When soaring temperatures and sticky humidity hit Ohio during the summer months, nothing beats an afternoon dip in one these five best swimming spots.
Ride the waves
If you’re seeking an authentic beach experience, Headlands Beach State Park is the place to go. Located at 9601 Headlands Road in Mentor, Headlands Beach offers the largest natural beach in Ohio. More than one mile of beach area lines Lake Erie’s coastline. When you’re worn out from swimming, take part in a game of beach volleyball or spend the afternoon picnicking, fishing or hiking the trails located in the park. For additional information, visit www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/headlnds/tabid/742/Default.aspx or call the park office at (216) 881-8141.
Get soaked at Soak City
If adventure is more your style, take advantage of the attractions at Soak City in Sandusky. Located at Cedar Point, Soak City is a water amusement park perfect for all ages. Little ones will enjoy the water playground. Teens will gravitate toward the towering waterslides, while the lazy river may be more mom and dad’s style. More information is available by visiting www.soakcitycp.com.
Get lost in nostalgia
Step back in time with a trip to Coney Island. Built in 1925, the Sunlite Pool offers the world’s largest, flat-surfaced recirculating pool. With more than an acre of water and numerous waterslides, the day is sure to be filled with fun in the sun. After swimming, take time to enjoy some of Coney Island’s other attractions including the Ferris wheel, amusement rides and bumper boats. Coney Island is located at 6201 Kellogg Ave. in Cincinnati. Hours vary throughout the summer. More information is available at www.coneyislandpark.com or by calling (513) 232-8230.
Take a ride on the wild side
If you’ve ever visited central Ohio, you know your options for swimming in natural water sources is limited. A visit to Zoombezi Bay Water Park will help you beat the heat this summer. Owned and operated by the Columbus Zoo, Zoombezi Bay is an African Safari-themed water park. Numerous slides, pools and playgrounds guarantee a good time for all ages. Located at 4850 West Powell Road in Powell, the water park is open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. For more information, visit www.zoombezibay.com.
Consider roughing it
Also located in central Ohio, Alum Creek State Park is known for its serene environment and 3,000-foot beach along Alum Creek Reservoir. In addition to swimming, Alum Creek is popular for camping and fishing. The state park is located at 3615 S. Old State Road in Delaware. Additional information is available at www.alum-creek-state-park.org or by calling the park office at (740) 548-4631.
Don’t let humidity and heat keep you indoors this summer. Gather some friends and get outside to enjoy some of Ohio’s best swimming spots.