12 Massachusetts swimming holes to explore this summer

Looking to skip the beach for a less salty swimming option? These 12 swimming holes in Massachusetts will keep you cool all summer long.

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New Englanders are lucky when it comes to cooling off in the summer. Our swimming options are endless — from ponds to lakes to falls to many, many beaches.

But what if you’re looking to skip the beach and opt for a not-so-salty swimming option, instead? Suit up and head to Houghton’s Pond, a spring-fed kettle hole in Milton, Walden Pond in Concord, made famous by Henry David Thoreau, or the falls at Chapel Brook Reservation in Ashfield, where you can swim in a collection of pools down stream.

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Whichever one you choose, these 12 places to go swimming in Massachusetts will keep you cool all summer long.

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