Pool (Travis County), Schlitterbahn Waterpark (New Braunfels)

Miami, FL
Featured On: Gorgeous Public Pools (Coral Gables Venetian Pool), Beautiful Beaches (South Beach)
Close Proximity: Cape Florida State Park (Key Biscayne)

St. Petersburg, FL
Featured On: Best Beaches (St. Pete Beach)
Close Proximity: Clearwater Beach (Clearwater), Siesta Beach (Siesta Key)

Cape Cod, MA
Featured On: Best Beaches ’14 (Coast Guard Beach)
Close Proximity: Moshup Beach (Martha’s Vineyard), Surfside Beach (Nantucket)

Orlando, FL
Featured On: Top Water Parks (Aquatica, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach)
Close Proximity: N/A

Hana, HI – Maui
Featured On: Secret Swimming Holes (Pools at Ohe’o), Best Beaches (Wai’anapanapa State Park), Best Beaches ’14 (Hamoa Beach)
Close Proximity: Ka’anapali Beach (Lahaina), Wailea Beach (Kihei), Makena Beach State Park (Makena)

Johnson’s Shut-Ins – Montgomery County, MO
Featured On: Best Swimming Holes (III), Beautiful Swimming Holes, Secret Swimming Holes
Close Proximity: N/A

Sliding Rock – Brevard, NC
Featured On: Best Swimming Holes (II), Secret Swimming Holes (II), Natural Swimming Holes
Close Proximity: N/A

Sources:

http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=2629&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en

http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-best-swimming-holes

http://mashable.com/2014/06/18/top-10-waterparks-in-america/

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/06/11/13-beautiful-natural-swimming-holes-around-us/

http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/10-gorgeous-pools-you-wont-believe-are-public,7563/

http://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/best-rooftop-pools-in-america

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/great-escapes-10-public-pools-and-swimming-holes-174365

http://www.frommers.com/slideshows/845903

https://roadtrippers.com/blog/7-amazing-and-secret-swimming-holes

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/07/02/12-top-secret-swimming-holes/2481307/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/conde-nast-traveler/the-best-natural-swimming_b_1789620.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/23/27-of-the-best-place-in-the-world-to-swim_n_5174334.html

http://dailynewsdig.com/35-clearest-waters-world-swim-die/

http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/world/10-best-places-world-swim

http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Beaches

http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/beaches/articles/top-10-us-beaches

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2014/05/22/top-10-us-beaches-according-to-dr-beach

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/20-most-beautiful-beaches-in-america

Matt works on the SpareFoot marketing team and specializes in SEO. You may recognize him as the August model in SpareFoot's first pin-up calendar.

  • Mike Burnett

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