Great Cities In America For Open Water Swimming

Great Cities In America For Open Water Swimming

In a country where there are tens of thousands of miles of shoreline and millions of endurance athletes, fitness swimmers, triathletes, competitive swimmers and open water swimmers, there are innumerable places to train, race and explore in open bodies of water.

But like politics in Washington D.C., finance in New York City, entertainment in Los Angeles, IT in Seattle and software in Silicon Valley, there are certain areas around the United States were there is a convergence of open water swimmers (fitness + competitive + triathlon), year-round opportunities to swim, a number of organized events and an overall ambiance oriented to the sport.

These cities include:

1. Honolulu, Hawaii
2. San Francisco, California
3. La Jolla (San Diego), California (shown above)
4. Boston, Massachusetts
5. New York/Brooklyn, New York
6. Clearwater/Tampa Bay, Florida
7. Atlantic City/Ocean City, New Jersey
8. Miami, Florida
9. Washington D.C.
10. Indianapolis/Noblesville, Indiana
11. Chicago, Illinois
12. Austin, Texas
13. Laguna Beach (Orange County), California

For additional hidden gems of the American open water swimming community, there are numerous other locations including:

1. Chattanooga, Tennessee
2. Atlanta, Georgia with Lake Spivey
3. Fort Myers, Florida
4. Branson, Missouri with Table Rock Lake
5. Seattle, Washington
6. Las Vegas, Nevada with Lake Mead
7. Derby, Vermont with Lake Willoughby / Lake Memphremagog
8. Salt River, Arizona
9. Salt Lake City, Utah
10. Bend, Oregon with Elk Lake
11. Orlando, Florida with Lake Cane

For more information on open water swimming in America, visit America’s Top 100 Open Water Swims and Ultra Swims Around America.

Lower photo by Phil White of the Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association escorting swimmers in Lake Willoughby, Vermont.

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Steven Munatones