- Posted August 10, 2013 by
Watertown, New York
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Philadelphia, New York- The Ole Swimming Hole
In Upstate New York's small town of Philadelphia, the Indian River is the local place to get cool when the temperature reaches 80+ in the Summer.
In late May thru September, you'll find this secluded spot frequented by hiker's, fishermen, and swimmers. It's not easy to find. There's no highway sign that directs tourists off the North bound Route 11.
So as beautiful as it is, you'll often have it all to yourself. But the locals know where it is.
Indian River High School is just a half mile down the road.
As a kid, attending school in 1972, some of us would skip out of school in early June to go swimming. We'd make it back to school in time to catch our bus home.
Of course our school's truant officer knew where we'd be but with the steep paths, he's just wait till we were ready to board the bus and give us a warning then, usually with a half smirk knowing he'd done the same thing when he was a kid growing up in Philadelphia.
I take my boys there to swim even though we live about twelve miles away in Watertown. I'm still a 'local'.
There are three sections to enjoy.
Devil's slide is the first photo.
The 'Jacuzzi' is in the middle. This is a series of small water falls with shallow pools where you can sit and get cool.
Then there's the main Indian Falls. (As seen in the last video.)
There's been a lot of rain here recently so there was no way we were going to swim in the main falls area this day.
But normally, the main falls is the most exciting place to jump in to swim and play.
Thought I'd share this again.
It's part of what I do with my kids in the summer when I'm not writing and doing videos to annoy my conservative friends on the other side of the aisle. LOL.
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