The pools and beaches of New York City offer a welcome respite from the summer heat, but let's face it: the trash-strewn beaches and packed-like-sardines public pools are less than idyllic. The thought of dealing with a sweaty crush of humanity just to dip your toes into a questionable body of water can be enough to keep you inside, cranking up the AC.
The solution? Hop on a train or bus and leave this steaming concrete jungle for wide open spaces and actually refreshing swimming spots. Miles of pristine shoreline, dozens of tucked-away lakes, and a few riverside watering holes exist just outside the five boroughs, and many are available by public transit, so slather on some sunscreen and grab your bathing suit.Read More