Looking to Beat the Heat? Try a Super-Sized Pool Near Quakertown
QUAKERTOWN PA – For those in southeastern Pennsylvania trying to escape Saturday’s (July 18, 2020) range of 70-to-90-degree temperatures, the huge swimming pool (at top and below) in Nockamixon State Park outside Quakertown in nearby Bucks County – and its promise of a day-long cooling bath despite a blazing sun – may have seemed irresistible.
The half-acre sized pool, only a 45-minute or 28-mile drive from the center of Sanatoga village, currently operates daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during acceptable weather. Daily admission prices vary by individual age and state of residence, but they get cut in half from 4 p.m. until closure. Kids 42 or fewer inches tall can swim for free.
The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. Park admission and parking are free. If you go: Nockamixon State Park is along Route 563, just off Route 313, five miles east of Quakertown and nine miles north of Doylestown. Main entrances are along Route 563. The fastest route from Sanatoga, according to Google Maps on Saturday, is here.
Swimming’s not all the pool offers, though. It also features two water slides (above), a shallow end with fountains for children, dressing rooms, a first-aid station, and a snack bar. During The Post’s visit the attractive cut-stone dressing rooms and bathrooms were clean and well-maintained, and park rangers at the pool admission gate were patient and helpful in answering first-timers’ questions.
As of Saturday coronavirus protective masks were not required at the pool, but were mandated in park offices and any other indoor public space. Park managers also ask for masks to be worn throughout the park when visitors are unable to adequately social distance.
There’s plenty do elsewhere in the park if swimming’s not your style. There’s a lake and boat marina (above), boat rentals (below), trails for hiking and bicycling, and a fishing pond. Bring your lunch; picnic tables abound everywhere, and most are purposely located in shaded spots beneath trees. There’s also plenty of commercial camping facilities nearby, should you decide to stay overnight.
The park operates an environmental education center with a variety of programs from late spring through fall, its website reports. There’s also a pontoon boat tour of Lake Nockamixon that provides a history of the park, views of wildlife, and some beautiful scenery; get information on and board it at the marina.
Editor’s Note: When The Post takes a road trip, its readers go too. “Travels With The Post” is a series that reports on places and activities beyond our usual coverage area, but usually within a drive of three hours or less of Pottstown PA. Joe Zlomek, managing editor of The Post, is an accredited travel writer and a TripAdvisor.com contributor since 2006. Read other articles in this series.