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10 spots to take the kids swimming

Looking for someplace fun to take the kids to cool off this summer? Here are 10 spots to swim in Maryland from our list of summer fun ideas for every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

So pick a beach, lake, pool or quarry and get ready to dive in.

1 Sandy Point State Park – Located along the Northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the park’s beaches and picnic areas overlook the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Sandy Point offers swimming beaches, picnicking, fishing, crabbing, boating, hiking, areas of historical interest and more.

2 Roger Carter Community Center – The swim center, located in Ellicott City, has spaces for all ages and swimming abilities to have a good time. There’s an outdoor splash pad for toddlers and younger children and a 10.5-foot deep diving well and diving board for older kids. The zero-slope entry pool has a retractable roof that allows families to enjoy the facility in all seasons.

3 Cascade Lake – Enjoy the large, roped-off swimming area that has waterslides and multiple platforms for jumping at this lake in Carroll County. For younger kids, there is a Spray ‘N Playground nearby where they can splash without having to swim.

4 North Arundel Aquatic Center – There is a 134-foot waterslide, splash down area, dump buckets, waterfall and poolside spa for adults at this indoor water park in Glen Burnie.

5 Hammerman Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park – The park has a 1,500-foot beach perfect for swimming. Other attractions include boat rentals, a concession stand, playgrounds and hiking trails. You can even try your hand at windsurfing, paddle boarding and sailing.

6 Glenn Dale Splash Park – The outdoor community pool in Prince George’s County has tons of water features that the kids will love. A zero-depth entry main pool is the main feature with multiple waterslides and a lily pad crossing. A shallow toddler pool has spraying mushrooms and floating animals.

7 Cunningham Falls State Park – The Frederick County park has miles of trails, breathtaking waterfalls, and a natural lake, so your family can enjoy a hike and a refreshing dip after. Although swimming is not permitted in the waterfall, you can swim off the beaches of Hunting Creek Lake, which is just a short walk from the falls.

8 Beaver Dam – This swim club in Cockeysville has two pools and a freshwater quarry with a rope swing and small cliffs for jumping in the water.

9 Fort Smallwood Park – Recreational amenities at this Pasadena fort built in the late 1880s include beaches, a 380-foot fishing pier, children’s playground, trails, historic gun battery and barracks, and more.

10 Rollingcrest Chillum Splash Pool – Preschoolers will love the one-foot deep pool with slides, tubes and bridges. The older kids will enjoy the zero-depth entry main pool that has a lily pad crossing and an indoor-outdoor tube slide. The Prince George’s County Pool is indoors which is perfect for a rainy or hot day.

For a daily dose of summer fun, explore our 100 Days of Summer page or search our daily calendar of events.

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