Best Places to Swim in The City This Summer

With temperatures reaching scorching levels this summer, and showing no signs of cooling down any time soon, heading straight to the pool, a local swimming hole, or a splash pad is a no brainer. It’s officially time to cool off, enjoy the water, and have outdoor fun in the sun!

Not only is swimming fun, but family swim outings are opportunities to bond, laugh, and exercise, too! If you missed my recent blog about the benefits of swim lessons for your littles, check that out here! But back to summertime swimming. As the temps increase, and so do kids’ energy during the summer months, opt to enjoy an afternoon at a local pool. Check out this list of D.C. pools, perfect for an afternoon swim.

The Banneker pool on Georgia Avenue is a great place to cool off! This pool is free to enter for D.C. residents, and it offers diving boards and lap lanes, too.

At Woodrow Wilson Aquatic Center, there is a leisure pool attached to the kids’ pool, and it’s a saltwater pool! This center opened in 2009, and it has become one of D.C.’s most popular aquatic centers. There is a competition-size pool with diving boards, a whirlpool, and a separate beach-entry kiddie pool. Oh, and D.C. residents swim free!

(Courtesy of Sigal Construction Corp.)

Turkey Thicket Aquatic Center is located near the Brookland Metro (only a five-minute walk!), and this center features an indoor pool, indoor basketball court, table tennis, a gym, and more. There is a kiddie pool and a 25-yard pool, lots of room for you and your littles to enjoy. 

Just outside of Washington, D.C. in Chantilly, Virginia, is the Cub Run RECenter, the 5,000-square-foot leisure pool with two waterslides, zero-depth water playground with climbing equipment, another small waterslide, and tons of fountains. For a family of five, the cost is $20, and children four and under swim free!

(Courtesy of Claude Moore Recreation Center)

One more pool outside of the D.C. area is the Claude Moore Recreation Center. I had to share this gem because there’s a giant waterslide, children’s play area with playground-like equipment, and a lazy river! Added bonus: This center is next to the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum where children can be “farmer for a day” and enjoy interactive exhibits! The cost for kids ages 3-17 is $4, and children two and younger are free.

Parents, enjoy some time to yourself at the Penthouse Pool Club. The Penthouse Pool Club has two locations, U Street and Navy Yard, and they offer cabana and day bed rentals and a delicious menu for when you get hungry. The Penthouse has a strict age limit of 21+, so the kiddies can’t join this pool party. 

The summer days are long but the season is short, so enjoy every moment you can. Plus, who doesn’t want to enjoy an easy bedtime as your kids come home exhausted from a fun day of sun and swimming?