We’ve taken a dip in some unusual places around the world. Here are 5 great places to take the kids swimming.
Australia: RIOT adores heading north in the Xmas holidays, because they get to swim at Lake Ainsworth, at Lennox Head (also home to one of the top ten surfing beaches in the world). The fresh water, tannin stained lake near the surf lifesaving club in one of our all-time favorite swimming spots.
USA: Walden Pond, in Concord Massachusetts is a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement in America. It was home to Henry David Thoreau from July 1845 to September 1847. Apparently it gets very busy, however the day we visited was quiet, and we were the only people swimming. It was quite a treat.
Japan: Kaisei Seaside Park is huge, with loads to do for families, including an aquarium, bird sanctuary and (ahem…) artificial beaches. Okay, I normally hate artificial beaches, but I’ve got to say, this is a great place for kids on a hot summer day.
Austria: Visit Vienna in summer and do what the locals do—take a dip in the Danube. I’ve been swimming at various points along the river, but the most accessible is Danube Island, not far from the city centre.
England: Hampstead Heath in London has three wonderful swimming ponds—men, women and mixed. Children aged 8 and over are welcome to use the ponds.