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Public pools here, there and everywhere
If you’re looking for a good place to swim and heading to the beach isn’t in the cards, check out these local pools.
Ulster County Pool is out near the county fairgrounds in New Paltz. If you’re willing to make the trip out to the country for a swim, you’ll find it is worth it. They’ve got an Olympic-sized main pool, along with two interconnected wading pools for kids. There’s a nice playground out back, and a big shaded pavilion to relax.
Cost is $4 for adults, kids 12 and under get in for $2 and senior citizens get in for $1. They’re located at 249 Libertyville Road, in New Paltz. Get more info by calling 255-7027 or look them up on www.ulstercountyny.gov.
Andretta Pool at 170 North Front Street near Dietz Stadium in Uptown Kingston is another public pool option. They offer swim lessons, have lap swimming and there’s also a picnic area. Back in 2013, day pass fees were $3 for adult residents, $5 for non-residents. Check https://ci.kingston.ny.us/ for more current info, or call the pool at 331-1682.
River Pool over in Beacon is sort of a cross between a public pool and an open-water swim. It gives people a chance to take a dip in the Hudson River, with lifeguards present, while being enclosed in a special structure. The swimming enclosure has a net on the bottom, so you can’t slide down, and it allows kids and adults to swim and play in the Hudson as though it were a municipal park.
Opening in July, it is open Tuesdays through Sundays. Free and open to the public, but it can only accommodate 20 swimmers. It is in Beacon’s Riverfront Park. Learn more at https://www.riverpool.org.
Town of Washington Pool in Mabbetsville outside of Millbrook in Dutchess County is another nice public pool and park in our area. Day passes are $5 for adult and child or $4 for senior citizens. Non-residents of the town pay the same for day passes. However, the town charges non-residents more for season passes. Learn more at https://www.towrecreation.com/park-information.html. The physical address is 3744 Route 44, Millbrook.
Moriello Pool, located in heart of New Paltz at the intersection of Church and Mulberry, is almost always busy during the season. If you’re already hanging out in the college town, Moriello Pool is a great option — albeit more expensive — to get wet and cool down. Non-residents can expect to pay more — the 2013 rates were $10 for non-resident adults and $6 for kids 12 and under. Resident day passes were $6 for adults and $4 for kids, but New Paltzonians were required to show proof of residency to get that discount. Learn more at www.townofnewpaltz.org/recreation. Physical address is 32 Mulberry St.
SplashDown Beach waterpark in Fishkill
If the public pool just isn’t going to cut it, and your kids need more adventure in their lives, the Hudson Valley actually has a waterpark close to home — SplashDown Beach in Fishkill. Older kids and grownups can play in the lazy river, giant wave pool and huge water slides. Little ones have their own Bob the Builder themed kids’ section, along with the Shipwreck Lagoon pirate ship, which has interactive fountains, buckets that dump water and smaller slides. Day passes cost $33 for people taller than 42 inches, but $28 for people under 42 inches and seniors. Season passes are available, too. SplashDown is at 16 Old Route 9, West Fishkill. Learn more at www.splashdownbeach.com.