Outdoor Pools in 50 States

Spectacular Outdoor Public Pools in All 50 States

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Outdoor Pools in 50 States

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Warm days are here, and what better way to beat the heat than with a dip in a cool, refreshing swimming pool? No pool of your own? Luckily, you can easily and affordably join a local community pool. Or you can really get off the beaten path by seeking out a more natural swimming hole. If, however, you prefer more sun but less adventure with your swims, go ahead and get soaked this summer at one of these 50 outdoor municipal pools, one in each state.

Pearce Pool, Jackson, Alabama
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Alabama | Pearce Pool

City: Jackson
Dubbed the Jewel of Alabama, the Pearce Pool, at 438 feet long and 108 feet wide, is 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, cash only, but family and individual season passes make visits more affordable.

Diamond Aquatics Center, Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska | Tok Lion's Club

City: Tok 
While it might be a bit of a drive for most Alaskans, the pool at the Tok Lion's Club may be worth the haul, considering it claims to be the state's only heated outdoor swimming pool that's open to the public. And while it may not be nearly as big or offer as many amenities as others on this list, admission is free. The pool is open Tuesday through Saturday from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Keep in mind, however, the pool can only accommodate around 20 people at a time. The club offers swimming lessons, along with other educational opportunities for kids.

Skyline Aquatic Center, Mesa, Arizona

Arizona | Skyline Aquatic Center

City: Mesa
The Skyline Aquatic Center offers swim lessons for all levels, and has zero-depth entry, multiple diving boards, 28 Olympic-size competition swim lanes and a fast-looping waterslide. Entry is $4 and $2 for seniors and youths (17 and younger).

Wilson Park Pool, Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Arkansas | Wilson Park Pool

City: Fayetteville
Wilson Park Pool is tucked into one of Fayetteville's most popular parks. Public swim instruction and fitness opportunities abound. Adult entry is $4 and youth (15 and younger) is $3.

The Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, California

California | The Annenberg Community Beach House

City: Santa Monica
Situated on the historic former 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 $10 for adults, $4 for youth 1-17, and $4 for seniors. Mondays are half-price.

The Bay Aquatic Park, Broomfield, Colorado

Colorado | The Bay Aquatic Park

City: Broomfield 
Situated halfway between Denver and Boulder, Broomfield's The Bay Aquatic Park is part-pool, part-mini water park. In addition to a large, zero-entry pool, the park features two body slides, an inner-tube slide, interactive water play structure, and a recently remodeled tot pool and sprayground. Resident admission is $5; non-resident $7 or $9.

Wallingford Community Pool, Wallingford, Connecticut
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Connecticut | Wallingford Community Pool

City: Wallingford
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. Recently, Wallingford Pool opened the pool to non-residents. For residents 12 and under and seniors, it's $15, youths $20, and adults 18 and older $25 for the entire season. Non-residents can plunk down $30 for a two-week pass or pay $55 for the entire season. Swimming lessons and designated lap lanes are also available.

Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA, Newark, Delaware

Delaware | Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA

City: Newark
The Bear-Glasgow Family YMCA membership provides access to two 25-meter long lap pools (one outdoors), and 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 is around $100, but the referral program offers a $20 discount.

Wellington Aquatics Complex, Wellingford, Florida
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Florida | Wellington Aquatics Complex

City: Wellingford
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, Atlanta, Georgia
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Georgia | Piedmont Park Pool

City: Atlanta
Piedmont Park Pool, with its serene view of the nearby lake, is a perfect spot for a swim. Adult swim is the last quarter of every hour, and there are lap lanes, an activity area for children, a "lazy river" feature, and a nearby splash pad (which is free). A day's admission is $5.

Kroc Center Hawaii, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Hawaii | Kroc Center Hawaii

City: Ewa Beach 
The Salvation Army's Kroc Center Hawaii on Oahu is a community center that includes much more than a pool, but its aquatics area is definitely a highlight. It features a lap pool, water slides, large interactive water playground, and "croc" islands. And you don't have to be a member to swim here — day pass rates are $14 for youths up to 17, $15 seniors, and $18 adults. 

Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube, Boise, Idaho
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Idaho | Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube

City: Boise
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, $2.50 for children 12 to 17, and $2 for those 11 and under, but check for special rates and times for $1 less. Admission to the hydrotube is separate; 10 rides cost $6 without a season pass.

Westchester Swimming Pool, Westchester, Illinois
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Illinois | Westchester Swimming Pool

City: Westchester
The 25-meter Westchester Swimming Pool includes a diving board, zero-depth entry, an interactive water play structure, and a water slide. Residents ages 2 and up pay $7.50 per person, but purchasing season passes cuts the cost.

Franklin Family Aquatic Center, Franklin, Indiana

Indiana | Franklin Family Aquatic Center

City: Franklin
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. Daily admission rates range from $2 to $5. 

Altoona Aquatics Park, Altoona, Iowa

Iowa | Altoona Aquatics Park

City: Altoona
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. It also features a sand play area and diving boards and, in August, it welcomes canine swimmers (and their humans) for the season-ending "Dog Paddle." Daily ($7) and season ($90) passes are available.

The Big Pool, Garden City, Kansas

Kansas | The Big Pool

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 entry price is $2 per person.

Berea Swimming Pool, Berea, Kentucky
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Kentucky | Berea Swimming Pool

City: Berea
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).

Leesville Leisure Pool, Leesville, Louisiana

Louisiana | Leesville Leisure Pool

City: Leesville
Fun features at Leesville Leisure Pool include a large water slide and three spray features. Daily rates are $4 per person and children 2 and under are free. Punch cards and season passes are available for purchase.

Alfond Municipal Pool Complex, Waterville, Maine

Maine | Alfond Municipal Pool Complex

City: Waterville
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.

Conowingo Swimming Pool, Darlington, Maryland

Maryland | Conowingo Swimming Pool

City: Darlington
The Conowingo Swimming Pool has a view overlooking the Susquehanna River. In addition to swim instruction and meets, the pool has a snack bar and arcade room. Admission is $6 per person, or $4 after 4 p.m. Ages 3 and under are free.

Underwood Pool, Belmont, Massachusetts

Massachusetts | Underwood Pool

City: Belmont
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. Resident day rates are $10 for children and $15 for adults. Multipack passes save money, but must be purchased in person at the city's recreation office.

Trenton Kennedy Aquatic Center, Trenton, Michigan

Michigan | Trenton Kennedy Aquatic Center

City: Trenton
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.

The Como Regional Park Pool, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota | The Como Regional Park Pool

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 those over 48 inches.

Vicksburg City Pool, Vicksburg, Mississippi

Mississippi | Vicksburg City Pool

City: Vicksburg
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.

Maplewood Family Aquatic Center, Maplewood, Missouri

Missouri | Maplewood Family Aquatic Center

City: Maplewood
This amazing complex has a separate 50-meter competition lap pool and a large, zero-depth entry leisure 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.

Electric City Water Park, Great Falls, Montana
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Montana | Electric City Water Park

City: Great Falls
Take a dip in the 50-meter Electric City Water Park, the largest heated pool in the state, or bring the kids to the Little Squirt Soak Zone. Entry to the pool is $3 to $12, depending on the package you purchase. Experience the entire water park with its RipTide Slide and Power Tower Plunge, or just chill in the lazy river.

Papio Bay Aquatic Center, Papillion, Nebraska

Nebraska | Papio Bay Aquatic Center

City: Papillion
The relatively 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 $5.75 for adults, and $4.75 for children 16 and younger and seniors 55 and older (prices drop $1 Monday through Friday after 5:30 p.m.). Punch Cards can be purchased offering 10 visits for one low price per age group.

Henderson Multigenerational Outdoor Competition Pool, Henderson, Nevada
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Nevada | Henderson Multigenerational Outdoor Competition Pool

City: Henderson
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. There's also a nearby activity pool with features that will please younger swimmers. Resident day rates are $3 for youths and seniors and $5 for adults.

Peirce Island Outdoor Pool, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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New Hampshire | Peirce Island Outdoor Pool

City: Portsmouth
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 resident entry is $2 per adult. Children 17 and under are free.

Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, Tinton Falls, New Jersey

New Jersey | Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

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. On Mondays starting at 5:30 p.m., the pool hosts "Campfire Nights," lighting the onsite fire pit and inviting pool patrons to bring hot dogs, s’mores, or other snacks to cook over the fire.

Los Padillas Aquatic Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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New Mexico | Los Padillas Aquatic Center

City: Albuquerque
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.

John Jay Pool, Manhattan, New York
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New York | John Jay Pool

City: Manhattan
Situated on the East River, the John Jay Pool in New York's Upper East Side has senior splash, water aerobics, and free swim lessons through a lottery. It features both an intermediate and diving pool. The city's outdoor pools and those in the five boroughs include dispensers with free broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen.

Cordelia Pool, Charlotte, North Carolina
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North Carolina | Cordelia Pool

City: Charlotte
There are free summer swim leagues and lessons at the Cordelia Pool along with a variety of aquatic opportunities, including water slides for the kids (and adults who are kids at heart). Best of all, admission is only $1.

Island Park Pool, Fargo, North Dakota
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North Dakota | Island Park Pool

City: Fargo
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 resident day rates of $2.50 for 18 and under and $3.75 for adults. Season passes are also available at $60.50 for youths, $76 for adults, or get a family season pass for $160.

Grizzly Outdoor Pool, Wadsworth, Ohio

Ohio | Grizzly Outdoor Pool

City: Wadsworth
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).

Earlywine Park Aquatic Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma | Earlywine Park Aquatic Center

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. A large splash pad keeps toddlers busy, and chairs fill up fast, so it's advisable to get there early. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.

Wilson Outdoor Pool, Portland, Oregon
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Oregon | Wilson Outdoor Pool

City: Portland
Beat the heat at Wilson Outdoor Pool. With up to five designated lap lanes, swim lessons for all ages, a leisure pool with a 170-foot current channel, water play structures for tots, and a 114-foot water slide, there's an activity for everyone. Adults and seniors pay $5.50 and youths and teens $4.50.

Marsh Creek Pool, Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania | Marsh Creek Pool

City: Downingtown
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.

Budlong Pool, Cranston, Rhode Island

Rhode Island | Budlong Pool

City: Cranston
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. Resident day passes are $3, and season passes are available for $25 ($20 for those 55+) and $50 for a family pass.

Maxcy Gregg Pool, Columbia, South Carolina
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South Carolina | Maxcy Gregg Pool

City: Columbia
The 50-meter, recently 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 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Day rates are $3 and $4. Season passes are also available.

Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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South Dakota | Drake Springs Family Aquatic Center

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. Day passes are $5 and $6. 

Oak Ridge Outdoor Pool, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Tennessee | Oak Ridge Outdoor Pool

City: Oak Ridge
The Oak Ridge Outdoor Swimming Pool is fed by spring water and said to be one of the largest spring water pools in the nation. The pool also has a diving platform. Children 3 and under are free, youths (up to 18 years) are $3.50, adults $4.25 and seniors 65 and older $2.50.

Jack Carter Pool, Plano, Texas

Texas | Jack Carter Pool

City: Plano
Everything's big in Texas, including the Jack Carter Pool. The pool features a dual-rider tube slide, a body slide, lazy river, deep water pool with platform diving and climbing wall, a surf simulator, tot pool, and 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. Day rates are $5 for kids 15 and younger and $9 for everyone else. 

Murray Aquatic Center, Murray, Utah
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Utah | The Murray Aquatic Center

City: Murray 
Inside Murray Park, The Murray Aquatic Center features a four-story water slide, 3-meter diving boards, zero-depth entry beach area, water toy features, and lots of deck and grass space. Admission is $1 for tots 1-2 years, $3 for those aged 3-17 or 60+, and $4 for adults. Punch cards are available for $25 and $35. 

Waterbury Swimming Pool, Waterbury, Vermont
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Vermont | Waterbury Swimming Pool

City: Waterbury
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.

Westover Pool in Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Virginia | Westover Pool

City: Harrisonburg
Three separate pools provide aquatic fun at Westover Pool. The facility has a diving area, a splash pad, climbing wall, and an Olympic-size pool. 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 in Seattle, Washington
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Washington | Colman Pool

City: Seattle
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 $4 for youths and seniors and $6 for adults.

Cameron Swimming Pool, Cameron, West Virginia

West Virginia | Cameron Swimming Pool

City: Cameron
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.

Monona Pool, Monona, Wisconsin

Wisconsin | Monona Pool

City: Monona
The Monona Pool sports a water slide, diving boards, a wading pool, and eight 25-meter lap lanes. It also offers affordable swim lessons ($42 for eight sessions) with levels for toddlers, junior "squirts," and adults. Resident passes are $3 and $4, or check out the "night swim" for $2. 

City Pool, Gillette, Wyoming

Wyoming | City Pool

City: Gillette
It may not be the biggest pool, but City Pool is free and ADA accessible. The pool, which is operated by the Water Division of the Utilities Department, includes a diving area and slide, designated lap lanes, a separate wading pool with toddler waterslide, and a mushroom fountain. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the pool only opens when the temperature reaches 62.