The summer heat may finally be here in Central New York, and we may get a break from the rain to actually enjoy it. Maybe you're looking for some great places to go swimming in the next few weeks. Try some of my favorite places to swim right here in our own backyard.

Here's my Top 5 Favorite places to swim right here in Central New York:

Lake Delta, 8797 State Route 46 in Rome

One of my favorite places growing up to swim was Lake Delta in Rome. Lake Delta was created in 1912 after a flood flooded over 3,000 acres, destroying the village of Delta. The project to build the lake required the removal of 295 buildings, including 70 homes, and the relocation of two cemeteries. Year-round visitors can enjoy the picnic areas, hiking and nature trails, also the lake is a great spot for fishing for trout, pike, bass, bullhead, walleye, and perch. Of course there is a sandy beach with swimming for the summer.


Tosti Pool, 200 6th Street in Rome

Maybe the lake isn't your thing, you may want a clean pool with a diving board and slide. Look no further than the Tosti Pool in Rome for all of your swimming needs in Central New York. Growing up this pool was the place I took swimming lessons, and learned how to dive off of a diving board. The pool is usually open seven days a week from early June through August. The pool also hosts several evening programs in the summer, including the city's swim lesson program for children with special needs, and the Rome Sharks, our introductory program for competitive swimmers. Some of the other programs include movie nights, and other great night themes.

Enchanted Forest/Water Safari, 3183 State Route 28 in Old Forge

If you're looking for a great place to swim this summer make a trip up to Old Forge and go to the place where the fun never stops, Enchanted Forest/Water Safari. It's currently New York's Largest Water Theme Park with over 50 rides and attractions, including 32 heated water rides. Rain or shine you can have some summer fun at Enchanted Forest. While you're there, check out the newest ride, the Curse of the Silverback!


Limekiln Lake

One of my favorite camping trips I've ever been on was to Limekiln Lake. Its such a great place to swim in the summer, and plenty of other activities. Limekiln Lake Campground has 271 campsites, hot showers (always a plus while camping), a guarded swimming beach and canoe rentals. Canoes, rowboats and motorboats are allowed on the lake, giving access to fishing for a wide variety of fish including yellow perch, bullhead and splake.

Hinckley Lake at the Trail's End Campground in Hinckley New York

If you're looking for some tubing, swimming, fishing, and camping look no further than Hinckley Lake! Hinckley lake is at the Hinckley Reservoir which is a 7-mile-long, man-made reservoir. Activities on the lake include: boating and personal watercraft, fishing, swimming, water-skiing, tubing and "boarding". The lake has a sandy beach that you can tan in the sun and love! The beach is private and just for campers Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday they are open to the public.

Even though I have my own pool in my backyard I do love going to other places at times to go swimming. Where do you go to swim in Central New York?