Beat the Heat in the Wilkes-Barre and Surrounding Areas

Your guide to local pools, splash pads, lakes and State Parks.

By Amber Nevin, Macaroni Kid Wilkes-Barre Publisher August 2, 2021

Time to enjoy summer with picnics, amusement parks, hiking, and trying to figure out how to keep cool!  Some of my kids' favorite ways of keeping cool are popsicles, water balloon fights, slip n slides, sprinklers, and swimming!!  If you don't have a pool or sprinkler, our community offers many options designed to help you beat the heat.  Here are some local "Keep Cool" Spots! Know of any others? Let us know!

Kingston Pool
Kingston pool is located on Lathrop St. in Kingston.  It features a splash area and a jumbo slide.  

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday noon to 8:00 pm. and Sunday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Swimming lessons are held Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon.

Season passes as well as day passes are available for both Kingston residents and non-residents. 

For more information on fees and schedules, please call 570-288-0554 or click HERE. 

Forty Fort Community Pool
The Forty Fort Community Pool is located at 1271 Wyoming Ave in Forty Fort. HOURS WILL BE MONDAY-THURSDAY, NOON TO 7:00 PM; FRIDAY & SATURDAY, NOON TO 8:00 PM; SUNDAY, NOON TO 6:00 PM. 

Season passes and day pass packages are available for both Forty Fort residents and non-residents.  For more information, please call 570-287-8586 or click HERE. 

Frances Slocum State Park
The swimming pool at Frances Slocum State Park at 565 Mount Olivet Road in Wyoming is open daily from 11:00am-7:00pm from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. Daily and season passes are available.  Click HERE for a complete list of admission prices.  A seasonal snack bar also has fast food and beverages available for purchase.

Dallas Middle School
The Dallas Middle School offers open swim in their indoor pool on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday from 4:00pm-6:00pm from June 22nd through July 31, 2016 (Currently no family swim dates in August) Admission is $2 per swimmer.  The school is located at 2000 Conyngham Ave in Dallas.  All those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and identification must be provided. For more information, please click HERE.  

Local Swim Options With Membership
Memberships are available to the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center, Pittston YMCA, and Newberry in Dallas for pool use. Please visit each website for more information. 

Splash Pads
A fun, free way for kids to keep cool is to visit one of our area parks that offer a splash pad. 

Coal St Park in Wilkes-Barre, 18702. The Splash Pad is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Wilkes-Barre.

Wright Township Park in Mountain Top, 321 South Mountain Blvd Mountain Top, PA 18707- CURRENTLY NOT OPEN

Harveys Lake is located in Luzerne County and is the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania. Boating, fishing, and swimming on the lake provides residents and visitors with many fun-filled summer days and nights. 

State Parks
Northeastern Pennsylvania is also home to may gorgeous state parks that feature lakes and waterfalls as well as hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating, wildlife watching, and so much more. Some parks have beaches where you can swim at your own risk. 

  • Hickory Run State Park in Lake Harmony
  • Lake Jean in Rickett's Glen State Park 
  • Seven Tubs Nature Area just off Bear Creek Blvd. in Wilkes-Barre.

Where are your favorite areas to beat the heat and keep cool?  Let us know on our social media!

Have fun, keep cool, and stay safe!! 

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