There’s no place like the Berkshires in the summer! The beautiful green rolling hills, the theater, Tanglewood, etc… I could go on and on, but then this would be a list of things to do in the Berkshires in the summer and since you probably already read the title, you would be confused, and then ask me about swimming spots… Ok, ok. I got you. Let’s move onto another great Berkshire summer activity: SWIMMING! Damn, did you have to be so impatient?
We do not have any oceanic coast line in the Berkshires(unless global warming can help us out and melt more ice caps, so please stop recycling. If you do we could have coastline in the Berkshires!!!), but we do have a plethora of swimming options to fit any aquatic person’s needs. The Berkshire’s has so much to offer, from your back yard kiddie pool to the enormous Otis Reservoir and everything in between. So, here is a list of our favorite swimming spots in the Berkshire’s.
Lenox Town Beach, Route 7/Lee Rd. (Behind Cork n’Hearth)
Open June 15 – Labor Day with bathrooms/changing facilities and lifeguards on duty from 11:30 am – 4:30 pm. (Beach closes at dusk.) Designated for Lenox residents, but parking permits are not required.
Stockbridge Bowl Boat Launch, Route 183
The public boat launch has ample parking and a picnic area. It’s the ideal place to launch a small craft or rooftop boat. (Across from Kripalu.)
Windsor Lake, Windsor Lake Rd.
Spend a day at the beach, explore the beautiful new playground and nearby hiking trails. The boat launch just around the corner on Bradley St. The bathrooms and beach side snack shack are open during the summer months, and there are lifeguards are on duty. The Free Summer concert series, Concerts on the Lake, runs every Wednesday evening from June – August at 7 pm.
(Daily Cost: $3/residents, $5/nonresidents)
Card Pond, Route 41
A family friendly pond.
This small beach along the Green River is a great place to cool off. It is nestled in the middle of fields of beautiful farmland and has a unique feeling among Berkshires swimming spots.
These were just a few of our favorite spots. Please comment below with your faves!