The sunny weather is finally here! It’s time to dust off those bathing suits and bust out the sunblock because it’s friggin’ hot outside. Get your gear ready and your Charlie card out because it is time to hit up the best swimming holes in the Boston area for a sweet cool down and some sunbathing.
|5. Houghton’s Pond|
How to get there: Take the Red Line to the Ashmont Station. Then take the trolley to Mattapan. The Canton and Blue Hills bus services the Trailside Museum and Great Blue Hill on Route 138. For the Houghton’s Pond area, exit the bus at Blue Hill River Road. Cross the road and walk one mile east on Hillside Street.
|4. Arlington Reservation|
How to get there: Red Line towards Alewife. Hop off at Porter Square Station. Grab the 77 Bus towards Arlington Heights via Mass Ave. Get off at Park Ave. Take a right onto Park Ave. Take a left onto Lowell Street. Destination will be on your left.
|3. The Charles River|
How to get there: The closest MBTA station is the Charles/MGH station on the Red Line or Arlington or Copley Station on the Green Line. Take the Arthur Fiedler footbridge or the Charles/MGH footbridge.
|2. Crystal Lake|
How to get there: Take the Red Line towards Alewife. Get off at Park Street and get on the Green line D Train towards Riverside. Hop off at Newton Highlands Station. Head NW on Walnut Street. Take a Right onto Lake Ave. Turn Left onto Roger Street. Continue onto Lake Ave. Turn Right onto Lake Terrace. Voila, you have arrived!!
|1. Walden Pond|
Walden Pond, best known as Thoreau’s retreat, is now a public swimming hole thanks to Thoreau himself and his awareness and respect for nature and the environment. It is considered the birthplace of the modern conservation movement and is included in the Massachusetts Forests and Parks System. Perfect to both hit the trails and take a dip.
With the sun finally shining we wasted no time in getting our butts to the secluded side of the pond. With less foot traffic, you can enjoy the place as if it were your own.
The pond is 102 feet deep and after a light lunch (daring, we know) we hit the cool glasslike water for some serious swimming.
Not only does the casual cool-off go down with most folks enjoying both the water and woods of Walden, but it is also known as a place where swimmers come to get in some serious lap time.
Walden is a great place for a swim, but they make it real easy for you to enjoy yourself in a number of ways. With trails abound, you can take a hike or ride your bike before you hit the shore. Not the best swimmer? The main beach has lifeguards on duty and there are clean bathrooms and changing rooms. Fancy an ice-cream? An ice-cream truck is conveniently located up the hill from the main beach. Have a canoe or kayak? There is a boat ramp for easy access in and out of the pond.
How to get there: Head to North Station and grab the Fitchburg/South Acton line towards South Acton on the commuter rail. Get off at the Lincoln Stop. It is a 1.5 mile walk to the pond starting with heading southwest on Lincoln Road. Turn right onto Codman Road. Turn right onto Ma-126N. Destination will be on right.
Did we miss out on any sweet swimming spots? Hit us back with your own local knowledge and stay tuned for more “Accessible by T” features throughout the summer.