While vaccinations are helping us believe in a safe future with herd immunity, we still can't resume public outtings without precautions. You may be racking your brain about how to gather safely with your peers.

Luckily, if you live in New York State, there are plenty of fantastic natural swimming holes scattered about where you can enjoy each other's company safely and enjoy being immersed in nature. Here are the 5 best swimming holes located in upstate New York.

Enfield Falls in Ithaca, NY

Enfield Falls, Ithaca

Enfield Falls, Ithaca

Also known as Lower Falls, this serene swimming hole located in the "gorges" Ithaca, New York is one of the town's main attractions. A towering and rushing waterfall, deep natural swimming hole, and insanely high diving board make it a perfect family destination to spend your days. There are also plenty of hikes, camping and grilling spots, and other outdoor attractions nearby for those looking to immerse themselves in nature.

Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca, NY

Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca, NY

Buttermilk Falls, Ithaca, NY

Another gem of a waterhole located in Ithaca, Buttermilk Falls is another but much tamer swimming hole for those looking to just lightly soak underneath a beautiful waterfall. The waterfall is rarely ever raging, and the surrounding area also offers amazing casual hiking trails, which reveal breathtaking views. Buttermilk Falls is a perfect alternative for those looking to avoid the crowds that will inevitably gather at Enfield Falls but that still want a handful of different activities available for the antsy family.

Kaaterskill Creek & Falls in Tannersville, New York

Kaaterskill Creek & Falls in Tannersville, New York

Kaaterskill Creek & Falls in Tannersville, New York

The locals visit Kaaterskill all year long, but once that balmy weather strikes, the swimming hole located in Tannersville becomes a go-to party destination. It's often crowded on the weekends with young people drinking and enjoying the summertime vibes, so only go if you're looking to let loose around some gorgeous scenery. The half-mile hike to the falls is also a beautiful stroll in and of itself and a great place to start your pre-game.

Shanty Brook in Wells, NY

Shanty Brook in Wells, NY

Shanty Brook in Wells, NY

Located in the Adirondacks, this swimming hole is no easy task to find. Thick shrubbery and brush await those bold enough to find it, but the end result is worth it. A gorgeous, rushing waterfall and deep swimming hole await adventurers. Just make sure you don't try to make the trek in flip-flops.

Split Rock Falls in the Adirondacks

Split Rock Falls in the Adirondacks

Split Rock Falls in the Adirondacks

Out of all the swimming holes located in the sprawling Adirondacks, Split Rock Falls is by far the most captivating. A handful of bright blue waterfalls drain into a natural swimming hole that is the perfect spot to sit and soak. Cliff jumping also awaits the brave, but just be cautious approaching this spot after a heavy rain, because those waterfalls can become dangerous.

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