Spectacular Outdoor Public Pools in All 50 States
Dubbed the Jewel of Alabama. the Pearce Pool, is 438 feet long and 108 feet wide, one of the largest in-ground pools in the country. Surrounded by woodland, the pool is constructed to look more like a lake than a pool. Water depths range from six inches to 15 feet, making it suitable for the very young to the most advanced swimmer. Day rates are $10 to $15 per person, but family and individual season passes make visits more affordable.
While the last outdoor pool in Alaska closed in 2015, there's an alternative at the Diamond Aquatics Center in Juneau. One corner is composed of a glass partition that allows in natural light. In addition to a twisty tube slide, there are always at least two designated lap lanes, a 20-seat hot tub, and a sauna. Admission is $2 for children, $6 for youths, and $8 for adults.
City: Santa Monica
Situated on the former historic Marion Davies Estate, the Annenberg Community Beach House is a stunning public pool featuring a marble deck, renovated pool house, splash pad, adjacent playground, and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. There are no membership fees, and a single entry fee is $1.50 for residents, $3 non-residents.
In Connecticut, most public pools are actually community pools. This means any resident can enter, but must fill out a form and purchase a pass. This year, Wallingford Pool opened the pool to non-residents. For residents 12 and under, it's $10 and adults $20 for the entire season. Non-residents can plunk down $25 for a two-week pass or pay $50 for entire season. Swimming lessons and designated lap lanes are also available.
The Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA membership provides access to two 25-meter long lap pools. An activity pool provides the perfect area for families with water slides, fountains, and a fire hydrant spray feature. Monthly rate for two adults and children $100, but the referral program offers a $20 discount.
Beat the heat this summer at the Wellington Aquatics Complex. This state-of-the-art Olympic facility features electronic touch pads connected to scoreboards to give swimmers a competitive edge. There are swim classes, lifeguard classes, and also slides and a sprayground for children. Adults $5 and children (3 to 17) $3. Kids 2 and under are free.
Piedmont Park Pool with its serene view of the nearby lake is a perfect spot for a swim. Adult swim caps off the fifteen minutes at the top of every hour, and there are lap lanes, an activity area for children, a "lazy river" feature, and a nearby splash pad. A day's admission is $5.
The best thing about this pool is that admission is free. The Kona Community Aquatic Center has a variety of attractions such as water aerobics, 50-meter laps, and a separate kiddie pool with a splash fountain for children. A shade covers the metallic bleachers making it the perfect spot to catch the island breeze.
The public Natatorium Pool is special in that it features a fast and fun water chute that empties into a separate pool. Two diving boards flank the deep end, and plenty of spectator lounge chairs abound. Admission is generally $3.75 for adults and $2.50 for children (12 to 18 years old), but check for special rates and times for $1 less. Admission to the hydrotube is separate; 10 rides cost $4.
A twisty, curvy 190-foot water slide is the main attraction of the Franklin Family Aquatic Center. This public pool also has a zero-depth kiddie pool with interactive features, including water basketball. They also host free, family-friendly "dive-in" movies throughout the summer.
With a leisure pool, a lap pool, and a plunge pool with two winding flume slides, Altoona Aquatics Park is one of Iowa's top summer destinations. In years past the Center teamed with the Iowa Department of Public Health to participate in the World's Largest Swim Lesson to teach kids about pool safety. Daily ($6) and season ($90) passes are available.
City: Garden City
Bigger than a football field and large enough for water skiing, The Big Pool was originally hand-dug in 1922. It's so huge that lifeguard stands were built into the middle of the pool. It's got a kiddie section, a water slide, a lap area, and shade umbrellas. The price is $1 per person, or $2 to use the slides.
Get your splash on this summer at Berea Swimming Pool. Kentucky's favorite pool boasts a 10-foot water slide, a 30-foot curly water slide, competition and recreational diving boards, eight lap lanes, fountains and "dive-in movies" with free swimming after 7:30 p.m. on movie nights. Day rates are $4 for adults (18 and older) and $3 for children (17 and under).
With its family swim area, spray pool, water slides, and frog slide for the wee ones, there is fun for all ages at the Alfond Municipal Pool Complex. The town's 68-year-old pool was recently replaced with the modern, new facility. Resident prices are $4 for children (17 and under) and $5 for adults.
The Conowingo Swimming Pool has a view overlooking the Susquehanna River. In addition to swim instruction and meets, summer activities include an afternoon DJ with classic jams, tie-dying shirts, and craft beading of necklaces and bracelets. Admission is $6 per person. Ages 3 and under are free.
The first public pool in the nation received a renovation in 2015, adding a deeper pool and diving board. The Underwood Pool has two separate pools, one with a water slide and the other with designated lap lanes and a diving board. Day rates are $5 and $10. Multipack passes save money, but all discounts must be purchased in person at the office.
A 13,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility, the Trenton Kennedy Aquatic Center, is the place to cool off in the summer. Four distinct areas, connected by a water walkway, keep visitors swimming. The areas include a 25-meter 8-lane competitive pool with two diving boards, a 15-meter lap pool, a water slide with separate splash area, and a 7,000 square-foot leisure pool. Entry is $5 per person and children 4 and under are free.
City: Saint Paul
The Como Regional Park Pool is like a water park with public pool prices. In addition to swimming lessons and water aerobics classes, amenities include a 400-foot lazy river, a zip line, an aquatic climbing wall, basketball hoops, and a six-lane lap pool. Infants are free. A family of five can visit for $24. Day rates are $6 per person under 48 inches and $7 for persons over 48 inches.
Constructed in 1996, the Vicksburg City Pool is an Olympic-size recreational and competitive facility catering to water sports lovers. There's a baby pool for younger swimmers, and summer passes are available for $60 (for residents and visitors). Day rates are $2 for 12 and under and $4 for adults.
This amazing complex has a separate 50-meter competition lap pool and a zero-depth entry wading pool with two water slides and a lazy river feature. The Maplewood Family Aquatic Center provides residents with a fun way to cool off during the summer.
City: Great Falls
Take a dip in the 50-meter Electric City Water Park, the largest heated pool in the state, or bring the children to the Little Squirt Soak Zone. Entry to the pool is $5 for adults and $3 for youths (ages 17 and under). Experience the entire water park with its rip tide slide and power tower plunge or just chill in the lazy river for an additional $7.
The new five-acre Papio Bay Aquatic Center has amenities like heated water throughout the park, a children's butterfly slide, two water slides, diving boards, wading pools and designated lap lanes. Admission is $5.50 per person ($2 after 6 p.m.). Punch Cards can be purchased offering 10 visits for one low price per age group.
For a town smack in the middle of the desert, Henderson Pool offers a multitude of aquatic activities. Learn aquatic skills, stroke development, water safety, and how to incorporate swimming into a life fitness plan. The pool is a minimum depth of 7 feet and accommodates water polo and synchronized swimming. There's even a diving tank for competitive diving. Day rates are $2 for youths and seniors and $3 for adults.
Peirce Island Pool provides a view across the Piscataqua River to the neighboring state of Maine. This oblong pool is 300 feet long and 100 feet wide, and its depth gently slopes from 14 inches to six feet. Swim lessons range from basic to advanced, and entry is $2 per adult. Children 17 and under are free.
City: Tinton Falls
Most municipal pools in New Jersey require a membership application with pricey fees, but the Fort Monmouth Recreational Pool offers reasonable day rates of $7 per adult or $20 for a family of four. Day, monthly, and season passes are available.
The Los Padillas Aquatic Center was built in 2005. It features a zero-depth entry and spray-play features for children. A large water slide will satisfy older kids and adults as well. There's also a 25-meter lap pool for competitive swimmers. Prices range from $2 to $4.25.
This large community pool has three pools, eight 50-meter lanes, and a separate diving well with two three-meter and two one-meter boards. Island Park Pool has day rates of $2.25 for 18 and under and $3.50 for adults. Season passes are also available at $59 for youths, $75 for adults.
The Grizzly Outdoor Pool is the collaboration between the City of Wadsworth and the YMCA. Amenities include a plunge tube, diving board, a kiddie pool with zero depth entry, and plenty of lounge chairs. Season passes are available as well as daily rates: $8 for adults and $6 for children (17 and under).
City: Oklahoma City
Several twisty funnel slides and many aquatic activities make Earlywine Park Aquatic Center the place to cool off during the summer months. Water aerobics are offered free of charge, and a large splash pad keeps toddlers busy. Chairs fill up fast, so it's advisable to get there early.
Beat the heat at Wilson Outdoor Pool. With up to six designated lap lanes, swim lessons for all ages, and a leisure pool with a 170-foot current channel and water play structures for tots, there's an activity for everyone. Adults and seniors pay $5.50 and youths and teens $4.50.
The Marsh Creek Pool looks like an oasis in the midst of a meadow. Surrounded by a lush park, this pool charges everyone $8 for entry on weekdays and $9 on weekends. Seasonal memberships start at $95. For kids there's an intricate splash zone. There is also a bathhouse and changing areas.
As one of the largest outdoor pools in the county, the Budlong Pool holds over a million gallons of water. Trees surrounding the pool provide plenty of shady nooks for visitors, and beginning and advanced swimming lessons are available. Day passes start at $3, and season passes are available for $25.
The 50-meter, newly renovated Maxcy Gregg Pool is perfect for competitive swimming. Run by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, the pool offers a free swim on Fridays between 1p.m. and 6 p.m. Day rates are $3 and $4. Season passes are also available.
City: Sioux Falls
The Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center features a zero-depth entry recreation pool with a slide and two diving boards, plus a lazy river with available inner tubes for visitors. Swimming programs include fitness classes and special events.
Everything's big in Texas, including the Jack Carter Pool. The pool features a dual-rider tube slide, a body slide, a lazy river, a deep water pool with platform diving and a climbing wall, a surf simulator, a tot pool, plus a leisure pool with lap lanes, wet deck areas, and spray features. The pool was also the location for the 2018 Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Swimming Lesson. Monthly and annual passes are available.
Located on the slopes of South Mountain, the Draper Pool boasts a view of the Salt Lake Valley. Lap swimming, open plunge, lessons and an aqua summer camp are just some of the activities available. Children 2 and under enter free, youths (3 to 17) cost $3, adult entry is $3.50 and senior entry is $2.50. The facility offers month-long and season passes.
This 25-yard city pool is a great place to learn how to swim since it's got a zero-depth entry and a four-foot ledge surrounding its 10-foot deep end. The Waterbury Swimming Pool offers community events such as noodle water polo and noodle aqua aerobics, which involve using a pool noodle for support.
Three separate pools provide aquatic fun at Westover Pool. The facility has a diving area, a kiddie pool, and an Olympic-size pool with two activity slides. Check with Harrisonburg Parks & Recreation for hours, as they vary. Admission for children 18 months and under is free, ages 18 months to 17 is $3, and adults are $5. There are discounts for city residents.
Colman Pool is a Seattle landmark not to be missed. The 50-meter, eight-lane Olympic-size pool is a balmy 85 degrees. It's situated on the beach and filled with restorative salt water. There are swim classes and special events plus the pool has a giant tube slide. Admission is $3.75 for youths and seniors and $5.50 for adults.
The historic Cameron Swimming Pool. is a semicircular pool with a dedicated diving area and an underground lifeguard station. The deep section is fenced off from the shallow section, allowing children to swim safely. A gazebo, picnic tables, chairs and swings provide shady areas for spectators. Children admitted free Wednesdays. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors 55 and older and for children ages 5 to 17. Children 4 and under enter free.
The Monona Pool sports a water slide, diving boards, and eight 25-meter lap lanes. It also offers affordable swim lessons ($40 for eight sessions) with levels for toddlers, junior squirts, and adults. Movie buffs can enjoy summertime "flick 'n' float" family-friendly films.
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