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We love Astoria Park Pool, but let’s be honest: Sometimes it’s nice to swim somewhere that isn’t surrounded by concrete. These five swimming holes near NYC are just a hop, skip and a cannonball jump away. Don’t forget your swimsuit.

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1. ENDERS FALLS (GRANBY, CT)

This gorgeous swimming spot is hidden inside Enders State Forest in northern Connecticut. Follow an easy hiking trail, and your natural pool awaits, surrounded by waterfalls. 2.5 hours from NYC

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2. HIGHLANDS NATURAL POOL (RINGWOOD, NJ)

Swimming laps at the gym is fine, but sometimes we want to cool down without that burny chlorine feeling in our eyes. That’s when we take a mini road trip to this totally natural swimming pond in North Jersey's Wyanokie Highlands. 1.5 hours from NYC

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3. SPLIT ROCK FALLS (ELIZABETHTOWN, NY)

OK, this one is admittedly a bit of a schlep, but after you make the four-plus-hour drive and brave the slippery rocks, you’ll understand. Swimming holes don’t get more gorgeous than this, people. 4 hours from NYC

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4. VERNOOY KILL FALLS (KERHONKSON, NY)

When your coworkers ask you what you’re doing this weekend, you can now say, “Oh, just swimming under a waterfall. NBD.” 3 hours from NYC

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5. LAKE TIORATI (SOUTHFIELDS, NY)

Super easy day trip, anyone? Just hop on the Metro-North to get to Harriman State Park—there’s even a shuttle bus that’ll drive you right up to the lake. Best weekend ever. 1 hour from NYC

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