Splash Zone: Great Seattle-Area Indoor Pools for Families
Even if it's not beach weather, it can still be swimming weather, all year round!
Editor's note: Several Seattle-area pools are getting a facelift in 2019 and will be temporarily closed. We've noted construction closures below -- updated as of October 2019 -- but reopen dates are tentative. Check before you go.
When you can't play outside, it can be tricky to help kids stay active and get their wiggles out. The solution? Indoor swimming!
Many of the coolest pools in the Seattle area offer kid-centric water features and play spaces for smaller kids. Grab your goggles and go!
The 88-degree pool offers lessons, training, party rentals and family swim times.2040 Westlake Ave. N. (China Harbor Building), Suite 105, Seattle
Madison Pool (Construction planned May 20 - December 2019)
Madison Pool features six lanes, a “teaching pool” with shallow water for lessons, and two diving boards, one at 1 meter high and the other at 3 meters. Check their schedule for hours and closures.13401 Meridian Ave N, Seattle
Ballard Pool (construction planned beginning Dec. 2, 2019)
The Ballard Pool features six swimming lanes, a diving board, a rope swing and slide, and a warm-water pool in addition to family changing rooms. Check their schedule for hours and closures.1471 NW 67th St, Seattle
Green Lake’s six-lane Evans Pool has a diving board and sauna, as well as family changing rooms. Check their schedule for hours and closures.7201 E Green Lake Drive N
Meadowbrook’s six-lane pool features a 1- and 3-meter diving board, a rope swing, and family changing rooms. Check their regular schedule for hours and closures.10515 35th Ave NE
Medgar Evers Pool (construction in progress; reopening planned November 2019)
Medgar Evers’ six-lane pool also features a teaching pool for lessons, a one-meter diving board, a rope swing, and family changing rooms. Check their schedule for hours and closures.500 23rd Ave
Queen Anne Pool’s six-lane pool features two diving boards at one and three meters, a rope swing, a sauna and two family changing rooms. Check their schedule for hours and closures.1920 1st Ave W
Rainier Beach’s pool is a swimmer’s paradise: The pool features an indoor splash pad where little ones can play underneath big fountains and water features. Check their schedule for hours and closures.8825 Rainier Ave S
Southwest Pool recently opened a family changing room, and also features a six-lane pool with two diving boards, a 102-degree therapy pool and a sauna. Check their schedule for hours and closures.2801 SW Thistle St
Weyerhauser’s pool features two separate swimming areas: their main pool and a recreational pool with a pirate-cove theme. Check their schedule for hours and closures.650 SW Campus Dr, Federal Way
Bellevue Aquatic Center features two pools, one for lap swims and the other a warm-water pool for therapeutic use. The lap pool features a diving tank and a ten-foot slide. Check their schedule for hours and closures.601 143rd Ave NE, Bellevue
The Lynnwood rec center's pool offers waterslides, a lazy river, a water play area with sweet tipping water buckets and a family hot tub. Check their schedule for pool hours and closures.18900 44th Ave W, Lynnwood
Mountlake Terrace’s pool features a lazy river and a leisure pool with an entry that mimics a beach. Check their schedule for hours and closures.5303 228th St SW, Mountlake Terrace
Snohomish Aquatic Center features a ton of great water features for kids of diverse ages: a lap pool, a warm-water pool, a lazy river, a massive enclosed waterslide, a spray-play section and two shallow areas (one that’s a “zero-depth” entry zone for tiny kids or folks with physical limitations) for smaller kids. Coolest of all, there’s a “FlowRider” machine for simulated surfing. Kids over 42 inches can ride boogie boards there and kids over 52 inches can ride the standup board. Check their schedule for hours and closures.516 Maple Ave, Snohomish
Article updated October 2019