Anybody know the story behind Holiday...
Mike Meyer

Vienna, VA

#306 Mar 21, 2013
I believe this is the old Hidden Lake from the 60's and 70's. I spent every day there swimming and building sand castles. It is now been drained and completely grown over. It was a great place to learn Lifesaving because th water was so dark you had to feel your way around to find your drowned swimmer. If youo could survive there you could swim anywhere. What a blast!
Ronald

Willingboro, NJ

#307 Sep 4, 2013
DKM wrote:
In the 50's thrugh early 70's there were so many lakes like this scattered around NJ..and probably outside the reaches of our small world. What destroyed them were the lawsuits and Insurance liability. That's why you cant find these great places anymore..instead you have to go to manufactured waterparks and pay outrageous fees and it's just not the same.
Whoever heard of having a great greased pig contest at Splashworld..or going into the creek behind the waterpark to retrieve the watermelon for after we were exhausted from swimming in the lake all day?
We used to go to Sunshine Lake and Lonnie Lake (Voorhees I think)for great church picnics... which are now just housing developments.
These are our "remeber when" stories that we will tell our children..past good times that likely we will not see anything like again.
There was a Lake Lonnie in Delran which was popular and is now owned by the township as a park, so it's still there.
chris

Brooklyn, NY

#309 Nov 26, 2013
anyone remember a man made lake near route 4 and route 17 in/near paramus that you went to instead of the beach in the 80's and it had a wood dock in the middle to jump off and picinic area and a main house that sold blow up rafts and such
chris

Brooklyn, NY

#310 Nov 26, 2013
it is since abandoned
Walt

Bronx, NY

#311 Feb 16, 2014
Worked there as a lifeguard in 1964. Wonderful people and wonderful memories. Miss them all.

“I'll be your huckleberry!”

Since: Jun 11

Philadelphia

#312 Feb 16, 2014
hey Walt any pictures of the place back then?
Walt wrote:
Worked there as a lifeguard in 1964. Wonderful people and wonderful memories. Miss them all.
Hot summer fun

Philadelphia, PA

#313 Mar 15, 2014
Spent many days and nights there with my family. Good cheap fun hard trip home we had a station wagon full of kids and mom and dad loved to well have a good time . It was always a rough trip home but a picnic and swimming had you feeling good. Jk.from phila.
Harry

Philadelphia, PA

#314 Apr 10, 2014
I spent many weekends at Holidays Lakes in the 60's with My Family and Our Neighbors from Northeast Philadelphia. GREAT MEMORIES!

“I'll be your huckleberry!”

Since: Jun 11

Philadelphia

#316 May 20, 2014
Harry wrote:
I spent many weekends at Holidays Lakes in the 60's with My Family and Our Neighbors from Northeast Philadelphia. GREAT MEMORIES!
any photos of the times there?

“I'll be your huckleberry!”

Since: Jun 11

Philadelphia

#317 May 20, 2014
Hot summer fun wrote:
Spent many days and nights there with my family. Good cheap fun hard trip home we had a station wagon full of kids and mom and dad loved to well have a good time . It was always a rough trip home but a picnic and swimming had you feeling good. Jk.from phila.
did everyone in philly have station wagons filled with kids going to Holiday Lake? good times.
GBurns

Wyncote, PA

#319 Jun 20, 2014
I remember Holiday Lakes in the 60's and early 70's. At poolside, Hap used to make me wear a bathing cap and would accuse me of taking it off in the water. I remember Mr. & Mrs. Universe owned a Cabana there. They were friendly people. I do remember the German Lady at the custard stand. Also, the lifeguards were awesome and cute. Every year they would coax me to dive off of the High Dive so I would have the confidence to dive. I have wonderful and Happy memories from there and was sad to learn that it closed down.
Zap

Woodbine, NJ

#320 Aug 19, 2014
I went there in 1970, very nearly drowned.
george m

Riverside, NJ

#321 Aug 24, 2014
Anna B wrote:
<quoted text>That was a wonderful lake in the late 40's and early 50's. My friend and I used to ride our bikes from Burlington to the lake where we would swim, eat, and dance on a pavillion with a juke box. They had the best frozen custard, as it was called then. I believe the people that ran it then were some german people. It was real popular and was not as big as you saw it. When I went, there was only the lake, a platform out a little ways, a diving board and that was it. I have not seen it entirely since it was renovated, but it really was nice then. I am 73 years old now and it brings fond memories.

The lake across the highway, Olympia, was there when my father was a teen in 1922. It was known as the sandhole. Holiday Lake didn't start until around 1952.The dirt and sand was used to build 295 and the bridgeboro bridge approach. The manager of Holiday in the 50s was Mr Schwartz from
Riverside. His wife ran the concession stand. The pool was added in 1959 and I was the first one to dive from the high dive and the Riverside press had the picture. By 63 the lake was dying because of low class people drinking, fighting, and crapping in the water. Decent people stopped coming. Then a guy was drunk and managed to drown himself. Insurance went up and lawsuits started and that was the end. About 10 years ago the lake froze over solid and I walked out to the big float. I climbed up onto the high dive and looked out on what were memories of my teen summers. What a damn shame to see it like that.
Salvation

United States

#322 Apr 18, 2015
I think its at the big church. On Rte 130
Anthony D

North Wales, PA

#323 May 17, 2015
I lived in south philly my friends and I used to go to holiday lake every summer until 1968 great place to swim and meet girls
Deborah Michalsky

Pennsville, NJ

#324 Jan 30, 2016
Where is the Riker family now? I grew up in Delanco and went to elementary school with Roy. I don't remember too much about him except he was a quiet kid. I loved their house down on the River.
Dee

Warrington, PA

#325 May 2, 2016
John Safaryn wrote:
We moved to Burlington county from North Jersey several years ago. Driving on route 130 in Willingboro, I've seen this really cool looking retro style gate straight out of the 50's. The sign over it says Holiday Lake. Beyond it lies a dried out swimming hole type pool or man made lake complete with diving boards around the edges and rafts in the middle. Dilapidated buildings that were obviously changing rooms surround the lake. There's an old decaying minature golf course and abandoned playgrounds. The entire scene is somewhat creepy, but intriguing. Is there anybody who remembers going there when it was open? How long has it been closed? It looks like a big church is now on the property, but the lake is still there-and so is that really cool gate.
I remember going there as a child in the early 60's . My father was a part time lifeguard there. There was a large dinosaur on the beach. It was quite intimidating for the 4 year old little girl that I was at that time. I wish I could remember more. &#128522;
TC Slice

Mount Laurel, NJ

#326 May 23, 2016
Holiday like was a man made lake and a huge cement swimming pool. Very nice resort owned by the Riker Family They also owned a Chevy dealership in Burlington City? My family worked at Olympia Lakes right across the street. We were invited to swim at holiday lakes. The pool was beautiful always enjoyed myself when were there!
mommashond

Trenton, NJ

#327 Thursday May 26
Sandy N Cinnaminson nj wrote:
The last summer for Holiday Lake was the summer of 1990. I was there the very last day of the season which was Labor Day. I had no idea this would be the last swimming day ever. I called a year later and some church lady answered the phone and with a chuckle she told me the lake was no more. I felt really bad about that. These lakes seem to have a way of going away these days. Bellmawr Lake in Bellmawr NJ is in the process of becoming some senior complex. I have a feeling this is just more than a rumor. I was there yesterday Labor Day which is probably the last day there forever.
Really, the last summer was in 1990? I remember driving by there in the late 70s and 80s and it was a ghost of a place. Did they renovate it after 1985ish? I was still living in the area around then and it wasn't renovated or utilized. I always had these grand thoughts about how awesome it would be for them to reopen and also do something with Olympia Lakes. I went roller skating at Holiday and i know that I would have not only remembered if Holiday Lakes was still open but would have gone. My parents have a pic of me as a baby there and that was 1967-68
Tommygun

Philadelphia, PA

#328 Thursday Jun 2
John Safaryn wrote:
We moved to Burlington county from North Jersey several years ago. Driving on route 130 in Willingboro, I've seen this really cool looking retro style gate straight out of the 50's. The sign over it says Holiday Lake. Beyond it lies a dried out swimming hole type pool or man made lake complete with diving boards around the edges and rafts in the middle. Dilapidated buildings that were obviously changing rooms surround the lake. There's an old decaying minature golf course and abandoned playgrounds. The entire scene is somewhat creepy, but intriguing. Is there anybody who remembers going there when it was open? How long has it been closed? It looks like a big church is now on the property, but the lake is still there-and so is that really cool gate.
Hey,,, Holiday lake used to be a spot where you could go swimming and barbecue with family and friends ,,, I used to go there a lot in the 80's
It. Was a very nice lake,, I'm not sure why it closed down,, memories of good times!!

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