Summer is making a splash in Albany County! From the beach to splash pads and pools, there are plenty of places to take a dip or just relax and get cool. Scroll on for some places to chill out and cool off during the hot summer months in Albany County.
Photo Credit: NY State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Address: 68 Thompson´s Lake Rd & Rte 157 East Berne, NY 12059
Hours: Beach open daily from 10 AM to 5:45 PM until September 4
Price: Vehicle entrance fee $7 per car
Enjoy a beach day this summer at Thompson's Lake State Park tucked within the beautiful John Boyd Thacher Park grounds! Whether you plan to relax on the sand or swim the day away, a trip to Thompson's Lake makes for a perfect, cool summer day in Albany County. You can also get onto the water from the boat launch and enjoy a relaxing day canoeing or kayaking on the lake.
Thomspon's Lake State Park is nestled within the mountains just four miles away from the breathtaking Heldeberg Escarpment. Keep the fun going and enjoy a scenic camping getaway at this spot, offering 140 wooded campsites. Other features of this site include fishing, stand-up paddeboards, nature trails, a playground, volleyball court, and close access to the Thacher Nature Center. Programs and activities for campers are offered throughout the summer including the upcoming Halloween in August event on August 19, 2023, featuring a parade, scavenger hunt, trick or treating and more!
Soak up some fun this summer at one of the many splash pads in Albany! Splash pads are a great way for kids of all ages to beat the heat and have some fun. As zero-depth aquatic playgrounds, they're a great, safe option for smaller children to explore and play with water.
Bonus: Dry off after splashing around at a playground found at each park these splash pads are located in!
Black Lives Matter Park
North Swan St. Park
Colonie St. Park
Westland Hills Park
Albany County Pools Open to the Public
Summer is never complete without a dip in the pool! Enjoy a relaxing and refreshing swim day at one of the Albany County pools open to residents and non-residents all summer long.
Bozenkill Park Pool
Address: 6374 Gun Club Rd, Altamont, NY 12009
Hours: 12 PM to 7 PM
Price: Residents: $3 per person, free for children under 5 and senior citizens
Non-residents: $5 per person, $3 for children under 5 and senior citizens
Address: 34 James St, Cohoes, NY 12047
Hours: Open daily from 12 PM to 7 PM
Price: Free for residents, $7 for non-residents (Photo ID required)
Veterans Memorial Pool
Address: 1530 2nd Ave, Watervliet, NY 12189
Hours: Monday to Friday, 12 PM to 6 PM, Saturday 12 PM to 4 PM
Price: Pool passes required
Residents: $10 for adults, $5 for children
Non-residents: $20 for adults, $10 for children
Day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for children
Albany County Pools Open to Residents and Their Guests
Are you a resident of Bethlehem, Colonie, or Guilderland? Whether you're looking for a place to cool down right in town or have someone visiting that you'd like to show around, the following pools are open to residents and their guests! Proof of residency required, visit each location's website for full information.
Elm Avenue Park Pool Complex
Open to Town of Bethlehem Residents and their guests
Address: 261 Elm Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054
Hours: Open daily 12 PM to 8 PM until August 27 (pool will close at 7 PM starting August 6)
Price: Residents: $5.25 for adults, $4.75 for children, free for children under 5 and senior citizens
Guests: $8.25 for adults, $6.75 for children, $6.50 for children 4 and under, $5.50 for senior citizens
Season passes are available, prices lower after 5 PM
Mohawk River Park and Pool
Open to Town of Colonie Residents and their guests
Residents 18+ are allowed up to 3 guests
Address: 71 Schermerhorn Rd, Cohoes, NY 12047
Hours: Open daily 10:30 AM to 7 PM until September 4
Price: Residents: $7 for adults, $6 for children, free for children 4 and under
Guests: $12 for adults, $10 for children, free for children 4 and under
Open to Guilderland Residents and their guests
Address: 188 Route 146, Altamont, NY
Hours: Open daily 12 PM to 7 PM (Open at 11:30 AM on weekends)
Price: Residents: $5 for adults, $3 for children, free for children under 5 and senior citizens
Guests: $7 for adults, $5 for children, $3 for children under 5 and senior citizens
If you're local to the City of Albany check out some of the following pools: Note that the following pools are open to residents of the City of Albany; proof of residency is required upon first visit. Each pool is free for residents!
Albany High School Pool
700 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
Hours: Daily from 11 AM to 5:30 PM
Arbor Hill Community Center Pool
50 Lark Street, Albany, NY 12210
Hours: Daily from 1 PM to 6 PM
Mater Christi Pool
1134 New Scotland Road, Albany, NY 12208
Hours: Daily from 1 PM to 6:30 PM